My Portland

Street & Co. and the Portland Museum of Art aren't my only favorite haunts. Here's the lowdown on the town's highlights.

Downtown Portland, Maine

Sara Gray

Dining

Fore Street: Like Street & Co., its newer, sister restaurant includes delectable mussels on the menu; 207/775-2717.

Siam City Cafe: Enjoy nice Thai food, with outside dining in warm months; 207/773-8389.

Flatbread Company: This specialty pizza parlor offers waterfront views; 207/772-8777.

Breaking New Grounds: Coffee shops abound, but this one has good java and the most clever name; 207/228-2054.

Street & Co.: Dried herb bunches hang from the ceiling of this cozy restaurant, where you get perfectly prepared fish every time; 207/775-0887.

Valley View Orchard Pies: The Kroitzsh family sells homemade pies at the Portland Public Market; 207/228-2036.

Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub: Of the many local breweries, this is one of the most popular; 207/772-2739.

Shopping

Dunne Roman: Filled to the brim with home accessories, this shop is a must-see; 207/780-6456.

Portland Antiques: The upscale shop has a nice selection of pond yachts; 207/773-7052.

Casco Bay Wool Works: You'll definitely want one of their handmade hooded capes, or at least have fun trying it on; 800/788-9842.

The Weede Shoppe at the Port: Walking through this lush store feels like taking a stroll through a botanical garden; 207/828-4975.

Portland Greengrocer: A classic old grocery with beautiful produce, fresh-baked breads, and gourmet cheeses, wines, and spreads--all perfect for a picnic. They even sell the totes for packing one; 207/761-9232.

Lodging

Pomegranate Inn: This stylish B&B offers a refreshing change from more typical Victorian versions. While a fabulous art collection hangs on the first level, the comfortable upstairs guest rooms are just as artful, with whimsical designs painted on the walls; 800/356-0408 or pomegranateinn.com.

The Portland Regency Hotel: This historic hotel rests in the heart of the Old Port; 800/727-3436.

The Eastland Park Hotel: Its clubby, top-level bar enjoys the city's best bay view. At least go for wine at sunset; 207/775-5411.

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