Waking up in Portland Maine at the luxurious Portland Harbor Hotel was a perfect way to start our Experiencing Fall foliage trip. So get ready to spend a rainy day in Portland Maine with us! P.S. The little drink and snack station they have in this hotel is GENIUS! They keep it nice and stocked (all hours of the day). Especially, when we are up early or walking in late at night. Loading up with coffee before heading out for the day was such a treat!
On our first morning we were up early to visit The Holy Donut. A popular Portland, Maine delicacy. The donuts are made with actual potatoes. We tried Maple bacon, Coffee Cake & Sea Salt Chocolate, YUM! Just a heads up they do go fast so arriving early to beat the crowds during peek season is a must.
I wanted to take my Mom to see lighthouses (she has always loved them)! When it was foggy and rainy some of them were harder to view so we started with the Portland Observatory. When in season you can actually tour inside.
“The Portland Observatory is the only remaining historic maritime signal station in the United States. As an intact survivor from the Golden Age of Sail, the Observatory was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, became a National Historic Landmark in 2006, and named a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 2006. It celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2007 (Greater Portland Landmark)“.
Next we ventured out to visit the Portland Breakwater Light. It looks so mystical in the fog. A perfect place to bring a packed lunch and just enjoy the waves crashing. I will also mention people like to gather here so if want pictures without a bunch of people in them you might want to arrive in the earlier or later hours of the day.
A little Seafood Scampi with a view anyone?? We ate an early dinner at the Harbor Bistro + Terrace. From delicious appetizers to Chocolate layered desserts there is a little something on the menu for everyone. I just love the outside gardens and firepits at the Harbor Hotel, Honestly that is were we spent most of our time when the rain subsided!
Search ” Most photographed Lighthouses in the world”. I present to you the Portland Head Light. I can’t even begin to explain to you why this is a MUST_SEE place to visit even if the weather is less than perfect. We also went to the Goddard Mansion. Found a great Scotland Oil Painter (Him and his wife were so friendly)! I got a few of his art pieces, definitely worth a stop.
We may haave a Connecticut lobster roll (lobster drizzled with melted butter) from Bite Into Maine, BEST one we have had so be sure to check their food truck out if you visit.
Mom came to Maine several years ago. She ate down by the harbor so of course we trekked our way around to reminisce. After a nice evening stroll in the foggy weather we found our way to Becky’s Diner for some lobster. They did NOT disappoint. I now understand why they give you a “lobster bib” and a zillion napkins. They say come to Portland Maine and eat Lobster, now I can see why.
By the harbor you might also see trains and even the cruise ships like the Norwegian Cruise. If you do decided to venture out of Portland Mian might I suggest a few things before you go up North? The L.L.Bean Flagship Store is AMAZING. Also take US 1 not 295. We found so many great Antique, Vintage, Thrift and even a Flea market.
Thanks for spending a Rainy Day in Portland Maine with us. I hope you found this travel guide helpful and look for more from our trip!