breaking news

Xenia takes Greene County to court in bid to annex Central State

Five places to go in Portland, Maine


For decades, drivers in Portland, Maine, sped by Thompson’s Point, a forlorn peninsula jutting into the Fore River just west of Interstate 295. Described as “the biggest dump in Portland” in the local independent monthly The Bollard in 2011, the area today is the city’s most unlikely hot spot. In 2015, a new outdoor concert space began staging shows on the riverbank; this past summer’s slate of 14 performances included Wilco, the XX and Alabama Shakes. And nearby, an abandoned warehouse has been transformed, with food-and-drink establishments alongside a cryptozoology museum and a circus school. One more reason to stop: a new ice skating rink open through March 4. 

Bissell Brothers  

In June 2016, this cult craft brewery relocated to an enormous facility with colorful murals splashed on the walls, steel tanks in the back and ample, two-level taproom seating. Expect lines out the door during releases of their hard-to-find, limited edition India pale ales, which attract fans from across the Northeast.  

4 Thompson’s Point #108; bissellbrothers.com

—  

Big J’s Chicken Shack  

Opened in August 2016 by acclaimed local restaurateur Jason Loring, this fried chicken joint serves chicken and waffles with Maine maple syrup and cayenne-doused, Nashville-style fried chicken so spicy that orders come with protective rubber gloves. It also operates a convenient takeaway window in the Bissell Brothers taproom.  

4 Thompson’s Point #107; bigjschicken.com 

—  

International Cryptozoology Museum  

The study of hidden animals is the focus of this unusual museum, which moved to this location in July 2016. Exhibits explore the pseudoscience of mythological creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the yeti.

4 Thompson’s Point #106; cryptozoologymuseum.com 

—  

Cellardoor Winery at The Point  

From pinot gris to pinot noir, a variety of varietals are poured at this tasting room, which opened in May 2016. Wines from the Lincolnville vineyard up the coast can be sampled by the glass or in tasting flights paired with cheese, crackers and charcuterie.  

4 Thompson’s Point #110; mainewine.com 

—  

Stroudwater Distillery  

Completing the neighborhood trio of beer, wine and spirits, this small-batch distillery opened in July 2016. In addition to producing vodka, gin, bourbon and rye, the distillery also has a tasting room with two bars, one pouring sampler flights and the other mixing cocktails made with the house spirits.  

4 Thompson’s Point #104-105; stroudwaterdistillery.com.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Travel

Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close
Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close

Niagara Falls is nature at its mightiest. More than just a look at a waterfall, a visit is a full vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of the area and the luxury that has drawn tourists from around the world. A great introduction to the Niagara Falls is from the water with a tour from Niagara Cruises. Voyage to the Falls boat tour visits Great...
Talk Travel: How to lessen a financial blow when you have to cancel a flight

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: We had a long-planned trip to visit my sister's family over Memorial Day weekend and bought regular (nonrefundable) tickets on American Airlines. Completely out of the blue, her father-in-law was diagnosed...
A Mumbai restaurant celebrating the flavors of Goa

Despite the nostalgia for Goa, the petite state on India’s western coast, held by Mumbai residents, restaurants featuring its cuisine — seafood-forward, infused with vinegar and heat, the legacy of four centuries of Portuguese rule colliding deliciously with Indian flavors and ingredients — are scarce in the city. So when rumors began...
Saving face on the plane

Makeup artist Patrick Ta has a loyal following of clients that includes the Kardashians and Ariana Grande.  Based in Los Angeles, Ta spends more time traveling than at home, flying around the world to create what he calls the “selfie-look” — makeup that looks as good on camera as in real life — for his celebrity clientele...
Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion
Facelift of Seattle's Space Needle nears completion

SEATTLE (AP) — Tourism is booming in Seattle. Just take a look at the Space Needle.  The family-owned landmark is set to unveil the biggest renovation in its 56-year history next month, a $100 million investment in a single year of construction that transformed the structure's top viewing level with floor-to-ceiling glass.   Seattle...
More Stories