Blogs from Portland, Maine, United States, North America


North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 22nd 2021

The Harpswells Another day of sleeping in a bit. Tarragon enjoyed the extra attention as we lounged in bed. He has gotten in the habit that once we get up, he hides under the bed, afraid he is about to be put in the travel case. We purposely did not have anything else but coffee for breakfast as we know lunch was going to be quite filling. Our first stop of the day was Portland Architectural Salvage. A four-story building full of eclectic items ranging from antique furniture to hard-to-find hardware pieces. We were primarily here to see if we could find an entry way piece for our apartment. We did not have any luck so it was on to lunch. While we were looking for parking for the salvage store, we happened upon the relocated ... read more
Best Pizza on the East Coast
Lobster Cove

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 20th 2021

After a good night’s sleep, we started the day with our Covid $5 continental breakfast. Bagel, cream cheese, yogurt and coffee. The coffee is self-serve in the pantry down the hall and unfortunately Starbucks, and not the strong stuff at that. To get the breakfast you needed to go to the lobby and pick it up from the restaurant. The bagel was just a bagel, not even sliced, but it was $5 and convenient. Tarragon got his breakfast and some love and we took our time getting ready. No big plans for the day just lunch, some spa time for me, and dinner. A pretty laid-back day. First on the agenda was lunch at High Roller’s Lobster Co. The best way to describe this is that it is a combination a 50’s style drug store counter ... read more
Mask up or else!!!
Lobster Roll & Lobster Grilled Cheese
Wharf Street

North America » United States » Maine » Portland April 19th 2021

The plan was to leave Sunday the 18th for Judith Point, to catch the 4 pm Ferry to Block Island. We had booked a nice Bed & Breakfast on the island, Ferry reservations paid for, plans made, then work happened. Due various mishaps, not the least of which was FedEx was not exactly express, the trip had to be cancelled at the last minute. We did manage to be very lucky and come up with a quick last-minute backup, a trip to Portland Maine. Having been there twice before we new all the places to eat and stay, especially the hotel that allowed cats. Were able to make all the dinner reservations on Sunday and the hotel reservation actually were made Monday afternoon, minutes before we picked up the care and headed out of town. Portland ... read more
Potato Crusted Cod
Lobster Scampi
Nightcap at the Firepit

North America » United States » Maine » Portland July 26th 2019

Poet, novelist and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont. His most recent travel book is Border Crossings: Travel Essays and Poems. I have traveled to all seven continents of the world. I have seen many stunning landscapes. One of them is in my own backyard in New England where I live. It’s the state of Maine, where I have taken many vacations over the past 20 years. Maine’s unique combination of mountains, forests and stunning rocky coastline keeps drawing me back. My most recent trip involved travels to Monhegan Island, Camden and Portland. Here are a few highlights. Monhegan is a small, rocky island 10 miles from the nearest mainland and scarcely a square mile ... read more
Creative Flower Arrangement at Monhegan Harbor
Cliffs on Monhegan
The Pines of Monhegan

North America » United States » Maine » Portland June 17th 2017

Friday was rainy, so it was a good day to spend in the Brown Library. I know I haven’t mentioned much about my research first because I can’t publish any of the picture I took or publish the information willy-nilly and second, there is nothing exciting about someone sitting at a table for six hours peering at tiny writing and muttering to themselves as they try to translate. But, yesterday I looked at several original documents from the 1700s – the ink faded to brown, the paper so much thicker and textured than our thin, smooth sheets of today, the writing so tiny. I assume it was written small – at least in the private papers – to conserve space and save paper (Curtis, you would have fit right in). At the time, I couldn’t think ... read more
Flatbread Company
The Whydah
Three-Pounder Cannon

North America » United States » Maine » Portland June 16th 2017

Flying is always a risky business. I’m not talking about safety risks, but the risk of missing your connecting flight. As I set out from Sioux Falls, my flight was, of course, late. The plane was mostly filled with a group going to Israel, who had a three hour layover, but a handful of us would have – at best – ten to fifteen minutes to make it through O’Hare to our connecting flights. Once we were all hitched up to the terminal, it was off to the races. Thankfully, I made it to my gate just as they were starting to board. On the flight to Portland, we saw some awesome clouds, thanks to bad weather below. I happened to be listening to the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording – if you have not yet ... read more
Swampy and Crepe!
At the Longfellow House
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

North America » United States » Maine » Portland September 18th 2016

Geo: 43.6591, -70.2566Set off for Walmart first for a GPS. Its an awesome store, so much of everything and large 'party' bags ofeverything. Tons of precut fruit and its like the old Super K (Kmartand Coles combined but on steroids) Debated Twinkies but bought theingredients for smore's !!!Anyway onto Port William State Park andthe Portland Head Light. Great old buildings, set up to protect themining in the area. The Lighthouse was lovely. Driving through CapeElizabeth was beautiful. The houses are amazing. All weatherboard,beautiful big balconies and verandahs and lots of grass, very fewfences ans strangely, lots of wooded forests surrounding many of thehouses. Just gorgeous.Headed into Portland and walked the OldPort District, and had lunch at one of the restaurants along the pierand Graham got to try the Lobster Rolls, which is what Maine is knownfo ... read more
Ella's free
Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse
Ruins at Fort Williams State Park

North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 11th 2015

Since we didn't have an excursion planned we decided to stay on the ship and take pictures from each of the decks. It was a relaxing day to say the least. I was also obsessed with sail boats. They were everywhere...... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 4th 2015

Day 4. Today we leave Boston for Portland in Main. Weather a bit brighter as we go to pick up our car but still that chilly wind. Car hire place queue out the door, 45 minutes later we jump in the car, an almost brand new chevrolet Equinox & head out of Boston. First stop at Salem, very busy being a Sunday, also being in the USA October is halloween month, lots going on already. A quick pit stop in Newbury port then we moved on to kenbunkport, beautiful place, very scenic. Had a lovely meal at Alissons then we finished our journey to Portland.... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Portland August 11th 2015

From Marblehead we sailed to Christmas Cove, ME, then to Portland, ME and from there to our final destination by boat - Rockland. We did some side trips by car to Camden, to Acadia with its Cadillac Mountain and to Bar Harbor. Maine's motto is "The way life should be" and it isn't at all a misrepresentation. One gets a feeling of stepping back in time. The rhythm is slower, the cars are older, the air is cleaner and there're less people and less traffic. A lot of houses are just summer residences for the snow birds and vacationers. Rutherford island with its popular Christmas cove is a typical town that gets deserted in winter and springs alive in summer. There are many art galleries - Maine has been a magnet for many great artists such ... read more

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