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Three Cheap Ways to Travel in Portland, Maine

Picture of Port Exchange, Portland ME

Port Exchange, Portland, Maine, features great shopping and restaurants (photo by Eric)

Portland, Maine, has gone from a good, solid small city to become seemingly everyone’s travel darling in a short amount of time.

Local elected and appointed officials and community have really come together in the past couple of decades to bring out the very best of this beautiful little city on the coast.

What this means is a vibrant community with big-city dining, lodging, arts and culture amenities wrapped up appealingly in almost a small town presence. The revitalized look of the Port Exchange is especially impressive with its interesting little shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and boutiques.

It’s nice to know that Portland is, generally, a more affordable city to travel and vacation than some of the higher profile larger cities in the Northeast. With that said, we realize that you’re here to find the very best ways to save the most money possible on your New England travel, so here are three cheap ways to travel in Portland that we know will offer you significant savings:

Book a room in Portland by comparing hotel rates amongst the major travel sites – How do you really know you’re getting the best hotel rate if just booking through one site? ┬áComparing rates makes booking more honest as you can better find the lowest rate simply by seeing who is offering what! Compare hotel rates in Portland

Get a $25 dining gift certificate for $10 in several Portland restaurants – has a good inventory of Portland restaurants with significant discounts. Through this medium many restaurants offer $25 for $10 gift card specials, but also look for considerable savings on dining deals when you spend more on meals. There’s no question you can really save a lot of money on dining out in Portland this way! Go here for discounted Portland dining

Seek out a Portland Deal of the Day – We like the deals on LivingSocial for Portland, as there’s a nice mix of local arts and culture, family attractions, dining and personal body care deals. Although the selections are sometimes limited, LivingSocial almost always picks high quality businesses that, on a personal level, we know we would use when visiting Portland. Find a deal of the day in Portland

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Exploring the Port Exchange in Portland
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