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New England Traveler

Bresca & The Honey Bee at Outlet Beach

Renowned chef Krista Kerns Desjarlais closed her Portland restaurant and now owns this food shack on Sabbathday Lake, serving fresh and local foods ranging from hot dogs to a duck-egg pressed sandwich. Sandwiches: from $5. Best Lakeside Snack Shack

New England Today

J’s Oyster

J’s may be the last of Portland’s salty, divey seafood houses. Casco Bay and the urban working waterfront are right outside the door: condos, cruise ships, and bait houses. 5 Portland Pier, Portland. 207-772-4828; jsoyster.com

Bresca

New England Traveler

Bresca

Bresca opened in February of 2007 in the historic Old Port district of Portland Maine. The dining room provides an intimate setting in which to enjoy the relaxed yet refined cuisine of chef proprietor Krista Kern Desjarlais.Our menu is designed to be small to take advantage of seasonal ingredients and

New England Today

Finding Spring Across New England

MARCH
Vermont Flower Show (Essex Junction, VT) March 4-6. 802-425-5117; greenworksvt.org
Portland Flower Show (Portland, ME) March 10-13. 207-775-4403; portlandcompany.com
Boston Flower & Garden Show / Blooms! (Boston, MA) March 16-20. 781-237-5533, thebostonflowershow.com; 617-933-4900, masshort.org
Seacoast Home & Garden Show (Durham, NH) March 26-27. 207-935-2845; homegardenflowershow.com

APRIL
Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT) 860-434-5542;

New England Traveler

Culinary Walking Tour

Explore Portland’s historic Old Port and sample the foods that define coastal Maine, from artisanal cheeses to seafood to whoopie pies.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Portsmouth, NH: David Krempels

New England Today

Portsmouth, NH: David Krempels

This is a story that could have turned out much differently; nobody needs to remind David Krempels of that. It’s also a story about perseverance, about one man giving back to those who’ve suffered through a similar kind of trauma.
In June 1992, Krempels, a 42-year-old building contractor living in Newmarket,

New England Traveler

Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s Role in American Art by offering a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 10,000 works in the collection, you will always find something new and exciting on display view

Art Without Borders

New England Today

Art Without Borders

People used to cross the U.S.-Canadian border casually, driving across the St. Croix River from Calais, Maine, into St. Stephen, New Brunswick with a friendly wave of a border guard’s hand. These days, border security is heightened and it takes a passport to move between the two countries. So it’s

New England Traveler

Fort Williams

A former military base, Fort Williams’ 90 oceanfront acres are home to Portland Head Light, a small historical museum, tennis courts, Goddard Mansion ruins, a small beach, playing fields, picnic areas, grassy headlands for kite flying, and food trucks. BEST TOWN PARK.

Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Classic Maine CoastPLUS A WHOLE LOT MORE!Lighthouses, lobster, history, sophisticated arts, quaint villages, great shopping… it’s all in Greater Portland Casco Bay — everything Maine.For your free Maine Vacation Planning PacketCall, Click or Come InTel. 800-306-7103www.visitcascobay.com

Gritty McDuff’s

The Best 5: Local BreweriesNo trip to Maine is complete without a stop at one of these cozy and inviting brewery taverns. Best brews: “Best Bitter” and “Black Fly Stout,” preferably served at one of the pubs via traditional hand-pull. Auburn, Freeport, and Portland, MECome for the beer, stay for

J’s Oyster

J’s may be the last of Portland’s salty, divey seafood houses. Casco Bay and the urban working waterfront are right outside the door: condos, cruise ships, and bait houses.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2011

Maine Birding Trail

Not surprisingly, the Atlantic puffin is on the cover of the Maine Birding Trail brochure. The trail is a collection of 82 sites across eight different topographical regions, from 239-acre Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, a favorite of warbler watchers in mid-May, to the 47,000-acre Acadia National Park, where you’ll find

Maine Foodie Tours

Best Portland NibblesGraze through America’s foodiest small city on a guided culinary walking tour ($45) or trolley tour ($47). Tours begin at Old Port Wine Shop.

Merrill Auditorium

The Kotzschmar Organ, at Merrill Auditorium, is a fitting symbol of Portland, Maine—a community that, although only 64,000 residents strong, refuses to be a musical suburb of Boston. Its tradition of symphonic self-sufficiency is largely credited to Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th-century Prussian immigrant who for 50 years brought the best

Micucci Grocery Co.

BEST LUNCH TO GOSee those folks hanging around the back corner of Portland’s Italian grocery? They’re waiting for Stephen Lanzalotta’s Sicilian slab pizza to emerge from the oven. One bite of the made-from-scratch, crisp-yet-chewy crust–topped with perfectly seasoned tomato sauce and mozzarella–and you’ll be hooked, too.

Otto Pizza

With options like mashed potato, bacon, and scallion or butternut squash, ricotta, and cranberry, Otto’s has gained a passionate following. Its popularity has spawned locations in Portland, South Portland, and Massachusetts, but this is the original. BEST PIZZA BY THE SLICE.

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce

Visit the Jewel of the Maine Coast, a handy destination for weekend or longer getaways located midway between Portland/Freeport and Bar Harbor. Ride a windjammer or kayak to view lighthouses and sea life. Hike 25 miles of trails in a state park “where the mountains meet the sea”. Enjoy great

Portland Farmers’ Market

Portland’s first farmers’ market dates back to 1768. Nowadays, its vendors line city walkways, all offering Maine-grown produce and products. Foodies will appreciate delicacies such as homemade tempeh, red-cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, black radishes, raw honey, kefir, and of course, freshly picked Maine blueberries.Saturdays 7am-noon, April-November. Monument Square, Portland. Wednesdays 7am-2pm,

Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light

In Fort Williams Park, just 4 miles from downtown Portland, Maine’s oldest lighthouse, commissioned by George Washington, guards the harbor. Visit the museum in the keeper’s house and picnic in the park. Voted BEST HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE.

Portland Museum of Art

Explore three centuries of works, including a top-flight collection of paintings by American Realist and Impressionist masters (Rockwell Kent, Andrew Wyeth, and Marsden Hartley, to name a few) and fine and decorative arts. Best Art & Architecture-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Two top venues offer free admission once a week. Save up

Reny’s

Best Shopping AdventureFind everything from Tom’s of Maine toothpaste to Woolrich shirts, jigsaw puzzles to cookware, at this small Maine chain of discount department stores. Locations: Bath, Belfast, Bridgton, Camden, Damariscotta, Dexter, Ellsworth, Farmington, Gardiner, Madison, Pittsfield, Portland, Saco, Topsham, Wells.

Sebasco Harbor Resort

This pure Maine destination offers a “Downeast” experience in an easy to reach Midcoast setting, just one hour from Portland. Stay in our Lighthouse, traditional Main Lodge, unique cottages and luxurious suites. Enjoy Maine inspired dining, waterfront spa services, golf, kayaking and much more. Open May 11-October

Sebago Lake

Head a half-hour or so northwest of Portland, Maine, a city defined by the sea, and you’ll come to Sebago Lake. Like thousands of lakes in New England, Sebago holds memory and tradition, and a deep sense of belonging. Along its shores are small resorts carved from the woods, summer

The Percy Inn

The Percy Inn

Hosted by hotel critic-turned-innkeeper Dale Northrup (he has written 24,000 hotel reviews in more than 70 countries and nearly two dozen consumer travel books). An 1830 Federal-style brick rowhouse at Longfellow Square in Portland’s Historic District. Immerse yourself among landmark buildings anchored by antiques shops, coffeehouses, restaurants, and performance venues.

Vinland

Local. Organic. Maine. That sums up chef/owner David Levi’s philosophy at Vinland, where indigenous food traditions are cele brated and all ingredients are from Maine. The small-plates menu might include Portland strip steak with whey-poached parsnip, wild porcini mushroom, and parsley gremolata, or lobster with wild black-trumpet mushroom emulsion, nori,

Winslow Homer Studio

Plan well in advance to tour the Portland Museum of Art’s accurately restored studio on Prouts Neck, a National Historic Landmark, where artist Winslow Homer painted some of his greatest works. Tours depart from the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland. Best Studio Tour.  

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