Portland Area

Portland, Maine's largest city, is a favorite destination if you want
a complete change of pace from your studies. With cobblestoned streets
and red-brick storefronts that reflect its New England heritage, the Old
Port district is renowned for its waterfront, museums, clubs, theater,
galleries and fine restaurants. If you love shopping, L.L Bean, outlet
stores in Freeport and Kittery, and the Maine Mall are close by.

Saint Joseph's is 30 minutes from Portland, an hour north
of Portsmouth, N.H., two hours north of Boston and 5 1/2 hours north
of New York City.

Portland is voted America's most livable cities by Forbes.



  • more than 2,000 art events each year, including exhibits, festivals
    and concerts
  • combines cultural offerings of a major metropolitan area with a small-town
  • vibrant night life/music scene in the Old Port
  • top-rate museums and symphony
  • professional baseball and hockey teams

*taken from http://www.ci.portland.me.us/

Useful links

Chamber of Commerce of Greater Portland www.portlandregion.com
Maine Office of Tourism www.visitmaine.com
Portland Press Herald www.pressherald.com
Maine Resource Guide www.maineguide.com

About Portland and Portland News http://www.ci.portland.me.us/
Downtown Portland http://www.portlandmaine.com/
Everything Portland http://www.visitportland.com/

National Rankings/Awards*

  • Voted America's most livable city by Forbes
    (April 2009)
  • Ranked 4th amoung the 10 "perfect places to live in America,"
    (Fine Living Cable Network 2003)
  • Rated "One of North America's 10 dream towns" (OutSide
    Magazine, 1999)
  • "One of the 10 Great Adventure Towns" (National Geographic
    Adventure Magazine, 2003)
  • Named #6 as one of the 10 safest, culturally most fascinating US
    Cities (Travel Smart Consumer Newsletter, January 2004)
  • Named Bike Town U.S.A. (Bike Town Magazine, January 2004)
  • Named One of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations (National
    Trust for Historic Preservation, April 2003) For the city's remarkable
    collection of historic buildings, its outstanding physical setting
    on the coast of Maine, and its wealth of big-city amenities balanced
    with the ease and friendliness of a small town. The Trust noted Portland's
    vibrant arts district, traditional working waterfront, diverse retail
    and dining opportunities. Portland boasts a comprehensive trail system
    and numerous historic parks, as well as ready access to spectacular
    natural settings and outdoor activities.
  • Rated "One of the 50 Cities that Sizzle." (National Restaurant
    Association, 2001)
  • Named one of the country's top 25 art destinations by Americal

*taken from http://www.ci.portland.me.us/