ShoppingFor the shopaholic and the window browser alike, Portland is awash with exciting shopping opportunities. Step out the hotel's front door and you'll see a group of interesting boutiques right across the street. For elegance and sophistication with colors and prints that pop, try Helene M. and Betsy's. Carla Bella, next door to Betsy's, features brands like Tommy Bahama for Women, Belford sweaters, and Bianca. Close by, j'adore Boutique offers designer denim and other stylish finds. For men, Joseph's, David Wood and McKenzie Tribe provide stylish options. Around the corner, Bertini offers luxurious Italian fabrics and elegant pieces to suit every season for both men and women.
For great gifts and souvenirs, walk across the street to find Cool as a Moose, where Maine-themed attire and knickknacks await. The Old Port Candy Co. nearby is perfect to indulge your sweet tooth: sample their award-winning homemade fudge to fuel your day of shopping and take home a bag of gummy lobsters for friends who haven't made it to Maine just yet.
For other stylish clothing options, turn the corner and browse your way up Exchange Street, where some of the city's most diverse boutiques and popular coffee shops reside, their patrons spilling out onto the street on warm, summer evenings to socialize. Here, you'll be able to explore upscale boutiques like Bliss, vintage and designer consignment clothes at Second Time Around, and find the perfect gift for a special occasion at D.Cole Jewelers. Further up, on Congress Street, Material Objects is another vintage clothing store where you'll be able to pull together unique and funky outfits—perfect to wear to the Old Port's many entertainment venues at night.
For the gourmet shopper, walk down to Commercial Street, home of Portland's picturesque working waterfront: Le Roux Kitchen features cooking tools, homemade olive oils and vinegars, cookware, and a selection of wine and gourmet chocolates. A few blocks away, Rabelais Books is the perfect merging for food-lovers and bibliophiles; books about food, wine, farming and gardening fill the shelves. If all that reading gives you a sudden weakness for fine wines, visit the Old Port Wine Merchants & Cigar Shoppe. Your trip to Portland won't be complete without an impromptu wine lesson from Jacques, their vivacious resident expert. The shop's wide array of table and specialty wines will delight any taste buds, and the cigar smoking room in the back of the shop and a walk-in humidor offer luxurious choices for celebrations or the everyday.
Get a taste of Portland's past by exploring some of the city's best antique stores. Lovell Hall features a fusion of East and West in its selection of furniture, art, antique carpets, and other objects. On Exchange Street, Emerson Books, Antique Maps, & Prints offers both new and old books as well as an extensive selection of historic maps. Find one of Portland from the 1800s or go global and select a map of historic London instead.
If you visit during the summer and fall, weekly farmer's markets pop up in Monument Square on Congress Street. The choices of fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers are locally grown, fresh, and completely irresistible.
To experience shopping at one of Maine's famous cultural icons, drive 20 minutes north of Portland to Freeport and visit the original LL Bean store. This flagship location was built without locks on its doors, so it's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. See the giant replica of the famous LL Bean boot or watch a fly casting demonstration in-house: enjoy the outdoors without leaving the store! For more shopping in Freeport, browse the abundance of outlet stores in the few blocks surrounding LL Bean, including J.Crew, Gap, the North Face, Banana Republic, and more. Head back to Portland afterwards and relax at the Portland Harbor Hotel, where good food, comfort, and luxury await you.