Exploring the coast of Maine by land and sea

DSC05515//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsAfter finishing my master’s and three extended work trips in Africa, a quiet weekend exploring the coast of Maine sounded inviting. Usually weekend getaways come with a list of things to see and do but not in this case. It was a very spontaneous trip. We headed to Portland, ME with the intent of exploring the coast and we did but mainly spent four days in Portland, which is a relaxing, funky and fun harbor town. It’s an interesting mix of fishermen, artists, university students, locals and tourists. When visiting, make sure to also head into the center of town because there are plenty of things to do away from the harbor with far less of a tourist feel. There are plenty of opportunities for boat tours, the twilight lighthouse and island tour is highly recommended.  DSC05510//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

11951813_10153531849146730_3472350113653556864_n//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsFor the shoppers there are a lot of great choices. The Warf is a tourist extravaganza with maple flavored items, blueberry everything – in a good way, local soaps, kitchenware, clothing and more. Walk a few blocks up the hill and there are other local shops worth checking out with toys for kids, housewares and several artisan shops and jewelry stores. Se Vende Imports is a new favorite. For more locals shopping head over to Congress Street for vintage clothing, antiques, bookstores, cafes, restaurants and live music venues. Longfellow bookstore is a new favorite of mine. Walk a few more blocks and there is a massive statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Ferdinand is a great shop for cards, clothing and other trinkets. The owner also has an etsy shop.     One morning we drove up the coast to Camden ME, a small town that is a great place to stop between Portland and Bar Harbor for lunch or to spend the night. One main street packed full of shops – my favorite – Glendarragh Lavender shop.   DSC05572//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

We also drove down the coast to Cape Elizabeth, ME, where we stopped at the Portland Headlight lighthouse and Fort Williams park, which also has a small beach and some ruins – great for photographers. Gorgeous views of the water and coastline. DSC05568//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
Looking forward to scheduling a trip to Bar Harbor…

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