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The Danforth - Portland Inn: Greater Portland & Casco Bay Inn, ME

The DanforthPortland, ME
Renovated and renewed with sophisticated colors and a superb and discerning collection of art, this small, luxury boutique hotel exudes old-school charm. Furnished to provide comfort and with an eye to style, The Danforth is the right destination for a romantic getaway, a city spree, or a base to work from.

Portland Maine's Swanky Old School Boutique Hotel
Within these grand, enduring brick walls are distinctive and stylish guest rooms, and gracious and elegant public rooms. Entertain family and friends in the inn and its enclosed private gardens. See the sun rise over the city and harbor from the cupola or enjoy sundown as it sets the sky ablaze over our historic Spring Street district.

Step out the door to wander the old, romantic city of Portland and explore its arts district, amazing variety of shops, bustling seaport, world-class restaurants, and lively cafés and coffeehouses. (Portland has more dining spots per capita than any other city in America!)

Onsite at The Danforth
Unlike many Portland Maine inns and bed and breakfasts, The Danforth offers a myriad of public spaces and unique common rooms to stretch out and fully experience this gorgeous and historic building.

All guests are invited to:
  • Enjoy a cocktail (we have a full liquor license) in the expansive lounge
  • Hang out in the second-floor sitting room and herb-filled balcony
  • Relax in the third-floor conservatory and sitting room
  • Stroll the private gardens
  • Sip a beer and play pool in our wood-paneled billiard room
  • Catch the views or the sunset from our unique rooftop cupola


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplaces
  • Gardens
  • Historical Features
  • In-Room TV
  • Live Entertainment
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Romantic
  • Wireless Internet Access


  • Antique Shopping
  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cooking School Program
  • Cultural Activities
  • Educational Programs
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Snow tubing


163 Danforth Street
Portland, ME  04102



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Music, theater, spas, museums, galleries, historic homes, parades, cruises, sightseeing—Portland is teeming with activities. Browse the details and links below for a sample of everything Portland Maine has to offer.

Lighthouse, Lobsters & More

Ask any Mainer and they’ll tell you there is SOO much more to Portland and Maine than lighthouses and lobsters. . .and that is very true. But, hey, lighthouses and lobsters are a fun place to start.

1. Bike, View & Nibble. Rent a bike from Gorham Bike & Ski (207-773-1700), located close to our Portland Maine boutique hotel, and peddle 5 miles down to glorious Fort Williams Park for panoramic views of Casco Bay and a tour of Portland Head Light -- one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. While there, grab the area’s best lobster roll from the Bite Into Maine (207-420-0294) food truck (Original, Picnic, Wasabi, Curry or Chipotle) and nosh while you soak in the view. Classic Maine. 

2. Be a Lobsterman. Try your hand at hauling in a crustacean. On Lucky Catch Cruises (207-761-0941) you’ll see how these tasty treats get from the bottom of the ocean to your dinner plate and learn about lobster habits, conservation efforts and the difference between hardshells, shedders, shorts, culls and keepers.

Old Port Walking Tours

Portland offers many tasty and intriguing ways to experience the Old Port. Sip and savor your way around or learn about the spooky and weird.

1. Wine Wise Events. Recently named the top attraction in Portland on Trip Advisor, these wine strolls combine tasting, touring and vino education. Owner/tour guide/wine professional, Erica Archer, is a joy to be around and a font of information. Wine sails and other events also available. Email Wine Wise.

2. Maine Foodie Tours (207-233-7485). Stroll the Old Port, sample delectable, Maine-inspired foods and obtain a behind-the-scenes look at those who craft these culinary delights. This award-winning company also offers culinary trolley and boat tours.

3. Maine Cocktail Tours (207-200-5069). Saunter the streets of historic downtown with five stops along the way to sample some of Portland’s most famous cocktail creations. Learn about the history of the cocktail, the old stories of Portland’s past and how the foundations of prohibition began at City Hall.

4. Wicked Walking Tours (888-718-4253)  Funny, irreverent (yet G-rated) and a little creepy, this short (one-hour), but detail-packed tour is fun for all ages. Learn about Portland's ghosts and weird past from Gordon, the terrific - if a bit strange - tour guide.

Sample Local Brews

Over the last 5 years, Portland has become a hot bed of brewers and distillers of craft beers, hard cider, mead and even hard liquors, such as gin, rye and rum. Sample them responsibly -- let someone else do the driving!

The Maine Brew Bus (207-200-9111). You can't miss the bright green bus! Tours vary and are all inclusive -- providing transportation to and from Maine’s award-winning breweries as well as smaller, upcoming breweries, pub snacks, a brewery tour, beer trivia, fun and of course BEER!

Maine Beer Tours (207-553-0898) Both educational and fun, this company answers burning questions, such as  "What's the difference between an Ale and a Lager?" and "Why are some beers are darker than others and what exactly is a hop?" while visiting local craft brewers.

Get On The Water

Whatever your speed, it's always a good idea to enjoy the water in a coastal town like Portland Maine!

1. Come Sail Away. Portland has not one, but two terrific sailing companies offering cruises through Casco Bay. Portland Schooner Company (207-766-2500) sails two storied wooden schooners built in the early 20th century. Afternoon and all-day sails available, including a "sail and tail" with a lobster bake included. Maine Sailing Adventures (207-749-9169) sails a Maine-built windjammer, Frances. Unwind and absorb as you take in Portland’s working waterfront, and the beautifully rugged islands just beyond. Ask about the company's popular sunset sails.

 2. Ride the Duck. Tour the Old Port and the bay in one, convenient vehicle! The Downeast Duck (800-979-3370) covers both land and sea, including Portland's working waterfront, the Casco Bay Islands and marine wildlife.

 3. Paddle Yourself. See the bay up close and personal from a kayak. Paddle out to Fort Gorges and explore the deserted Civil War-era fort, weave between ferries and sail boats along the waterfront, challenge yourself with a paddle across to the Bug Light lighthouse in South Portland. Bring your own or rent kayaks from Portland Paddle (207-370-9730).

Artistically Inclined

With a premier art college right in town, an acclaimed small art museum and a monthly art walk, Portland is quite the mecca for art enthusiasts.

Portland Museum of Art (207-775-6148). The Museum's small but insanely well-curated collection contains fine and decorative works of art from acclaimed American and New England artists, such as Frederic Edwin Church, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth, as well as major pieces from European masters Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others.

Space Gallery (207-828-5600). Space is a nonprofit contemporary arts venue that fosters true creativity through its mission to present contemporary, emerging and unconventional art, artists and ideas. Formats include visual art exhibits, film screening, music and performance art, and public forums and collaborations.

First Friday Art Walk. Held all over Portland on the first Friday of every month, the arts walk turns the whole city into a gallery. The library, cafes, coffee shops and stores, as well as local galleries, get into the act and exhibit new artistic works from local artists and from those "from away."

Enjoy the Music

Portland Symphony Orchestra. (207-773-6128). With critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement, the PSO is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country.

State Theater. The city's largest non-stadium venue, State is an beautiful, historic theater that brings in nationally and internationally popular acts, such as Keane, Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Silversun Pickups, Goo Goo Dolls, MGMT, and Michael Franti, among many, many others. Seats 1600.

Port City Music Hall. (207-899-4990). A 500-seat venue with great acoustics and a hip vibe, Port City Music Hall attracts eclectic acts, such as Keller Williams, OK GO, Calexico, Ghostface Killah, and Enter the Haggis, among many, many more.

One Longfellow Square (207-761-1757). A 200-seat venue presenting folk, jazz, celtic, basque, and nationally beloved singer-songwriters. This venue is super-close to tour Portland boutique hotel.

Blue (207-774-4111). An intimate venue for-up-and-coming singer-songwriters and local and regional acts offering celtic, middle eastern, blues, old time, jazz, and folk, Blue offers the opportunity to get "up close and personal" with burgeoning talent.

An Historical Perspective

Maine Historical Society Museum (207-774-1822). The MHS Museum features changing exhibitions and programs spanning more than five centuries of Maine life. Original exhibits feature art, artifacts, and documents that vividly bring Maine history to life.

Wadsworth-Longfellow House (207-774-1822). This remarkable family made significant contributions to the political, literary, and cultural life of New England and the United States. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in the house and went on to become one of the most famous men of his time.

Victoria Mansion (207-772-4841). Located just a block from The Danforth, this magnificent structure is a must-see. Distinguished for its architecture and its extraordinary interiors, Victoria Mansion is among the most important historic homes of the 19th Century anywhere in the nation.

The World's a Stage

Portland Stage Company. (207-774-0465) Portland's largest theater company offers a diverse range of productions in a large, comfortable theater located quite close to The Danforth. Each production is fully crafted theater, including original set design and construction, costume design and production, lighting and sound design.

Good Theater. (207-885-5883) A truly stellar local company, Good Theater produces consistently wonderful shows - often Broadway and Off-Broadway hits and Tony winners, as well as regional and Maine premiers. Productions range from dramas, to comedies, to musicals.

Shop. Shop. Shop.

The Old Port and Arts District offer a variety of shops ranging from high-end clothes boutiques to antique stores and specialty art shops. Too many to list, actually! Some of of favorites:

2 Note Botanical Perfumery (207-838-2815). Custom line of handcrafted botanical perfumes bath home and body products.

Angela Adams (207-774-3523). Well-crafted modern home furnishings inspired by the timeless beauty of nature and the ever-changing landscape of Maine.

Architectural Salvage (207-780-0634). 12,000 square foot spectacular showroom of architectural elements, antiques and decorative accessories.

Eco Home Studio (207-899-0390). Planet friendly furniture and accessories.

Home Remedies (207-899-0135). Custom home decor showroom with an on-site sewing and reupholstery workroom.

Pinecone + Chickadee (207-772-9280). Curated selection of handmade crafts unusual gifts, and vintage finds.

Portland Flea For All  (207-370-7570). Each weekend the Flea-for-All showcases a rotating cast of vendors selling the very best in vintage and handmade gifts.

Portland Dry Goods. High end men's wear and accessories, offering brands such as, Engineered Garments, Gitman Vintage, 316 Denim, Gant Rugger, Redwing, Barbour, Alden, Muttonhead, Southwick, Reigning Champ and Topo.

Portland Trading Company (207-899-0228). One-of-a-kind, well-curated, modernized, lifestyle-themed general store offering a mix of vintage and new clothes, and home goods. Owner Kazeem Lawhal has truly impeccable taste.

Seawall (207-415-5605). Locavore approach to clothing. Sustainable model of custom-made shirts made with handloomed Japanese prints, skirts, leather bags and more. All gorgeous.

Waterlily (207-775-5459). Hip conscious trade boutique featuring local artisans, vintage collections and an exclusive Waterlily line of clothing.

Check out the Portland Buy Local website for many, many more!


Number of Rooms: 9
Coolly sophisticated and warmly soothing, each guest room at our boutique Portland Maine hotel is distinctly different.  Find the one that invites you in and make it your private haven to decompress, reconnect, or reignite.

All rooms at The Danforth combine the luxury and style of an earlier more indulgent era with modern amenities that meet the standards of the most discerning traveler. Architectural detailing, great art, and pleasing fabrics create a visual delight. Crisp linens, plush beds, and fresh air promote well-being and a restful night.

Most rooms have working fireplaces with decorative mantles. All rooms have a private bath, a television, and loads of other comforts.