Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2018

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Located in the heart of Portland's historic West End neighborhood, the intimate Danforth Inn has but nine well-appointed guest rooms, all of which boast a fireplace. Redesigned in 2017, each spacious room and suite is uniquely designed, incorporating modern art, pops of bright colors, touches of chinoiserie, and an overarching commitment to the preservation of the building's historic architecture (including a lower level billiards room that has the distinction of being Portland's first speakeasy during Prohibition). As Portland's only luxury boutique property, the Danforth Inn offers amenities one would expect to find in a much larger property, including a complimentary breakfast with a changing personalized menu in addition to an abbreviated buffet. An easily walkable city with a population of just under 67,000 residents, the Danforth's ideal location makes it easy to explore the best of Portland. Some of my favorites included Vena's Fizz House (versfizzhouse.com), which serves a wide variety of botanical-infused fizzes, vegan treats, creative fondues and simple sweets; the Salt Cellar (salt-cellar.com), home to a 500- pound Himalayan salt lamp (the largest in North America); handmade donuts from HiFi (hifidonuts.com); Eventide Oyster Co. (eventideoysterco. com), a James Beard winner; small plates and crafty cocktails from Central Provisions (central-provisions.com); nautical-inspired totes and accessories fashioned from torn sails at Sea Bags (seabags.com); e Victoria Mansion (victoriamansion.org), a National Historic Landmark and one of America's finest and most complete houses of the mid-19th century; and, the shops and eateries of Old Port (portlandmaine.com). 48 slmag.net Fresh catch at the Harbor Fish Market in Portland

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