Portland, Maine. You were really something.
We drove about 5 hours up to Portland, Maine with the Gambles for our next stop. The road trip there was 5 hours of James and Pat creating an entire story line of a guy who lives up in New Jersey. I can't talk about it anymore than this or I will say unkind things!
So. We arrive in Portland and stayed at The Press Hotel. I am a sucker for hotels and little details, and this hotel was exactly what would make me take the time to leave a nice review. They even provided a labeled, dark washcloth for your makeup! I am serious, it's the little things.
We walked down to Commercial St., and along the way were the cutest boutiques along with tourist-y type shops. There were plenty of charming places to eat or grab a drink and this town soon became our favorite. I even told James, this city is probably in my top 5...maybe even top 3 of my favorite cities I've ever been to.
Our first decision was to find lobster rolls. Portland Lobster Co. was THE place to be. Location. Lobster. Music. Outside seating by the water. and you know, the CUTEST branding. YES to all of it! Go there.
We stopped into The Porthole because they looked like they were having a good time. Live band, outside, next to the water. This was basically what we strived for the whole weekend. We had to (I had to) make an ice cream stop, so we went to Beal's Ice Cream and the girl was really feeling generous with the ice cream servings. So, just remember that! Beal's for the best & biggest ice cream scoops!
For Dinner, we went to J's Oyster. Worth the wait because the boys got full sized lobsters for $30. Also by the water. ;) Walking back to our hotel, we discovered Portland's nightlife. And what a nightlife they had. If you are looking for a new place to go clubbin', guys this is it. We weren't. But it didn't stop us from walking through the crowds of people because who doesn't love to people watch?
Headed over to Portland Headlight on Cape Elizabeth to sight see the most beautiful lighthouse and snap some dreamy pics.
Then, it was back down the Old Port to board the Schooner Sailboat, BAGHEERA, this is the panther in the Jungle Book. Guys, it was meant to be. If you don't know, our two pup's names are Baloo & Mowgli.
Sailboat was just as beautiful and just as freezing as it looked in the pictures. But I would do it again. We packed a cooler and sailed off. This was probably one of my favorite experiences of the trip.
The Gambles left to head back home and we were left to hit the last tastiest spots we could before heading down the coast in the morning. Here is where we ate:
- Duckfat - Get the Poutine, Belgian Fries
- Mash Tun - Lobster Bisque - really anything you order here looks amazing! You can sit at the bar and watch the chef cook everything right behind the bar. (but not like in a japanese hibachi way)
- Eventide Oyster Company - We unfortunately didn't get a chance to eat here, but heard it was a MUST!
Actually, if you Yelp restaurants in Portland, ME you will see how many amazing places there are to eat/grab drinks/apps/etc. We will be back, Portland!!
Next stop: Kennebunkport, ME + Rockport, MA + Cape Cod, MA