Exploring MAINE: a farewell to summer along COASTAL ROUTE 1
My memory of traveling through Maine before this farewell to summer adventure was foggy. The time I got to spend exploring was limited, and since then I've been itching to get back and travel up Coastal Route 1 properly.
We play to our strengths when planning a trip like this. Neither of us is particularly good at sitting still, but we also don't want to have too many sights or activities crammed in that we feel rushed.
We came up with a handful of places to share here that we felt were too good not to mention. To eat, to say, to do- all places we experienced firsthand and had a great time at. The "doing" part for us was a lot of driving and stopping along the way. The handful of bustling flea markets we chose to stop at left us with small treasures, and the small town harbors were just as picturesque as you could imagine.
We managed to fit a lot into our four day journey, without feeling overextended. For such a short trip we got to experience all ends of the weather spectrum. Incredibly hot days followed by chilly mornings and evenings, a bit of rain and fog. Hiking early morning in Acadia was the coldest day but comfortable, turning to humid heat as we our hike pressed on. You could tell fall was coming. The air was getting crisper, the sun a little less stifling.
Now back home I am so ready to shed my summer skin for fall's approaching chill.
Popham Beach State Park | Phippsburg
Not too much needs to be said to explain the calm and natural beauty of Popham Beach.
A gorgeous, sand covered beach that is perfect for taking a long walk along the ocean. One of my favorite things here, which we unfortunately didn't time up right for this trip, is you can walk to Fox Island at low tide, just don't get stuck there!
Acadia National Park | Mount Desert Island
A word to the wise, get an early start. Acadia is beautiful, majestic, and completely overrun with people by the time it hits about 10 o'clock in the morning.
We traipsed around the area, finding the most solace in Sieur de Monts, where a couple of trails guide you through idyllic fields of light dappled aspen trees.
The top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard gives a grandiose view of the land below.
A steep hike down a path of narrow rocks, or a very careful walk across some seaweed covered stones will bring you to a hidden cove near Otter Point where we climbed across rocks and sat admiring the ocean.
250 Main Hotel | Rockland
250 Main is a modern and luxurious boutique hotel, sans the stuffiness. An absolute dream to stay in, you're located right along the main street of Rockland, abundant with cute shops and restaurants. Experiencing the view of the harbor from the rooftop is an absolute must, and definitely plan on partaking in their continental breakfast.
Take a peak at the curated menswear consignment shop Curator, who's window displays will make you giddy. Grab dinner at 3Crow (worth noting: they can adjust almost their entire menu to be gluten-free and it's incredibly delicious) and a drink at Fog Bar.
Sidenote: What's the first thing you do when you get to a hotel room? Jump on the bed? Me too. Their beds are reinforced for that exact routine, because all of us and our inner child will probably be jumping on hotel beds for many years to come.
the Linconville Motel | Linconville
This recently renovated and downright charming motel in Linconville is a must-stay. The details alone are enough to sell you, with every cabin having its own record player and perfectly nostalgic accents.
A cabin vibe with modern amenities makes for the ultimate balance of comfortable and outdoorsy.
Claws | Rockland
For lobster rolls, clam baskets, pretty much anything you could desire in a side of the road stand. A random choice for our obligatory lobster roll feast during this trip, we discovered upon arrival they have gluten-free buns available, serious bonus.
Fat Boy Drive-In | Brunswick
An old school drive-in with this thing called a Frappe that I highly recommend. Go for the blueberry.
Broken Egg | Rockland
For the breakfast of champions, plated to absolute perfection.
Duckfat | Portland
Duck. Fat. Fries. Enough said. Also, incredible salads.