Called the “Jewel by the Sea” by its celebrated native, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Greater Portland combines the best of all worlds – the variety of a big city and the beauty and quality of life in Maine.
Located near lakes and mountains, on the shores of Casco Bay, Portland boasts innumerable fine restaurants, shops, and cultural institutions. The pace of Portland is a comfortable one. There are no wild dashes for commuter trains, no miles of frustrating traffic jams. Instead, there are rolling hills, picturesque villages and stretches of sandy beaches within fifteen minutes of the city center. Casco Bay, 20 miles long and 12 miles wide, is streaked with numerous long, thin peninsulas, and 136 islands.