Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Portland Museum of Art
This angular I. M. Pei–designed building in the heart of downtown Portland is not only the city’s top cultural institution; it also houses the state’s oldest museum. In addition to fine and decorative arts and early American furniture, the museum is home to some impressive works by American artists—many of them painters with Maine affiliations, including Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Marsden Hartley.
Portland Head Light
One of Maine’s iconic lighthouses, the picturesque white-stucco, black-capped Portland Head Light marks the entrance to the city’s busy harbor. Built in 1791, it was manned until 1989, when an automated beacon was installed. The small, century-old keeper’s house now operates as a museum; stroll around the well-maintained grounds or have a picnic with an unbeatable view.
You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate this hulking pre-Civil War brownstone on mansion-lined Danforth Street. The Italian-style villa is one of the finest examples of residential architecture from that era in the U.S., and it charms at every turn, from the grand red-carpeted staircase to the carved cherubs on the walls. There’s even a Turkish-style smoking room.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.