Our first stop in Maine was to one of our favorite places – Portland. Portland is this dynamic, progressive, artsy, foodie town with a great vibe and feel that has also embraced its history and function as a working waterfront. Every time we come to Maine, we always seem to spend a day or two here walking around town shopping, having lunch, and the traditional visit to the Portland Head Light.
|Clam chowder and lobster crackers|
|Ten different kinds of oysters on the raw bar|
|Of course, we had to go by Shipyard Brewing Company for a peek.|
There is just something about that lighthouse that calls me back year after year. I always want to go watch the eiders tackle the surf, marvel at the sturdy black and white beacon and watch the boats safely go into port. When I mentioned we should go see the lighthouse, Betsy quietly muttered “you know we have been there before.” Of course I knew that . . . but we went anyway. And she always loves it too when we get there.
The RV park we chose to stay at (Bayleys Camping Resort) was in Scarborough, just south of Portland. It was an easy 20-minute drive to town but placed us in a quiet setting just a half mile from the sandy Atlantic beach and equal distance to some of the trails run by the Scarborough Trust and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries. After two hard days of driving to get to Maine (which was just over 300 miles per day) it was great to get out and stretch our legs. And you-know-who appreciated the water found on the trails.
We love Portland and have often talked about buying a condo downtown in the Old Port, but for now, we will be happy to spend a few days in this hip metropolis before moving on. We always realize just how much more in Maine appeals to our outdoor nature, love for lobster and clams, calls of the seagulls and sounds of the ocean waves on the rugged coast as we hike through the pines.