Travel Guide: Portland Maine

Hi friends,

I hope your day is going well! I’ve gotten a lot of requests for a travel guide to the Portland, ME area that we visited last week. This was actually our 2nd year in a row going to Maine in September, so needless to say we love it. Here’s a brief guide to where we stayed, what we did & of course what we ate. All outfit links are up on Shopstyle or in my Instagram Shop page – if you can’t find something, just email or DM me.

Day 1:

We flew into Portland, ME (a little over 2 hours from CLT) and drove straight to our favorite Gourmet Market to pick up some snacks & drinks.

We discovered C.Salt Gourmet Market last year on our drive back from The Lobster Shack at Two Lights – they have a great selection of wine and snacks and well as yummy sandwiches and an incredible baked goods case. The Peanut Butter Blossom cookies were are our favorite – and there are no pictures because we ate them so quickly.

Our next stop was – you guessed it – our favorite Lobster Shack that has the most amazing views. We ordered two fish burgers and a lobster roll and enjoyed some hard cider on the picnic tables. The weather was perfect and our daughter loved the food as much as we did.

Next, we checked into our hotel – Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth. Cape Elizabeth is a beautiful oceanfront community about 7 miles south of Portland. I love hotels that are luxurious but also kid-friendly, and this was definitely the case here – the AAA 4-diamond hotel had amenities like poolside s’mores and sand-toys/buckets to bring to the beach. They also had a really great bar where my husband and I enjoyed some drinks while Brooke colored and played with stickers.

That night, we went to the Bird Dog Roadhouse in town, where we had some drinks, yummy pizza and the best brussel sprouts we’ve ever had. We headed back to the hotel to get ready for Brooke’s bed time and found turndown service was complete with fresh chocolate chip cookies, bottled water and a schedule of the next day’s activities.

 Brussel Sprouts Appetizer at Bird Dog Roadhouse

Brussel Sprouts Appetizer at Bird Dog Roadhouse

After putting Brooke to bed, Ryan and I headed downstairs (we sprung for the 2-level Spa Suite) and drink some wine on the patio to finish out the night.

Day 2:

It was a little overcast in the morning, so we headed out to have breakfast at C.Salt and since it was a little too chilly for the beach, we found a playground with incredible waterfront views at Fort Williams Park. Then we took a drive to Smiling Hill Farm to pet some goats, deer, and more. Brooke loved it. When we got back to the hotel, they were decorating for Fall so we grabbed a quick family photo.

Brooke still takes a nap (which we are in NO hurry for her to give up), so we settled back in the room for a couple of hours.

When Brooke woke up from her nap around 4, it was happy hour so we headed to the bar to grab some cocktails by the fireplace before going to any early dinner. Even thought it was raining, we choose to got to Saltwater Grille in South Portland for the views and the food. Neither disappointed but I think Brooke’s favorite part was the giant fish tank.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel for an early night.

Day 3:

We woke up to an absolutely gorgeous morning so we all headed down to the beach – Ryan and I drank coffee while Brooke played in the sand and looked for seashells. It was perfect! Then we headed back to the hotel to pack up – it was hard to leave such a beautiful resort but we were excited about spending the night in downtown Portland.

We drove over the bridge and were in the city about 20 minutes later. Our hotel room wasn’t quite ready, so we walked to the waterfront to grab some lunch. We found a great spot for sushi on the water (Brooke loves Asian food especially rice & noodle dishes) and then did a little shopping in Old Port.

We checked into the Portland Harbor Hotel – another 4-diamond property that’s walking distance to everything in downtown. It was the perfect spot for relaxed urban chic.

Portland does a great happy hour, so when Brooke woke up from her nap, we headed out to hit up some of our favorite spots from last year’s trip. Our favorite places were Central Provisions and Blyth & Burrows. We also made a stop at Treehouse Toys for a teddy bear before heading to David’s, which might have been the best meal of the trip. Ryan & I split some shrimp cocktail, calamari & potstickers as well as the Crispy Duck. Brooke was happy with chicken tenders & fries. We finished the night off at Gorgeous Gelato .

Day 4:

I don’t think you can go to Portland and not stop at The Holy Donut, so we went there for breakfast before getting on the Casco Bay Ferry.

We were taking an early afternoon flight back to Charlotte, so we didn’t have time for a 2-3 hour Harbor Cruise. We opted to take Brooke on the Casco Bay Ferry line to Peaks Island for a quick 30-minute cruise. It was a beautiful morning and we saw lots of birds and a couple of seals. It was a beautiful and scenic way to end a great trip! Until next time, Maine.

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