Portland Travel Guide

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What Everyone's Buying in Maine: Do-Not-Disturb Lobsters

August 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Some hotels have a simple "Do Not Disturb" sign. But the Inn By the Sea in Crescent Beach, Maine, has cute red metal lobsters that you can hang on your door when you want to be left alone.

Good news if you're not staying at the hotel, though: these little guys are for sale in the lobby and spa, so if you're stopping in for a meal at the Sea Glass Restaurant, coming in for a massage, or just making a pit stop en route to the Portland Head Light, you can pick up one of these little guys on the way.

It's the perfect gift for the WASPy relative who already has lobster-print clothes, towels, and bed linens, non? We're going to name ours Homer, in honor of Maine artist Winslow.

[Photo: Lilit M.]

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Get Outside for the Last Gasps of Summer in Maine

August 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maine may have a reputation for being cold most of the year, but The Pine Tree State is freakin' beautiful in its short summer. If you're more the stay-in-town type than the rent-a-remote-cabin type, there are several ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without venturing too far from civilization. Centering on Portland, we recommend these:

1. The Portland Head Light There are pretty lighthouses, and then there's the Portland Head Lighthouse. This picturesque light in nearby Cape Elizabeth is set among small buildings, including the lighthouse museum, and is basically incapable of being badly photographed. Once you're done with your tour, hang out in Fort Williams Park along the beach, which is doggie-friendly.

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Become a 'Portlandia' Local with IFC's Latest Sweepstakes

August 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you love celery, the '90s, and putting birds on things, then IFC has a new sweepstakes just for you.

The network is giving one fan the chance be a Portlandia local, at least for a few days, with a trip to Portland and a walk on role in the show.

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How to Get Tickets to Portland's MusicFestNW

May 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

The MusicFestNW isn't as well known as other Northwest music fests, like Sasquatch, but it should be.

After 19 years MusicFestNW knows exactly what the audience wants - an awesome lineup, fewer stages, and cheap tickets.

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New Ferry to Nova Scotia Means More Excuses for Quick Trips to Canada

March 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

This spring, the Nova Star Ferry will begin service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, increasing accessibility for Americans in the northeast to Canada's beautiful maritime province. The ship is currently making its way from Singapore and is scheduled to begin service on May 1st.

We're sure it's a pretty ride across the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, but this ferry will do its best to keep you occupied and spending money onboard with three restaurants, three bars, live entertainment, a movie theater, and a casino. It will also have a fitness center and children’s play area to accompany 163 cabins and the capacity for 1,215 passengers and 336 cars.

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Believe It or Not, Airport Carpets are Inspiring Tattoos and More

March 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we discovered a little something crazy: the popularity of airport carpets on photo sharing app Instagram.

Delving a bit further into this fascination, and that of other similarly quirky funny Instagram travel hashtags, we've found that not only is the carpet of Portland International Airport in Oregon particularly beloved, but that devotees have gone so far as to have the design tattooed!

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The 4 Products to Purchase Before Departing Portland

August 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland's DIY culture is a cliche, but it's also a pretty delicious cliche. Here, you can get just about anything, from furniture to silverware to foodstuffs, that's one of a kind. If you want to bring home a memento of your PDX trip or just thank the catsitter in a slightly more elegant way, check out one of these goodies.

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Pick Up a $20 'Passport' for Portland's New Crop of Urban Wineries

Where: 1416 SE Stark St [map], Portland, Oregon, United States, 97215
August 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland’s beer breweries are so ubiquitous that even Portlandia won’t make a joke about them. But the city known for its beer culture is branching out into something a little more unexpected—urban wineries.

So, what’s an urban winery? Think of it as winemaking on a smaller and more intimate level. You don’t need to have your own fields and live out in the country; instead, urban winemakers will simply buy grapes from vineyards and make their own blends, sometimes in extremely small batches.

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Portland's Cascade Brewery Lets Fans Be the First to Tap a New Keg

Where: 939 SE Belmont Street [map], Portland, Oregon, United States, 97214
August 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

In a beer-obsessed place like Portland, you could spend your entire trip visiting breweries. Instead, hit up a one-of-a-kind experience you definitely can’t get back home, one for which you’ll want to start prepping way in advance.

Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House has a tradition known as Tap-It Tuesday. Almost every Tuesday, a non-staff member is given the honor of tapping the company’s latest keg and of drinking the very first glass of the new brew. The waiting list is months long, and many beer aficionados will plan their entire trip to Portland around when they can snag a guest slot. Since the process requires two people—a tapper and a holder—couples often make the trek to Portland to have the experience together.

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The Important Ephemera of American History Live in Portland, Oregon

Where: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97205
August 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Want to see the TV camera that filmed Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald? How about the bullet-hole-pierced speech that Teddy Roosevelt had in his jacket pocket when he was shot? You don’t need to head to the Smithsonian for these incredible pieces of Americana.

Local philanthropist Melvin “Pete” Mark has been collecting American presidential artifacts for some time, and much of his collection is on display in the quiet, unassuming Oregon Historical Society.

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What's the Best Way to Sample Portland's 600 Food Trucks?

August 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland has an estimated 600 food trucks offering cuisines from Scottish to Korean, and you could spend weeks trying them all. If you don’t have weeks, though, sign up for the insanely well-curated food truck tour organized by local institution Brett Burmeister.

Burmeister is a native Portlandian, and he started a blog documenting the local food truck scene several years ago. Since then, his hobby has turned into a bona fide vocation. For $37.50 (and free for kids!), you're off on a 1.5-hour tour of downtown food trucks, with tastings from at least four places along the way.

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How To Get Tickets To The First Comic Con of 2013

December 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tickets for 2013's first big geek fest, Wizard World Portland Comic Con, are now on sale.

The con, taking place February 22- 24, 2013, will welcome The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, comic legend Stan Lee, Homeland's Morena Baccarin, one-time Superman Dean Cain, and Buffy's James Marsters, as well as dozens of exhibitors and artists.

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