Monday, September 18, 2017

Travel Therapy: Portland, Maine in one day!

Daycations are an ideal way to get away from reality for a little while. They are inexpensive and offer a quick way to see another city. So having visited all the states but one in New England, I decided to take a day trip to Maine and complete the sixth New England state. 

Portland is a charming coastal city in the state of Maine. It boasts of lighthouses, scenic seaside views, quaint shops, colorful buildings, and some of New England's most expensive homes, and of course, the best lobster in the entire world! 

Portland has a very vibrant art scene and this is evident in the numbers of artsy stores and cool wall art around the city. 

Now let's get into my trip. Enjoy!

I was visiting Portland from Boston and the Downeaster Armtrack from North Station was the most convenient mode of transportation. The train ride was a little over two hours, so I brought my breakfast and enjoyed the scenery as the train traveled through several cities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Since I was going to be walking for several hours while exploring Portland, comfy shoes were a must!
Two hours later, I arrived at Portland Transportation Center and took a short uber ride to Downtown Portland. My first port of call was Portland  Museum of Art, but with the  limited time I had in the city, I did not want to spend hours indoors, so I ditched the museum and went off to Old Port District.
Portland Museum of Art

While making my way to The Old Port District, I came across the home of  famous American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Congress street. I studied some of his poems in high school, so it was a pleasure running into the childhood home of this literary genuis.

Longfellow Garden

The Old Port District of Portland is a charming water front area with wharfs, quaint stores, and interesting buildings. It was at the Long Wharf water front that I found a real piece of the Berlin Wall.
How cool!
The Berlin Wall, Portland-- A time for peace
Love Lock Bridge, Portland: Mirroring the Love lock bridge in Paris, Hundreds of padlocks are locked on a chain fence at the waterfront.

After taking in the scenery at the Old Port District and water front, I decided to hop on a trolley tour to see one of Maine's light houses. I opted for Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.
Photo op before hopping into the trolley
Very post card-esque
The guided trolley tour was a good idea, as it gave me the opportunity to see places I wouldn't have been able to see had I explored on foot only. 

Here is a home in the west end neighborhood. West end is known for its architecture and history. This neighborhood houses some of Portland's most historic homes. "It is one of the best preserved Victorian neighborhoods in the country"

Finally made it to the Portland Head Light. I lived and breathed Famous Five book series as a child, and I had always wanted to visit a light house since reading about the light house adventures of the Famous Five kids.

Portland Head Light House is in Fort Williams Park, so I made time out to explore the park and walk the cliff.


After the light house adventure, I headed to Casco Bay water front to get my grub on. Maine is known for its lobster, and skipping a lobster meal was not an option!

This was the best lobster ever! 

A view of  Casco Bay as I enjoyed my lovely meal


After my hearty meal, Commercial street in downtown was next on my itinerary. Chock full of restaurants, colorful buildings, quaint stores, and unique merchandise, Commercial street was a delight to peruse.
Snaps after my hearty meal

Uber colorful Commerical Street

Popped into one of the local stores to get a fridge magnet
Keep calm and eat more lobster

Chilling seaside, eating lobster is definitely the way life should be. 

That's all from my lovely day trip to Portland, ME. Do you guys have any upcoming trips? Please leave me a comment and let me know where you are headed.

Have a great day y'all!


Wilson said...

Seems like a fun and interesting trip. My wife and plan to visit Atlanta Ga. in November.

Chic Therapy said...

Oooh nice. I visited Atlanta in 2015 and briefly this summer. Be sure to go to MLK historical district. That was the best part of my trip.

Fashionably Idu said...

Thanks for sharing pics of this incredibly beautiful city. You sure do know how to have fun on these getaways. I love love your pics and you look amaze balls as always!

Paola Lauretano said...

Wow, amazing trip... these pics are wonderful!
Kisses, Paola.

Emmylou said...

Portland seems like such a lovely place to see. My sis-in-law goes there twice a year:)

Marcia B. said...

Oh nice, I love this post very informative. I'd love to discover Portland now, it looks great. Yummm lobster. I use the Fujifilm X100t btw, sorry for slow reply! LOL

Nequéren Reis said...

Ótima postagem, obrigado pela visita

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I'm really happy to see your photos because I've been telling myself to visit Portland for years now. I finally made it to Seattle this year, so I'm hoping I'll head to Portland next year. Definitely on the list!

Anonymous said...

Great trip !
Your look is cute

Beauty said...

I love the comfy and chic outfit; beautiful pictures too.

shwet said...

Lovely out fit & great pictures .
Thank for visiting my blog & comment. I am following you, hope we will in touch.

LoriKemi said...

Awesome! At times I regret the fact that I've only been to MA and CT (as in outside an Amtrak lol) in New England although I was in college in the Boston area for four years... Thanks to you I added Portland to my list of places to check out the next time I visit New England! ||