Willard Beach - a Gem alongside the City
By Michelle Flaherty
(Prudential Northeast Properties)
When natives think of the landscape immediately surrounding Portland, Maine the images that come to mind are typically of paved streets, Cape-style rooftops, sidewalk trees and corner stores. Although Portland is perched on the coast, it's a working waterfront and most of the area's popular beaches are miles south in Scarborough or Cape Elizabeth--destinations on summer weekends, but hard to get to on a whim. However, one little gem is right across the bridge from downtown - South Portland's Willard Beach. Hidden beyond a quaint residential neighborhood with just a few walkable shops and an ice cream parlor, the beach offers plenty of parking, restrooms and a snack bar. And best of all, its often-overlooked location keeps the crowds quiet. And September through May, dogs are allowed ...