Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront

145 Fore Street, Portland, Maine, 04101, United States

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Residence Inn Portland Downtown / Waterfront Hotel
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  • I ♥ This Hotel


    After a recent, mostly unpleasant experience at another Residence Inn I wasn't sure what to expect at this hotel, but I'm happy to say that I was really impressed. The building is in a great location close to the Old Port section of the city, within walking distance to lots of restaurants, shops, attractions, the Civic Center and the ferry terminal.

    The hotel itself is quite cozy, with a cute little lobby bar and very friendly and helpful staff. The people working there were some of the nicest I've come across in a long time.

    The room was great, very clean and comfortable. Even the free breakfast was quite pleasant and civilized.

    There is parking for the hotel in the garage across the street at a discounted rate of $12 per night (normal garage rate is $25 per night) and they also have a free shuttle bus that will take you anyplace you want to go in the city. The shuttle driver will even give you recommendations if you're not sure where to go for a drink or a meal.

    I'd stay here again in a heartbeat. It's a great place!

    Unique Quality: The hotel has a fitness room and pool. Some of the rooms have views of Casco Bay.

    Directions: Old Port section of the city

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Some General Questions about things to do and places to stay

by sabogg01

I am considering a few vacation options and one is New England in the fall at the end of September and the beginning of October.
I have made an itinerary in which we would spend 1 complete day in Portland, Maine. We will be arriving in Portsmouth, New Hampshire first and want to drive the hour and start our "journey" at Portland. My first question is:
Are there enough things to do in Portland to spend a day? As far as just strolling through downtown and visiting the shore and looking at different lighthouses and ships that may be in the area. Or would it be better to drive to Portland for a few hours and then come back to Portsmouth, NH and spend the night?
I notice that hotels seem to be very expensive in the Portland area.
I am going to post my itinerary and see if there are any other suggestions that may make this a lil better:

Day 1 Portland, Maine
Day 2 Woodstock, Vermont & Stockbridge, MA
Day 3-6 New York City
Day 7 Mystic, CT
Day 8 Newport, RI
Day 9 Plymouth Rock/Hyannis & Marthas Vineyard
Day 10 Boston
Day 11 Portsmouth, NH

Re: Some General Questions about things to do and places to stay

by WheninRome

Mainia is right, it will be a ton of driving. Personally, I would cut the itinerary in half and more fully immerse myself in some of those places; however, I admire your ambition.

At least, I think Woodstock, VT and Stockbridge, MA is too ambitious in 1 day. Woodstock could easily be a day by itself and it has some nice B&B's, lots of shopping, and great hiking. I have a few Woodstock tips on my Vermont travel page.

Good luck.

Re: Some General Questions about things to do and places to stay

by sabogg01

Thanks--We may possibly be making this into a 14 day trip which would add a few days on to it. Most places of driving are within 1-3 hours. A lot of this itinerary came from the Caravan Tours and their suggested points of interest. We will see. Thanks again everyone! :)

Re: Some General Questions about things to do and places to stay

by ProvTom

Dear Lexington:

Sad to say, you will be frustrated, disappointed, and exhausted if you attempt the itinerary you list in your message. Guaranteed.

Cut it in half (same no. of days...but fewer stops), take your time, and enjoy the historic depth and richness of New England/NYC. Do Cape Cod and the islands (Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket) another time...separate trip.

Boston, alone, should take you at least two days. Eliminate Mystic, but add extra time in Newport and Providence. Providence isn't as touristy...and has nicer hotels.

You're using the same approach as a Yankee on his first trip to Europe, who plans to see London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna in eight days. Can't be done; take my word for it. (Check with your local AAA. Maybe they can give you some added perspective.)
Providence, RI (USA)

Re: Some General Questions about things to do and places to stay

by heywinks

I see the dilemna now. You're travelling from KY and want to see as much of New England as you can.

I agree, that's a lot of driving. You'd be driving in a long loop, starting north and then heading south and going back up again. Any way you can fly into one city and out another? That would cut some of your driving time at least.

Plymouth can possibly be done in half a day. The Rock is just that - a rock. Plymouth Plantation will take about 2-3 hrs, depending on if you talk to the "residents". You will probably want to check out the Mayflower replica (do that first since the tkts might be timed, if I remember correctly). You can get discounted admission if you buy both Plantation and Mayflower tkts.

The suggestion to see Martha's Vineyard another time is right on. There are too many areas to explore in the Cape to add it to your present itinerary.

Since I live in the Boston area I would say spend more time in Boston as well. If you are in Boston on a Wed or Thurs night, check out the Museum of Fine Arts (free Wed from 4:45-9:45pm) and Institute of Contemporary Art (free Thurs nights 5-9pm).

Travel Tips for Portland

Learn a little about the...

by Pamela_Peace

Learn a little about the history of Portland - English settlers established themselves on the peninsula in 1632 and the bay area became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652. After the Revolutionary War, Portland developed into a thriving commercial port. In 1820 when Maine was admitted into the Union, the city of Portland was its' first capital. Three years later, the first steamship from Boston arrived and this was the beginning of regular passenger service between the two port cities.

Acadia - Friendly wildlife

by SLLiew

Guess who came for breakfast at the fire site of the camp-site.

A chipmunk. Not sure if it was Alvin (Cartoon chipmunk character) in disguise but it was not talking in any funny chipmunk accent.

It was our first close encounter and hence the photograph.

Wells Beach (swimming with the fish)

by heitzenrater

this beach is awsome. the view is great. the sand is nice, the people are friendly. the only down side is that the water was cold. this beach is located about 30 miles south of portland on the 95. it's free to go to, just follow the signs off 95. it truly is a great beach

once there you can shop for "maine like gifts" (lobster thingys) you can also get a meal at the local dinner. it good but a little expencive



Wiscassett Town

by BruceDunning

For a town of only 3,600, this is quaint and peaceful. They have some shops in the middle of town. the tours of the homes are also there. Along the Sheepscot River, it was a more important port for shipbuilding and commerce until early 1800's. It is well worth a stroll through the streets to take in the old time feel.

Authentic seafood experience

by Don_Caballero about Porthole Restuarant

An authentic seafood/cafe restaurant on one of the fishing piers of Old Port district. They have outdoor seating w/ umbrellas on the pier, overlooking the water. The food was excellent, w/ very fresh seafood. The prices were slightly high: lunchtime crab & brie sandwich was $9, the special, crab quesadilla, was $12. Service was good but less friendly than Portland as a whole. Location was great: in the main attraction area, but down a side pier, so out of the traffic and buzz.


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