The Maine Waterfront

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

For many, Maine is all about the ocean.  With the third largest coastline in the continental United States, it easy to take if for granted. This is especially true when you consider that the vast majority of Americans actually never have the opportunity to enjoy all the great benefits the ocean has to offer.

Like most of Maine, Portland has its roots in the ocean and at its heart are the waterfront and the Old Port.  In many ways the waterfront is the heart and soul of the city.  As a deep water port that is among the best protected along the east coast, it is home to luxury cruise ships as well as large container ships.

But sailing is not limited to commercial vessels.  On any day, but especially during the spring and summer, the waterfront is dotted with pleasure craft of all types.  A cruise to one of the many Calendar Islands that are in Casco Bay make for a great adventure.

Portland’s Old Port is a renovated section of the city that features renovated historic brick buildings, a large collection of diverse and interesting shops and boutiques and a long list of restaurants that range from small coffee shops to extravagant fine dining.

With its center at the intersection of Exchange and Fore streets, the Old Port encompasses an area that easy to transverse on foot. The primary shopping streets are Exchange, Middle, Fore and Commercial – yet there many smaller side streets and avenues to explore.

Other areas right on the Portland peninsula include the West End and Munjoy Hill.  These sections of the city offer great views of Casco Bay, residential living and local businesses.

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Along with my wife and partner Laura, we moved to Maine in 2000, after living in many areas of the United States & Europe, including NYC, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Belgium. We love Portland and are proud to call it home. Our passion is real estate, and we currently own the company Maine Home Connection, providing personalized online home buying & selling services.

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