New England Surgical Society
Local Portland Activities

A few steps from the Westin Hotel
Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square
Free admission on Fridays 4-8PM

Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 489 Congress Street

The famous poet grew up here in Portland

Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth Street
Preserved Victorian-era house, with Italianate and Islamic architecture

Maine State Firefighter’s Convention, Cross Arena (Civic Center), Free Street
Celebrating 250th anniversary of Portland Fire Department

Portland Children’s Museum, 142 Free Street

Play and hands-on activities for young children

Within walking distance from the hotel (½ to ¾ mile)
Back Cove Trail - 3.5-mile hiking/jogging trail around the Back Cove

Especially nice at high tide (e.g., 10:17AM on 9/22)

The Old Port -- A working waterfront area, interesting just to wander around in

Also the base for many activities, including all of the following:
Lucky Catch” (207-761-0941) – *NESS Saturday afternoon ticketed activity but they have another boat you can sign up for individually,90-minute all-weather excursions to pull and reset lobster traps in Casco Bay

Schooner excursions on Casco Bay
2-hour sails on the Frances (749-9169), Bagheera or Wendameen (207-766-2500)
Ferryboat rides to Casco Bay islands (www.cascobaylines.com)
Peaks Island closest; rent a bicycle or just take a peaceful walk

Shipyard Brewery, 86 Newbury Street
Sign up for a tour at https://shipyard.com/visit-brewery-tour/

Narrow-gauge Railroad and Museum, 58 Fore Street
Short train rides along waterfront, www.mainenarrowgauge.org

Maine Duck Tours, 177 Commercial Street, https://maineducktours.com
City and harbor tours by amphibious vehicle

A short drive away
Portland Head Light and Fort Williams (Cape Elizabeth)
Famous lighthouse and oceanside park

Mackworth Island (Falmouth) – Parking on island accessible by causeway from Route 1
Hiking trail around island (look for the pet cemetery and “fairy houses”)

Maine Audubon Society (Falmouth)
Hiking trails around former saltwater farm; nature center with exhibits

Get Air” 921 Riverside Street, “Happy Wheels” 331 Warren Avenue
Indoor trampoline or roller-skating to occupy older kids if it rains

Tate House, 1270 Westbrook Street
Colonial-era home and neighborhood Two Lights State Park (Cape Elizabeth)
Rocky coastline; nearby “Lobster Shack”

Crescent Beach (Cape Elizabeth), Scarborough Beach (Scarborough)
State Parks with sandy beaches

Farther afield
LL Bean (95 Main Street, Freeport, open 24/7)
Many other shops nearby, not necessarily open 24/7

Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick)
Special exhibit on “Winslow Homer and the Camera”

Amtrak roundtrip from Portland to Freeport or Brunswick
Leaves Portland Saturdays at 12:20PM, leaves Brunswick at 6:05PM, Freeport 6:18PM

Eartha (Yarmouth)
World’s largest rotating globe (41 feet in diameter)

Bradbury Mountain State Park (Pownal)
Easy hike up small mountain with excellent views on top

Apple-picking: Sweetser’s (Cumberland), Terison’s (Cumberland), Snell’s (Buxton), etc.
Pick your own apples, buy apple products

Common Ground Fair (Unity, about 1.5 hours drive, beware heavy traffic at opening time)
Unique ecology-themed fair: Organic farm exhibits, “green” products

Dining
Downtown Portland has dozens of excellent restaurants, and there are many more a short drive away, including the Black Point Inn (site of the 1931 NESS meeting).

At this time of year, and especially on weekends, these are very popular. Consider making a reservation several days or even weeks ahead of time. Some excellent places do not take reservations.

Restaurants within walking distance of the Westin Hotel (mileage shown), including specific favorites of your fellow NESS members from the Portland Area.

Restaurant Distance Address Phone
All Area Code (207)
Specialty CB DC MC BC AD JD WG RK DM BM IN FR PR JW
Back Bay Grill 0.3 65 Portland St 772-8833             * *   * *   *    
Bao Bao 0.1 133 Spring 772-8400 Chinese                         *  
Benkay 0.8 16 Middle 773-5555 Japanese   *                        
BlueFin 0.5 468 Fore 775-9090 Seafood                 *          
Boda 0.2 671 Congress 347-7557 Thai                 *          
Central Provisions 0.5 414 Fore 805-1085                     *       *
David’s 0.3 22 Monument 773-4340                           *  
DiMillo’s 0.6 25 Long Wharf 772-2216 Floating   *                        
Drifters Wife 0.9 59 Washington 805-1336 Tapas                 *         *
Emilitsa 0.1 547 Congress 221-0245 Greek   *         *     * *      
Empire 0.1 575 Congress 747-5063 Chinese             *           *  
Eventide 0.7 86 Middle 774-8538 Seafood   *   *   *       *        
555 Congress 0.1 555 Congress 761-0555               *   * *     *  
Fore Street 0.6 288 Fore 775-2717   *     *   *   *   *   *    
Honey Paw 0.7 78 Middle 774-8538 Asian                   * *      
Hugo’s 0.7 88 Middle 774-8538                     *        
Old Port Sea Grill 0.6 93 Commercial 879-6100 Seafood *         *                
Otto 0.1 576 Congress 358-7090 Pizza   *                   *    
Pai Men Miyaki 0.1 188 State 541-9204 Japanese           *             *  
Sapporo 0.5 230 Commercial 772-1233 Japanese   *       *             *  
Scales 0.7 68 Commercial 805-0444 Seafood     * *   *     * * *   * *
Slab 0.2 25 Preble 245-3088 Sicilian                         *  
Street & Co 0.5 33 Wharf 775-0887 Seafood *     *   *   *   *   * *  
Sichuan 0.1 612 Congress 536-7226 Chinese             *              
Terlingua 0.9 52 Washington 808-8502 BBQ/SW                           *
Union 0.4 390 Congress 808-8700       * *         * *        
Vignola 0.6 10 Dana 772-1330 Italian *                       *  
Vinland 0.1 593 Congress 653-8617 Organic   *                       *
Walter’s 0.4 2 Portland Sq 871-9258           *                 *
Yosaku 0.3 1 Danforth 780-0880 Japanese                         *  


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