Portland offers an astonishing variety of things to do, see, listen to, buy, eat, and experience. Sophisticated or fun, business or not, a stay at The Danforth can be calm and restorative or fast-paced and exciting, but it will never be dull.
The Danforth is a short walk to the midtown Arts District, with myriad small galleries, as well as the Portland Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Maine. A short distance farther is the Old Port Exchange, where great restaurants, galleries and shops abound, and the waterfront provides an ever changing backdrop. Seasonally, there is ice skating, open markets, street theatre, beach basking and snowshoeing.
Music, theatre, spas, museums, galleries, historic homes, parades, cruises, sightseeing—Portland is teeming with activities. Browse these links for a sample of everything it has to offer.
For specific driving directions to our favorite points of interest, visit our THINGS TO DO page.
Food—what joy, what delight it can offer. The restaurants in Portland celebrate flavor with verve. Spicy warm-climate combinations, fresh-from-the-Atlantic seafood, subtle seasonings that linger on your tongue—Portland’s restaurants please a variety of palates. Want guidance? Just ask, we love to talk dining. The pleasures of the table can be found at the following locations. Bon appetit!
The Portland area is a perfect getaway, with the sophistication and excitement of a major metropolitan region, yet with the comfort and charm of a small town.
On the coast, there is ample opportunity for watching the sailboats in Portland Harbor or taking a sunset cruise. The art scene is thriving, and on many evenings the newest cutting-edge gallery opening is the place to be. Portland has an astounding number of restaurants offering an equally staggering range of style and cost, making dining a high point of a Portland visit. Evening at the theater, afternoon at the shops and museums, walking tours, breweries and history combine to make Greater Portland Casco Bay a destination, and The Danforth is in the heart of it all.
Contemporary to classic, sophisticated to folk, the galleries of Portland are diverse and delightful. The art scene here is thriving and dynamic and changes daily. Art for your walls, art to reflect on, and art to live with can be found at the many galleries and studios in the city. Photography, fine and decorative arts, fiber, sculpture, mixed media, crafts, antiques, glass, wood, Maine artists, Maine subjects—world-class art is just steps from The Danforth.
While away from home, visit some fabulous spas and fitness clubs that will help you keep in peak condition. From indulgent body work to don’t-slack workouts, Portland offers a range of top-notch services. Sample, and be well.