The trip to Maine...Reminiscing on the ride home...
Day 1: The Drive to Freeport It was a long drive to Maine...Steve's broken radio, 9 hours, hurricane Kyle, but we got there in time to watch the bills game! We were having problems finding a sports bar in Freeport, but discovered Pat's pizza which had about 10 other Bills fans! It was a bills win! We walked around Freeport for a bit after since LL Bean was open 24/7. Steve couldn't wait to get a lobster roll until the next day so he got this gross one from a random food shop.
Day 2: Freeport Maine We woke up early and had breakfast at the Holiday Inn express and went into town to go shopping. As usual, Steve found tons of good deals, and I resisted a coach purse. We ate lunch at Morrison's chowder house which was one of our favorite meals on the trip. We split a bowl of Seafood chowder and each enjoyed a lobster roll. They were awesome!!! We decided to do a little hiking in wolf's neck state woods. This was our first glimpse at the ocean and rocky coast of Maine. I wasn't feeling very well (allergies) so I didnt have much to eat for dinner but Steve got his first lobster from Harassekett Lunch and Lobster...a no frills lobster pound. $21.95 got him a 1 1/4 lb lobster, dozen clams, and an ear of corn. Then we went to Gritty McDuff's for some Maine beer and Monday night football.
Day 3: Drive to Bar Harbor It took 3 hours to drive to Bar Harbor Maine. This is what we were looking forward to most. We arrived around 1:00 pm and drove right into Acadia National Park after getting some maps. We drove up Cadillaic Mountain which was an amazing view of the mountains, ocean, and Bar Harbor. The pictures do not give it justice. We drove back down, and took a hike around the Jordan Pond. We were pretty tired and sweaty after that, we we decided to check out our hotel (The Quimby House) and the town. Our hotel was cute and small, but very convenient for walking into town. We took a walk and got some dinner at Stewman's Lobster. I got lobster (1 1/4lb) and Steve got fried scallops. We walked around a bit, had some blueberry ice cream, did some shopping, and went to Improvacadia which was a really funny improv comedy show. Then we went for a drink at the "Thirsty Whale".
Day 4 Bar Harbor: We had a great Maine breakfast at Jordan's Restaurant consisting of blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup and eggs with a blueberry muffin on the side. Perfect to cure our hangover before going on the whale watch. We went on Bar Harbor Whale Watch and we saw 4 fin back whales! It was really amazing to see them in the wild. The narrator said they haven't seen the fin back whales in a month until 2 days before this watch so I guess we were pretty lucky! We also saw a few porpoise whales, dolphins, seals, and puffins. It was a pretty smooth ride but VERY cold. We had a GREAT dinner at "Cafe this way". Steve had Lobster pasta and I had fresh Haddock crusted with some kind of nuts. Steve had to have the creme brule, which usually I could ignore, but it was delish. The decor was really cool too- in a garage and funky tables, great service. That dinner was our favorite.
Day 5 Drive to Portland We woke up and had a unique breakfast at "2 Cats". Steve had a lobster omlette (lol) and I had an apple, walnut and cheddar omlette. They both came with these biscuts w/strawberry butter that were rediculous. Then we set off to Portland (3 1/2 hour drive) in the pouring rain. I was a bit worried about our hotel (Clarion) but it was fine. It somehow was not raining in Portland so we walked around a bit in the Old Port. Portland is adorable and had our best-for-cheapest dinner at Gilberts Chowder House right on the water. We got mussels as an appetizer, we were expecting like a dozen- oh no- there were sixty. Yessixty. Then we split the "Twin Lobster dinner" which was basically two 1 1/4 lobsters with corn and fries for $31. So we got the entire meal for $40. We went out to an irish bar for a bit and then to a Comedy Club- The Comedy Connection (Half price Thursdays!) for a great show.
Day 6 Portland We did a little shopping and lunch until Steve almost lost it. We ventured to South Portland to see the lighthouses. They were so beautiful. We (I) took a zillion pictures. It was just so classic Maine. We hiked around and explored for a while at each of them. Then we relaxed for a bit at the hotel and went for our fancy dinner at Five Fifty-Five in the Arts District. After dinner, we got some hot cider and walked around for a while. Then we called for our shuttle and called it a night.
And here we are! Hour 4 of our 8 hour drive...Still not sick of Lobster! :)