140 Chadwick Street
Portland, Maine 04102
Tel: 207-774-5141
Tel: 800-774-2137
8am - 8pm EST
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PORTLAND

City worldliness with a small-town-feel best describes Portland, Maine. Being one of the country’s most longstanding and busiest seaports, Portland is rich in historical homes and small businesses making it a perfect historical sightseeing destination. Portland features spectacular dining and cultural opportunities as well as diverse recreational attractions and stunning natural beauty.

Many visitors to the city are coming because of the great buzz surrounding the contemporary cuisine cooked fresh in many of the 300+ restaurants in the city limits. Numerous Portland chefs are nominated each and every year for the highly coveted James Beard Award. Long known as a local seafood capital, Portland has a new reputation for contemporary cuisine prepared by talented chefs.

Downtown, known to locals as The Old Port, thrives with live music, dancing, shopping, dining, pubs, and famed microbreweries is one of the most successfully revitalized warehouse districts in the country. Enjoy a walk on one of the many wharfs, stroll down the cobblestone streets, enjoy boutique shopping by day, and vibrant live music at night.

A few blocks uptown of the waterfront is Portland’s secret treasure The Arts District. With Congress Street as its spine, this once traditional shopping street has turned into a mecca of art galleries, antique shops, artist studios, and trendy restaurants. All this is just walking distance from the inn.

The stunning natural beauty of the Maine coast leads itself to many outdoor activities. Hiking, cross-country skiing, swimming, sailing, biking, golfing, canoeing, kayaking, and state parks can all be found within 15 minutes of The Chadwick. Portland offers some of the best water access to the islands of Casco Bay, historic forts and lighthouses. In a day, you can easily plan a trip that includes water view, the rugged coast, and picturesque mountain regions all in proximity of Portland.

Dining
Attractions & Tours
First Friday Art Walk
Museums
Art Galleries
Shopping
Entertainment
Fitness
Transportation
Real Estate
Weather
Outside Portland

Dining
Visitors also come to Portland to experience some of the wonderful cuisine offered in 300+ restaurants scattered throughout the city. In 2009 Portland was named America's Foodiest Small Town by Bon Appetit Magazine and has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States--Its true! Here are a few of our favorites:

Reservations Suggested
Caiola's European American
Katahdin Wood Fire Grill & Bar Contemporary American
Local 188 Spanish & Tapas
Five Fifty-Five Contemporary American
Fore Street Contemporary American
Street & Co. Seafood
Paciarino Italian

No Reservation Needed
Duckfat
Bonobo Wood Fire Pizza
J's Oyster
Boda "Very Thai" Kitchen + Bar

For Local Brews
Gritty McDuff's
Sebago Brewing Company
Shipyard Brewing Company
Allagash Brewing Company
Geary Brewing Company
Maine Mead Works

Attractions & Tours
With so much to do right downtown, you’ll want to extend your stay! Whether you're looking to experience Portland via guided tour, peruse Downtown Portland's history, enjoy the beauty of our lighthouses, cheer on a sports team, or sample some of our local beer or mead, there are a wealth of activities to meet your expectations.

Allagash Brewery
Casablanca Cruises
Casco Bay Ferry Line Tours
Comedy Connection
Downeast Duck Adventures
Geary Brewing Company
Greater Portland Landmarks
Longfellow House
Lucky Catch Cruises
Maine Foodie Tours
Maine Historical Society
Maine Mead Works
Maine Red Claws
Maine Sailing Adventures
Odyssey Whale Watch & Nature Cruises
Portland Discovery Land & Sea Tours
Portland Freedom Trail
Portland Head Light
Portland Pirates
Portland Sea Dogs
Portland Trails
Portland Walking Tours
Segway Tours of Portland
Shipyard Brewing Company
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse
Summer Feet Cycling
Wicked Walking Tours
Wine Wise Events

First Friday Art Walk
If your reservation includes the first Friday of the month, don’t miss the First Friday Art Walk. Artists exhibit their work in backs of roving trucks, at street performances, in artist’s studios, and traditional galleries. This exciting monthly event offers you a diverse night of formal and spontaneous experiences. As an added bonus, every Friday night the Portland Museum of Art offers free admission after 5pm.

Museums
Along with a thriving arts scene, Downtown Portland offers museums and galleries, each with their own impressive collections of artists, paintings, and other artistic works that would appeal to any art lover.

Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine
International Cryptozoology Museum
Maine Historical Society
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum
Museum at Portland Head Light
Museum of African Culture
Portland Museum of Art
Victoria Mansion

Art Galleries
Attend one of Portland's art galleries, or stroll down Congress Street for the First Friday Art Walk, for the latest pieces from local artists. For a compete list of galleries in Downtown Portland, visit the Portland Downtown District.

Bridge Gallery
Edgecomb Potters Gallery
Fore River Gallery
Maine College of Art
SPACE Gallery
Sylvia Kania Gallery

Shopping
Shopping and retail go hand in hand. Here you will find a list of local retailers of all types from fashion to food, arts and crafts, to sporting goods, furniture, collectibles, and so much more. There's a lot to shop for below! Find an even more comprehensive list on the Portland Downtown District website.

Abacus
Blanche & Mimi
Bliss
Bull Moose Music
Carlson & Turner Antiquarian Books
Coastal Maine Popcorn Company
Company C
Fetch
Joseph’s
Knitwit Yarn Shop
Le Roux Kitchen
Lisa-Marie’s Made In Maine
Longfellow Books
Lovell Hall Antiques
Lovely Things
Maxwell’s Pottery
Old Port Candy Company
Old Port Card Works
Pinecone+Chickadee
Portland Dry Goods Co.
Se Vende Imports
Shipwreck & Cargo
Treehouse Toys
Vervacious
YES Books

Entertainment
Whether you're looking for dancing, theater, live music, or comedy, Portland allows you to experience a variety of live entertainment right downtown.

Asylum
Bayside Bowl
Bubba’s Sulky Lounge
Cumberland County Civic Center
Empire Dine & Dance
Gingko Blues
Merrill Auditorium
Nickelodeon Cinemas
Old Port Tavern Billiards
Port City Music Hall
Portland Ovations
Portland Stage Company
Portland Symphony Orchestra
State Theater
Styxx Night Club
The Big Easy Blues Club

Fitness
Many of our guests want to continue their regular exercise routines while in town. We want to help you look and feel your best, so we’ve listed some local options for indoor exercise.

Bay Club Fitness
CrossFit Casco Bay
Lila East End Yoga
Planet Fitness
Portland Yoga Studio
Pure Movement
Springboard Pilates
World Gym
YMCA

Transportation
Portland’s Peninsula is a great part of the city for walking. If you want to venture further than your feet or energy will take you, there are METRO Buses and reliable taxi services to keep in mind before renting a car. When guests ask whether or not they should rent a vehicle we really leave that decision to your own preference.

For those who want to walk, from The Chadwick it is 10-15 minutes to The Arts District, 20-25 minutes to The Old Port, and 30-40 minutes to destinations on The East End.

For driving directions to The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast or directions from the train station, airport, bus station, or harbor please click here.

Real Estate
If you are considering purchasing real estate in or around Portland, many guests find that staying at The Chadwick gives them a glimpse into the lives of Portlanders and the beautiful, historic properties they own. Our charming residential streets and convenient location make exploring the Portland real estate market simple and fun.

We highly recommend contacting Eric Flynn, Designated Broker & Owner of eXp Realty. He will be happy to meet with you at the inn and give a tour of available properties in and around the city.

Weather
Portland’s weather can be unpredictable. Typically Portland experiences temperate springs and sunny summers as well as crisp colorful falls and snowy white winters. If you are looking for one of the four seasons, Portland is the town to come too!

A long-term weather forecast of Portland is likely to change so you may not find it as accurate as planning a few days in advance. We always suggest that you consult the weather forecast in Portland a day or two before you arrive. Sudden showers, higher than expected temperatures, as well as cool nights, have caught many Portlanders off-guard from time to time. Our advice is to pack a few layers (for any time of the year), comfortable shoes, and some rain cover (we provide umbrellas).

For Portland weather throughout the year such as average temperatures and precipitation, visit The Weather Channel.

Outside Portland
Outside of the city, Maine offers great shopping and sightseeing in Freeport, Wiscasset, Rockland, Camden, Boothbay Harbor, and Bethel. Fishing, boating, camping, and hiking are a short drive away in the beautiful Lakes Region and the Western Foothills. Leaf-peeping in the autumn when the landscape is colored with the warm glow of red, orange, and yellow is always stunning for locals and visitors alike. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling are not too far from The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast in the winter months.

All this, plus the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the historic city of Boston are a stones-throw away. With all that the region has to offer, you might ask to extend your reservation!

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