When we lived in New Hampshire, we always had plans to take the hour drive north to Portland, but somehow the plans always fell through. Leave it to us to wait until we live 5 hours away to go there. Nonetheless it was a fun (food filled) first stop on our Maine adventure. And in case you ever happen to be up that way and want to know what to do in Portland, here’s what we did and where we eat….
Duckfat– After hearing so many rave reviews, we knew this had to be our first stop for a late lunch. If you eat only one place in Portland, this should definitely be it. Fries fried in duck fat served with truffle ketchup, duck confit panini with some amazing rhubarb sauce, and a wild Maine blueberry buttermilk milkshake and a Duckfat caramel with sea salt shake for dessert.
Shipyard Brewery Tour– Free tours and better yet, free beer (and lots of it). Definitely worth the stop.
Two Fat Cats Bakery– Two words- whoopie pie (a Maine thing). We also tried their Maple Scone, which was delicious.
Portland Lobster Company– Voted the best seafood in Portland, but we weren’t overly impressed. We got lobster mac n’ cheese, which was pretty good, but the mussels we ordered, not so much. Hence, why the only picture I took was of the Lavender Lemonade Sparkling Honey Wine. Also, they had outdoor seating and live music, which was nice.
Becky’s Diner– Where all the locals (aka fishermen) have been going for breakfast for years…good ol’ fashioned diner food. The Mr. and I split the Hobson’s Wharf special and it was more than enough for us both (just don’t forget to upgrade to blueberry pancakes!).
The Holy Donut-Mid-morning snack, 2nd breakfast, early lunch….whatever you call it, this is what we had. Holy amazingness donuts!! They have ridiculous flavors like sweet potato ginger and mojito, but we got the dark chocolate sea salt and, of course, the bacon cheddar stuffed donut, washed down with a blackberry soda. If it makes you feel any better (ha!), the donuts are made from Maine potatoes and other natural and local ingredients.
If you’re wondering if we did anything besides eat, the answer is no! I’m sort of kidding. We walked around the old port and all the cute little shops (where I picked up this awesome ring; also got an amazing blue & white striped beach bag here, and loved going here, here and here), we checked out the farmer’s market(supposedly one of the best in the country, but we weren’t impressed), we explored the Portland Headlight and old fort ruins at sunset and again in the morning (see the low Maine-tenance outfit I was wearing here), and we drove past the Victoria House. We also tried to find Wadsworth-Longfellow’s house, but it appeared to be non-existent.
After grabbing our donut lunch/snack, we hit the road to Bar Harbor. Since we had no set time to get there, we stopped in Freeport to browse the outlets, we attempted to stop at the Desert of Maine (which doesn’t appear to be much of a desert but for which they make you pay a ridiculous fee to get in…thanks, but no thanks), we stopped in Boothbay Harbor for a quick walk around the shops and ice-cream (blueberry ice-cream sundae complete with blueberry ice-cream AND blueberry sauce)
and we continued up the scenic coastal drive to Bar Harbor.
Stay tuned for what we did once we arrived there!