The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Portland, Maine
US Airways offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Portland, Maine, with early November fares currently starting at $200 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Portland Harbor Hotel
468 Fore St.
A nicely appointed, centrally located, pleasant hotel with smooth, friendly service and a long list of amenities. Doubles from $199.
WHERE TO EAT
45 India St.
Head to the back of this jampacked grocery to get one of Stephen Lanzalotta’s incredible Sicilian pizza slabs for $4.99. Served 10:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
75 Commercial St.
One of the best bakeries on the East Coast. Try the sesame fougasse, chocolate cork, financier, almond croissant — or whatever catches your eye (and nose).
Eventide Oyster Co.
86 Middle St.
Inventive takes on Maine classics. Don’t miss the main attraction: oysters for $27 a dozen.
111 Middle St.
A daily-changing menu of seasonal specialties in an intimate space. Entrees $28.
WHAT TO DO
Urban Farm Fermentory
200 Anderson St., Bay 4
Retail, tasting and tour hours Friday and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Casco Bay Lines
56 Commercial St.
More than a dozen daily trips to Peaks Island, 45 minutes round trip. Through April, adults $4.10. Peak season (April-October), adults $7.70. Many other routes and cruises available.