(40 Minutes North). A bustling, walkable port, a vibrant arts district and the hippest food scene in New England make Portland a must-see destination for any Maine vacation. Think the look of a mini Boston with the vibe of a mini San Francisco.
From a world-class art museum, to the best sushi restaurant north of New York City, Portland has it all. A quick trip up Highway 95 will place you in the heart of the Old Port, where cobblestone streets and brownstones comprise a hip shopping district and such a dense concentration of wonderful restaurants that Portland earned the designation “America’s Foodiest Small City” from Bon Appetit magazine in 2009.