The sun is finally out! If you’re like me and don’t have a full week of vacation this summer, make the best of your time and go on road-trips close to home. I visited Portland and Bar Harbor two summers ago and I’ve been desperatly wanting to go back. The people are super friendly, the food is amazing (LOBSTER GALORE) and the views…Well you can just take a look at the pictures below and be the judge of that. It’s about 5 hours from Montreal so 3 days is all you need!
We spent one day in Old Portland. We booked a tour online with Maine Foodie Tours which gave us a chance to explore some spots that we would have never discovered on our own. We sampled local staples like lobster rolls and whoopie pies. Drank delicious craft beer and explored the fish market.
Places you don’t want to miss:
- Blue Rooster Food Company
- Portland Lobster Company
- Craft Beer Cellar
- Harbor Fish Market
- The Holy Donut
- Eventide Oyster Co.
They are all within walking distance and yes, we did them all in one day. We were full of alcohol, lobster and oysters but it was so worth it!
BAR HARBOR (Acadia National Park)
This town is 3 hours from Portland and then 6 hours back to Montreal. We love to drive around so it really didn’t bother us but if you want a quiet weekend to enjoy nature, skip Portland and go straight to Bar Harbor. It’s a quaint little town on Mt Desert Island that not only has easy access to hiking trails and beaches but also a touristic downtown harbor with restaurants and bars.
We rented a campsite at Blackwoods Campground and it was well maintained and spacious. If you like rustic camping, check it out! You can reach hiking trails without having to take your car. The hikes offer great views without being too difficult (beginner to intermediate level) so even if you’re not an expert, you will feel like one! Here are the must do trails:
The latter two are not for the faint of heart…They aren’t difficult per say (an 80 year old man was climbing with his family right in front of us) but if you’re afraid of heights you might wanna pass!
For meals, we ate out a couple of times (using our trusty YELP app) but we mostly bought fresh meat and produce at a local grocery store and cooked it on the fire.
So if you’re an outdoorsy person and a foodie, go visit the appropriately nicknamed Vacationland, Maine!
P-s: I NEED YOUR HELP! There’s a secret little shack on the side of the road that sells lobster and ribs…a friend told me about it because she went recently but couldn’t remember where it was exactly. Leave in the comments if you do. We can call it a treasure hunt.