Portland, Maine is hands down one of my favorite places to visit here on the east coast. After having a roommate in college who is from the area, I really got to know Portland as more than just a place to visit. Between the food, craft beer, and sites, it is easily a city that I would move to in a heartbeat.
Impromptu trips are always the best ones and thats exactly what the boyfriend and I did a few weekends back. He had never been to Maine before, let alone Portland, so I decided it was in his best interest if I gave him a small tour of one of my favorite cities.
24hrs can be a really great time frame to check out a small city like Portland. Ideally 2days is usually good but you can definitely get a feel for it after 24hrs. There is just enough going on in this city that will keep you coming back for more. Summer is probably my favorite time to visit because of all the great outdoor restaurants. However if you do decide to visit other times the beer isn’t going anywhere!
The first stop on our tour was our hotel, Hampton Inn Portland Downtown. Location, location, location is all I have to say about this. You literally can walk to everything but its just outside the “bar district” where you don’t feel like your staying in all the commotion.
After checking in, I have to say that I was really impressed with the room and the amenities that it offered. Every girl loves to scope out the travel sized products and I was pleasantly surprised to find some must have items!
Another great feature is that all the bedding was cleaned especially for our visit. No, we are not royalty but this is just something that Hampton Inn prides themselves on. How do we know it was clean? Here’s the note we found upon arrival:
Beer anyone? After checking in, the boyfriend had been dying to check out the Shipyard Brewing Company and believe it or not even after all my times visiting Portland I had yet to take this brewery tour. We were visiting on an off brewery tour day, so all we could see was the bottling room, but that didn’t stop us from tasting just about every beer they had to offer. Our favorites including Apricot Ale and Smashed Pumpkin.
If your still in the mood for great beer after that, one of my favorite places to grab a beer is Bull Feeny’s. An old school Irish bar that offers a lot of craft beer and liquior. There are no frills here but thats ok. The beer is cold and the food is amazing!
When your visiting Portland in the summer one of the must-haves is seafood and there really is no better place to grab a bite of food then Portland Lobster Company. Delicious bread bowl chowder, clam cakes, and lobster really completed a fun filled day for us. There is nothing better than sitting out on the deck enjoying a few beers, local music, and more seafood than you know what to do with.
24hrs in Portland, Maine is certainly not enough time to see and do it all. Luckily for us it is only a few hours away so we will be back very soon to finish eating and drinking our way around the city. I can’t wait!