Portland, Maine Leave Boston and its beans behind for a succulent lobster dinner and a pint of a local microbrew beer in Portland's charming Old Port. The meticulously restored nineteenth century village with cobblestone streets has beautiful views of Casco Bay. Culturelovers will relish the city's first-rate symphony, an opera company, a ballet troupe, and several museums, while beachcombers can bundle up for breathtaking cliff-side walks. Take the chill off in the hot tub at the romantic Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, a former armory in the heart of the Old Port. (Direct flights from New York City, Washington, D.C., and Detroit run about two hours. For more information, go to usa.visitmaine.com.)
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