There are so many great things to do in the Portland, Maine area and why not make your visit extra special and stay with us at one of the best in-town Portland hotels, the Inn at St. John.The coastal city of Portland offers travelers excitement year round, not just in the summer months. You can dine at one of our many excellent restaurants, take a guided tour through a historical landmark or perhaps get tickets to a top-rated show at the Merrill Auditorium. Shops in the Old Port consistently carry unique, local merchandise, great for souvenirs and even something for you. Whatever you enjoy, from shopping to skiing, Portland offers it all and we are conveniently located close to all attractions.

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Arts & Entertainment

Portland’s entertainment scene is known for its excellence in theater, music, and for its nationally recognized artists and renowned galleries. Head to the bustling arts district for musical events, mark your calendar for “First Friday Art Walks”, or visit one of many art galleries.

Cruises & Tours

Kayak trips and Maine brew tours, foodie tours and seal cruises, Cruises and Tours are the perfect way to experience the coastal and inland areas of Portland Maine. Casco Bay is ideally suited for day trips and adventures. On foot, by rail, by boat, bike or car, the full spectrum of what Maine has to offer is mapped out for you.

Museums & Historic Sites

Historical homes and maritime museums chronicle the emergence of the area from a trading and fishing settlement into one of the nation’s most active seaports. Constant attention to landmark preservation and appreciation of our heritage and historical sites has made the greater coastal region a historical sightseeing destination.


Tour Maine’s most beautiful lighthouses along the coast from Kittery to Portland’s famous Portland Headlight Light. Discover lighthouse history from cruises and tour guides.

Beaches In Greater Portland

There may be no greater reason to visit the state of Maine than the gorgeous beaches not far from Portland. Whether you’re vacationing in the city or a little outside of it, a beach is never far away and is often within walking distance. So kick off your sandals, grab a blanket, and trek to the local beach, all the while being careful of the hot concrete beneath your toes, par for the course of the Maine summer experience.

We are one of the few independently owned and operated hotels in the Portland area. As a result, you will find a complete dedication by our staff to ensure your stay is 100% satisfactory. A great deal of thought goes into every detail of the Inn from the decor to the complimentary breakfast. We think this approach set us apart from our competitors and are confident you will agree.

Conveniently situated in the west end of downtown Portland, the hotel is easily accessible to everything Portland has to offer. Don’t forget the numerous restaurants, shops, independent art galleries and nightclubs, all within a twenty-five-minute walk from the Inn’s front door. See our Attractions tab for distances from the Inn to popular area destinations.

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