Portland Port resides in the largest city in Maine. Considered as the cultural, economic and social capital of Maine, the Portland port of call offers a wide array of attractions that entices cruise tourists from all over to continue coming back. Overlooking the Casco Bay off the southwest region of Maine, the port is home to over sixty four thousand residents.
Fishing serves a vital role to the local economy and to the entire state of Maine. Colonizers first came into the region in the 1600s and settled the land in 1633. Englishmen by the names of Richard Tucker and George Cleeve were the first settlers who built their homes on the land.
Portland is now an important center for importing oil to the US. Tourism is also an extremely important economic activity for the region. Hence, the Portland Port cruise terminal has plans for expansion; this includes a 21,000 square foot terminal with a 3,000 feet linear deep-water berth known as the “Ocean Gateway”.
With a rich cultural heritage, it is no wonder that Portland is teeming with a huge number of shopping options. Handcrafted botanical perfumes, organically produced beauty products and local arts and handicrafts are the most widely sought after souvenir items. The 2 Note Botanical Perfumery offers these items at very affordable prices. For a more cultured souvenir shopping, the Abacus American Craft Gallery at 44 Exchange Street offers abacus calendars, locally crafted jewelries and handmade fashion accessories.
For home furnishings, you can visit the Addo Novo Home located at 45 York Street. Featuring furniture, textiles, tableware centerpieces and lighting for your home, it is a great place to visit.
Things to See
Cultural arts and attractions are the source of pride for many locals at the Portland port of call. From traditional to contemporary arts and attractions, the city offers a great selection of areas to visit. The Old Port section of the town is the best place to do some sightseeing. In the Arts District of the Old Port, you can find a wide array of galleries and shops; these exhibit the paintings and drawings of local artists. Also found in this area are the Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Maine and the Center for Maine History. All of these centers have displays of ancient artifacts and relics from different areas of the city.
Another area of interest to visit is the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. The home of America’s beloved poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, it has on display original decorations from the time of Longfellow. The house remains protected by the Maine Historical Society.
Restaurants and Bars
Seafood dishes of crabs and lobster are Maine classics and remain the most popular. As in all New England states, each restaurant has their own flavors to distinguish their specialty lobsters from others. The 157 Café and Bar offers an upscale pub atmosphere perfect for a little dining out on a terrace. Steaks and lobsters cooked in butter are their main specialties.
The Amigos Mexican Restaurant located at 9 Dana Street, offer great Mexican flavors in local seafood dishes.