Top 10 Reasons to Visit Portland, Maine for #MANA18 this Fall

Portland, Maine is the home of MANA’s 36th Annual Midwives Conference! Mark your calendars now for Oct. 11 – 14, the height of the Fall Foliage Season, and come enjoy all that this coastal community has to offer for #MANA18!

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Portland, Maine

1. The ambience — Portland is the quintessential New England coastal town, with its historical cobblestone streets, old buildings, and scenic lighthouses. Perched on Casco Bay, the city has the old-fashioned atmosphere of a seaside town with the artsy and progressive feel of a bigger city.


2. Easy travel — #MANA18’s location, the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, is just a few miles from Portland International Jetport. Southwest, Jet Blue, Delta, United and more fly to Portland. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from the airport. Portland’s Historic Old Port District and other city attractions are only a short drive, uber or bus-ride away.


3. The coast — Whether it’s visiting the famous lighthouses in South Portland, strolling along the coastline, or getting out on the water in a kayak or sailboat, Portland’s ocean front is spectacular and accessible.

4. Food & drink — From fresh lobster to exotic nouvelle, taste the diversity of foods this city has to offer. Enjoy local seafood, ethnic cuisine, or progressive restaurants specializing in healthy options. Stop in at any of dozens of local artisan breweries for a tour and tasting to round out the adventure.

5. History around every corner — Portland has had a vibrant culture since colonial times. With four distinct historic districts, just walking around Portland is an adventure through time. Many streets have a Victorian feel, and whether you visit the Victoria Mansion, the Tate House Museum, or take a peek at the West End’s mansions, you’ll get a feel for the history of Portland, birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and author Stephen King.


6. Scenic outdoors — Experience the natural beauty and the Fall colors. Take a hike in Baxter Woods, use the bike trails in Back Cove, or get out on the water with Maine Sailing Adventures.  Day trips to explore the mountain trails or coastlines just outside the city will revive you, body and soul.

7. Art & museums — Enjoy the vibrant art scene in Portland by visiting the Portland Museum of Art or one of the local art galleries in the Arts District. If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, stop by the Children’s Museum and Theatre or the Portland Science Center.


8. Diversity — Portland has one of the most diverse communities in Maine, including a thriving LGBTQ community. Boasting a healthy art and music scene, Portland is one of New England’s most culturally accepting and diverse cities.


9. Shopping — If you want to shop, you can’t beat the boutiques along the cobblestones of Commercial Street in the Old Port, Portland’s historic waterfront district. Commercial Street is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, creating a scenic and lively atmosphere. If you want a real Mainer’s shopping experience don’t miss Reny’s on Congress Street.

10. Nightlife — Portland has a bustling nightlife. Catch some live music or a bite at one of the pubs in the Old Port, or head on to the numerous speakeasies, bars, and restaurants the city has to offer. Portland has a nighttime scene to satisfy any elitist foodie, craft beer enthusiast, or casual tourist in search of a good time.

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