Last summer I had the chance to visit Portland, Maine. It was exciting to see “the other Portland” after living in Oregon for a year. I was really surprised at just how similar these two cities were, despite being on opposite sites of the country. Both cities have a kick ass food and brewery scene, and everyone in both cities are crazy nice.
That being said, I basically spent the two days I was there, taking pictures, drinking beer and stuffing my face with as much seafood as I could get! It sure made for one hell of a trip and I seriously can’t wait to go back again.
Below is my itinerary of everything I did in those glorious two days. Enjoy!
1.Start your day by having a cup of coffee at Cia Cafe in South Portland. Start up a conversation with the regulars and watch as the owner, Jeannie, skates around the coffee shop on some old school roller blades
2.After coffee, head back to Portand and stop by the Holy Donut. Their donuts are made with potato flour and are seriously OUT OF THIS WORLD! I recommend their sea salt donut
3. Hop in an Uber and take a tour of the famous Allagash Brewing. The tour is free and so is the beer (yay!). But be sure to book your spot online ahead of time as spots fill up fast!
4. Go back to downtown and have a lobster roll on the water at Portland Lobster Company
5. Secure your own lock on the Love Locks Gate, located right next door to Portland Lobster Company
6. Do some shopping along Commercial Street. I recommend something with a lobster on it 😉
7. Stop by Liquid Riot for some local craft beer and dinner
1.Wake up early and catch the sunrise at Bug Light. Yes, you may have to wake up at 4 am, but trust me, it’s worth it
2. Grab a cup of coffee at 158 Pickett Street Cafe
3. Continue on to Portland Head Light and take lots of pictures
4. If you’re not too sick of donuts, go back to Holy Donut for round two5. Walk or bike around the Eastern Promenade and take in the view from the top of the hill
6. Go beer, kombucha or mead tasting near East End. You can try Rising Tide, Ox Bow, Seabago and Shipyard. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, branch out and try kombucha at Urban Farm Fermentory or mead at Maine Mead Works. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong
7. Suck down some oysters at Eventide Oyster Co. But if oysters aren’t your thing, try one of their famous Brown Butter Lobster Roll
8. End your trip with some homemade ice cream from Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream