July 2017
  • Day8

    Portland, Maine

    August 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    Our final day has arrived! We had a day to spend in Portland before heading home to Virginia. I couldn’t pass up another opportunity for a Holy Donut. I went with that maple bacon one and was definitely not disappointed!

    We spent a few hours exploring the shops before heading to a nearby beach. Of course, we couldn’t resist stopping to see one more Maine lighthouse. I’m glad we did. This one was one of the more picturesque ones we saw.

    A few hours of rest and relaxation on the beach was just what we needed after the last few days of adventures.

    Goodbye New England! Can’t wait to come back again soon.
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  • Day7

    Portland Bound

    August 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    We were both ready to pack up the tent and head towards Portland where there was a hot shower and comfortable bed.

    We had a minor fender bender in the campground parking lot which put us slightly behind schedule.

    We still found a few hours to stop in Freeport and visit the original LL Bean Store before heading south.

    A quick detour in Yarmouth for lunch where we discovered Clayton’s Cafe. This unassuming roadside sandwich shop served up the most amazing buffalo chicken corn chowder. I still dream about that soup!

    We were exhausted by the time we reached Portland. We grabbed dinner at a small gastropub before settling in for the night. Having an actual bed to sleep on was great!
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  • Day5

    Wolfe's Neck Campground

    July 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    It was hard to leave Boothbay Harbor but our evening’s accommodations were over an hour away. This would be our last night in a campground, and we were more than ready to be done with the rafts we were using for mattresses.

    Wolfe’s Neck Campground came highly recommended. It’s located on a working farm and offers oceanfront campsites, kayak rentals and more.

    The best part about this place was the Farm Cafe which surprisingly served really good food. I ordered the hummus plate...it was better than expected!

    Our last night camping wouldn’t have been complete without sitting by the fire as the sun set.
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  • Day5

    Boothbay Harbor, Maine

    July 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Today’s big activity was whale watching in Boothbay Harbor. We got into town a little early and had the opportunity to walk around before heading to the boat. The streets were lined with touristy shops and waterside restaurants. We enjoyed lunch overlooking the ocean at McSeagull’s. Food was ok but the views more than made up for it!

    After lunch, we headed down to the boat to begin our whale-watching adventure. The ride out of the harbor was gorgeous. The coast was littered with the cutest beach bungalows. We also passed two picture perfect lighthouses.

    It didn’t take long for the captain to find the first whale. We followed this poor guy around for about an hour waiting for him to surface for air.

    By the end of the trip, we had seen two different species of whales, sea turtles, dolphins and sea lions! Well worth the investment.

    We were both in love with this town, so we decided to stay a little longer and explore the shops. I definitely could see myself living here!
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  • Day4

    Tops'l Farm Retreat

    July 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Our accommodation for the evening included a real bed! Tops’l Farm is a rustic retreat in a small Maine town that’s nestled between a river and the ocean. This is glamping at its best! Our tent had two single beds, solar lantern, bedside tables and water pitchers that were filled and ready for your arrival.

    The bathhouse was awesome! Cedar planks and upscale bath products made you feel like you were in a 5 star hotel. They even had a hairdryer!

    The phone charging stations nearby were a nice touch. They thought of everything. It would be nice to have something similar closer to DC.

    Dinner was at an iconic pit stop on Route 1, Moody’s Diner. The food was mediocre but it was fun knowing that you were eating in a place that has been serving tourists food since 1927. We did try one of their famous Whoopie Pies. I was skeptical but, it was actually really good.

    We headed back camp and spent some time relaxing around the fire before heading to bed.
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  • Day4

    Rockland, Maine

    July 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    We arrived in Rockland around 11:00am. This sleepy town is well-known for its quaint boutiques and art galleries. We did check out one of the other big attractions, the Project Puffin Visitor Center. This was a small museum that gives you a quick lesson on Maine’s endangered sea birds.

    We grabbed lunch at the Brass Compass Cafe, home to the famous Lobster Club Sandwich! The Bobby Flay Throwdow Winner was a must-try for Rick!

    We were in no hurry to get to our next destination so decided to explore the beach. We spent over an hour searching for sea glass and enjoying the sunshine. The Maine coastline is beautiful!
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  • Day4

    Penobscot Narrows Bridge

    July 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    We made a quick pit stop at Fort Knox State Historic Park on our way out of Acadia. The big attraction here is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The observation tower at the top wasn’t open when we got there so we settled for a few photos before continuing on our journey.

    We had a little run in with the police not too long after we left the park. It was early in the morning, and they wanted to make sure my legal pass wasn’t done under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It took some convincing, especially since I had no idea if we were headed to Rockport or Rockland. The officer didn’t appreciate our idea of a road trip!

    After we were left off with a warning, we stopped in a small little town to collect sea glass and stretch our legs.

    Next stop...Rockland!
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  • Day4

    Cadillac Mountain

    July 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    One thing that all of the Acadia travel blogs recommend is hiking Cadillac Mountain at sunrise. With an elevation of 1,530 feet, its summit is the highes around.

    There are two ways to do this. The first is to do the 7+ mile loop, starting early enough to make sure that you get to the summit in plenty of time to see the sun rise. The second is to drive to the top of the mountain and walk the short distance to secure your front row seat to what is considered to be the nation’s first sunrise.

    We opted to take the easy way and got up super early to make sure we found the best spot to witness the event. We were joined with dozens of other people with the same idea!

    We waited around for over 30 minutes. Thankfully, we dressed warm and brought a blanket. It was way colder than we thought!

    Afterwards, we headed into Bar Harbor for a quick breakfast at Jeannie’s Great Maine Breakfast before starting our drive Southto Portland.
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  • Day3

    Acadia Camp Life - Part 2

    July 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    After a long day exploring Acadia, we headed back to our campsite. I relaxed by the water in my hammock, watching as the sun slowly started falling from the sky.

    Our last night in Acadia was celebrated with a spectacular, cloud filled sunset.

  • Day3

    Jordan Pond

    July 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Next on the Acadia National Park tour was a visit to Jordan Pond. This place was packed, and we got lucky that we found a parking spot realtively quickly.

    The hike was a 3.5 mile loop around a scenic pond. Very easy walk with little to no topography change. We stopped along the way to take photos and enjoy the views.

    I couldn’t resist the opportunity to go rock hopping. I made it to the big boulder without falling into water!

    At the end of the hike, we stopped at the Jordan Pond House where we enjoyed their famous popovers and jam while overlooking the lake. They were delicious!
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