Planning A Dream Road Trip: Spotlight On Portland MaineMonday, October 05, 2015
Planning A Dream Road Trip: Spotlight On Portland Maine
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During my research of all of these cities, I also start to research other aspects of the road trip. Like, how am I going to keep my little boy from being bored on some of our longer driving portions of the trip?? I've thought of a few ways myself that I may share with you in a separate post down the road, but I was browsing around Amazon and found some great options!! Jaxson is obsessed with finding all the different license plates from the various states right now. We see quite a few just by living in a tourist town, but this book looks like so much for for him to use on all of our road trips til we fill it up. You put a license plate sticker on the state when you see it, til you fill it up! There is also this fun kid's atlas that has maps (which he is also obsessed with right now) interesting info about each of the states, mazes, and so much more! Last, I bought him this road trip scavenger hunt game that has cards with words on it, like: find 5 red cars, and even using senses like "feel" going over a big bump, "smell", "touch", etc. I'm really excited to bring these on all of our upcoming road trips! If you have kids, you should check this stuff out! I know it'll really help keep my son occupied and happy, thus keeping myself and my husband happy, lol.
Okay, on to Portland. This has been a destination that I've really wanted to see for such a long time. So I'm really sad that Portland isn't a longer stop for us, but Chris just can't get that much time off work. So unfortunately its just a stop on our way to Bar Harbor (which I am so excited to see!!!) and we will only have a couple hours here. After stopping in Salem along our way, I figure the earliest we'll get to Portland will be around 2pm. There is so much to see and do here that I feel really bad only talking about the few things we can fit into the couple of hours that we have. But if you're ever just stopping through Portland like we are, or have a few hours to spare- these might be some great places to check out!
I really wish we were getting here in time for brunch because I came across a myriad of wonderful places in the area that serve up a fantastic one. But we won't be getting in til later, so the first thing I
think we're going to do is to start a couple miles away from downtown Portland in the town of Cape Elizabeth. This is where the famous lighthouse is located. After the 2 hours in the car, it'll be nice to get out and walk around Fort Williams Park and do the Portland Head Lighthouse Walking Path. It's a gorgeous open area that will give you fantastic views of the lighthouse that has been photographed so many times as being quintessential Portland. It's got the amazing rocky cliffs, an open field to run and play in, and I hear it even has a lobster roll truck in the summer?
After that, we'll drive the ten minutes or so to downtown Portland and walk around the Old Port area, checking out the shops and picturesque streets. Then there is this wonderful restaurant that I really can't leave without checking out. It's called Grace. It used to be a Methodist Church that they've now turned into a restaurant, but have kept the stunning beauty intact. It's about as gorgeous as you're picturing. I need to go here just for the ambiance, but I hear the food is really good too. It's probably a little more expensive and fancy than we're looking for on this trip since we're trying to stick to a budget to see all of these wonderful places, but even if we have to stop in just for dessert, I'm doing it.
Just look at this place (these pictures are from their website):
|outside of restaurant|
Breathtaking. After that we'll have to get back on the road and drive about 3 hours to Bar Harbor. Until next time, Portland! Where I'm sure I'll plan much more time to visit you!
If you'd like to leave your favorite places to see or things to do in Portland so that we can all learn a little more about the area and give me some ideas for next trip, go ahead!
To check out the cities on our trip that you may have missed, go here.
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