Discover Coastal Charm: Where to Stay in Portland Maine




Cathy Bennett Kopf


June 29th, 2023


Portland is an iconic Maine destination, as a standalone weekend getaway or part of a longer New England road trip.

The vibrant port city retains its historic charm with cobblestone streets and gorgeous Victorian homes. But it’s no dusty relic. Portland’s one of the top culinary destinations in the US where even the dive bars serve meals you’ll remember for years to come. And there’s a thriving arts scene with galleries, studios, performance venues and a very popular First Friday Arts Walk.

It’s a small, walkable city with several distinct neighborhoods. Choosing where to stay depends on what you’re planning to do in Portland during your stay. If the city’s great restaurants are your primary interest, stay in Old Port and do an epic food crawl. Prefer to retreat to a place that’s cozy and quiet at the end of a long day? Then, the West End’s for you. Or choose something totally unique like a stay on one of the Casco Bay islands accessible by water taxi or ferry. Here’s our guide to where to stay in Portland, Maine.

Retro camping trailer at Walnut Grove Spacious Skies Campground near Portland Maine

Spacious Skies Walnut Grove Campground

If your Maine adventure includes Portland and other Southern Maine destinations like Kennebunkport and Old Orchard Beach, you might want to stay outside of the city. The Spacious Skies Walnut Grove Campground has RV sites, cabin and retro camper rentals, plus a ton of campsite amenities about 40 minutes from downtown.

  • 93 RV sites, 3 cabins, 2 retro campers
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Playground, jumping pillow and gem mining for the kids
  • Camp store