By Chelsea Bester
Portland
Maine
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EscapeWizard.com recommends Portland, Maine as your next vacation getaway. This classic East Coast vacation destination has everything you need to melt away your stress and enrich your spirit. Portland is a small city of just 65,000 people, but the largest in the state. It is perched on the edge of Casco Bay, a bit over 100 miles north of Boston. Portland is bursting with culture, arts, history, and big-time small town hospitality. 

This city can be frequented through the Portland International Jetport (PWM), and you can book your flight through EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). This city has many wonderful places to stay during your visit. There are enchanting historic inns right in the heart of the city and modern, comfortable hotels that are conveniently located. EscapeWizard.com makes booking your accommodations easy. They give you side-by-side price comparisons so you are sure to get the best room at the best price. You can access the hotel portion of the website by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Over 3 million tourists visit Portland, Maine every year. EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore Portland’s three main downtown districts. There is the Arts District that encompasses Cumberland Ave, Congress and Free streets. In this district, you will find a gathering of theaters, art galleries & studios, museums, and antique stores. Next is the Studio District that is nestled between Pleasant and York Streets. Here you can explore the arts intimately with, architecture, photography, tattoo studios, and fashion & home studios. Then there is the lively Old Port District.  This revitalized warehouse district with its working waterfront is the heart of the city. Here the locals mix with the visitors to bring together a rich atmosphere of chic shopping, fish shops, lively pubs, fudge shops & ice cream parlors, gift galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques, state of the art dining and a spirited night life. All three districts are easily traveled either on foot, bike, or car with lots of conveniently located parking garages.

The sea is a major factor in Portland’s environment. It is here that the sea meets the city, where a rugged coastline merges with a fully functional working seaport. Just a short trip up coast will find you at the heart of beautiful coastlines featuring sandy, pebbled and craggy beaches where you can sit for hours watching the lobsterman at work, seals playing in secluded bays or walk the shore line looking for seaglass. Here fishing is a way of life and the abundance of the sea can be seen in Portland’s character and culture. EscapeWizard.com suggests you take a day trip exploring Casco Bay. You can choose to sail around the islands in an antique three-masted schooner or take a ferry to one of 12 major islands where you can hike, walk, or paddle around exploring the simple life that these charming islands have to offer.

If wildlife viewing is on your agenda than be sure to book one of the whale watching cruises or stroll down to the waterfront to watch the seals tag behind the fishing boats looking for scraps.  Don’t forget to take a boat out to see the puffins and lighthouses. EscapeWizard.com can also find you great deals on car rentals so that you can take a short drive to one of the many near by state parks where you can catch a glimpse of moose, watch busy chipmunks or search for the elusive bobcat.

If outdoor sports are your thing than Portland, Maine has you covered. There are trails for hiking and biking, inlets and rivers for canoeing or kayaking, and serene bays for sailing. And don’t forget skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. 

Portland, Maine has everything you could want in an exciting vacation getaway and EscapeWizard.com is your one stop shopping destinations to find great deals on flights, hotels, and car rentals. Simply click on the links provided above to get yourself started.
Hotels in Portland
By Sandy O'Neal
Hilton Garden Inn Portland Downtown Waterfront
65 Commercial Street, Portland, ME
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When your travels take you to Portland, ME, the Hilton Garden Inn Airport location is an excellent choice for your hotel.  It is conveniently located within walking distance to the International Jetport.  It's also just 3 miles from downtown Portland where you find great boutiques, magnificent restaurants, and entertainment.  If you are arriving to the area by air, the hotel 24-hour complimentary shuttle will transport you to and from the airport.  The business traveler will find easy access to a number of major businesses that they can access using the hotel shuttle.  Check in is 3:00 p.m and check out is noon. 

The hotel has 88 guest rooms and suites.  Guests can choose from a room with 1 King Size Bed, 2 Double Beds.  Room amenities may vary depending on your room selection. Typical room amenities include 32” LCD TV with access to on command movies and video games, work desk with ergonomic chair, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and high speed internet access with wireless capabilities.  During the week a newspaper will be delivered to your room every morning.

During your stay, you will be able to keep up with your fitness routine with a visit to the fitness center.  After your grueling workout, why not take a plunge in the indoor heated pool.  If you need the amenities of an office while you are away from home, the hotels 24-hour business will meet your needs. 

If you need a location to host a business meeting, or group event, the hotel has 775 square feet of meeting space just off the front lobby that will accommodate up to 50 people.  On-site catering is available to make your event complete.

You can dine right on site at the Great American Grill.   Here you will enjoy American cuisine in a casual environment.  A continental breakfast is available during breakfast hours.  The Grill is open for breakfast and dinner.  When the weather is great, you can dine on the outdoor patio.  The Pavilion Lounge is a great place to relax with your favorite cocktail at the end of a long day.  A full bar is available.

All in all, the Hilton Garden Inn at the Portland Airport is a great place to say when you are in town.  EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay.  Just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).