Best Time to Visit Portland, ME
While temperatures can reach 90 degrees during the summer months, the average high temperature is between 69 and 78 degrees. Winter is equally diverse with lows averaging 13 to 25 degrees.
Portland receives over 200 days a year of sunshine, but the city also experiences over 130 days of precipitation, averaging 43 inches per year of rain and 72 inches per year of snowfall.
What you want to do on your vacation determines the best time of year to visit Portland. Snow enthusiasts want access to skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling while water enthusiasts want warmer temperature for boating, sailing, fishing, cruises, and hiking.
Portland's busy season runs from mid-June to October. With perfect weather, the days are ideal for adventures and sightseeing, and the nights are comfortable with mild temperatures. Travelers can expect higher rates and crowds during these months. Due to an influx of visitors, book by March or April for summer vacations or business travel.
The most economical travel time is the spring and winter slow months of November and January to April. Prices are generally lower and there are fewer visitors.
Discounts and package deals are available during the shoulder season that runs from May to mid-June and throughout the month of December. Overall, traffic is moderate and heaviest on weekends, even in the wintertime.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Portland, ME:
Portland, ME: Prices by Star Rating Class
Below we've posted 3 graphs illustrating avg. nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Portland, ME. Browse these illustrations to evaluate the best time to make a reservation in Portland for upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotels in Portland, ME
4 Star Average Prices: $190.15
The Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Waterfront puts guests in the heart of the city near area attractions. A spacious studio or suite provides the comforts of home with a fully equipped kitchen. Start the day with a complimentary breakfast buffet and rest each night in luxury pillowtop bedding. Rooms include a LCD TV with cable, two phones, an iPod dock, sofa bed, living and dining areas, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The indoor pool is an oasis of coolness and the fitness center provides a fully equipped facility for exercise. Mingle with other guests at The Residence Inn Mix offered three nights a week with snacks and beverages.
The Hilton Garden Inn is an oasis of elegance and guest satisfaction in downtown Portland. With in-room views of Casco Bay, you're just steps away from the historic Old Port District. Guests enjoy comfort blended with convenience. Relax in a stylish, well-appointed guest room or suite with modern amenities like microwaves, coffee makers, refrigerators, and HD TVs. Stay connected at this pet-friendly hotel with complimentary Wi-Fi, and take advantage of a sumptuous meal at The Garden Grill and Bar, cocktails at the Pavilion Lounge, a refreshing dip in the pool, or a workout in the fully equipped fitness center.
Affordable Hotels in Portland, ME
3 Star Average Prices: $145.06
The Howard Johnson Hotel South Portland is conveniently located near shopping, dining, and attractions and less than 10 minutes from Portland International Jetport. Guest comfort and convenience are the focus in contemporary standard guest rooms featuring king or double beds, cable TV, coffee makers, and free internet access. Business rooms include a microwave and refrigerator. A complimentary Rise & Dine continental breakfast is available each morning. After a day of sightseeing or business meetings, relax in the heated pool or the fitness center. This pet-friendly hotel provides a business center, meeting rooms, ATM, and a 24-hour shuttle service to/from the airport, bus station, and the Amtrak station.
The Best Western Merry Manor Inn is a pet-friendly and 100 percent non-smoking hotel catering to business and leisure travelers. Comfortable king or double rooms and family suites feature amenities such as fireplaces and microwaves. Each room has soft tones, modern furnishings, flat-screen TVs, and in-room, high-speed wireless internet. Hotel amenities focus on guest comfort with an outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and laundry and dry cleaning services. For a delicious meal, dine at the Maine Table Restaurant. Business travelers and those planning a group event have access to a total of four meeting and banquet rooms.
2 Star Average Prices: $106.40
Portland, ME Hotels with Discounts
The Fireside Inn & Suites is warm and inviting. In each room, guests are surrounded by soft colors and natural sunlight, plush bedding, comfortable furniture, and either a fireplace or Jacuzzi. Rooms are smoke free and pet-friendly, too. Hotel amenities address guest needs with a heated indoor and outdoor pool, garden courtyard, health spa, full-service lounge, and breakfast and dinner at Zackery's Fireside Restaurant. Guests enjoy complimentary afternoon coffee, free parking, and a courtesy airport shuttle. Groups requesting banquet facilities for meetings and special events can expect excellent service at a great price as the hotel has a group friendly rating of 10.0/10 and group savings averaging 20.9 percent.
Stately and stylish, the Embassy Suites Portland takes convenience to another level with a location within walking distance of Portland International Jetport. This all-suite hotel offers two-room suites with a living room, bedroom, and sofa bed. For guest comfort and entertainment, suites feature free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwaves, and two flat-screen TVs so everyone can watch their favorite programs. A complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast is available each morning, and for lunch and dinner, stop by the Café Stroudwater. Business and event groups have access to meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment, and full-service catering. Groups rate the hotel a 10.0/10 and report an average savings of 21 percent.
Best Value Options in Portland, ME
Staying at the Doubletree by Hilton means double the comfort and amenities. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed with a freshly baked treat, sending the message that guest satisfaction is a priority. Amenities are the highlight of any stay, and the Doubletree won't let you down. Enjoy shopping at The Maine Mall and area restaurants all within walking distance. A heated pool will relax you, and the fully equipped fitness center removes tension. The hotel is only two miles from the jetport and offers complimentary shuttle service. To please the palate, The Blue Wave Grille provides a diverse menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Clarion Portland Hotel combines location, convenience, and comfort. Just a short distance from Portland International Jetport and the downtown district, guests have the convenience of all the city has to offer just minutes away. On the comfort level, guest rooms maintain a level of polished decor and attention to detail. Guests enjoy several complimentary amenities including on-site parking, access to an equipped business center, Wi-Fi, heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and fitness center, and pets stay free without a fee. Dine on delectable creations at Pete and Larry's Restaurant for breakfast or dinner, order room service, or try one of the nearby downtown eateries.
Things to Do in Portland, ME
Spending the day in the lush forest landscape exploring the hiking and back-country trails of a state park is one activity that's sure to please. Portland has three nearby parks to tempt your walking shoes. At Grafton Notch State Park, less than two hours from Portland, enjoy an adventure with activities that range from birdwatching to cross-country skiing among the Mahoosuc Range. Have a picnic at Two Lights State Park and enjoy 41 acres of panoramic views of Casco Bay and the Atlantic. Just 30 minutes away, the 200-acre Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park offers up close observation of many bird species during a guided nature walk.
Some points of interest to include in your exploration are the historic nineteenth century Victoria Mansion with the original interior and furnishings, Portland Head Light Museum at Fort Williams Park, and the Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow House with its exquisite collection of vintage objects, memorabilia, and formal gardens.
A fun outing is a cruise across Casco Bay to the surrounding islands, or a visit to Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum for vintage exhibits, tours, and a waterfront train ride.
Start or end the day with a stroll along the Old Port district in downtown Portland along the waterfront. Visit a local cafe for coffee, stop in at a friendly pub, see gallery exhibits, shop at specialty boutiques, or just enjoy the walk along brick-paved streets while you soak up the ambiance, architecture, and history emanating from the many brick walls.
Any time of year is a good time to visit Portland. With its scenic backdrop along the bay and a bevy of activities, visitors have a nearly endless choice of indoor and outdoor activities.
Portland has a variety of hotels that are reasonably priced and conveniently located near the jetport and downtown district to fit the needs of business and leisure travelers. No matter what your choice in accommodations, guests can expect friendly service, attention to detail, and the best available amenities and features to make your stay in Portland one you'll want to repeat.
What did travelers think of the city of Portland?
Below are reviews of the city of Portland, ME from an actual visitor's perspective.
"Great Sights to See"
Score 4.0 / 5
The Duck tour was great and the shops on Commercial street were great. Victorian Mansion was extremely uncooperative.
The average traveler rating of the city of Portland, ME shown above is 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews