Summers on Portland’s East End—how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Maybe that sounds a bit corny, but sometimes it’s easy to take for granted what’s in our own backyard. So here are a few suggestions to savor these warmer months, right in the heart of Munjoy Hill.
Walk, bike, skip or jog along the Eastern Promenade’s 2.1-mile paved trail, sandwiched between an island-peppered Casco Bay on one side and an expansive upward sloping park on the other. This picture-worthy jaunt takes you by a sandy beach, rocky ledges, public art, the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum, and a public boat launch featuring kayak and paddle board rentals available, for those who wish to venture beyond the shore and explore Fort Gorges.
Looking uphill, you can choose from a number of park benches or shady trees to sit, chill, or picnic, green spaces to toss a frisbee and play fetch with your pooch, or food trucks to grab a bite to eat. For a cocktail and a full meal, walk a few blocks further on Congress Street, where a handful of eateries offer contemporary cuisine and outdoor seating. You can also make a night out of it at St. Lawrence Arts Center. Check out their summer calendar chock-full of live theater and musical performances.
Portland’s East End is also home to a ginormous Fourth of July celebration, the Friends of the Eastern Prom’s Summer Community Concert Series in Fort Allen Park, and a host of other festivals throughout the summer.
Check out our Events Calendar for a full list of the best happenings on the Hill!