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Top Choice Park in Portland

Fort Williams Park

Four miles southeast of Portland on Cape Elizabeth, 90-acre Fort Williams Park is worth visiting simply for the panoramas and picnic possibilities. Stroll around the ruins of the fort, a late-19th-century artillery …
Top Choice Modern American in Portland

Fore Street

Fore Street is the lauded, long-running restaurant many consider to be the originator of today's food obsession in Portland. Chef-owner Sam Hayward has turned roasting into a high art: chickens turn on spits in the …
Top Choice Sweets in Portland

Holy Donut

Doughnuts made from potato? Yep, and they're awesome. Local Maine potatoes and sweet potatoes go into the recipe for these doughnuts, creating a moist, cakey texture. Flavors range from fabulous (maple bacon) to mor…
Top Choice Modern American in Portland

Central Provisions

Snug, redbrick Central Provisions is Portland's latest It Girl: long lines, media attention, and a James Beard award for best new restaurant in 2015. Angle for a seat at the bar, overlooking the line chefs in action…
Top Choice Seafood in Portland

Eventide Oyster Co

Rocking seafood-lovers' worlds since opening in 2012, Eventide still has plenty of hype, and one look at the raw bar here explains all: fresh Maine oysters and shellfish, shucked to order. There's an enticing menu o…
Top Choice Brewery in Portland

Rising Tide Brewing Company

In a pocket of town growing in stature (and with a neighboring distillery), Rising Tide is well worth investigating. Locals congregate in the car park, and food trucks visit in summer, from Wednesday to Sunday. Chec…
Lighthouse in Portland

Portland Head Light

Fort Williams Park, on Cape Elizabeth, has rolling lawns dotted with bunkers and gun emplacements. Within the park stands the beloved, and much-photographed, Portland Head Light, the oldest of Maine’s 52 functioning…
Museum in Portland

Portland Museum of Art

Founded in 1882, this well-respected museum houses an outstanding collection of American artists. Maine artists, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson and Andrew Wyeth, are particularly well repres…
Lighthouse in Portland

Portland Breakwater Light

Portland is graced by a handful of handsome lights, including the 1875 Portland Breakwater Light with its Corinthian columns. Dubbed the 'Bug Light' because of its tiny size, it sits in a small park in South Portlan…
Fast Food in Portland

DuckFat

DuckFat has out-of-this-world fries. Fried in (yes) duck fat, they're shatteringly crisp, with fluffy centers. Dipping sauces (truffle ketchup, horseradish mayo, etc) are good, but unnecessary. The fancy panini are …