Portland ME - Hotel, Neighborhood, Food reccs?
We're going to be in Portland for a few days this summer. We'd like to get some good local flavor, both restaurants (various prices) and a hotel in a neighborhood which is fun to walk around in. What would you recommend?
We like most types of food, but would prefer local ingredients and inspiration.
Thanks in advance...
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If you are going for a couple nights and want to get out to Peaks Island (ony 15 minute ferry ride & only $3 bucks) - there's an awesome Inn just off the ferry. http://innonpeaks.com/ It will be like two vacations in one. But even if you don't stay, take the ferry for dinner at the Cockeyed Gull (lots of great reviews) and awesome views and skyline of Portland. http://www.cockeyedgull.com/
The regency is my favorite place to stay we love to go to the armory for drinks before dinner somewhere out. Don't miss out on the east end while you are in town. Walk up India street and stop at Miccuci's the italian store, turn right on Congress and there are cute shops, you can head up Munjoy hill to the observatory on on to a beautiful view while passing some great restaurants like blue spoon and the front room (there is also bar lola but I think it is cheeky to charge 12.00 for a tiny dish of macaroni and cheese-they call it a tasting menu-I call it a rip-off menu) and a new tea shop called Homegrown with the sweetest owner. Or you can take a left just past the snug Irish pub onto Washington Ave that has Hamdi African restaurant and Tu casa a Salvadorian restaurant, some ethnic shops, Earth and Soul pottery, Portland pottery, coffee by design and if you like to eat outside Silly's restaurant has the coolest outdoor seating. Enjoy!
We loved the Regency--great location, nice staff, and if you do the B&B package, breakfast is fantastic. Also, the spa is available to hotel guests--bring your bathing suit--there is a beautiful jacuzzi. The Armory bar is a nice pre or post dinner hangout. http://www.theregency.com/
On India Street up a little bit from Micucci's is a terrific coffee place--name escapes me but Portlanders will know it. There are many excellent restaurants--search the New England board for much passionate discussion about favorites.
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