Fall in love in the Portland of the East: Portland, Maine! Whether you’re still a newlywed or celebrating an anniversary, there are so many unique date ideas in Portland, Maine.
Find Your Muse
Nothing brings out love like creativity. Learn to paint at Muse Paintbar. Come for a session and get step-by-step instruction to paint a gorgeous canvas to hang in your home. You may each paint your own canvas or try out a couple session where you paint together on one canvas. Food and drink are available for 30 minutes before each session and include delicious little bites, larger plates, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Paintings vary from day-to-day, and there are several sessions throughout the week and weekend. In addition to predetermined paintings, sessions also include wine glass painting, and the very popular “paint your pet” sessions in which an artist will sketch a preloaded photo of your pet that you will be coached to paint during the session. This is perfect for those of us with a furbaby at home! Find your inspiration at Muse Paintbar, and get creative with your sweetheart.
Ride the Narrow Gauge
Take a ride with your sweetie on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad! Take a scenic, 35-minute ride along the Eastern Promenade of Casco Bay. Open-air and enclosed cars are available depending on the season, so you and your date can check out Portland’s scenic waterfront views in comfort. Trains depart on the hour from 10:00am-3:00 pm. Tickets are only $10 for adults and include admission to the museum. The train starts boarding in April, and it’s family-friendly but also perfect for a quiet, short day date with the one you love!
Wander in the Desert
Head to Freeport (20 minutes from Portland) to tour an actual glacier desert at the Desert of Maine. Take a 30 minute narrated tram ride to learn a little history and explore the geology of a desert in Maine! Beautiful butterflies flutter in the butterfly room, a delight for you and your sweetheart to behold. Check out a unique 40-acre natural desert that you won’t see anywhere else in Maine or this part of the country!
Dine in a Floating Restaurant
All aboard at DiMillo’s on the Water, Portland’s premier seafood restaurant on Casco Bay. Since the restaurant is on a docked boat, you’ll get spectacular views of Portland Harbor, no matter where you are seated! For a romantic meal, enjoy Maine lobster (in or out of the shell), or enjoy a mouthwatering, fork-tender bacon-wrapped filet mignon. DiMillo’s menu has something for every palate. You’ll fall in love with the food, but the atmosphere will ignite the spark with your darling as well.
Portland’s own Victoria Mansion is home to pre-Civil war artifacts and architecture. You and your dear will tour the mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, a summer home of Maine native Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a rich hotel owner from the 1860s. Imagine you are back in the mid-19th century as you learn and visit this historic Portland landmark. Check out the gift shop for a memento of your trip such as a unique piece of jewelry or a book on art history.
Grab a (Free) Brew
One of the most popular date night (or day) destinations in Portland, Maine is Allagash Brewing Company. The brewery offers free tours complete with free beer seven days a week. Allagash offers four, 3 oz., pours of complimentary beer to everyone who stops by. The last tasting each day happens 15 minutes before close. Check out the current tastings online. Visitors can also purchase beers to go. You and your date are sure to enjoy a fine brew and learn a little bit about the history of Portland’s Allagash Brewing Company on your free, fun date!
Portland, Maine can’t miss when it comes to unique date ideas for you and your significant other. Whether you want to try a little cultural experience, eat some seafood while afloat and gazing at spectacular scenery, or getting creative with your own art, these unique date ideas in Portland, Maine are sure to hit the spot!
Have you visited Portland? Do you have any fun date ideas to add to the list?