Portland, ME

In 1989 we set down roots in Portland, Maine and haven’t looked back since. Margaritas Portland is located in the former Maine Central Railroad General Office Building built in 1889 on St. John Street. Today the building has been designated as one of 72 Greater Portland Landmarks and is a short distance to the Portland Sea Dog’s Hadlock Field, the Portland Jet Port, Thompson’s Point, Maine Red Claws, Cross Insurance Arena and the Maine Medical Center.

With so much to do, it’s hard to know where to begin but easy to see why Portland is such a popular destination. Not only are there restaurants and shops, but also plenty of art galleries, entertainment and lighthouses to keep you busy for days. That’s right, lighthouses (you thought we were going to say lobsters, didn’t you?). Did you know Maine is actually the lighthouse state? Because of Maine’s ragged coastline, lighthouses were once essential in order to protect sailors from peril during fog or high seas. There are over 60 lighthouses along Maine’s coast. If you are visiting Portland be sure to check out the Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse and the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse.

Portland is also home to the Portland Sea Dogs, the Portland Pirates, the Portland Museum of Art, and a number of breweries including the Allagash Brewery and the Shipyard Brewery. Old Port is the downtown area and heart of the city nestled along the waterfront with hundreds of shops, restaurants and hotels. If you are visiting Portland, a stop into Old Port is a must. As the largest and arguably liveliest city in Maine, Portland is celebrating year round with a number of events and festivals including the Old Port Fest (mid summer), the Harvest on the Harbor (fall) and the Beach to Beacon Foot Race (late summer) among many more! The Yarmouth Clam Festival held in mid summer in the nearby town of Yarmouth, is a popular event for everyone in the region and raises money for local non-profits.

If nature and sightseeing or bits of serenity are what you’re after, a visit to nearby Cape Elizabeth is a must. Crescent Beach State Park, Fort Williams and Two State Lights State Park are located in Cape Elizabeth, just south of Portland. Or take a 20-minute ferry ride to Peaks Island. Ferries depart 14 times a day, taxiing visitors across Casco Bay to the small island town where you can rent bikes, kayaks, visit the museums and galleries or just take in the breathtaking ocean views. If you want to lay in the sand and smell the salt, without the ferry ride, head down to Scarborough beach, only 12 miles away.

For those staying in Portland for more than a day you may want to check out some of the nearby and notable towns such as Freeport, home to the L.L. Bean flagship store and only 15 miles from Portland; Kennebunkport, where the Bush family spends their summers is 30 miles away; and Ogunquit, a popular summer spot due to its beautiful beaches, rolling surf and quaint town is 38 miles from Portland.

With so many options, you may want to head down to Margaritas Portland and plan out your itinerary over a cold margarita and a few tacos. Centrally located to all Portland and the surrounding areas have to offer, Margaritas Portland is not only a great lunch spot but is the perfect place to relax and refuel after a full day on the Maine coast. With an authentic, made from scratch menu and a vibrant south of the border atmosphere, Margaritas Portland will leave you satisfied and re-energized, ready to take on your next Maine adventure.