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Your Guide to the Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region’s Hotels, Motels, and Lodging

The Greater Portland Casco Bay Region is home to Maine’s largest metropolitan area, Portland; a classic ol’ seacoast city and gateway to the islands of Casco Bay and its historic forts. If touring the Casco Bay coast is your cup of tea, you should definitely check out the Casco Bay Ferry out of the Portland Harbor.

A visit to Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, home of the fabled Portland Headlight should be on every visitors list. Other outdoor diversions include kayaking the Scarborough marshes or the natural wonder, the Desert of Maine in Freeport.

From Cape Elizabeth to Freeport, coastal inns and hotels in Greater Portland – Casco Bay are granted with the gorgeous backdrop of Casco Bay. The Greater Portland Casco Bay Region has lodging from chain hotels to historic Victorian inns and a several classic bed and breakfasts.

Find your vacation stay in the below Greater Portland Casco Bay Hotel Directory.

Sea Cliff House Motel | Old Orchard Beach 207-934-4874 | 2 Sea Cliff Avenue, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Twelve miles and 20 minutes from Portland enjoy all the comforts of home in our quiet, privately owned Sea Cliff House Motel, where the ocean is your front yard and the seven-mile-long beach awaits you. Two-room kitchenette efficiencies or ocean front motel rooms. Heated seasonal pool, year round hot tub, lounge chairs, comfortable lawn furniture, a canopied gas grill area, outdoor shower. The nostalgic Old Orchard Beach Pier is only a 10-minute walk. Go to our web site to see our all new oceanfront Grand Suite. Learn More
Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping | Freeport 207-865-9307 | 134 Burnett Road, Freeport, Maine
Named Yankee Magazine’s “Best Seaside Camping” and DownEast Magazine’s “Best Place to Picnic and Play” in 2014, the farm’s 626 acres and 4 miles of oceanfront offer an authentic Maine experience. Just 5 miles from L.L. Bean and 100+ outlet stores, this nonprofit organization offers 150+ campsites and 3 oceanfront cottages. Demonstration barnyard and gardens, hiking trails, kayak and bicycle rentals, hay wagon farm tours, ice cream & farm stands. Pet-friendly. Have kids? “Camp & Camp Program” pairs family camping with Farm Day Camp. Learn More
Blind Tiger | Portland 207-879-8755 | 163 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine
A historic piece of Portland's vibrant West End, our guest house is designed to make you feel like a true Portlander. Located in the heart of one of the country’s most happening cities, Blind Tiger offers an easygoing style and creative design in an intimate setting, for an experience that embodies the spirit of Portland. Learn More
Bliss Farm Inn | Durham/Freeport 207-407-3241 | 1290 Royalsborough Road, Durham, Maine
Built in 1772, The Bliss Farm Inn is a year-round bed and breakfast that allows guests to take a step back in time without sacrificing any of today's modern luxuries. Located just 10 minutes from Freeport and 15 from Brunswick, Durham is set in the rolling hills and farmland adjacent to the Androscoggin River. Bliss Farm Inn is a special place providing guests true farm-to-table breakfasts, 24 hour snacks and beverages, and all of the simple charms and romance of a historic hideaway! Learn More
Percy Inn | Portland 207-871-7638 | 15 Pine Street, Portland, Maine
Featured on NBC's Today Show, this 1830 Federal-style brick rowhouse boasts distinctive rooms and historic suites, with amenity-rich accommodations. Rooms feature queen beds, private baths, refrigerators stocked with complimentary soft drinks, flat screen TVs, climate control, some with fireplace and extra living space. Named "Best Bed and Breakfast in New England" by Yankee Magazine. Rates include breakfast and parking. Recognized by the NY Times, Travel and Leisure, Vogue, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Traveler. Learn More

More About the Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region

Listen as the waves wash over the rocks at Cape Elizabeth; hear the cymbals of the Portland Symphony playing a passage from the 1812 Overture. View colorful boats in Casco Bay and colorful designer clothes at the mall in South Portland or a Freeport outlet. Enjoy an authentic ethnic meal in a city neighborhood or freshly cooked seafood at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Cobblestone streets, modern highways, LL Bean outlets deals, culture and recreation all blend together in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region.

The Greater Portland and Casco Bay region will appeal to all your senses. There are the sounds of the ocean lapping against your boat, cascading over the rocks at Cape Elizabeth or rolling in on the sands of at the beach. There are the sounds of music at the recently renovated Merrill Auditorium and the voices of actors at various theatre companies. Entertainment is live durign Portland Pirates games at the Civic Center, at the Portland Players, the Portland Stage Company, Maine Arts and the Ram Island Dance Company.

Listen to the laughter of people enjoying a walk on the Eastern or Western Promenade in Portland or shopping the outlets of Freeport. See the beautiful handiwork by local artisans displayed in the galleries and shops in Portland’s Arts District and the Old Port Exchange, and the charming, historic homes that stand as a reminder of the region’s rich history. The historic sites include the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Admiral Peary’s home on Eagle, Victoria Mansion, the Tate House, and the Portland Observatory.

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Experience the sea air, the many kinds of boats and the islands of Casco Bay. You can take a ferry from the waterfront.

Stroll through the Old Port area with its eclectic mix of fashionable boutiques, coffee houses, art galleries, bookstores, pubs and restaurants. Sample fresh seafood and locally brewed beers, or try the ethnic foods the area offers including Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Italian, French, Indian, Irish, and Vietnamese. There are many hotels in Portland‘s downtown and Old Port district allowing convenient access to all the city has to offer.

Falmouth (the name by which Portland once was known), to the north, is primarily residential, and a drive along Route 88 runs through the fashionable Foreside area. The towns of Yarmouth and Cumberland offer rural settings with farms and farm stands.

Outdoor activities abound just a short distance from downtown Portland. 

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Go cross-country skiing at Wolfe’s Neck, canoe the Scarborough Marsh, or hike up Bradbury Mountain. Or catch a Sea Dogs game from bleacher seats on a sunny day! Back Bay is also a popular area for walks at the park, biking around the bay, or picnicking.

Greater Portland and Casco Bay await your visit. Here you’ll find country charm, city sights, nautical adventures, history, shopping bargains and “the way life should be.”

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