Portland one of Business Insider’s top 2014 destinations

The Maine Marimba Ensemble performs during a First Friday Artwalk.

The Maine Marimba Ensemble at a First Friday Artwalk.

Ranking right up there with Cuba, Bangkok and Iceland, Portland, Maine is one of Business Insider’s picks for travel in 2014.

It makes us very proud to see Portland in such terrific global company. Only two places are named in the US and our fair city is one of them. The article mentions the increasing number of places to stay in the city but there are also more options on places to live. 118 on Munjoy Hill is walking distance to the great restaurants, art venues and festivals referenced. Portland is at your doorstep. Bundle up for the next Art Walk on February 7, see the exhibits at the Portland Museum before they close next month and support your favorite hang out… or try a new one. With all of the attention that Portland is getting, it is fortunate that 118 is designed to help you host all of the friends and family that will be coming to stay. Every one of the 12 residences at 118 has a guest room. Get ready, word of the vibrancy and livability of Portland continues to get out.

America’s other Portland has been gaining a reputation as a funky low-key destination that prizes quality food and cutting-edge art.

More and more talented chefs have been flocking to the coastal New England city, opening upscale restaurants like Fore Street and Petite Jacqueline. But there’s also  great casual fare, like tacos, burgers, and cupcakes from food trucks, and of course tons of lobster.

Meanwhile, the city’s art scene is thriving. That’s to be expected, since it’s home to dozens of edgy galleries and artist collaboratives, the Maine College of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art, located in the heart of the Arts District. Visit in the beginning of the month to experience a First Friday Art Walk, when artists display their works on the streets and musicians and performance artists entertain the crowds.

Visitors will have no shortage of hotel options, as the city is expecting to open 500 new rooms in the next two years. Until then, stay in a quaint inn like the Pomegranate Inn, which features fireplaces in the rooms and cool art exhibits that change regularly.

See the full article at Business Insider: Where to Travel in 2014

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