This post is sponsored on behalf of Eventbrite. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The one good thing about growing up in New England is being able to enjoy the autumn months. Autumn in Maine is absolutely beautiful. My hometown itself doesn’t offer much, but the Portland area can be a blast! There are so many fairs and festivals and hiking trails and other fun things to do in the area. There’s fun to be had for the whole family! If you’re traveling to a new city, one of the best apps to use is Eventbrite. Eventbrite is free to download and allows you to find local events and attractions while you’re traveling. They also offer event management software if you wanted to create and promote your own event. So if you ever have 24 hours to spend in Portland, ME, then here’s what I recommend you do.
First, you should start your morning at Becky’s Diner. It’s delicious. It’s a cute little diner with a bit of a 50’s vibe on Commercial Street which is right on the water. I mainly eat there for breakfast or brunch but have gone for a later lunch as well and couldn’t recommend it more! Sometimes it can be a bit packed, but if you don’t mind the wait, then stop in and get some breakfast.
After breakfast, there are so many great things you can do in the Old Port. If you love art and culture, then I recommend checking out the Portland Museum of Art. There are always new exhibits being shown. You also have tons of cute little galleries in the Old Port as well. Congress Street would be the best street for you to check out for anything art related. If it’s the first Friday of the month, then I recommend checking out the First Friday Art Walkwhich is tons of fun. There are lots of street vendors and the galleries are open to the public for free!
If you’re not as into the art scene, there’s plenty of shopping to be done! One of the best things about the Old Port is that a very good majority of the shops and restaurants are locally owned and operated. They’re not chain stores. If you happen to want that, then you can head on over to the Maine Mall in South Portland. I love knowing that I’m helping out small business when I’m making purchases in the Old Port. Asia West (located on Commercial Street) is a super cute store to go into. Mexicali Blues (located on Exchange Street?) is another good one. I could sit here all day naming all the wonderful shops so you’ll have to just explore and see what you can find!
Lunch must be had at the Portland Lobster Co. It’s essential that you get a lobster roll while you’re in Maine. I promise it’s much better than lobster anywhere else! I’m craving a lobster roll as we speak. If you happen to not like seafood (which is super strange to me) then there are plenty of other options throughout the Old Port. You have Otto Pizza, Congress Bar and Grill, Silly’s, Hot Suppa, and more! I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll like.
After lunch, I recommend taking a cruise on the Casco Bay. This is a great way to see Portland and the surrounding area from a different angle. It can be a little chilly this time of year so I highly recommend wearing a jacket, but it’s so much fun to be out on the water and get the tour!
After your cruise you’ll likely need a snack. This would be the perfect time to check out Coastal Maine Popcorn Co. A friend of mine in college introduced me to the popcorn co and I’ve been hooked ever since! I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many flavors of popcorn they have in this cute little shop. They have everything from traditional kettle corn to apple pie to buffalo wing, cotton candy to key lime pie and more! It’s crazy. You can see more flavors by clicking here. Everyone can find a flavor that they like.
Once you have your snack, you can then head back into the Old Port! I would recommend taking a stroll on the Eastern Promenade. There are tons of walking trails down there with gorgeous views of the ocean. You could also check out the Portland Science Center, the Cryptozoology Museum, the galleries, or even take a tour of some of the older homes such as Victoria Mansion. If you’re of age, you can even check out some of the breweries like Allagash Brewing Company!
The amount of dinner options in the Old Port is crazy. Personally, I highly recommend checking out Fuji. It’s a sushi bar and hibachi steak house on Exchange Street and it’s absolutely amazing. I’d eat there every night if I could (again, if you don’t like seafood, there are tons of other options!).
If you’re still in town when the sun goes down, then there are plenty of bars and taverns in the Old Port for you to check out. You can also find a concert to see at the State Theater or Port City Music Hall. Both are smaller venues which I happen to love. To me, it makes concerts feel more personal. There’s less security because there’s less people and it makes it easier to get right up to the stage. If Sparks The Rescue is playing, then check them out! They’re from the area and their concerts are fantastic. Everyone loves them. They’ve been touring a lot lately so you’ll have to check out their schedule.
Again, if you’re heading to a new city, one of the best apps to use is Eventbrite. Eventbrite is free to download and allows you to find local events and attractions while you’re traveling! It’s the best sidekick for helping you navigate a new area.
Have you been to Portland, Maine? What are your favorite things to do there?