Charles and I just returned from our trip to Maine and all I can keep saying when people ask about it, is that is was amazing, because it truly was. The crisp air, the gorgeous fall foliage, the food, the views…it could not have been more perfect. Here are a few of the highlights and places we would recommend should you ever find yourself in Maine.
Our first day was kicked off in Portland with a fantastic cup of joe from Tandem Coffee. Not only did they have amazing coffee, but their pastry selection was also on point. From delicious tarts to muffins, they had a little something for everyone and P.S. – the salted chocolate chip cookies were delicious!
Next it was off to see the sights and oh what a sight the Portland Head Light was. I honestly could have stayed there forever just staring at the beautiful lighthouse, the rocky shores and the calming ocean all day. It was truly beautiful and if you ever make your way to Maine, the Portland Head Light is a must see.
After the Portland Head Light and a long day of exploring the city, we headed to Eventide for dinner. Eventide is a hip seafood joint and aside from having the best lobster roll in town, they also have an impressive selection of oysters. We chose from 16 different kinds and were very happy with the results. I mean, I’ve eaten a lot of oysters in my day and these were probably the best.
The next morning was our last in Portland, but before heading out of town, we hit up a local gem called The Holy Donut. With donut flavors like pomegranate, chai and sea salt, you can’t go wrong, so we got a 6 pack to go and then it was off to Camden.
Camden was charming, calm and like everywhere else we visited in Maine, breathtaking. We spent our time driving around, looking at the beautiful historic homes, driving up to the top of Mount Batty to see Camden from above and checking out the Curtis Island Lighthouse. We also had dinner at one of the best Thai restaurants I’ve ever been to. I know, when you think Maine you don’t really think Thai food, but I thought the same thing until we tried Long Grain. It’s beyond delicious, so if you are ever in Camden, do yourself a favor and eat at Long Grain. It is a small restaurant and it fills up fast, so make sure to make a reservation.
After our time in lovely Camden, we continued our way up the coast. We stopped in a few quant and again, breathtaking, towns along the way. One stop we truly enjoyed was in Belfast when we had lunch at Young’s Lobster Pound. We got the lobster roll and clam chowder and both were wonderful and the staff could not have been any nicer. On all accounts, it was a great and warm way to spend lunch on a cold day.
Next up was Deer Island. We had to drive over an hour out of the way to get there, but I’m glad we did. It might have been a small island, but it was big on views. Just like the Portland Head Light, I would have been perfectly content just sitting there all day, watching the water and listening to the wind. It’s truly a calming place and again, was worth the extra time.
Our final destination in Maine was Acadia National Park. From the Otter Cliffs, to Jordan Pond, to Cadillac Mountain, a trip to Acadia when in Maine is definitely worth it. It was a great way to spend our last day in Maine and the trip as a whole was one that we will never forget. Every turn was beautiful, ever meal was delicious, the architecture, the kind people…everything about it was a dream and if you haven’t been…go!