Fodor’s Go List 2020 Portland Maine
Portland has really been getting some great press from around the world. Here is another amazing article about our beloved Portland Maine. Fodor is one of the premier travel companies in the world and this year they voted Portland one of the top 52 Citys in the world to visit. Read the article below and check out the great shout out and ink to us, The Portland Fire Engine Co.
Every year in our Fodor’s Go List—and this is our ninth year of doing this—we look forward to what’s next to come. The next it destination, the next big event, or simply the places we want to travel to next. And, while we definitely do that in our 2020 Go List, this year, on the cusp of a new decade, we’re also looking backward.
So much of travel is the metaphorical act of walking through history—and by looking backward, we move forward. A number of our chosen destinations have had their share of hardships in the recent past, whether it be from natural disaster, the cruelty of individuals, the uprising over dictatorship, or a cavalcade of bad and erroneous press.
But these places, along with all the others on this year’s list, have not only shown extraordinary resilience thanks to the people who have always called them home, but are stalwart in their perseverance of what’s to come next. And, ultimately, they are our inspirations for our tomorrows.
The heart of Vacationland is brimming with great food, great beer, great people, and great memories.
Portland has been experiencing a food renaissance in recent years, one that was wholeheartedly affirmed when Bon Appétit named this tiny city its 2018 Restaurant City of the Year. Since then, the culinary scene has exploded, and so too has the city’s popularity. One of the best ways to sample the food, especially if you’re only here for a few days, is the Land, Sea to Fork tour with Maine Food for Thought, which stops at six noteworthy eateries and helps participants understand how passionate this city is about farm- and sea-to-table dining. There’s also the Maine Brew Bus, which highlights the city’s bursting brewery scene with a variety of tours. If foodie culture is not your thing, there are numerous guided tours including the 50-minute tour with The Portland Fire Engine Co., while the self-guided Family Walking Guide is available from Greater Portland Landmarks. Portland Museum of Art is a must to see amazing seascapes and landscapes by great American painters like Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper. And the Portland Observatory, built in 1807, provides a unique view of the city, bay, and surrounding islands. Then there’s the numerous art galleries and boutique shops to browse like Abacus and Angela Adams. If you’ve got kids in tow, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum are great options. As Portland is still very much a working waterfront, don’t miss the opportunity to take a sunset schooner sail, or a whale-, dolphin-, or seal-watching cruise, or better yet, a lobster boat tour. But before you leave, make sure you stop by the Harbor Fish Market, in business since 1968, to buy some lobster to send home, and just around the corner, pop into Sea Bags to buy the perfect souvenir—bags made from recycled sailcloth.
We highly recommend a visit to come and meet us all here at the Portland Fire Engine Co. We are all very friendly and knowledgeable about what to do, where to eat and what to drink when in Portland. Check out our website for more information and to book tickets!