Here’s Why There’s a Large Viking Ship Parked in Portland’s Old Port
One of the key differences from the two summers ago is the diminished outdoor seating. Because the State of Emergency due to the pandemic was lifted last year, the bending of the rules that allowed many restaurants and bars to operate larger and more comfortable outdoor spaces is no longer.
That doesn't mean an end to all additional outdoor seating, as Portland will still have a few operational parklets. Perhaps the most noticeable parklet is a return of the large viking ship sitting on Exchange Street.
The viking ship belongs to Blyth and Burrows, one of Portland's hottest restaurants and bars for several years now. The establishment has been creative with their parklet design in the past, but this particular design sparked additional interest last summer. Who doesn't want to drink upscale cocktails while perched aboard a viking vessel?
The viking ship truly is a work of art, and comes from an incredibly talented artist named Mike Rich. If you get a chance to be up close and personal with the viking ship, you may find it difficult to believe that it started as cement slabs and a basic wooden parklet. The transformation was incredible.
With fewer outdoor options available for visitors this summer, the viking ship is likely to be extremely popular. Book your trip on the high seas accordingly.
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