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The prohibition movement planted roots here in 1815 but since then, Portland, Maine has steadily established itself as the state’s (and some might argue, the region’s) social trend-setter. Here are a few of the newer and more notable spots to check off your hit list for a weekend getaway to Maine’s cultural capital.

Fore Street in Portland


Paciarino Grab a chair near the open kitchen and watch the husband-and wife team from Milan, Italy prepare homemade pastas and sauces just for you. Everything is made fresh daily. 468 Fore St., 207-774-3500. Evangeline Chef Erik Desjarlais is winning over the hearts and stomachs of locals at his latest homage to French cuisine with a menu that includes escargot, steak tartare, and plenty of lard. 190 State St., Portland, 207-791-2800.


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The Port City Music Hall

Port City Music Hall Music fans in the Portland area have a new spot to call home. This three-story, 660-capacity venue located in the Arts District features a state-of-the-art audio/visual system and books nationally touring acts (live music, comedy, cabaret). 504 Congress St., 207-899-4990, portcity Utopia Using materials from local barns, abandoned oil tanks, and old mills, this interior design shop can turn a sofa into a work of reclaimed art. Using recycled materials, Utopia’s original line of modern furniture and lighting has caught the eye of local companies such as L.L. Bean and Life is Good. 470 Fore St., 207-899-4266, Rogues Gallery Part New York City underground, part Maine chic, this vintage-inspired boutique carries everything you need to blend into Portland like a local. Sailcloth outerwear, anyone? 41 Wharf St., 207-553-1999,


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Pomegranate Inn

The Portland Regency Hotel & Spa Located in the heart of the Old Port, this former armory now treats its visitors to in-room fireplaces, a full service spa, a couple’s room with a Swedish shower, and a popular pub that attracts locals from all over town. 20 Milk Street, 800-727-3436,

Pomegranate Inn

Known for its eclectic and vast art collection, this colorful and luxurious inn located in the city’s Western Promenade is a must-stay. Comfort is key here, as each of the eight custom-designed rooms, some with fireplaces, are designed to make you feel more at home than your own house. 49 Neal St., 800-356-0408, -Jack Morris