Welcome to Greater Portland
Those seeking a quintessential New England lifestyle will find it in Greater Portland, Maine.
Maine's largest metropolitan area and economic hub, Greater Portland, boasts a unique blend of tradition and modernity. The working waterfront of Old Port sits next to world-class restaurants, trendy boutiques, and live music venues. This hip area extends from Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, and Freeport to the north, Westbrook and Gorham to the west, and South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and Saco to the south. The Greater Portland area is also home to several charming islands, including Peaks Island, Great Diamond Island, and Long Island.
Once a trading and fishing settlement, Greater Portland has maintained its 19th-century landmarks, architecture, and flavor. Lauded museums, historical architecture, and independent art studios and galleries prove the region's adventurous spirit. Maine's real estate market doesn't get more eclectic than Greater Portland. From the historic stately homes in West End and trendy lofts in East End to scenic island homes and suburbs, there is something for everyone.
What to Love
- Nature lover’s paradise
- A perfect blend of modernity and old-world charm
- Fresh seafood cuisine, including Maine lobster, everywhere
- Home to several picturesque lighthouses
- Easy access to the city, ocean, and nature trails
While Greater Portland has a large enough population to be considered dynamic and diverse, it's maintained a strong community feel. Expect the barista to remember how you like your coffee, a neighbor to offer you extra produce from a community garden, or the next person in line at the supermarket to welcome you with a friendly chat.
The region offers vast amenities. Walk 70 miles of trails, cruise along the island-studded Casco Bay, or visit the largest marsh in Maine in Greater Portland. Residents enjoy visiting the area’s numerous restaurants, which boast some of Maine’s best seafood, steak, and global fare, making Greater Portland an ideal place for foodies.
Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment
Greater Portland is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, with impressive recognitions such as Food & Wine's Best and Upcoming Chefs of New England, James Beard Award winners, and top rankings in Gourmet Magazine.
, Fore Street Restaurant
, and Luke's Lobster
are incredible restaurants in Portland. These fantastic eateries have topped the New York Times' “America’s Best Restaurant” list. Visitors can expect innovative dishes, extensive wine lists, multiple-course tasting menus, knowledgeable sommeliers, and surroundings that promote relaxation.
Just outside of Portland, Scratch Baking Co
impresses guests with its delectable artisanal bread, bagels, and pastries. While visiting this popular establishment, you can also purchase espresso drinks and handcrafted sandwiches. Opened in the 1920s, The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
has served delicious seafood for over 100 years. This charming bistro is a favorite with locals. In Falmouth, The Dockside Grill
boasts fresh, flavorful New England fare with a modern twist. The stylish American locale features bayside patio and waterside views and is an excellent spot for regional dishes, beers, and more. MK Kitchen
in Gorham offers refined New American dinners in a rustic-chic environment with a bar and lounge. Popular menu items include roasted butternut squash soup, lobster cones, and pan-roasted mussels.
Things to Do
From high-octane to low-key, from land to sea and indoor to outdoor, Greater Portland offers plenty of activities for every season and age. Greater Portland is home to incredible festivals, events, and natural oases. Spend the afternoon exploring the area’s incredible lighthouses, many of which allow visitors to climb to the top for mesmerizing views. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse
, lovingly known as Bug Light, Portland Head Light
at Fort Williams Park, Ram Island Ledge Light
in Casco Bay, and Cape Elizabeth Light attract visitors looking for that Maine “postcard shot”.
The Greater Portland area is home to several beaches where locals can enjoy the sun and sand. Willard Beach
’s dog-friendly grounds are perfect for canine companions and their owners to enjoy a leisurely stroll, while Scarborough Beach
offers a well-maintained beach area complete with lifeguards and surrounding lush greenery. Other popular beaches include Higgins Beach
, and Ferry Beach
. The nearby resort town of Old Orchard Beach
offers easy access to the beach and is also home to the popular Dunegrass Golf Club
Fairs, festivals, and exciting events abound in Greater Portland. You'll find events fit for all lifestyles. Highlights include Reggaefest on Peaks Island, the Yarmouth Clam Festival, and Cumberland Fair. Athletes test their limits annually at the Beach to Beacon
, a 10k race created by gold medalist distance runner and Maine native Joan Benoit Samuelson.
Greater Portland is home to highly-rated schools in various school districts. Top-performing educational institutions and universities include:
- Deering High School, 9-12 (Portland)
- Portland High School, 9-12 (Portland)
- Casco Bay High School, 9-12 (Portland)
- Waynflete High School, 9-12 (Portland)
- Cheverus High School, 9-12 (Portland)
- Cape Elizabeth High School, 9-12 (Greater Portland)
- Falmouth High School, 9-12 (Greater Portland)
- Greely High School, 9-12 (Greater Portland)
- Scarborough High School, 9-12 (Greater Portland)
- University of Southern Maine
- University of New England - Portland and Biddeford Campus
- Southern Maine Community College
- Maine College of Art & Design in Portland