I had the opportunity to live as a local in Portland, Maine for the Summer.
It was inspiring, healing and a place I wish for every traveler to explore.
Today I share ten of these healing and inspiring places to explore in Portland, Maine!
Portland Paddle is my go to place for SUP Yoga! First of all the views are something you see in a postcard or movie. Second of all, the Portland Paddle team is kind and knowledgeable. So whether it’s your first time practicing on the water or you’re an experienced yoga mermaid, Portland Paddle has got you covered!
Fort Allen Park
As you walk the Eastern Promenade to Portland Paddle you will see a set of stairs that will take you up to Fort Allen Park. This park will give you views for days. You can see the islands, the Casco Bridge, all of the boats and one of the beaches in Portland. If you like to walk then you can walk the short trail at Fort Allen Park or the whole East End Promenade. You can do it by car too!
The Holy Donut
After you’ve paddled and walked up to Fort Allen Park then you will need to stop at The Holy Donut. It is the BEST vegan donut shop and they have fresh apple cider! My favorite flavors are Pomegranate, Triple Berry and Blueberry. My suggestion is to go to the local one on Park Avenue rather than the one downtown. That way you can skip the line and they still have the flavors you want as the downtown location runs out quickly!
Once you pick up your donut and cider from Holy Donut, hop on the bus or take an Uber to Jewell Falls. Little did I know (until I got there) that Jewell Falls is an entire woods of walking trails. It’s also great for those who like to mountain bike and go on runs. I highly recommend this place if you’re in need of healing and reconnection to yourself and the Earth!
Thomas Knight Park
Clearly you’ve had a full day so now it’s time to watch the sunset. I want to be clear that I’m only sharing this park because I know that magical beings read this blog. Therefore, this park is only for magical beings so don’t mess it up! Thomas Knight Park is perfect for watching sunsets, playing chess, watching the boats and questioning this ever changing life. You can also walk to South Portland from this park if you’re walking the Casco Bridge.
Maine Medical Center Sunsets
Again, a place for magical beings only. This hill is located directly behind Maine Medical Center on the West End. Bring a blanket and watch the sunset over the mountains then take a walk through the neighborhood as it’s elegant and peaceful.
This is a morning activity especially if you go hard in fitness! Go on a run around Back Cove.The views are gorgeous and even on a hot day it’s cool since Back Cove is right on the water.
Once your morning run is complete, take a moment to step out of the city and drive to Cape Elizabeth to see the Portland Head Light. This was by far my favorite day in Portland as the drive to Cape Elizabeth is through the woods and seeing it in the Fall when the leaves are turning was the perfect Autumn dream! Once you get to Cape Elizabeth you can view the lighthouse and then go walking on the trails.
Since you’ve officially explored all of Portland, take a road trip to Kennebunkport which is the perfect place to visit for a day out of the city. I recommend exploring Kennebunkport with friends and family which is exactly what I did! Some of our favorite places were Maine-ly Drizzle, Mornings in Paris, The Knotty Elephant, and Carla’s Corner.
Black Elephant Hostel
With all this exporation you will need a place to stay which is why I recommend the Black Elephant Hostel. I have traveled to 18 countries and hundreds of cities where I’ve stayed in hostels all over the world. I can promise you that the Black Elephant Hostel is one of a kind! It’s full of color, glorious bookshelves, glittering floors, a lovely staff and it’s located in the East End which is in the heart of Portland and a block from a bus line that can take you everywhere else!
Portland, Maine was my place of healing and inspiration the past two years as I traveled to Portland for a weekend last Summer when I was in need of healing then I moved here this past Summer to continue that journey. I can’t explain the magic and healing remedy that this city holds. One could only understand if they took the time to stay and explore. So take the time. Explore, heal and get inspired by Portland, Maine.
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Brytta is a world traveling yoga instructor from NYC. She is a lover of glitter, SUP Yoga and climbing waterfalls. When she's not adventuring around the world and teaching yoga, she's writing about her adventures, interviewing inspiring souls and coming up with new ways to take her yoga off the mat and into the world! A big fan of discovering new poetry, her current favorite poets are: Rupi Kaur, Lena Moon, and Carlos Andres Gomez.