Living in Portland, Maine:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Portland, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked seven people living in Portland what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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In Portland, you’ll find freshly-caught lobster and a busy downtown with many faces and names. You may focus on the many local businesses from the smaller to the larger estates, but be sure not to miss the many stories in the souls of those passing by. You’ll find great-tasting food and articulate style in Portland. From the forest trails to The Atlantic Ocean, Portland is a Beautiful city on the coast of vacationland state of Maine, USA.

Vanessa, says: 2020

Portland sits right on the harbor and the ocean surrounds the sides of the downtown peninsula. You can see the ocean, smell the sea salt and you can count on that crisp ocean breeze on hot summer days. The colder months, which are most of the year, still offer much beauty. You can sit on top of the Eastern Prom in a snowstorm with a hot drink in a thermos, watching the boats on the ocean as the sun starts to go down. Part of what makes Portland such an amazing place to live is how close nature is to the city. It’s a 10-20-minute drive to a hike, lake or nature preserve. Much of Maine culture is about getting outside and taking advantage of the landscape.

Herbert, says: 2020

Portland, Maine, is a beautiful city situation on the rocky coast. Despite its small size, Portland has an impressive food scene, with almost every flavor of food represented. Additionally, Portland is known for its close knit and active musicians. Many of Portland’s musicians have gone on to play at the world’s premier venues.

The footprint of the city is somewhat small with the downtown being a mile-wide peninsula, so spending the day walking downtown is easy. If it’s Friday night in Portland and you decide you’d like to get takeout or go for a fancy sit-down dinner, the options are seemingly endless and somehow the quality is far from compromised. Izakaya Minato is a Japanese fusion style bistro. A block away is Cong Tu Bot which has some of the best pho you can imagine. One more block away is Forage Market, which makes their own bagels and uses local ingredients for sandwiches.

Portland, Maine, is on the smaller side which makes it easy to feel like there’s a palpable sense of community. The restaurant scene is plush and continues to surprise. Oceanic coastal views and seaside weather envelop the city all year. Lakes and mountains are minutes away. While Portland is technically a city, it feels like a big small-town.

There are what seem to be an infinite number of beaches to choose from. Choosing a beach to go to from Portland makes it easy since it sits about 45 minutes north of the New Hampshire border, and is about 4 hours from Lubec, the easternmost tip of Maine. There are several state parks, lakes and mountains that are well within a day trip from Portland.

Portland has one of the highest cost of living rates in all of the country. Secondly, the Old Port is a major tourist attraction every summer! Thirdly, the land and scenery cannot be beat. A beautiful place to move, if you can afford it!

Kendall, says: 2020

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