This harbor town's shopping options prove there's much more to Maine's regional style than old-fashioned New England practicality and a certain brand associated with canvas totes and rugby shirts. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
That said, a certain down-to-earth earnestness, community mindedness, and pride remain strong among makers and retailers, the most au courant of which are clustered around the historic and cobblestoned Old Port.
Where to Shop
100 Commercial Street, #112
Imagine a cozy, well-appointed, contemporary New England home full of handmade wares that feel well-worn yet fresh. Now take a look around k colette—chances are your vision and reality match up quite nicely; kcolette.com.
131 Middle Street
Fans of the designer's textiles, rugs, and other home goods—which evoke Adams's unique brand of New England bohemian modernism—and furnishings by her husband/partner, Sherwood Hamill, will swoon at the flagship showroom; angelaadams.com.
More & Co.
112 High Street
The inventory in this minimalist boutique is curated to strike a balance of coolness and playfulness in decor and fashion, with just the right pops of color; alittlemorelikethis.com.
WATCH: A Perfect Weekend in Portland, Maine:
3 Market Street
The softest linen shirts, designer jeans, and the most practical yet on-trend wool threads are on offer in this bright, welcoming shop that carries some of the most coveted fashion-forward brands; shopjudith.com.
161 Commercial Street
Satisfy your cooking ambitions with the right tools at the Portland location of the New England speciality kitchen gear and food purveyor; facebook.com/lerouxkitchen.
Where to Eat
This hot food town refuses to rest on its laurels. Cases in point: globally inspired Tempo Dulu (in the posh Danforth Inn; tempodulu.restaurant) and Walter's (waltersportland.com). Meanwhile, small plates with great ingredients are the priority at Central Provisions, chef Chris Gould's dining room and bar that's garnered a loyal hometown following and national accolades; central-provisions.com.
Where to Stay
The stylish and slightly offbeat Press Hotel showcases the original Portland Press Herald newspaper building in an entirely new light, with works by design maven Angela Adams and other local artists; thepresshotel.com.
Photos: Megan Boltz.