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Maine’s past comes alive in this vibrant port city

Greater Portland, on Casco Bay, is Maine’s largest city. The Old Port section, dating from the 1800s, is a first-class shopping and dining district with restaurants, stores and galleries.

For a unique combination of art and outdoor beauty, hike the Cliff Walk in nearby Scarborough to the site of artist Winslow Homer’s former studio.

History buffs should visit Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s childhood home and see the room where he wrote some of his greatest works. Next door, the Maine Historical Society houses permanent collections and changing exhibitions. The West End’s opulent Victoria Mansion and Colonial-era Tate House in the historic Stroudwater district also is worthy of a side trip.

Nearby Freeport is home of the world-famous L.L. Bean Flagship Store. Many original schools, homes and churches have been preserved and refurbished. Wolfe’s Neck Woods is one of several sanctuaries along the coast, perfect for hiking and bird watching. Cape Elizabeth’s Portland Headlight, one of the most-photographed lighthouses in the world, is located in Fort Williams Park.

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