Maine Is A Beautiful State
Maine is one of the most beautiful states! My family and I moved here about 12 years ago and are still blown away by its natural beauty. As an uber driver, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the state and see a lot of the things that make it an attractive place to come and visit.
Some of the things that I often get asked are: “Could you recommend a good place to eat?” Or “What’s one thing that we need to do while we are in town?” or “What’s your wildest story while driving uber?” Well, that last question would take a while to answer so we’ll save that for another day. 🙂
A Little Help Please?
Visitors to Portland have a lot of questions about the area but there is a question that they never ask me when they get in my car: The question: Where is a good place to stay? Due to the lockdowns of last year, we’ve seen a lot of tourist action this year. This has caused the prices of hotels to go up exponentially. I did get the question “are there any cheap hotels in Portland Maine? Sorry…not really. You’d be lucky to find anything under $300 this year (2021).
Don’t even get me started on the Boutique Hotels Portland Maine has to offer (You can find information on those closest to the bottom of this page). Cheap hotels in Portland Maine are difficult to find and because of this I like to warn people: If you are going to come, book your hotel sooner than later because chances are things won’t get much cheaper than what you are finding them to be.
Then I thought “People come to this state and they have to rely mostly on reviews of people that don’t live here. What if they got travel info from someone who does? Would that be helpful?” I think so!
So I decided to write and blog about it. So in this short blog, I will point you to some hotels and in subsequent blogs some restaurants, and some sites that you should visit while here in this great state of Maine. Enjoy your time and don’t forget to have some Lobstah! Check out the video below- It’s a short “aerial” view from a helicopter ride that a friend gave me. It was a blast seeing Portland and the surrounding area from above:
“The Best Hotels In Portland Maine”
Now I use the term “The Best hotels in Portland Maine” but that is not actually accurate. More accurate would be -Hotels that have good ratings all around and meet the needs of visitors in an above-average way.
So with that said: here are 4 Hotels in Portland Maine with at least 4 out of 5-star Customer Ratings. These hotels are in no particular order or rank, to make it simple I’ve grouped them together and the ones listed all have the following amenities:
4 Hotels with Above Average Customer Ratings
VRBO is another option and you can search at the bottom of this page.
If you are looking for hotels that are more unique than the boutique hotels Portland Maine has to offer may be what you are looking for. They are all “top-notch” and sometimes difficult to get into. Here are a few for your consideration:
The Press Hotel (Marriot- but very Unique)
A Secret Option (Shhhhh!)
If you are really looking to save some coin then I have just the suggestion. There is a college in the area that runs a hospitality program that offers beautiful accommodations beside the sea. To keep the numbers down I can’t share it openly as past visitors book this venue yearly. (Its also the reason I put this at the bottom of the page)
So if you would like the information on this super-secret accommodation, enter a good email and I’ll send it to you right away!
A Few Things To Know
- The Portland airport is usually not busy so no worries getting in and out. Once you hit the ground you will get a sense of the chill vibe that Maine has to offer.
- If you plan on using UBER or LYFT, (You could use a taxi but who does that any more? lol) know that it may be a good idea to schedule one in advance as the Pandemic has reduced the number of available drivers in the area. (From experience this feature works better on LYFT).
- You’ll find Portland to be very accessible and charming. The seaport has a wonderful summer vibe and you will find tons of people enjoying the many restaurants it has to offer.
- A little Fun Fact for ya: Maine is the safest state in the United States!
1) Highroller Lobster Co.
Looking for a place to grab a bite? Another hot spot for people visiting is a place called HighRoller Lobster Co. When you come to Maine, you just have to have some Lobster, and Portland Maine is home to one of the most unique seafood restaurants. This company started as a food truck in 2015 and now they are known all over the world!
2) The Lobster Shack at Two Lights- Cape Elizabeth
Continuing on my day of driving I decided to ask more folks visiting to the city what they enjoyed as they toured the city. A family from St. Petersburg Florida said that they had paid $23 for a lobster roll at a place called the Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth.
They told me that the $23 was well worth it, and the view was beautiful! Two Lighthouses can be seen from this location so that makes this area a great place to soak in some of what Portland Maine has to offer.
3) The Porthole Restaurant
Rounding things out at number 5 is a place called the Porthole. This is a unique restaurant in which you will find all the seafood choices that your heart could desire. But what makes this food destination unique? We’ll you are eating in a restaurant, literally on the water! Enough said.
Pubs & Breweries
Portland Maine is home to many microbreweries. If you like to experience new pubs, breweries, and places to drink then take a look at the list that I’ve put together for you. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with the atmosphere and experiences that the breweries in Portland Maine have to offer. Therefore feel good about any of the choices that you make from the list below.
1) The Lincoln
I was driving Uber the other day and I met a young couple who was visiting the area. We got to talking about some places that they really enjoyed and they recommended that I share a place with my readers. The place? Lincolns bar. It’s a speakeasy bar that gives you a great atmosphere with very reasonably priced drinks.
2) Bissell Brothers
One day I got a phone call from a friend who lives in Michigan and he asked me if I had ever heard of a microbrewery called Bissel Brothers. I said, “no I haven’t.” He told me it was a brewery that I had to visit!
I live south of Portland (about 40 minutes), so one day I made the trek up to Bissel Brothers and my friend was right… It was amazing! Since I was thrilled with my drink experience I decided to load up; I purchased two cases for him and a case for me!
When you come to Portland Maine, put it on your bucket list to stop in and have a drink, I highly recommend it! You can navigate to their website here to check store hours and availability.
3) Maine Beer CompanyThis company was also started by two brothers. At first, they just wanted to make beer that they liked then things took off from there. They made one brew over and over and over until it was perfected. It was called … “Peeper”.They started in their garage prior to 2009 and now look at them!Their motto is “Do What’s Right”- They make quality beer and focus on treating the planet’s resources right. I think we can all get behind that. Check out the rest of their story and products here.
Sites & Attractions
Portland Maine has a very relaxed atmosphere. Whenever my family comes to town they say, “We feel like we can just sit back and relax. It’s true, Maine just has this chill vibe about it; when you come…you’ll see!
You’ll find that there are plenty of things to do or “not”, whatever floats your boat (no pun intended as there are a lot of boats in Portland). Speaking of boats that brings me to one of the first things you should check out when you come.
1) The Real Portland Tour
Portland is not that big of a city but there is a lot to see in a short time. This tour enables you to catch the top sites in about an hour and forty-five minutes. Visitors love this tour as it gives them a glimpse into this relaxed city. The tour usually sells out so book yours today!
2) New England EcoAdventures
Ever Want to go Whale watching in Alaska but it seems so far away? Also not a big fan of trying to figure out if its going to be always dark or always daylight in Alaska when you go?
Well, skip Alaska and come to… you guessed it, Portland Maine! Its on the East coast so the “Daylight Savings Time” – thing is simple and you can see whales! Yes!
New England Eco Adventures is a highly customer-rated tour that the locals say they are 90% sure you will see a whale when you go out. I’m not sure about you but I like those odds. If I’m paying to see whales… “Show Me The Whales!”
(New England EcoAdventures is actually located in Kennebunkport which is about 30 mins south of Portland.)
In the video below, the couple gives a short review of their tour. You can watch the whole thing or fast forward about the 5-minute mark.
3) Lucky Catch Cruise
I had some uber customers who thought this was really cool. They came up just for the weekend and wanted to relax but they also wanted to get an experience that you can’t get many places, fishing for Lobsters!
Take this cruise and see how it’s done. On this adventure, you get to catch, cook and consume your lobster! Don’t worry, aprons are included so you don’t get too dirty.
4) Mackworth Island Trail
Watch just a nice relaxing hike while you’re in the city? Then catch an Uber or Lyft (Or Taxi- whatever suits your fancy) out to Mackworth Island.
Once you get dropped off at the entrance, this Island is accessible via a quarter-mile causeway. Enjoy the scenic island and breathe in the clean Maine air that we locals enjoy every day- best of all, this activity is free!
Places to Stay
There are plenty of places to stay; if you are still unsure, be sure to check out the home page with information on some good hotels in the area.
Below are 3 links that you will find very helpful.