Walking Easily Through Portland together with Ogunquit, Maine

Maine is known for its rugged, rocky, hilly coasts together with terrain, but don't permit that deter you. You tin larn "the Maine experience" without risking limb or exhaustion.


Most appropriate that I barely caught my breath afterwards arriving inwards Portland, ME, earlier embarking on a food tour. This urban heart of entirely 66,000 people has 300-plus to a greater extent than oft than non independent restaurants. The combination of reasonable, one-year-long rental rates together with immediate access to lobster together with other seafood has created a Mecca for nutrient lovers.

Tip: It was raining steadily together with thus nosotros drove betwixt spots, non a bad thought although parking tin hold out a challenge.

Cheese, cheese together with to a greater extent than cheese.
We started alongside specialty cheeses at K. Horton inwards the Public Market House, a co-op of nutrient venders worth exploring to a greater extent than if nosotros had been staying longer.

Kristin Bingham, wife,of chocolatier Dean.
Next upward nosotros had dessert at Dean's Sweets with a tasting of their pop together with delicious chocolates.

Tip: Try the Needham, a traditional Maine favorite.

An array of spices to accompany the oils together with balsamics.
Vervacious, founded past times a brace of high-techers who chucked it all to canvas to a greater extent than or less the globe together with convey dorsum their favorite flavors, packages its spices, oils together with balsamics luxuriously.  With a serving of lobster mac together with cheese they proved lobster makes anything improve to this non-eater of mac together with cheese.

Sip together with choice a favorite.
Next came pretzels together with a flying of beer together with ale at Gritty McDuff's, the city's showtime brew pub. Also its most popular, judging from the lively crowd who had manifestly taken wages of Mug Day, Sundays when local members ($70 a twelvemonth together with your ain mug) larn $2 beers.

Tip: This would hold out a fun house to scout a sporting event.

Two of the 150 bitters brands.
Last but non least, my favorite stop, Vena's Fizz House, a mixology store where owners Steve and Johanna Corman volition laid yous a believer inwards the role of bitters together with infused spirits to add together depth to your adult beverages. It's worth a halt to come across the vast position out of different, exotically titled together with labeled bitters they stock. Don't bother to count, it's 150!

Tip: None of these stops involve to a greater extent than than a few footstep ups to access.
Measuring the catch.

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Lobstering We Go 

My favorite excursion was on the Lucky Catch lobster boat, where passengers non entirely larn a tour of the harbor, but tin tog upward together with assist inwards reeling inwards lobster traps, criterion the grab to come across if whatsoever are keepers, re-bait together with lower the traps dorsum down. Gives yous an appreciation of what it takes to cry back these crustaceans together with why they are together with thus expensive on menus.Youngsters volition dearest it.

Fresh bait for the following catch.

Tip: Lucky Catch is a working lobster boat but this an slowly on, slowly off excursion. You volition sit down on benches along the boat's sides.

Tip: While yous are at the waterfront, the nutrient tour guide highly recommended the nutrient at Di Millo's every bit good every bit its two-hour happy hr together with $5 tapas.



It was lunchtime, though, together with the spot for the best lobster whorl inwards town is Fort Williams Park and the Bite into Maine lobster whorl nutrient truck that parks on a gentle hillside across from the Portland Head Light



Portland Head Light.


The lobster whorl is worth the drive, the commons is beautiful together with if yous larn nowhere else inwards the state, this volition give yous a experience for what it would hold out like.

Tip: You swallow on picnic tables together with thus salvage this for a sunny day.



Tip: Technically, this is inwards Cape Elizabeth together with yous volition demand a machine to larn there.







Portland Art Museum.

For a relatively modest city, the Portland Art Museum has a real overnice survey collection, which makes it a expert goal for a rainy day. 

Tip: Use the elevator.


An slowly campaign from Portland, Ogunquit is a hub for towns together with villages that supply additional diversions, assuming yous demand any. Scenery is what yous envision when yous mean value of Maine, tall trees, promontories, big rocks together with crashing surf. 

View from my Cliff House room.
I stayed at the lovely together with venerable (since 1892) Cliff House Resort together with Spa perched on a scenic plication of the coast at Cape Neddick which guarantees spectacular views. I would tell yous to a greater extent than most it but every bit presently every bit the 2015 flavour ends, structure volition laid out on an almost totally novel version alongside 135 rooms instead of the electrical current 166. 

I tin entirely promise the renovated spa is every bit expert but improve supported together with to a greater extent than convenient for guests who, every bit I did, expose at that spot are no bathrobe or slippers inwards the rooms. Now the resort is on 3 levels connected past times long hallways, stairs and/or elevators together with I suspect that won't change. Projected appointment of reopening is July 2016.

Another affair that likely won't alter - together with that is expert - is the Jolly Trolley motorbus that connects the communities, accommodations, beach together with attractions to a greater extent than or less yous for $2 per person. 
Boats direct hold right-of-way over pedestrians.
I took it to Perkins Cove, a quaint spot alongside lots of shops, restaurants together with all sorts of sight-seeing together with angling excursions. Reminded me instantly of Cabot's Cove of "Murder She Wrote" fame. In this spot, the depict span stops strollers to permit boats into the marina. 
Good lobster rolls inwards here.
That is where the lobster whorl crawl, a tasting survey of versions of that noble sandwich, began at the Lobster Shack, the oldest eating seat inwards the Cove. You tin human face the classic, one-fourth pound of lobster packed into a toasted whorl - but tin inquire for butter inwards add-on to or instead of mayonnaise. 

Lobster roll, fries together with onion rings at Jake's.
Next upward was a favorite, Jake's Seafood inwards Moody, where together with thus many locals trouble upward to social club out or inwards that lx to 100 pounds of fresh lobster comes inwards together with out daily. The clams are particularly good, too, every bit is the H2O ice cream. 

Fresh tater chips together with lobster whorl artShore Road.
Then came Shore Road Market together with Restaurant in York Beach. Lobster rolls are smaller hither but also cheaper, $9.99, together with come upward alongside lettuce, mayonnaise together with butter plus tater chips made freshly every day. 

To move off this excess of goodness, the terminal halt was a see to the Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick. This Coast Guard lite station was built inwards 1879 together with its environs amount upward preconceptions of coastal Maine. 

Both photos of Nubble Lighthouse were made from the parking lot!
Visitors tin scramble to a greater extent than or less the surrounding rocks or merely bask the scenery.

Tip: The parking lot is overnice together with level.

A must for visitors is to grab a surgical operation at the Ogunquit Playhouse.  For 82 years it has been staging lineament summertime house together with the electrical current facility is fantabulous together with all on i level.

Tip: There is ever a rush for restrooms during intermission. Best bet is to larn to the i side past times side to the outdoor tent together with bar. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few steps upward but improve together with faster access.

Walking Easily Through Portland together with Ogunquit, Maine