"Fall" in Love with Portland, Maine.

[caption id="attachment_265" align="alignnone" width="689"]5098329738_eb2009fb69_b Portland, Maine coast in Fall.[/caption] As the years have progressed, Portland Maine has become an extremely popular spot to visit in the Summer months. There is always a very unique, hometown feel to Portland Maine but, in the fall that hometown feel turns  into a "welcome home" feel. Maine is very well known for the "open door" policy everywhere you go, especially in Portland Maine. We are friendly, welcoming, hard working people, living as stress free as possible, "the way life should be" [caption id="attachment_266" align="alignright" width="322"]1bedc6b1b373920ac6dd109588312bbc Beautiful display of Fall in Maine.[/caption] Something about Fall brings a whole new atmosphere to the small town of Portland, Maine. Whether it's the excitement for the upcoming Holidays, Hunting season, Football season, those ready for the hot pumpkin coffee on the crisp mornings, or the warm apple cider freshly prepared from the local orchards after a long days work. One way or another, this cultural filled town brings on a whole new excitement to the seasons changing. There really is not a bad time to experience the great city of Portland Maine but, Fall is the most beautiful. Nature in Maine is astonishing whether it be the cotton candy sunsets in the summertime, the ice chandeliers hanging off the trees in the winter time, or the rainbow of colors in the trees changing during fall.  I can't lie, fall wins the contest for most eye popping, mind blowing scenery out of all 4 seasons in Maine. Portland in the Fall is a great place for nature lovers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts, especially when fall foliage is at its peak and nature puts on an impressive display of brilliant colors painted by maples, oak, ash, sumac and elm trees. Portland Maine is very good at "wowing" you with views but how do we get you to close your mouth after a Jaw Draw dropping view you ask..? With our delicious variety of local foods, cultural foods & beverages, that's how! Portland Maine is very well known for the endless assortment of unique foods to eat. Portland has recently been nationally recognized as one of the top cities in the United States for food. "Bon Appétit" named Portland America’s foodiest small town, the New York Times calls us “one of the best places to eat in the Northeast,” and there’s a debate about us vying with San Francisco for the most restaurants per capita! The third weekend of October is Portland’s food and spirits festival, "Harvest on the Harbor". These events include a Sustainable Seafood Supper in partnership with The Gulf of Maine Research Institute, a Maine Lobster Chef Celebration, and the Chef Showcase, featuring nibbles by local chefs and cocktails by Portland’s extremely talented mixologists. The great thing about this city is, I have lived here for almost 4 years now and I am STILL finding new places to go to! The options are endless in Portland when it comes to food. There is a place to go for all income ranges as well, which allows for a greater overall experience for everyone coming to Portland, Maine. [caption id="attachment_271" align="alignleft" width="357"]15 Oxbow Brews[/caption] [caption id="attachment_269" align="alignright" width="297"]allagash Allagash Brews[/caption]

For beer, you can not go wrong in Portland, Maine. Portland was nominated as the #1 top craft beer city IN THE WORLD!! Yes, you read that right, Maine’s largest city (laughably smaller than major cities) Portland, has been named number 1 on a list of the top cities in the world for craft beer by the website Matador Network.

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 This small little town sure does love its locally brewed beer you could say! A few great, well known local breweries are "Allagash", "Rising Tide" & "Oxbow". As well as these local brews there is an insane beer selection at Novare Res Bier Cafe with over 100 beers to choose from!

  [caption id="attachment_273" align="alignleft" width="355"] Portland Maine Eastern Promenade[/caption] More of an out n about type of person? No problem! Get your day started with a pleasurable walk or run through the beautiful Eastern Promenade! The Eastern Promenade is the jewel of Portland trails network. This waterfront trail built along an old rail corridor offers spectacular harbor and ocean views. It is a 2.1 mile long trail that is handicap accessible, dog friendly, and perfect for biking, walking, or simply site seeing! [caption id="attachment_274" align="alignleft" width="339"]cfdcb1773e96f4383693b81cb8fb6f32 Bard Coffee Shop![/caption] After your refreshing experience through the Eastern Prom, make your way down to Bards Coffee's nitro brew for one of the best fresh brewed coffees you'll ever have! Bards Coffee is not your average Dunkin Donuts or Tim Horton's coffee. Here is a little part of Bards Coffee's "about us" from their website that to me sells itself... "Great coffee is most often grown by incredible people in incredible places.  These people and places leave their indelible mark on the coffee making each as unique as a snowflake.  At Bard it is our mission to tell the stories of these people, places and coffees in every cup we serve as though we are fulfilling a promise. We do this by carefully sourcing, roasting and preparing our coffees using only the very best practices in order to bring out and share the most wonderful attributes each has to offer. " [caption id="attachment_275" align="alignleft" width="362"]october_2012_portland_maine20121024-_dsc1376-by-corey-templeton-old-port-night-exchange-street-small-2 Old Port, Maine[/caption] After indulging in quite possibly the best coffee you've ever had take that excess of energy you just drank and start roaming around the famous Old Port, Maine. You may think you can make it to every shop, even with all the energy you have from the delicious coffee you drank but, you most like wont. Although, if you do you may or may not be up for the running for a spot in the Guinness book of world records for fastest shopper in the world. I say this because there are endless amounts of shops to go to in the Old Port. What's so great about these shops is, they aren't quick in and out shops, trust me. These shops are so unique in their very own ways that they almost make you start second guessing yourself whether or not you've looked everywhere in the store, there is just so much to see & buy! Some well known shops in the Old Port are, "The Blue Lobster" where unique Maine related gifts are sold, "Cool as a Moose" where classic Maine Clothing & supplies are sold, "Art Mart" where local art and rare art is sold, among these are many many more great shops, you never know what you'll find in the great city of Old Port, Maine! Lastly, A great way to end an eventful day in Portland Maine is to head back over to the Eastern Promenade or any view filled area, relax and watch the beautiful sunsets Maine has to offer. That is, if you aren't an avid night goer. I say this because the Old Port, along with all the wonderful bars, comes some exciting night life bar/clubs. You can find bars that are Country Themed like  Bonfire Country Bar, Hidden private bars like Lincolns which actually has a secret door that looks like a shelf on a wall that gets you inside this below ground, private bar built during the prohibition,  to your generic clubs like Foreplay or Pearl if you're looking to dance! So now you know some great stops to make and I am sure you will get side tracked along the way finding your own shops, restaurants or site seeing areas. Your next stop should most definitely be the adventurous city of Portland, Maine! Thank you for reading!   [caption id="attachment_278" align="aligncenter" width="686"]Portland Head Light at Sunrise from Fort Williams Park Portland Head Light at Sunrise from Fort Williams Parkreas.[/caption] Sources: http://www.portlandmaine.com/directory_category/shopping/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/120752833736358880/ Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save