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Trip Report Portland Maine - A full belly and a tired hound. A trip report.

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First thank you everyone who took the time to offer me advice.

The purpose of this trip was to getaway for a few days with our Viszla, Max in tow. Spring, although certainly in the air, is not on thebranch and blossom, so we thought a city destination within driving distance would be fun. Came up with Portland as we are very familiar with SMaine, but not so much this area. I tend to talk story on trip reports, so will 'try' to condence this for usefullness.

We now LOVE Portland Maine! How ironic that Portland Oregon and Portland Maine are both known as dog towns! Here on the boards, the question is often "which portland?"

LODGING: Eastland Park Hotel was $120 night including $12 drink and $18 bfast voucher perday for a premium concierge 11th floor king room. The room certainly didn't look as good as the website but was fine for the price, good white bedding and pet friendliness. Not sure how the standard rooms are, but this was a perfect place to be in the heart of the city, with an adjacent park for the hound. The roof top bar is nice when a convention doesn't take over the hotel, or for a pre- dinner cocktail and redsox score on the flat screen tv next to the sofas.

Honestly never took advantage of our $36 worth of bfast vouchers. I know!!! But we had some foody destinations in mind, and sometimes free food, is just that. Although for future visitors, bkfast included the gammet of benedict, hash, panckakes with fruit....so the menu looked good and added great value to the room rate.

A HOUND FRIENDLY CITY.

We were walking down the street in olde portland. A shop owner came out to give our dog a bone! Twice we were on local toll roads and twice the collector took the time to offer the hound a bone. Sure, they can't do this on the interstate, but I guess at local toll booths they promote pet friendly. Breaks up their day, they really don't care if there is a car behind us, they just wait for us to roll down the window and let Max happily greet them and take the bisquit. We visited Fort Allen and aside from Memday to Labday it is a dog haven!!! We must have seen 50 dogs easy playing on the beach and walking the paths. This is a very PET FRIENDLY area and city!!!

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