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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat Big in a Small City

Maine's cultural capital has a sophisticated dining scene that's attracting national attention.


1. Where to Stay

Fall asleep among the flowers at the Pomegranate Inn.  

The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa (from $149), in a beautiful red-brick armory in the heart of the hip Old Port shopping district, has 95 rooms decorated in traditional dark wood and brocade and updated with flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

An Italianate mansion on Portland’s landmark-packed west end, the boutique Pomegranate Inn(from $140) has eight rooms with unique hand-painted floral wall murals (the hydrangeas in room six are especially stunning), original artwork and sculpture, and fine linens.

The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, only a twenty-minute drive from downtown Portland, has 84 elegant, countrified rooms, toile bedding, and fireplaces. Book the spacious Thomas Moser Room ($350) to be surrounded by the Maine designer’s sleek, Shaker-influenced furniture as well as the requisite plasma-screen TV and Bose stereo.

Published on Oct 15, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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