Uniquely Portland Trip Ideas

As we close out on a cold February, we know Spring is on the minds of many. The days have begun to feel longer, and you might be itching to dig out the sneakers and pack a bag for a day trip. Hold that thought! We’ve checked out some local destinations right here in Portland, Maine that make for a unique and more than memorable experience and can get you out and about to enjoy what remains of a beautiful winter season in New England.

Dare we say these curated destinations are Instagram worthy? You can thank us later!

Cure Spring Fever

Art in Bloom – Portland Museum of Art

From March 20th-24th, visit the much-anticipated Art in Bloom exhibit and see Spring come to life through incredible installations inspired by the museums art and created by local florists and artists of Maine. Visit the website to learn about the hours of access and what other exhibits might be of your interest. On March 21st, enjoy free admission for all. A special evening program begins at 5pm featuring vendor pop-ups and a 6pm presentation by Andy Brand, the Director of Horticulture from the Maine Botanical Gardens.

Novel Book Bar & Café

A place where books and beverages go hand in hand. Everyone is raving about Novel Book Bar & Café. Located on Congress St. right here in Portland, Novel has bridged small batch roasted coffee, with books, entertainment and hand crafted cocktails. Comfy leather seating gives way to shelves of curated books that you can browse, read, and purchase while you sip, snack, and enjoy the company of your peers. Check them out on Facebook for more information on upcoming events and special offers.

Historic Stay

Historic Portland can be found in its architecture, parks, city events and traditions and along the working waterfront. It can also be found when searching for your next overnight accommodation. The Francis Hotel is an uncommon and unique way to extend your stay in Portland, Maine all while experiencing the finest in hospitality. The Francis Hotel was originally a historic mansion and has been expertly restored and outfitted into a beautiful boutique hotel boasting 15 unique rooms and a small spa. Perfectly positioned within a short walk to downtown Portland, you can feel at home will you explore Maine at its core. When booking your stay, consider the “Tandem breakfast in bed” optional add on and enjoy a slower start to your day complete with sweet treats and coffee.

Downeaster Discounts Available

College Students: Don’t let Spring Break pass you by without planning a day in Portland. Take advantage of your student discount and save 15%.
Coming up from Boston? Save with our Train to Maine BOGO.

Featured Image Captured by David Kruschwitz and used with permission.