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.
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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.
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.
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.”