Maine – Portland: The Old Port and Other Favorites

Now that we have rambled in other parts of the city, we will return to the Old Port with its quaint streets, mid-19th century buildings and layers of Portland history.  Boothby Square, just a block up from the waterfront is bordered on one end by the Customs House.  It is quintessential Portland with cobblestone streets,Continue reading “Maine – Portland: The Old Port and Other Favorites”

Maine – Portland: Congress Street’s Three Squares

After the leisurely walks we have been taking for the last couple of weeks, we are going to drive down the rest of Congress Street so fasten your seat belts and come along for a colorful narrated ride….  The first thing we see as we cross Franklin Street (also known as the Arterial) is LincolnContinue reading “Maine – Portland: Congress Street’s Three Squares”

Maine – Portland: A Waterfront Walk – Part 2

 [NOTE: I am resuming the waterfront walk I started last week.  Hopefully, you are refreshed and ready for more of Portland’s colorful history and current events.] “May You have Fair Winds and Following Seas” are the words on the sign above us as we leave DiMillo’s parking lot to finish our ramble through Portland’s wharvesContinue reading “Maine – Portland: A Waterfront Walk – Part 2”

Maine – Prouts Neck: Looking for Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer’s paintings with waves crashing onto the rocky shore of Prouts Neck are among his most famous works and they were done just a twenty-minute drive from Portland, Maine.  On the day we decided to go looking for Homer, the sky was clear of any clouds and the weather was beginning to hint ofContinue reading “Maine – Prouts Neck: Looking for Winslow Homer”

Maine – Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach

 The oldest house in Biddeford is a historical gem in the rough.   John Tarr’s House was probably built in 1730 and is located at 29 Ferry Lane, at the point where the lane ends at the Saco River.  The land was part of Richard Vines’ 1630 land grant, and in 1686, it was deeded toContinue reading “Maine – Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach”