Travel - Maine
Portland, Maine, is a very attractive, comfortable town. In 2009, Forbes.com ranked it number one of "America's Most Livable Cities".
The English sea captain Christopher Levett started a settlement in the area in 1623, but it was not permanently settled until 1633 when it was called Casco. By 1658, it became known as Falmouth. After the Revolutionary War, a section of Falmouth separated in 1786 and became known as Portland. Between 1820 and 1832, Portland was the capital of the new state of Maine, after which Augusta became the capital.
There are a number of lighthouses around the Portland area, and we have pictures and details of several in the Lighthouse section of the website. To many people, Portland is really South Portland, home of the Maine Mall and numerous other shopping destinations. In fact, we usually stay in South Portland as the hotels are half the price, and the overnight parking is easy.