Things To Do In Portland Maine

Located on the Maine State Pier off of Commercial Street in Old Town Portland, Portland Schooner Company has 3 Windjammers, the Bagheera, Wendameen, and Timberwind. All three of these ships where made and refurbished in Maine and date back to 1920s and 30s. They do public and privates sails, as well as special events where guests can bring drinks and snacks to enjoy during their sail around Casco Bay. During my 2 hours public sail we saw seals and plenty of coastal birds. I even got a little lesson on how to coil the lines after we set off. However, it's safe to say I don't have a future as part of a crew. The historical lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth is only 15 minutes' drive from Downtown Portland, and it is one of the interesting sites to visit while in Portland. Its name, Portland Head Light, signifies the importance of this place in the history of the region. The Lighthouse is located on a head of land at the south side of Casco Bay. It helped ships avoid the rocky shores on their way to Portland's harbor. The construction completed in 1791 which makes it the oldest lighthouse in Maine. Not only the oldest, but it is also the most photographed lighthouse in the US and a must-visit landmark for everyone traveling in New England.
There are several trails along the coastline to walk on, with amazing views of the bay and the lighthouse itself, both from the north and south sides. The park has a few other historical sites, like the Goddard Mansion and Battery Keyes, and the Children's Garden, where kids can explore their relationship with nature. Alternatively, you can just come to picnic on the wide green lawns of the park. Parking is available at no cost. During a weekend trip to Portland to visit my dear friend Kate she surprised me with drinks and appetizers at Solo Italiano. We sat at the bar for a couple of hours catching up, enjoying the ambiance, and eating some tasty treats. Solo Italiano has an extensive wine list, and a collection of signature cocktails that is always being updated and refreshed. In fact, we made friends with one of the bartenders and they gave us a little taste of a new cocktail he was creating. I'm usually not a big fan of hard alcohol, but this concoction was spectacular!
The Casco Bay islands are rife with fascinating historical sites, but none are quite as impressive as the enigmatic Fort Gorges. The six-acre military outpost sits on the Hog Island Ledge. It is roughly a one-mile paddle from Bug Light Park or East End Beach. The fort occupies the entirety of the island, its stone walls seemingly rising straight up from the sea. Unlike many of the other islands in the area, Fort Gorges is not served by any public ferry. Your only options are to take a private tour boat or paddle a kayak across Casco Bay. Kayaks are available for rent from Portland Paddle at Eastern Promenade Park. Given the sometimes treacherous conditions in the bay, they ask that one person in your party be an experienced paddler. They should be capable of recovering a capsized boat.