Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

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Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby hi55us » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:56 am

Taking a joy ride up to Portland on Saturday to take my first-ever ride on a Dome car, any recommendations for restaurants/shopping ect. around the train station? Should have about 2-3 hours. It seems there isn't much around the station, but downtown Portland is only a 10 minute uber away.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby eustis22 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:46 am

Bus to congress st is free with train ticket.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby jonnhrr » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:25 pm

Route 1 runs from the station (PTC) to Monument Square. Just South of there is the Old Port which has many restaurants and stores. If you had time you could even take a ride on one of the ferries out to the islands from the terminal. Check TripAdvisor or Yelp for restaurant recommendations. The bus runs every half hour on Saturday.

As you noted there is not much within walking distance of the PTC.

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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby TomNelligan » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:00 pm

The station itself is on the fringe of downtown in a non-tourist neighborhood, but as other have noted you can easily take a city bus (or taxi/Uber) to the Old Port district's shops and restaurants a couple miles away. That's what I do when I take one of my periodic Downeaster rides.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby CN9634 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:03 pm

Get up to Congress via the free bus, then walk down Temple street into the heart of the Old Port. Basically all of Fore Street, Markets & Exchange as well down to Commercial. You won't regret it.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby kitn1mcc » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:16 pm

head into down town and hit one of the many spots that serve some amazing Maine beer
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby markhb » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:20 am

There are a few places now within walking distance of the train station, particularly if you like adult beverages and fried chicken (also Bigfoot). If you come out of the station, turn left and follow the road around and down the hill, you'll find Thompson's Point, home of the aforementioned chicken place as well as a brewery, winery and distillery, and the Cryptozoological Museum. I certainly wouldn't tell you not to go see our downtown, but if you would prefer the "walking from the station" thing there's TP and Espo's Trattoria, a family-owned red sauce Italian place a short walk down Congress St.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:58 am

Funny how I remember PTC.- Portland Terminal Company - structure to be this:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... _c1890.jpg

Incidentally, The Funk had their own "almost as impressive" station.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby artman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:29 pm

Gritty McDuffs, Three-Dollar Deweys, Ri Ra, DeMillos - plenty of place to eat!
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby hi55us » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:14 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! Definitely will consider the bus and excited by all the restaurant options I see on google maps.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby Tadman » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:11 pm

There is also a ferry to Yarmouth, NS. Perhaps worth a ride.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby deathtopumpkins » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:55 am

The Yarmouth ferry is a 6-7 hour ride each way. And there's not much in Yarmouth worth seeing anyway.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby electricron » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:29 am

deathtopumpkins wrote:The Yarmouth ferry is a 6-7 hour ride each way. And there's not much in Yarmouth worth seeing anyway.

And it runs to Yarmouth in the evenings and towards Portland in the mornings, so that excursion will require a hotel overnight stay in Yarmouth.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby jonnhrr » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:53 pm

You could take the ferry to Peak's Island from the terminal on Commercial St. it is a 17 minute trip each way so doable in your time frame.
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Re: Suggestions for Portland, Maine?

Postby phoebesnow » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:49 pm

And if you want to do something "railroad", you can visit the Maine Narrow Gauge Museum:
https://www.mainenarrowgauge.org/

You can easily do the entire museum in an hour.
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