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Location: Boston

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2017

Logan International Airport

Boston, Logan International Airport
Boston, Logan International Airport
Boston, Logan International Airport

Content: Maine was our family's most favourite choice to spend holiday. It is the perfect locality to enjoy by car. Our Maine road trip embraced coastal roads from southern to northern Maine. We flew from Chicago to Boston's Logan International Airport. We chose Boston as our hub since it was an ideal starting point to make way up to the coast. It was very easy to find a rental car in Boston. We headed north to Portland for the start of the coastal road trip in Maine. Along the way, we stopped at some points to get relaxed which made our drive more special.

Location: Portsmouth

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2017

Ceres Bakery

Portsmouth, Ceres Bakery

Content: Portsmouth was a great place to grab some foods. We spend some time to view spire in the town centre, historic architecture, and local shops. We had a coffee cake and breakfast wrap from Ceres bakery. It was an excellent choice.

Location: Kittery

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2017

Fort McClary State Historic Site

Kittery, Fort McClary State Historic Site
Kittery, Fort McClary State Historic Site
Kittery, Fort McClary State Historic Site
Kittery, Fort McClary State Historic Site

Content: Then we moved further to cross over into Maine. Along the way, we made a stop at Kittery. Of course, it is the gateway to the state of Maine. We stopped at Fort McClary located at the border. This historical site now served as an educational tool for travellers. The place offered an opportunity to see the iconic Maine coastline the way nature intended. The great sea views and to learn local Revolutionary War history were the purpose to visit the place.

Nubble Lighthouse

Kittery, Nubble Lighthouse
Kittery, Nubble Lighthouse
Kittery, Nubble Lighthouse
Kittery, Nubble Lighthouse

Content: Then we paid a visit to Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse located at a short distance. It was the most photographed lighthouse in the world. We got extraordinary views of the sea. We relaxed for a while by the crashing waves. It has a cute gift shop and restroom facilities. We could see some small rowboat is anchored to the rock.

Location: Kennebunkport

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2017

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport
Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport

Content: We continued our drive towards Maine and made a stop at Kennebunkport. It was well-known as the summer vacation spot of President George Bush. The home was located on Walker's Point. We found a small parking area with a scenic viewpoint that gave a nice view of the compound. The town of Kennebunkport welcomed us with vibrant nature. The town was covered with lovely shops and restaurants.

Location: Biddeford

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2017

Biddeford

Biddeford , Biddeford
Biddeford , Biddeford
Biddeford , Biddeford

Content: We grab food from Biddeford. Along the way, we saw an old clock tower which looks like it fell from somewhere. We had Spicy coconut fried chicken sandwich with fresh juice.

Location: Portland

Day 1 - 1 Jul 2017

Black Elephant Hostel

Portland, Black Elephant Hostel
Portland, Black Elephant Hostel
Portland, Black Elephant Hostel

Content: We reached Portland, the largest city in the state of Maine. We started to explore Maine from Portland as it served as a waterfront city. It has many charming neighbourhoods and lots of things to do. We checked into Black Elephant Hostel which was situated just outside of Old Port. It was a perfect spot that nestled among some eateries, shopping, and entertainment in Portland. The street was so vibrant with shops and people. It was a very safe place to stay with family. The rooms were fine for the family. We got a room on the second floor. The room service was good. They offered shared rooms too.

Location: Portland

Day 2 - 2 Jul 2017

Food Tour

Portland, Food Tour
Portland, Food Tour
Portland, Food Tour
Portland, Food Tour

Content: We approached Portland with a food tour, it was an excellent way to experience seasonal dishes of Portland. After the tour, we could realise the fact that Portland is the foodie's paradise. It was easy to find a professional guide for the tour. The guide took us through the town to enjoy various tastes. Our favourite places were Duckfat, Central Provision, Solo Italiano and High Roller Lobster. Duckfat restaurant offered excellent Duckfat Milkshake while High Roller Lobster was excellent for their classic lobster roll. We wandered through the streets for an authentic experience.

Commercial Street

Portland, Commercial Street
Portland, Commercial Street
Portland, Commercial Street
Portland, Commercial Street

Content: Our journey continued by walking around the streets of the Old Port area. We walked down Commercial Street through some major attractions of the city. We passed through the United States Custom House, a beautiful granite building. Then we visited Fort Allen Park that offered a majestic view of Casco Bay and its Calendar Islands. The entire street was lined with tiny shops and boutiques.

Congress Street

Portland, Congress Street
Portland, Congress Street
Portland, Congress Street
Portland, Congress Street

Content: We walk further to Congress Street, which was too busy. It was so vibrant and colourful with people and shops. Along the way, we saw Portland Observatory, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, One Longfellow Square etc. At One Longfellow Square, we saw the statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We spend this day very relaxed and peaceful.

Gilberts Chowder House

Portland, Gilberts Chowder House
Portland, Gilberts Chowder House

Content: We grabbed our dinner from Gilberts Chowder House located right off on the Commercial Street. They served warm soup and fried oyster. The taste was excellent and the presentation also good.

Location: Portland

Day 3 - 3 Jul 2017

Standard Baking Company

Portland, Standard Baking Company
Portland, Standard Baking Company

Content: We started our third day with a coffee and headed back to Commercial Street. We found a perfect spot for breakfast. We had freshly baked bun and break from Standard Baking Company. The hospitality was excellent. They presented pieces of bread on wood and metal shelves. Their morning buns were very tasty and fresh.

Portland Museum of Art

Portland, Portland Museum of Art
Portland, Portland Museum of Art
Portland, Portland Museum of Art
Portland, Portland Museum of Art
Portland, Portland Museum of Art

Content: We headed to the most famous attraction in the city, Portland Museum of Art. The exhibits inside the building were mind-blowing. The building itself looks stunning.

Portland Head Light

Portland, Portland Head Light
Portland, Portland Head Light
Portland, Portland Head Light
Portland, Portland Head Light
Portland, Portland Head Light

Content: We finished our lunch and walked down to Congress Street where we hit Eastern Promenade. Then we drove towards South Portland to see lighthouses. We could feel the smell of salty ocean air as soon as stepped on to the grounds of Fort Williams Park. Portland head light was situated at the shores of Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. It was the most prominent historical sit with stunning ocean views and walking paths dotted with lenses. There was a museum where lighthouse lenses, displays and a seasonal gift shop were placed. The exhibits displayed artefacts and documents, navigational aids, lenses, models and photographs.

Wandered around South Portland

Portland, Wandered around South Portland

Content: Then we walked around the South Portland area to discover more lighthouses and views. Portland Breakwater Lighthouse and Spring Point Ledge Light were other prominent ones. The Spring Point Ledge Light was a caisson-style lighthouse located at the western side of the main shipping channel. The unique feature about this lighthouse was instead of cast-iron it was made up of bricks. We walked around the place to enjoy the amazing views of the harbour and beach. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is the only lighthouse accessible by land. We continued our walk and watch the beautiful sight of the sunset over the sea.

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

Portland, Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room
Portland, Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room
Portland, Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

Content: We concluded our day by grabbing some delicious food from Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room. It offered the best waterfront dining experience. We ate delicious crab roll and all dishes in their menu was perfect. The food was delicious in their classy ambience.

Location: Portland

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2017

Portland

Portland, Portland

Content: After breakfast, we checked out from the hotel and headed to continue our drive. We had fried chicken with sausage gravy. We packed some delicious doughnuts too. Our destination was Boothbay, along the way we stopped at Harpswell. It was well-known as one of the coast’s most scenic towns.

Location: Harpswell

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2017

PortlandGiant’s Stairs Trail

Harpswell, PortlandGiant’s Stairs Trail
Harpswell, PortlandGiant’s Stairs Trail
Harpswell, PortlandGiant’s Stairs Trail
Harpswell, PortlandGiant’s Stairs Trail

Content: We stopped at Giant's Stairs trail parked our car in front of a small church. Giant’s Stairs walk on the southeast tip of Bailey Island was best to see spectacular views of eastern Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. A scenic walk along Maine’s rocky coast was a unique experience in our trip. The starting track was easy whereas the trail follows the rocky coastline. The "stair-like" rock formations attracted our attention. We felt adventurous while the way continued through the rocky ledges. The trail ended at a low tide which was easy to climb up the rock step to the exit path. We walked towards parking area. It was an excellent place to enjoy the smell, sound and best view of Casco Bay.

Location: Wiscasset

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2017

Red’s Eats

Wiscasset, Red’s Eats
Wiscasset, Red’s Eats
Wiscasset, Red’s Eats

Content: As per our friend's recommendation, we grabbed a lobster roll from Red’s Eats. It was a tiny restaurant located at a corner of a street in Wiscasset. It was a little busy after a few minutes we got huge generous chunks of lobster on puffy buns. We tried Green Bee Honey Soda too. The pieces were pretty good.

Location: Boothbay

Day 4 - 4 Jul 2017

Topside Inn

Boothbay, Topside Inn
Boothbay, Topside Inn
Boothbay, Topside Inn
Boothbay, Topside Inn

Content: We reached Boothbay and checked into Topside Inn. It was the most famous and known as the most utmost Romantic Hotel in the U.S. The beautifully decorated rooms along with panoramic views were the top things about the hotel. We dropped our bags and relaxed for a while.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Boothbay, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Content: By evening we headed to explore the city. We started to explore a beautiful garden. We parked our car and started at the visitor centre. They offered a map and pieces of information about the gardens. We walked through the walkway which was decorated beautifully with tulips and other blooms of various size and colours. We saw small ponds which were filled with lilies and frogs. A long wooden bridge across a stream led us to space where seasonal therapeutic horticulture events took place. The children’s garden was the best place for kids where they can play in the frog and fish-filled pond. In the kid's area, there was a tiny space where they could read or run around playing games. The flowers and decorations in the garden made the place more fascinating one.

Location: Boothbay

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2017

Topside Inn

Boothbay, Topside Inn
Boothbay, Topside Inn
Boothbay, Topside Inn

Content: We checked out hotel after breakfast. The staffs treated us with homely foods. They served fresh muffin loaves of bread with all sorts of whipped butter and jams. The buttermilk waffles with cherry bourbon sauce were the highlight of the breakfast.

Location: Bristol

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2017

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Bristol, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Bristol, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Bristol, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Bristol, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Bristol, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Content: We started our drive towards North to Camden. It was an excellent decision to stop at Bristol along the way. Among many lighthouses in Maine, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was another famous point. We climbed to the tower to view the most beautiful sea. Then we walked to the beach which was the cleanest on the coast of Maine. The crystal clear water and white sand made the place more beautiful.

The Good Supply

Bristol, The Good Supply
Bristol, The Good Supply
Bristol, The Good Supply

Content: Then we return to the road, along the way paid a short visit on The Good Supply. It was a small shop which accommodated many works of Maine artists. We found many things from housewares, toys and all sorts of handmade art pieces.

Location: Camden

Day 5 - 5 Jul 2017

16 Bay View

Camden, 16 Bay View
Camden, 16 Bay View
Camden, 16 Bay View

Content: We checked into 16 Bay View, a luxurious boutique hotel. The location was great to explore the city. The streets were lined with many restaurants and shops. The room was good and well-maintained. The staffs welcomed us kindly. We dropped bags and headed to explore the city by noon.

Camden Hills State Park

Camden, Camden Hills State Park
Camden, Camden Hills State Park
Camden, Camden Hills State Park
Camden, Camden Hills State Park

Content: We left the hotel to Camden Hills State Park which was located near Downtown. It served as a common picnic area. We paid a small amount at the entrance and moved further into the park. The park is the home for many trail networks. The famous Slope Trail, The Ridge Trail, Zeke’s Trail and Mount Battie trails offered amazing views. We started our hike to Mount Battie Trail.

Mount Battie Hike

Camden, Mount Battie Hike
Camden, Mount Battie Hike
Camden, Mount Battie Hike
Camden, Mount Battie Hike
Camden, Mount Battie Hike

Content: Definitely, the Mount Battie Trail is the highlight of the Camden State Park. The hike towards the summit was offered an incredible view. The hike offered plenty of scenic cliff views and overlooks for taking great pictures. We could catch the most beautiful sight of Camden Harbour. There is a stone tower at the summit which gave the most amazing views.

Location: Camden

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2017

16 Bay View

Camden, 16 Bay View
Camden, 16 Bay View

Content: After breakfast, we headed to Deer Isle. We had delicious puffy pancakes along with maple syrup. The smashed avocado topped with salmon was excellent in taste.

Location: Deer Isle

Day 6 - 6 Jul 2017

Pilgrim's Inn

Deer Isle, Pilgrim's Inn
Deer Isle, Pilgrim's Inn
Deer Isle, Pilgrim's Inn

Content: We checked into Pilgrim’s Inn overlooking Northwest Harbor. At first sight, it gave a homely feel. Each room was decorated uniquely. The rooms were spacious with comfortable bed.

Barred Island Preserve parking

Deer Isle, Barred Island Preserve parking
Deer Isle, Barred Island Preserve parking
Deer Isle, Barred Island Preserve parking

Content: By noon we headed to explore a famous place in the city. There are many hiking trails to explore on Deer Isle, including many nature preserves managed by Island Heritage Trust. Barred Island Preserve was one of the famous trails owned by The Nature Conservancy. It was located on the west side of Deer Isle and we could park at the parking area on Goose Cove Road. Unexpectedly the parking area was busy, luckily we got a space to park. It was essential to check a tide chart for Deer Isle before visiting. We stopped at the Island Heritage Trust office and collect trail map and brochure. The entire forest was covered by mosses and bunchberry blossoms. The wood looks lovely and fresh air rejuvenated our energy. The beautiful landscape and rocky coast was the highlight of the trail.

44 North Coffee - Deer Isle Cafe & Roastery

Deer Isle, 44 North Coffee - Deer Isle Cafe & Roastery

Content: Grab a cup of coffee was a crucial matter after the hike. We found a perfect spot which was famous for delicious coffee. We could purchase fresh and aromatic bean from the shop.

Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies.

Deer Isle, Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies.
Deer Isle, Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies.
Deer Isle, Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies.

Content: We headed to the hotel along the way we visited Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies. It was small cottage industry where we could purchase some homemade jams, jellies, and chutneys. Their products were absolutely delicious. The entire shop was very attractive with lots of artistic works. There was a lively cafe with an outside deck is attached to the store which serves homemade pastries and coffee.

Location: Blue Hill

Day 7 - 7 Jul 2017

Sandy's Blue Hill Cafe

Blue Hill , Sandy's Blue Hill Cafe

Content: The final day of our trip we winded up our drive at Blue Hill. We had French toast and fresh strong coffee. The toast was stuffed with blueberry accompanied by a fried egg sandwich. They presented in a homely manner. The taste was good. Then we found the route back to Boston. The drive was smooth and cool.