Portland is the largest city on Casco Bay, an inlet in the Gulf of Maine on the southern coast of Maine. Portland, Casco Bay Area self-catering accommodation offers the best of both worlds; urban comfort, shopping and dining and the sea with what is considered some of the best sailing in the world.
Boats play a large part around a Portland, Casco Bay Area vacation rental with ferries to the major and minor island, of which there is a very large number, pleasure boats, sailing boats and even a sunset cruise in the summer months. Peaks Island is the most populous island in Casco Bay and has 16 car ferries a day in the summer and has amusement parks, theatres, restaurants and cafes. Performance arts are also big in this area; opera, symphony orchestra, modern dance troupes, ballet as well as a thriving music scene, great music venues, outdoor concerts and fireworks both in the downtown area and on the islands.
Away from the water there are a myriad of trails and walks as well as interesting buildings and sights to see while staying in a Portland, Casco Bay Area vacation rental. There are seven lighthouses including the Pocahontas Light which is the smallest registered lighthouse in the United States standing at just six feet tall. There are also six forts dating from 1808 to 1907 many of which served as important facilities during the two great wars. Also irresistible is the Old Port area with its cobblestone streets with revitalised warehouses on the waterfront housing interesting shops, restaurants and cafes; this is the place to find crafts from local artisans, with textiles, fashion, jewellery, and great specialty food.
As well as getting out to some of the islands, like Eagle Island which was home to Admiral Robert Peary, the polar explorer, and his family from 1881 until 1955 and is now a registered Historic Site there are several interesting cities and beaches close to Portland, Casco Bay Area vacation rentals. Brunswick, Yarmouth and Gorham are just three places with historic sights and interesting main streets; for beautiful stretches of sand and blue water head to Ogunquit, Kittery, Old Orchard Beach and many more.
At Portland, Casco Bay Area vacation rentals you can expect to enjoy a humid continental climate with warm summers and long, cold snowy winters. Monthly averages range from 20.4 centigrade in July with highs that can exceed 32 centigrade and -5 centigrade in January with lows that can exceed -18 centigrade.
There are some very good deals for getting to self-catering vacation rentals from London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW) to Portland (PDX) with American Airlines, KLM, Delta, Air Canada and many more.