If you’re considering booking a trip to Portland, you might want to look beyond the obvious and head to the opposite coast instead. Portland, Maine’s largest city, is less crowded, and more compact than your typical go-to. But it's packed full of everything you could ask for in a quaint but cosmopolitan coastal New England city. Filled with hundreds of bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés, and breweries, the small city has gained some well-deserved fame for its burgeoning foodie scene and was recently named the top foodie city in America. One visit, and you’ll agree that the other Portland is easy to love and hard to forget.

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Nestled up against the water’s edge, Portland’s cobblestone-lined Commercial Street is a perfect clash of modern and old-world New England charm. The street runs along the edge of the downtown district and is home to a delightful assemblage of busy cafés, boutiques selling handmade wares, art galleries, bars, and restaurants.

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