Portland sits on the southern coastline of Maine,
jutting out into the waters of Casco Bay.
Portland is one of those special cities
whose history and people have long been shaped by the sea.
It’s a city whose character has also been forged by fire.
Native American Raiders burnt the first English settlement to the ground in 1676
and returned with the French 14 years later to torch it once again.
In 1775, British warships set the city ablaze
and in 1866, a fourth of July firecracker set off an inferno
which left thousands homeless,
but this is a city that refused to lie down.
Then today Portland is one of the most dynamic and livable small metros in the USA.
Part of the city’s great charm is its working waterfront.
Amble down Commercial Street
and spent a few hours drifting around the many wharves and piers.
Relax with a craft beer and lobster roll.
As fishermen unload their daily catch,
wooden ships set sail to nearby islands and
cargo ships glide out to far-off ports.
Follow the salty breezes through the streets and lanes of the historic port district,
where the currents have passed
and future eddy amid the old fish packing plants and locomotive factories of yesteryear.
It was here that Portland’s faithful raised their finest churches and
where the city’s shipbuilders and merchants built their stately homes.
Spend an hour or two touring the ornate rooms of Victoria mansion,
这是19世纪旅店老板 Ruggles Sylvester Morse的夏季住所
the summer home of nineteenth-century hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse.
In 1940, this Italianate brownstone was almost demolished
to make way for a gas station.
Thankfully common sense prevailed and the
historic home and most of its original interiors were saved.
Time also stands still at the historic home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
one of America’s most beloved poets.
See the hobbyhorse young Henry rode into imaginary worlds
and the desk where the poet honed his lines-
many inspired by the woodlands and wharves of Portland.
Head west along Congress Street
to the arts district, an area teeming with creative enterprises.
At the center of it all is the Portland Museum of Art,
starting life in 1908 at McClellan house.
Over the decades the collections swelled and new buildings were added.
Just like Longfellow,
many of the artists whose works are featured here
were inspired by Portland’s coastline,
including one of the Giants of American art-Winslow Homer.
In Portland, the ever-present cry of gulls is a reminder that
the sea is never far away.
Head east along Congress Street to East promenade,
visionary parklands that provide portlanders with a place to stretch their legs
and take in the Atlantic breezes since 1836.
Over the centuries, Portland has been of great strategic importance
and the coastline once bristled with cannon.
Across the mouth of the four river to South Portland
and peer through the gun ports of historic fort Preble,
which saw service from the Civil War right up until the 1950s.
Just below the fort is the spring point alleged light,
one of the smaller and more unusual of Maine’s 57 active lighthouses.
While just a few miles south on Cape Elizabeth stands one of New England’s most beautiful
Portland head light. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791,
the lighthouse has been home to many characters,
including one lighthouse keeper’s parent who would screech as bad weather approached
警报 警报 大雾将至
start to horn, start the horn, fog rolling in.
The lighthouse is part of Fort Williams Park
where you’ll find even more historic defenses
as well as the eerie ruins of the old Goddard mansion.
Once you start exploring this coastline , it’s very easy to just keep on going.
Around every headland there’s a new Beach Bay State Park or town,
这些地方吸引许多桨手 钓鱼人 老水手和梦想家
places that beckon paddlers, anglers, sea dogs and dreamers
and those happy to simply soak up the colors and sense of New England.
Seven miles south of Portland is Scarborough
where families have been returning to sleepy havens like Higgins beach for generations.
From here let the bend of Saco Bay sweep you further south to
to the neat as a pin town of Saco.
At the local museum, learn about the little mill town that became a textile giant
that helped dress the nation in style.
Right at Saco’s front door is Fairy Beach State Park,
100 acres of trails, tupelo trees and time-stopping vistas.
And if you’re dreaming of a little salt weathered old-school New England perfection,
drop anchor at Cape porpoise.
Once you’ve come this far,
it’s hard to resist the impossibly pretty docks
and historic shipbuilders homes of Kennebunkport.
A longtime favorite with US presidents,
this resort town serves up some of the best eating, classiest shopping
and most beautiful coastlines in Maine.
On your way back to Portland, be sure to grab a ticket
and take a ride at the seashore trolley museum,
the largest collection of streetcars in the world.
A visit here is more than just a ride.
It’s a tribute to craftsmanship, engineering know-how
and the time when people stop to talk to strangers.
Portland Maine is very much a tribute to those ideals, too,
for this is a place where life is as it should be.
在这里 历史 自然 创造力和社区团体十分合拍
It’s a place where history, nature, creativity and community are in tune,
creating more than just a city but a song by the sea.