The largest city in the state of Maine, Portland has a population of 66,881, as of 2015. The city is the county seat of Cumberland County. The Greater Portland metropolitan area has more than half a million people. The city’s Downtown has a nationally known restaurant scene in addition to a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Portand was also named one of the most livable cities in the U.S. by Forbes in 2009. Popular destinations include the city’s Old Port district and the Arts District. The latter spans the area along Congress Street in the city’s center.
With approximately 230 restaurants, its per capita restaurant and bar density is among the top for U.S. cities. Its award-winning restaurants, many of them located in the Arts District and the Old Port, feature a wide variety of options, ranging from classic seafood to nouvelle cuisine. Its top-rated restaurants include Back Bay Grill (French and American), Emilitsa (Greek) and Street and Co. (Seafood). In 2009, Bon Appetit magazine named Portland as the “Foodiest Small Town in America.” The city has also been featured in the New York Times as a premier food destination, while The Matador Network ranked Portland as the No. 1 city in the world for its craft beer. The city is also host to numerous food and beverage festivals.
In addition, Downtown Portland has many museums, as well as smaller galleries and studios. The Arts District is home to the Portland Museum of Art, Portland Stage Company, the Maine Historical Society & Museum, and the Maine College of Art and the State Theatre.
Portland is accessible from I-95 (the Maine Turnpike), I-295 and US 1. Amtrak service is also available. Amtrak’s Downeastern runs trains daily between Brunswick, Maine, and Boston’s North Station, with stops in between, including Portland. Portland International Jetport, located just two miles west of the city’s downtown, offers direct flights to many of the nation’s major cities.