By Elizabeth Preske
June 22, 2018

It's officially summer, and we're celebrating the season by relaxing and doing the one thing all of us at Travel + Leisure love to do: travel. This year we've launched the Summer Shortlist of the U.S. cities we wouldn't mind spending a few long weekends this season.

Quiet charm, beautiful views, and nautical activities earned Portland, Maine a place on our list — and the incredible farm-to-table cuisine has us setting sail for the coastal city ASAP.

From hopping on a Maine lobstering excursion to watch lobstermen catch their haul, to perusing the Portland Farmers' Market in Monument Square, you can see close-hand how your dinner starts to make its way from the sea to the table. Round out your trip with fresh lobster rolls at The Highroller Lobster Co., and truly appreciate all the love and effort it took to serve you some of the best seafood you've ever had.

You can learn more about the New England city's underrated food scene and lobstering tours in the video above, and get ready to start planning a seaside escape to Portland, Maine.