Portland Harbor

43°39'N 70°15'W
Portland Harbor
...WINTER STORM TO CONTINUE AFFECTING THE REGION THROUGH SATURDAY... .INTENSIFYING LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS THE GULF OF MAINE TONIGHT. THE LOW WILL SLOWLY MOVE INTO NOVA SCOTIA SATURDAY. HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED AT TIMES THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. STRONG WINDS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT...
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...WINTER STORM TO CONTINUE AFFECTING THE REGION THROUGH SATURDAY... .INTENSIFYING LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK ACROSS THE GULF OF MAINE TONIGHT. THE LOW WILL SLOWLY MOVE INTO NOVA SCOTIA SATURDAY. HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED AT TIMES THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. STRONG WINDS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT...
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...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY... .LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF PORTLAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...TO AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 INCHES IN CENTRAL MAINE...WITH...
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...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY... .LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF PORTLAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...TO AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 INCHES IN CENTRAL MAINE...WITH...
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...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY... .LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF PORTLAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...TO AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 INCHES IN CENTRAL MAINE...WITH...
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...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY... .LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF PORTLAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...TO AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 INCHES IN CENTRAL MAINE...WITH...
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...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY... .LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF PORTLAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...TO AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 INCHES IN CENTRAL MAINE...WITH...
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...SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO EARLY SATURDAY... .LOW PRESSURE WILL INTENSIFY RAPIDLY AS IT MOVES NORTHEAST TO THE CANADIAN MARITIMES TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN AREAS NORTH AND EAST OF PORTLAND. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM 3 TO 5 INCHES IN WESTERN NEW HAMPSHIRE...TO AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 INCHES IN CENTRAL MAINE...WITH...
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Portland Harbor, at the western end of Casco Bay, is the most important port on the coast of Maine. And it is one busy place: Portland is the second-largest oil port on the East Coast, boasts a large commercial fishing fleet, many cargo and cruise ship berths, and ferries bound for local islands (sadly, none continue to serve Nova Scotia). The waterfront thrives as well, offering fine dining, boutique shopping, a vibrant Art District, and just about any kind of provision or marine service imaginable. With Bon Appetit magazine calling Portland "America's Foodiest Small Town" in 2009, the dining opportunities alone are worth the visit.

The city of Portland is on the north side of the inner harbor, with many railroad, bulk, and general cargo terminals and piers. South Portland is on the south side of the harbor, with petroleum-handling terminals and pipeline facilities along its waterfront.

Whether you arrive by boat or choose to spend a few nights in one of the city's fine hotels and B&Bs, Portland should be on your Maine coast itinerary, as it provides a delightful taste Maine's version of "big city" living. If you are like most, you will come away feeling that Maine's largest city is, in fact, much more like one very large small town.