This past weekend I had the opportunity to take my first trip to Porland, Maine! You would think living only 2 hours away I would have made this trip long ago…wrong.
Let me start by saying this: I can’t wait to go back. Being March, while it was the first day of Spring, it was cold. However, with the short amount of time I spent in the city (even with the colder temperatures), I fell in love with the capital of the Pine Tree State.
Portland is that city you escape to. It’s cute, small, young…kinda perfect. I left Boston later than I wanted to (12pm to be exact) but I still got the taste of Portland I needed to write this post.
There are 3 things you must do in Portland:
1. Eat a potato donut. I recommend going to Holy Donut on Park Ave as the donuts I had from there are delicious but they also are famous! Read this article by CNN Eatocracy: http://theholydonut.com/maine-residents-manic-for-potato-donuts/ and I promise the drooling will start. If you love sweet and salty, the dark chocolate sea salt would be the perfect choice.
2. Visit Portland Head Light Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth. This is pretty much a given considering it’s the most photographed lighthouse in the nation. They have a cliff walk so you can really get some great photographs and also get a little bit of exercise.
3. Walk around downtown Portland. You can find tons of small family-owned shops and boutiques. You can go cheese tasting at Cabot or grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, tea, a cappuccino, (you name it!) at Bard Coffee. I had a cappuccino and it was delicious!
Keep in mind I was super limited with my time in Portland but if you just want to roam around, this is the place to do it. I will be visiting again in the summer and can give you more ideas and tips on what to do when the weather is warmer!
Before I bring my first travel post to an end, let me make a couple more recommendations.
1. Find a way to fit The Green Elephant Restaurant into your time in Portland. It is a vegetarian restaurant and it was AMAZING. I’m not vegetarian, in fact I love meat but this place was incredible. I don’t like brusel sprouts but theirs were so delicious. For my main course I had the local mushroom bowl and I would eat this everyday. So many amazing flavors.
2. See a show/concert at the State Theatre. It’s an old fashioned venue with tons of character and an awesome atmosphere. Not to mention for being a venue that old; their light and sound technologies are really advanced. I went to see Mayday Parade and The Maine with some friends and had a blast.
3. Portland has a ton of breweries so if you are into beer, do some brewery-hoppying (pun intended)!
Short and sweet but this makes the perfect day trip in Portland. Great food. Great Beer. Great Shopping. Great Times.