Looking at possible retirement creeping up on me in the future. Thinking of relocating to the Northeast or Pacific Northwest. Either way I need to be a within driving distance to the oceans. I simply have to be close to the water. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate them. Don't have a problem with the cold in winter, as long as I don't have to drive to work everyday. A beautiful small town would be wonderful. Thanks. Tern. I want to thank someone who encouraged me to see the beauty in these wonderful birds. @ Charles Arcudi I know you have moved on to a new adventure. I don't expect to receive a reply. However, I hope you know you have opened my my eyes, that maybe I could take a picture and see the beauty. Thank You, Forever Grateful. A simple picture of a Tern. I have grown to greatly admire this creature. Its flying abilities took me by surprise. More on that in future posts. Casco Bay. Having a wonderful time on our little journey. Portland has many things to see and do. But this old guy takes it easy, while my wife runs around. Terns I took several pictures of these birds while in Portland. Watching them interact with each other is a learning experience for me. Everyday is a joy when I can take the time and just notice the beautiful wildlife. Terns. I was so enchanted with this area of the country I live in. My goal is to return next June. I plan to visit a island to get close up to the Puffins I visited this year. I found that I am quite fond of the birds around the oceans. This is a Tern. A beautiful creature. A Simple Time. As a small boy I was amazed by the fireflies, lighting the evening skies, the wonderful bees and butterflies on a bright summers day. And the wonderful chirping of crickets in the night. I am happy at a older age I can remember these moments and still see the beauty this world has to offer. Terns. Close your eyes, raise your head to a sunny sky. Just enjoy a beautiful day. I believe this is a female Eider Duck. Life is beautiful! Want to post a few pictures I have been reluctant to post today. I hope nobody minds. I will return to Maine next year. So much to see. Will try to take pictures of other things but this is my first passion. Terns Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Constructed and lit in 1791 but was automated in 1989. It is free to walk around the grounds but for a couple dollars, there is a small museum you can visit, as well as a gift shop. Poutine: Fries fried in duckfat with cheese curds, gravy and an over easy egg. The local brews, sandwiches and duckfat carmel milkshake were all great as well, but this was the star of the night. Portland, Maine, Commercial Street Downtown Portland waterfront Old train More historic building porn ❤️ Portland view Taking a stroll through the stunning West End neighborhood. This is where a lot of the inns and B & Bs are, but even if you don't stay around here, go explore. Especially nice on a beautiful autumn day. The tiniest lighthouse #autumn #fall #roadtrip #travel #adventure #colorful #vermont sunny morning in Portland The best sunsets are seen in winter on the western prom in Portland, Maine. founder of Portland, Maine Navigation A great sunset of the city! #localgem Schooner cruise in Portland, ME. Amazing day on a gorgeous boat. Maine Lighthouse Tour: Bug Light. We didn't go visit this one, we were a little lighthoused out by this point but we got a nice view of it from Spring Point Ledge Light anyway. It sits on Bug Park, which is very popular with the kiting clubs and is always filled with huge, crazy, and colorful kites. #Lighthouse Nice hike with great views into Casco Bay. It's hard to believe you can be out in nature so close to Maine's largest city. Just one of many beautiful old buildings seen while strolling through the city. Oldest church building in Portland Maine. National Historic Site c1825 Great name Lobster diavolo. Maine lobster, mussels, clams and calamari on a bed of linguini with spicy red sauce. We shared this #delicious dish and loved ever second. Maine Lighthouse Tour: Spring Point Ledge Light. This one you can actually tour, although you got a long, hard walk over huge breaker rocks ahead of you to do so! #lighthouse Maine Lobster roll & New England Clam Chowder United States Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Billiards Schooner Cruise in Portland, ME. Looking at the docks. Cool lighthouse in a park with walking and biking trails on the bay overlooking Portland. I only wish there wasn't a smell of petroleum from the nearby large storage tanks. #Colorful #WeekendGetaway #InStone #EndlessSummer A cool walk out the jetty. Loved the little city of Portland, Maine and if you're a fish lover you'll like it even more! This is the lobster stew from Eventide Oyster Co. Wasn't exactly my favorite but I'm not a huge fan of seafood. However, the potato salad was the best I've ever had and I would go back solely for that reason! Spring in a picture Portland Signs Quintessential Maine sight Great view of the sunset in Portland Sunset over Portland, ME.
The Western promenade is the only decent one I found to catch the sunset Tea house where you can order off the menu or have the proprietess create a custom tea blend for what ails you. A funky, friendly shop. Be prepared to wait a while for your order - this ain't no Starbucks! Loved the food. Also loved the chili pepper lights that line the ceiling. Downtown Portland has tons of character and history on every street!
#StunningStructures Leave the cannoli, eat the gelato! All natural and great taste. #Foodie Finds #Delicious #SweetSpot Live music on the streets of Portland. Another reason to love this city. :) The food in this city. At least come for the food! You will never get bored of all the choices you have. Good variety of art including Maine artists, Homer and Wyeth, and impressionist works such as this Monet. #Colorful #WeekendGetaway lobster boat in portland harbor This is the inside of an old train (still in very good shape) that had a route from Sandy River to Rangeley Lakes. Fall colors are on their way around New England area. Here's a top tip if you are planning to travel to Maine for leaf-peeping: stop by at Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland to taste some incredible beers. All crafted locally! Portland, Maine - 'Post Mad Bills' #NewEngland2017 One afternoon while on vacation my son & I went for a walk to explore Portland, Maine and ran into East End Cupcakes from CUPCAKE WARS. Loving sweets we looked over at each other, smiled, nodded our heads, and walked right in. My son got a vanilla cupcake and I got the push-up with 3 different flavor bite size. They were flavorful and moist. Would love to go back ...
http://www.eastendcupcake.com/ MECA - Portland - building previously Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store Weather Vane atop city hall in Portland Sailboat Oyster po'boy with bacon dusted fries. Yes, bacon dusted. Schooner Cruise in Portland, ME. Gorgeous sunset over the city. Portland, Maine 4-Oct-2017 My favorite part of any brewery tour: seeing the bottling line in action! Shipyard Brewery, based in Portland, produces the best Pumpkin Beer in the world, and also lots of other delicious beers. The brewery tour involves a video about their history, a visit to the bottling line, and then free samples at the bar!
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Get an overview of this hotel3-star Portland hotel in Downtown Portland, walk to Portland Museum of Art

Popular property highlights

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Business center
Laundry facilities

Location

Located in Downtown Portland, this hotel is steps from Charles Q. Clapp House, Portland Museum of Art, and Children's Museum of Maine. Victoria Mansion and Wadsworth-Longfellow House are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel Features

Along with a restaurant, this hotel has an indoor pool and a fitness center. Free WiFi in public areas and a free airport shuttle are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a sauna, and a conference center are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 239 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Other amenities available to guests include room service, coffee makers, and pillow menus.

Holiday Inn Portland-By the Bay

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an indoor pool, Holiday Inn Portland-By the Bay provides a sauna and a fitness center. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary.

A business center is on site at this 3-star property. Event facilities measuring 30000 square feet (2787 square meters) include a conference center. This business-friendly hotel also offers gift shops/newsstands, laundry facilities, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle during limited hours and an area shuttle are complimentary for guests. Parking is available onsite for a surcharge.

  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Meeting rooms 
  • Restaurant 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Sauna 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 2787 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 30000 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Conference center 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 239 
  • Television in common areas 
  • Number of floors - 11 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Free toiletries 
  • In-room safe 
  • Desk 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free local calls 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Digital TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Video-game console 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Pillow menu 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available for a surcharge and are served each morning.

Port of Call Restaurant - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness center.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time ends at 1 AM

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 6.0 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 16 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 10 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 10 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 6.0 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Holiday Inn Hotel Portland-By Bay
  • Holiday Inn Portland-By Bay
  • Holiday Inn Portland-By Bay Hotel

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


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