Portland was the last place Laura and I visited before we left the US. It has all the charm of a small town (not too small), with big city worthy food, and scenery that will make you wish you could paint.
Favorite Things: LOBSTER! Sunset on the water, fresh air, and more lobster.
Accommodations: Laura and I were lucky enough to go up with a group of friends, one of whoms parents live in Portland and where kind enough to put us up. Sorry no recs.
Eats/Drinks: I ate so much lobster I’m surprised I didn’t develop an allergy.
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights – If I could eat Lobster at only one place in Portland, this would be it. It’s in a beautiful park and you can sit outside looking out over the water.
Benny’s – I would go lobster roll over full lobster here. The fried clams were the winner though.
Eventide Oyster Co. – If you want to go a little more upscale seafood (but without any snobbery), this is a great option. Lovely hospitality (when they learned we all worked in bars and restaurants they gave us a tour after closing). All around really yummy food.
The Honey Paw – This was a surprise killer meal for us. We all got caught in the rain and were starving so we ran in here. With lots of Asian influences, this isn’t your typical New England menu, but it might have been my favorite meal outside of whole lobsters. I was so hungry I didn’t even snap a photo. Same restaurant family as Eventide.
Tandem Coffee – Great coffee and super yummy breakfast sandwiches. I assume the rest is great too.
Oxbow Blending & Bottling – Great brewery space for Oxbow beer. Lots of fun things to taste.
Portland Hunt & Alpine Club – If you want a proper cocktail, this is the place for it.
Rosie’s Restaurant and Pub – Old school dive bar with a solid lobster roll.
Central Provisions – We did not actually eat here, though I’m told it’s great. It was a little pricy for us, so instead we went to the downstairs bar around back and drank a punch bowl. Had some unmemorial bites, but it was a nice space.
Higgins Beach: A lovely New England beach. Cold water and crisp blue ski. Parking is tricky, but there’s a hotel you can pay to park in their lot. They have a cute dog too.
Two Lights Park – A pictures worth a thousand words. Several pictures….
Sunset Ferry – Bring a sweater and a bottle of wine (or two or three, maybe snacks as well), and enjoy the beautiful water. The ferry takes a good 2-3 hours, but it’s absolutely blissful on the water, and each island stop offers a different lovely site.
Go with friends!