What to do in Portland, Maine | RTX Traveler Magazine

When traveling to the western mountains of Maine, a stop in Portland is a must. Most of our mountain goers find themselves in or around Portland while making the commute to the snow dusted lakes of Rangeley. With so much to offer the Old Port is worth a day trip or two, so if you’re already planning to pass through the land of lobster take a look at our suggested itinerary for your next visit to the city by the bay.

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Breakfast at BreaLu

This charming cafe and restaurant name mimics its menu, which only offers the best breakfast and lunch during business hours. The staff is friendly and fast when it comes to getting you in, seated and started with fresh local ground coffee.  With seating for 30 in the dining area and a small breakfast bar at the entrance, BreLu is a perfect way to start your day in Portland. All dishes are priced under $10, made from scratch and made to order.

What to Have: Homemade Belgium waffles topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas and drizzled with warm Maine maple syrup.

Waterfront District Walk

Walk off breakfast down Commercial Street as it traces the edge of the bay through the Old Port’s Waterfront district. Here lies the nation’s largest working waterfront filled with entertainment, culture and some of the best nouvelle chic cuisine on the east coast. Lobster shacks are tightly squeezed together on jutting seaside docks, with seals and calling seagulls looking for the next best catch.

What to See: At the Portland Pier you can purchase Maine lobster straight off the boat. The pounds on this pier will even ship your pick to any location within 13 hours guaranteed.

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Exchange Street

Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets of the Old Port and Exchange Street for a trip back in time to one of the country’s oldest and most popular converted warehouse districts. Endless awnings of boutiques, souvenir shops and restaurants line bricked buildings weaving throughout this downtown area.

What to See: Wharf Street, a hidden appendage of Exchange Street, is home to many of Portland’s best kept secrets including restaurants like Street and Company and art galleries such as the 37-A Gallery.

East Ender for Dinner

Don’t be fooled by the curtained entrance to this local favorite. Once inside, the East Ender reveals a comfy casual chic lounge with an even larger dining / bar area on the second floor. Famous for pouring Portland’s best craft beer and their one of a kind American style menu inspired by fresh local ingredients, the Ender offers flavor for every palate and wine that caters to the cuisine.

What to Have: Surf n Turf burger topped with brie and fresh lettuce, lobster and finished with a creamy chive mayo.

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