Long time no see, weekenders! After taking a bit of a break and staying near home for a bit, The Weekender is back with our most recent weekend trip: Portland, Maine!
If you’ve read the post about my fall trip to Rhode Island, you know how much I fell in love with the east coast. When it came to planning this trip I knew that was the direction I was heading. I’ve always wanted to see Maine, so that was the focal point this time. Most of the moving parts were the same: flying into Boston, renting a car, and driving to my destination.
This time with my brother in tow. However, everything beyond that was entirely different. For starters, there was a Red Sox home game that weekend making Boston and everything in it very busy, crowded, and expensive. The rental car company literally ran out of cars, tried to give us a pickup truck, overcharge us for a convertible, only to have some dude take our car from the lot as we were walking toward it. But once we left the airport in our Subaru crossover the rest of the trip was smooth sailing.
First, we stop downtown for lunch at the oldest continuously operating tavern in the country, The Bell in Hand.
The city was busy and super hot. But at lunch, we sat in a lovely window seat and enjoyed some downtown after a long morning of travel.
Then, we headed off to Salem so I could show my brother how cool of a little town it is. Turns out when the weather’s nice, it’s not that spooky. Plus, the whole place seriously leans into the cheese of magic and witches. But, we stopped for ice cream before leaving so not all was lost.
Then, we were on our way to our actual destination: Portland, Maine.
We rented to cutest little apartment in the West Bayside and spent three days walking around the stones of old port, eating good food (like breakfast sandwiches on donuts, Duck Fat gelato milkshakes, and garlic knots the size of baseballs), looking at the historic architecture, and checking out whatever lighthouses were with in a half an hours drive. Even though it’s an east coast town, it reminded my a lot of the pacific northwest (like Pioneer Square in Seattle). But like many cities on the coast, they all have their similarities.
During our time in Maine, we stayed relatively close to Portland, but the state is pretty huge so I’d love to go back one day and see more of what it’s nature has to offer.