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Portland, Maine

201011-a-afc-portland-mePhoto credit: Fraser Hall / Alamy

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Best Times to Visit
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
1 Fall
32 New Year's Eve
34 Spring Break
2 Summer
26 Winter
Culture
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
14 Classical music
14 Historical sites/monuments
12 Museums/galleries
12 Theater/performance art
Food/Drink/Restaurants
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
32 Big-name restaurants
16 Ethnic food
6 Farmers' markets
4 Neighborhood joints and cafes
Hotels
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
23 Affordable hotels
29 All-in-one resorts
3 B&Bs/Inns
35 Big-name luxury hotels
33 Business hotels
28 Stylish boutique hotels
Local Specialties
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
27 Barbecue
4 Coffee
27 Hamburgers
2 Microbrew beer
5 Pizza
Nightlife
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
14 Cocktail hour
7 Live music/concerts and bands
17 Singles/bar scene
People
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
13 Athletic/active
24 Attractive
34 Diverse
14 Friendly
11 Intelligent
30 Stylish
Quality of Life and Visitor Experience
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
7 Cleanliness
2 Environmental friendliness
15 Noteworthy neighborhoods
6 Peace and quiet
13 People-watching
8 Public parks and outdoor access
15 Public transportation and pedestrian-friendliness
1 Safety
19 Skyline/views
13 Weather
Shopping
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
7 Antique stores
20 Home decor and design stores
5 Independent boutiques
33 Luxury stores
11 Vintage shops and flea markets
Type of Trip
ACCORDING TO RESIDENTS
4 Affordable getaway
21 Cultural getaway
6 Family vacation
4 Relaxing retreat
8 Romantic escape
24 Wild weekend
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