If it’s been a long year of 20-something girls weekends in Las Vegas and bachelorette parties in Cancun – I recommend trading your pumps for plaid and getting in touch with your inner granola by heading up to Maine for a long weekend!
I recently took the quick and scenic 5 hour drive up to Portland with my boyfriend returning to NYC refreshed by the crisp air, micro-brew culture and stuffed full of lobster rolls.
Here’s a look at what we did – and I definitely recommend!
- Left Williamsburg early Thursday Morning
- Stopped in Ogunquit around lunch time for a scenic walk on Marginal Way and our first lobster roll of the weekend
- Arrived in Portland late afternoon
- Happy Hour at Novare Res – This is a must, they have an extensive menu of local beer on draught!
- Went to a bluegrass concert at the beautiful, historic, Spanish & Italian inspired State Theater
- Grabbed some late night grub at Taco Escobarr – I personally recommend the Nachos.
- In stark contrast to NYC, Portland is a city that definitely sleeps. Restaurants and bars don’t stay open late, but this spot is open ’til 1am (gasps, I know!)
- Early morning hike on the Ledges Trail at Pleasant Mountain – this is a great way to earn your next lobster roll and see some amazing views!
- Picnicked with some fresh, local ingredients we picked up at the quaint little market just down the road from our Airbnb in Scarborough, On the Vine Marketplace. Southern Maine is known for their local dairy and produce – so think cheeses, chutneys, fresh basil- yum.
- Happy Hour at Grace – There is nothing particularly special about the happy hour here, but the restaurant was built inside a historic church!
- Dinner at Street & Co. – Great ambiance and AMAZING food. Reservations are hard to come by, but they leave 1/3rd of the restaurant open for walk-ins. Swing by about an hour before you want to have dinner, put your name in, and have a drink while you wait.
- Took the morning to rest at Higgins Beach – a small beach lined with private homes, bed & breakfasts and local surfers
- Second lobster roll of the trip for lunch by the Maine Beer Co brewery at Day’s Take Out
- Afternoon at Maine Beer Co – Not only do beer aficionados claim that Maine Beer Co brews some of the best craft brews in the country, but the brewery donates their tips to great environmental causes!
- Dinner at trendy Asian Fusion Honey Paw – Loved the unique blend of flavors and the fresh homemade noodles – but the service at this communal style dining restaurant was sub par.
- Unfortunately, Kayaking was closed for the season – but there is a beautiful trail through the marsh in Scarbourough where we spotted several exotic birds!
- And a final stop at Bob’s Clam Hut just outside Ogunquit for our 3rd and final lobster roll of the weekend!