Located right on the coast of the Atlantic, Portland, Maine is a beautiful port city that is the heart of the southern Maine community. The Greater Portland area is home to about 66,000 residents according to 2019 data. The area includes Portland and South Portland, but note that Falmouth is located to the north, Westbrook to the west, and Cape Elizabeth to the east. The Greater Portland area has plenty to explore, between taking a day trip out to the islands and feasting on lobster rolls, exploring one of the best food scenes in the country, or visiting the Portland Lighthouse. Portland, Maine has something for everyone and plenty to keep you busy.
If you love the outdoors, Portland is for you. The state of Maine has over 3,500 miles of coastline with lots of sandy beaches, hidden coves, and developed islands. If you’re interested in surfing, check out Higgins Beach in Scarborough, a local spot with the best waves around. If you’d like to stay away from water sports, Portland still has plenty to offer. There are several hikes and nature walks around, such as Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Mackworth Island, or Peaks Island Loop which is just a short ferry ride away. Mt. Katahdin is a day trip away, but worth the drive if you’re a big-time hiker. It’s the last stop on the Application Trail and Maine’s highest peak.
Portland’s Old Port is the place to be if you want hand-crafted trinkets, unique items, and great deals. The cobblestone streets located right on the waterfront make for a romantic evening stroll or a fun night out with friends. The Maine Mall in South Portland has more retail options to choose from with over 140 retailers. Additionally, only 20 minutes north of Portland is the Freeport Outlets, home to many name brand outlets, such as the L.L. Bean Outlets.
Known as the “Foodiest Small Town in America,” Portland is a food lover’s paradise. The city is known for its fresh seafood, but it has, even more, to offer, such as an expanding brewery scene and innovative eateries. Becky’s Diner is a local favorite, serving homemade food on the waterfront since 1922. Another favorite of many is Duckfat, a hand-cut Belgian-inspired fries, panini, gelato shakes shop. An upscale option is Fore Street, the Boston Globe named it one of the nicest restaurants in New England. The locally sourced and hand-crafted dinners are to die for. Portland has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita in the country, so you’re sure to find something that suits your palate in this city.
Portland schools are known for their excellence. Portland itself offers 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and five high schools, two of which are private schools. The surrounding towns have excellent school systems as well. Yarmouth, Falmouth, and Cape Elizabeth are within thirty minutes of Portland and are standout options, ranking third, fourth, and fifth, respectively in the U.S. News “Best High Schools in Maine” list.
Does the Portland, Maine metropolitan area sound like the perfect place for you and your family? We can’t blame you there, there’s something new and exciting to do every day in Portland. Contact Tomazin Goff Realty today to begin your Portland, Maine home search. We can’t wait to hear from you!