Steeped in history and home to some of the best food and drink in Maine, the neighborhood is perched above the city at the top of its peninsula, enveloped by Casco Bay and its surrounding islands. The view from the Hill’s Easter Promenade and the Portland Observatory – built in 1807 – are so legendary that poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a paean to their loveliness 150 years before the neighborhood became widely recognized as the finest find in Portland.
The Hay Runner Block sits three blocks from the Portland Observatory, at the beating heart of the Munjoy Hill neighborhood. It also anchors two adjacent communities, offering the benefits of each within a five-minute walk. Restaurants, bakeries, breweries, bookstores, markets, and coffee shops abound. Sample some of the city’s best pizza at Otto. Sip award-winning farmhouse ales at Oxbow. Satisfy cravings for Japanese, Salvadorean, and Mediterranean cuisines right down the street. An eight-minute stroll will take you to the doorstep of Eventide Oyster Company, one of Condé Nast’s “Greatest Restaurants in the World.”
The St. Lawrence Arts Center, situated atop the Hill, presents films, theater dance, and music performances throughout the year. Switch up your exercise routine with yoga at any one of three studios, all within a five-minute walk. Tailors, jewelers, home design studios, and handmade clothing shops are right at your fingertips. Sip coffee from Tandem in any one of the neighborhood’s five gorgeous parks. Slip your kayak into Casco Bay or walk to the Casco Bay Ferry Lines for an easy jaunt to Peaks or Great Diamond Islands.
It’s all within reach from Hay Runner Block.
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Dava Davin — Ali Malone