South Portland

South Portland is as small city located on Portland Harbor just ten minutes away from Portland, the largest city in Maine.  The proximity of the two cities has resulted in a close relationship that benefits them both.  For instance, the Portland International Jetport is owned by the city of Portland but has its main runway in South Portland.  The Jetport being Maine's busiest airport greatly enhances South Portland's accessibility.  

 

Spring Point Marina, the state's largest full-service marina, is located in the city.  Over the summer many fishing tournaments are held here such as the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament and the Casco Bay Classic Shark Tournament.  In addition, the city is host to Rigby Yard, the largest railroad yard in New England.  All these advantages come together to make South Portland a regional hub for retail and industry. Both Fairchild Semiconductor and Texas Instruments have manufacturing facilities here.  South Portland is the location for the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line as well, which is in large part the reason why the Port of Portland is the second largest oil port on the East Coast.  The Maine Mall was built in South Portland in 1971 on a property that was once used for pig farming.  Today, comprised of over 140 businesses, it is the largest mall in Maine and attracts 13 million visitors a year.

 

Residents find plenty to do with, essentially, two cities at their disposal.  Willard Beach is the last free beach in the area and is treasured for its four acres of sand and pebbles.  The Spring Point Shoreway Trail, great for walking or biking, runs along the beach part of the way and connects to the historic Greenbelt walkway as well as the Bug Light Park.  Take the opportunity to start an exploration of the lighthouses in the area by visiting Bug Light, as Portland Breakwater Light is affectionately known for its diminutive stature.  Continue with “Two Lights”, the first twin lighthouses built on the state coast.  It’s the perfect excuse to stop for a bite at the nearby Lobster Shack, which has been open since 1969 and has been featured in Bon Appetit, in Gourmet Magazine and on the Food Network amongst many others.  Enjoy a lobster roll and the gorgeous view of the coast.

 

For another fun weekend option, catch a performance at the Lyric Music Theater or the Portland Players Theater, which is the oldest community theater in Maine.  But first get a scoop of homemade ice cream at Willard Scoops or a snack at the nearby Scratch Baking Co (they’re known for their bagels!).

 

 

Links:

The Lobster Shack:  http://lobstershacktwolights.com/index.html

Scratch Baking Co.:  http://scratchbakingco.com/love/

The Portland Players Theater:  http://www.portlandplayers.org/

Spring Point Marina:  http://www.portharbormarine.com/info.php?info_id=42

Portland International Jetport:  http://www.portlandjetport.org/

Maine Mall:  http://www.mainemall.com/


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