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The Percy Inn is ideally situated in Portland's West End Historic District encamped among other rowhouses of the early 1800s. In fact, the rowhouse across the street was once the British Consulate. The West End hosts many of Portland's finest homes and mansions and is a perennial favorite of rollerbladers, joggers, and cyclists alike. It has a lively and healthy blend of students and professionals drawn by the nearby Maine College of Art (MECA) and Mercy Hospital and Maine Medical Center, both walking distance.
Our location is at Longfellow Square, the anchor to the Arts District and home to the Center for Cultural Exchange offering a revolving calendar of artistry of various mediums. Our neighbors on the square include a French restaurant, a tapas cafe and art gallery, an Indian restaurant, the CCE Cafe, and a Thai restaurant. Beside us is a rare and used bookshop, a neighborhood bar is on the block and other restaurants are within an easy walk, including Aurora Provisions where patrons find everything from fresh flowers and fresh farm milk to afternoon scones and tea, to exotic salads, or perhaps a completely prepared duck.
Two blocks away is Congress Square housing the I.M. Pei-designed Portland Museum of Art with its extensive collection of Winslow Homer and Wyeth Family paintings. Along these two blocks are antique shops, MECA, the downtown dormitory of the University of Southern Maine, the State Theater for performing arts, a delightful coffeehouse, and a clutch of specialty restaurants (Italian,  Barbecue, Mexican, Vietnamese).
In the first block of State Street heading from the square to the waterfront are several important structures. Among them is State Street Church used for worship and cultural events for its gallery seating, Greater Portland Landmarks, the Episcopal St. Luke's Cathedral, the Bangor Theological Seminary, the Convent of the Precious Blood and many fine homes housing mostly apartments these days. More fine brick buildings fall in line in the second block as does St. Dominics Catholic Church.
A short walk from Congress Square where Starbucks restored the landmark H.H. Hay Building and the restaurant Katahdin has been pleasing customers for several years now, is Monument Square where the Victory Statue stands as the focal point. Set behind the Portland Public Library on the square is the Portland Public Market where patrons stroll within the stylish glass and post and beam structure to sample its fresh vegetables, fish, meat, bakery products, wine shop, and more. The Cumberland County Civic Center lies between the two squares.
Continue walking two blocks from Monument Square and you'll find yourself in the Old Port Exchange where a plethora or restaurants, pubs, micro breweries, and boutiques await. Stroll Exchange Street and sample Vermont's favorite ice cream, the coffee all America has on its lips, or perhaps you'll drop in for an iced tea and internet hook up at the Javanet Cafe.
Portland has a wealth of fine dining, cultural exchanges, and entertainment to explore and the Percy Inn proffers a central locale where guests may enjoy it all. For dining information check out our restaurant section.

"This is a find: a restored 1830 brick row house a few steps from the restaurants and galleries in Longfellow Square..."

--Maine - An Explorer's Guide

"'Choose from 14 restaurants within a five-minute walk,' Northrup tells his guests, and he's not exaggerating..."

--The Boston Globe

 

 

 

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