Maine: Portland to Boothbay Harbor
Hi y'all! Chris and I returned not too long ago from our week long trip to Maine and boy let me tell you, I am READY to go back already! It was absolutely beautiful there. More than once we had people ask us, "why did you decide to come to Maine?" and the more important question should be why hadn't we decided to come sooner!
I figured the easiest way to break this trip up would be to dish it out in increments of where we stayed. Our end goal was to go to Acadia National Park so our path took us to: Portland, Boothbay Harbor, Rockland and Bar Harbor. Today I'm sharing our time spent on the drive from Portland to Boothbay Harbor.
Unfortunately, we only ended up spending one night in Portland and after visiting, I wish we would've been able to stay longer! We stayed at the Portland Regency in Old Port and that part of town was so much fun to explore. Once bags were dropped and makeup was touched up, we headed out for the evening. Chris is a huge fan of oysters (and seafood in general) so we had to make our way over to Eventide Oyster Co. This seems to be at the top of everyone's "must do" list for Portland and I can totally see why! Chris said the oysters he had there might've been the best he's ever had. For dinner we opted for J's Oyster on the water so we could finally get our first taste of Maine lobster.
Though we didn't really have that much time in Portland, I had tons of other places on my list and would love to go back someday! Those places included:
The next day we headed out of Portland on US-1 and made our way to Freeport to visit L.L. Bean. Y'all. This place was INSANE. I halfheartedly expected it to be a no big deal stop, but we ended up spending quite a while there exploring! And then shipped a few goodies home to ourselves as souvenirs.
We also made a stop into the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath before making our way to Boothbay Harbor. I'd definitely recommend making a stop into this cute town and museum for an afternoon. There was SO much interesting stuff in there and we didn't even cover half of it since we got there later in the day. A bonus to that is your entry fee is good for 48 hours, so that leaves you plenty of time to head back the next day and cover more ground!
After leaving the museum we were definitely feeling hungry so we made a pitstop at Sprauge's Lobster. Before leaving for Maine, Chris mapped out almost every lobster shack he wanted to stop at and this was at the top of the list. Located across the street from Red's Eats, but a way better wait time, Sprauge's has a great patio overlooking the water and the lobster roll was SO fresh and delicious.
Boothbay Harbor may have been my favorite town of the entire trip. It was THE cutest place alive. Whatever picture I had of small town Maine in my head, it was exceeded with this place. We stayed right in town at the Topside Inn, which was the best decision we could've ever made in my opinion. The Topside Inn was not only charming, but full of so many amazing amenities, that I basically could've stayed there the entire time and been on cloud nine.
After arriving in town and checking out the grounds, we made our way down the hill and into "downtown" Boothbay Harbor. We wandered around some, and made our way across half of the foot bridge, before heading to the local grocery store and getting some supplies for the night. We decided after our 5:20 am flight the previous day (eeek!) we'd take it easy that night and relax with some pizzas and wine and just enjoy spending some downtime at Topside.
I'll be covering our second day in Boothbay Harbor in my next post, so stay tuned for that!