PORTSALOne of the many good things about living up here in New Hampshire is you are really in the middle of New England. Within a few hours’ drive you can be in any of the other New England states – not to mention Montreal and Quebec – and able to explore everything this great region has to offer. One of my favorite places to visit is Portland, ME which is about 60 miles due east from the old homestead.

Portland is Maine’s largest city and has a thriving small business and arts community and is a fun place to visit. On my next visit, I have to check out Portland Architectural Salvage, which I just discovered online and have fallen in love with their eclectic collection of architectural pieces and other vintage finds.

PORSAL2About Portland Architectural Salvage: “Portland Architectural Salvage was started by Alice Dunn in 1994, in Portland, Maine. She began purchasing residential and commercial properties to restore and was shocked to find a shortage of Period materials. After scouring dumps and second-hand shops, she was forced to travel out of state to match Period floors, doors and plumbing fixtures. She made a conscious effort to start collecting these materials for resale down the road. The business has grown from a small retail shop on Monroy Hill to a 12,000 square foot spectacular showroom of architectual elements, antiques and decorative accessories on lower Congress Street and now to the newest location on Preble Street.”

Portland Architectural Salvage says that they are: “Urban elegance and sophistication with an antique and architectural past.” Which makes it just the type of place I love. Just one look at their Facebook gallery made me want to live there.

Check out Portland Architectural Salvage here.