I Heart Portland
Words can’t quite adequately describe how much I love Portland. The coastal Maine city is perfectly compact enough for ditching the car and walking everywhere, the people are warm and welcoming (imagine that?) and the dining scene is second to none. Seriously, you wouldn’t think it, but walk a block in any direction, pick a restaurant and you’re guaranteed a good meal. I try to make it up there at least once a year (spring and fall are the times to go; crowds are nil and hotel rates are low) and just returned from a quick visit there this past weekend. I had an awesome meal at The Front Room, which riffs on comfort-food classics. If you haven’t been, you don’t know what you’re missing.
P.S. I’ve written about Portland before, so read that for more info.