They say that with all the harbors, inlets, bays and peninsulas that create Maine’s really dramatic coastline, that you could fit all of the world’s Navies into the harbors and still have room!
The coast is almost the home of boats – both big and small, with small fishing villages scattered all along the coastline and rivers. They all are quaint, some big, some small – so just driving along and coming across a new village is what makes travelling so much fun. The bigger the village, the more likely you are to find shops and people, and the opposite is true if the village is small.
The whole mix of water views, hillsides, church steeples, old homes dotted around a harbor, a mix of yachts, small pleasure boats and working fishing boats, all create this picture perfect scene. These are just a few of the great little villages that you might look for or stumble upon – Castine, Belfast, Freeport, Wiscasset, Stonington, Lubec, Camden, Bath, Cutler, Permaquid Point, Damariscotta, Boothbay Harbor and Cundy’s Harbor – but this list is by no means all of the great little villages that you will find. Happy Exploring!
Portland – is Maine’s biggest city with a population of around 66,000 people. It is located on Casco Bay, with small islands just off its coastline, with a Ferry service that will take you from Portland to Peaks Island, Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long Island, Chebeaugue and Cliff Island.
The City was first established by the British who arrived here in 1632 to establish the Fishing and trading settlement on the waterfront. In 1866 much of the then town was destroyed by fire, but was then rebuilt and today you can see many of the old mansions, warehouses, wharves and streets in the downtown around the Harbor from the 1800’s that give Portland much of its atmosphere.
It is still very much a working port city, with fishing boats lining the waterfront and other boats, ferries and yachts all here too. The Nova Star ferry that takes passengers to Nova Scotia is also located here too. Visit the Harbor Fish Market at 9 Custom House Wharf and you will see lobsters, but also mussels, crabs, and fish of all types here for sale, including Cod, Haddock, Sole, Flounder and many other fish types.
If you want to catch a Lobster yourself, check out www.luckycatch.com at 170 Commercial Street, Portland. Tel: (207) 761 0941.
These are some of the things to see in Portland –