Whenever I mention the city, Portland, everyone automatically assumes that I am talking about the hipster epicenter in Washington in the cloudy and moody Pacific Northwest. The lesser known Portland of Maine may not have it’s own show but it’s still one of our favorite cities to spend our weekends.
In the past, we stayed at the Press Hotel in the Old Port District and I cannot recommend this hotel more. And I you are in a relationship like mine where your significant other sleeps in later than you, you can go downstairs to the small café in the lobby where you can get a coffee in real mugs and enjoy a quiet morning sitting near the window with a book. They also rent bikes to guests at no cost, which we did, and I almost died.
Or~ if you traveled to Portland with your fur baby, like we did this time around, you can stay at an AirBnB. We stayed at Wynne’s Little Brick House Apartment on the East End of Portland because staying at a decent hotel with our dogs was going to super pricey and I didn’t want the dogs to feel overwhelmed by all the people, noises and scents of a large hotel. It was our first experience renting a space on AirBnB and traveling with our dogs and I honestly wish that we had done it more in the past! We all felt really comfortable being at the house we had to ourselves, walking them was so much easier than staying in a hotel and we loved that we had a full kitchen with all the basic utilities. Wynne’s place was cute, cozy and just as described on the AirBnB site. Parking was an absolute breeze and it’s walking distance to the art district. There were many great restaurants and coffee shops nearby and a small grocery store right across the street for things like organic fruits, juices and wine. The neighborhood was brightly lit and safe for walking our dogs at night. Prince loved the couch in the living and spent most of his time taking naps on it and Choco would stare out the kitchen window looking at all the birds and the squirrels looking for food in the little garden. The only complaint we had about Wynne’s place was the shower curtains. She has a very small and old bathtub and these stiff and opaque shower curtains with some of that yucky pink mold. I did let her know and hopefully, she took some action to make showers a bit more comfortable for her future guests.
Portland does a First Friday, an art walk the first Friday of every month, and though we were there on the first Friday of June, it was a very rainy evening so we decided to just pick up a bottle of wine after dinner and relax at our weekend home with the pups.
The next day, we picked up our breakfast at Local Sprouts and took our dogs to the Eastern Promenade. The Promenade has a sandy beach but dogs are not allowed on the beach 9:00-5:00 during the summer. There is a trail and a rocky beach that dogs are allowed on at all hours. We took our dogs there on both mornings that we were there and they had a blast! We let them run around and explore until they were tired so that we can go explore the city while they sleep all day.
Portland has so many cute little shops and art galleries to check out but our favorite store was Flea-For-All, a vintage, thrift and artisan shop in the Art District. We both love oddities and I’ve been wanting an antique typewriter for a long time and it just so happens that Fea-For-All had one in amazing working conditions for just $95! Another store I loved was the Green Hand Bookstore and I wish I had spent more time there to look through because it was stacked floor to ceiling with used and rare hardcovers. If you are a book lover and have all day to spare, Green Hand is where you want to be.
Portland is such a friendly city, both to people and to their companion animals. There’s lots to eat, drink and play in the sun (if the weather permits). Many shops and restaurants welcome dogs, making it the perfect weekend getaway, so pack your bags and take your beloved dogs with you!