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New England road trip: Portland, Maine


This post is the sixth in a series of blogs about our honeymoon trip to New England and New York. See all New England road trip posts.

Our second day on the road saw us heading from Kennebunkport to Bar Harbor. Realising that the drive would take well over 5 hours, we decided to break up the journey with a short stop in Portland.

When researching the trip I had happened upon a twitter-driven road trip by The Guardian from Baltimore to Bar Harbor. Portland was one of the places they visited and I loved the sound of the The Thirsty Pig where they’d stopped for beer and hot dogs. It was the first place we headed to when we arrived and we instantly loved it. There was a great atmosphere, helpful staff, board games, a huge range of beers, reasonably priced and delicious sounding hot dogs and Scott Pilgrim was on the TV. We had a hot dog each (a veggie one for moi) and pretzelkins (little balls of pretzel dough with cheese dip) and they were so delicious.

I’d really recommend visiting the Thirsty Pig for lunch or just for drinks. Sadly as we were sharing the driving on our next leg to Bar Harbor we just had soft drinks but the beer selection looked amazing. A craft beer tour was just setting off when we arrived and wish we could have joined in!

After the hot dogs we took a short walk through the streets on our way to our next destination. The short walk made us wish we had more time in the city. I loved the independent feel of the place and the bars and shops. If I was lucky enough to spend more time in New England, I would definitely plan for at least two nights in Portland, Maine.

Knowing that we didn’t have long in the city we pre-booked spaces on the Portland City and Lighthouse tour. I’m really glad we did because I think we might have struggled to get tickets on the day. The trolley tour was a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Our tour guide was a Portland native and really interesting to listen to. It was lovely to see the docks, the grand houses and Portland Head Light which was picture perfect on that day. The tour cost £24 each but I would really recommend it.

Sadly after our tour we had to head straight back to the car and set off up the coast to Bar Harbor. We would have loved to have more time but our next destination awaited!

Next: Bar Harbor, Maine

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