There is so much more to the state of Maine than just lobster and lighthouses and Portland, Maine is just one of those quintessential New England small cities with more to offer. The best time to visit is September and October, when fall foliage and the seafood are at their peak! New England is a harsh place in the winter time, so get out east (before it’s too late!) and visit Portland, Maine. We’ve got a few fun activities lined up below!
If you’re feeling ambitious enough to see and purchase the freshest catch of the day, be sure to get to sure to head to the Harbor Fish Market as early as you can. Here you’ll find North Atlantic ground fish caught right off the coast; freshly harvested mussels, small coldwater crab, steamer clams, and oysters are some of the best and freshest when they are harvested straight out of the Atlantic Ocean. The Harbor Fish Market is also known for its wide selection of seasonal imported fish and seafood plus an array of top quality frozen foods. The retail store is located at 9 Custom House Wharf in Portland, Maine and open Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and closed most major holidays.
Break up your day with a history lesson at the The Wadsworth-Longfellow House, open April through October. The Longfellow family was known for making significant significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the most famous men of the 1800s. Take a tour inside the first public house museum in Maine at the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and do not miss The Longfellow Garden. Located behind the famous home, this Colonial Revival style garden is open to the public when the weather permits.
Next, walk down the block from the Wadsworth-Longfellow House to the Public Market House for a taste of local wares purveyed from entrepreneurs and farms who are local to this beautiful seaside town, Maine purveyors, vendors, and farmers. The Public Market House provides the people of Portland an alternative to supermarkets and has 35 different vendors here everyday. Public Market house is run by Market Vendors LLC. Market Vendors LLC moved into 28 Monument Square in 2006, reopening after the original Portland Public Market closed earlier that year. Monument square also holds weekly in-town farmers market The portland Farmers market reopens for the 2016- 2017 season December 3 2016 – April 22 2017. They also host events like beer and cheese tastings, The Market House also operates a community kitchen used by small businesses who do not have access to commercial kitchens and they often use produce from market vendors who participate in the farmers market. It’s a great way for small businesses to cultivate and refine their prepared food products for sale to the Portland community. The Public Market House is open Monday through Saturday 8am – 7pm and Sunday from 10am – 5pm.
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