Post # 1
My fiancÃ© bought my engagement ring from a jeweler in New England (he ordered online) and we want to use them for the wedding bands for a couple of reasons. They have 6 or 8 locations; from our home airport we can get a nonstop flight into Portland, Bangor or Manchester and were thinking of making a weekend of it. The airfares are pretty close between the three; just $80 separating the lowest and the highest. The jeweler will bring inventory to whichever store we choose.
Looking for folks’ recommendations on which city might make the most fun weekend. We’ll really only have Friday evening, Saturday (whatever time isn’t spent ring-shopping and sleeping in), and a little bit of Sunday morning. We are foodies, tech geeks, architecture geeks, history geeks and would prefer a leisurely meal and a nice bottle of wine to a nightclub.
Which is your pick and why? Bonus points if you recommend a neighborhood so we can pick a hotel. Extra bonus points if you describe the taxi scene because I’d rather not rent a car if I can avoid it.
Post # 3
I love Portland! I haven’t been in years but old port is really, well, old and beautiful. The streets are cobblestone. There is a lot of cool little shops, restaurants and bars. There are taxis, not sure what the rate is (been a while). I would prefer to stay in a bed and breakfast-has more of a New England vibe. Also, there is a lot of art there-galleries, etc. Have fun wherever you go 🙂
Post # 4
Portland. 100% Portland. The airport is close to the city, which means you might not need to rent a car. Food is great – try to stay close to downtown – the sidewalks are cobblestone, and there is great shopping. Here’s a link to the top 5 restaurants in Portland – one has Lobster Mac & Cheese! http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/diningtravel/restaurants/topfiveportlandmainerestaurants
Post # 5
Definetly Portland! I live in Portland so I’m a little biased. It must be Days Jewelers right? -which is in South Portland by the way but so is the airport. Nice hotels right downtown, great nightlife on the weekends especially and lots of wonderful restaurants! Let me know if you have questions and enjoy!
Post # 6
Portland all the way- you will love it
Post # 7
Yep, Days Jewelers. Would it be hard to get a taxi from their location? We’re probably going to stay on the waterfront. I was thinking b&b or boutique hotel but I am going to be short on my hotel frequent guest status this year, so it’s Hilton Garden Inn for me.
Post # 8
Honestly, there isn’t much in Manchester, and it’s not too nice, so I wouldn’t do there, but that’s just my opinion!
Post # 9
Def PORTLAND! I live in New Husband, Manchester is a place to go only for the mall and it isn’t even an amazing mall at that. That’s about all the excitement there. Bangor I have been to a long time ago and it didn’t strike me as a place to go back and visit. Portland has a really cool vibe to it. That’s my pick!
Post # 10
Portland!! Amazing food, cool art scene, and just all around beautiful :-). We’ve spent 2 long weekends there!
Post # 11
Manchester! Depends on what kind of stuff u want to do though… I’ve lived in all three. Bangor sucks.
Post # 12
You can go to Bangor and then to Bar Harbor which is so close to there but you would need a car. We spent our honeymoon there. 🙂
That being said, I have always liked Portland.
Post # 13
@fishbone: Bangor lacks decent cab service and the type of food and activity your hoping for you’d really have to travel to get that (not in walkin nor quick cab)
Manchester I love if you stayed in downtown (elm st but the good part!) you have the restaurants cute little shops and a short walk to the mills and mill musemse. to get to some art places you’d probably need good walking shoes or a cab. however no sales tax on your ring 🙂
Portland you’ll have the good restaurants and things to do. I stay at the inn at st johns. Id avoid the first floor rooms if you could but the people who work there are great. they’ll help you in any direction you need to go! they have cute rooms. free breakfast and wi fi. the area doesn’t look so great but I’ve walked it at night before and had no issues. close to the hospital yet I sleep through the night. near a bus stop so easy to get a cab. it’s maybe a 10min walk to the center of the city or a 5$ cab ride. like I said looks not so great area however I’ve walked around all hours no problem and never worried about my safety. if you’re there during a sea dogs game their field is only a short walk from the hotel! it’s my favorite place to stay in pland!
Post # 15
Portland all the way!it’s such a fun town,beautiful architecture,cute stores, delish food. I just love it! Manchester… Well,not so much.
Post # 16
I just moved away from NH/ME and I hands down say Portland or Bangor. There’s not a lot to do in Manchester, but Portland is pretty vibrant and Bangor isn’t too far from Bar Harbor.