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Escape to Maine.

Jul 10th, 2012 | Categories: Escape to, Maine, Uncategorized | by Michael Williams

Last week Maine. This week I’m in NYC. Maine was better.

Lobster. Saltboxes. Becky’s. Springers in the sea. Dark & Stormys. Mabel’s Lobster Claw. Nice folks. Ice cream. Portland. Canoe trips. Harbor views. Wine. Good books. Salt water. Plank chairs. Baxter beers. Goose Rocks beach. Petite Jacqueline. The Tides. Lighthouses. Escape to Maine.

Comments: 45

45 Comments to “Escape to Maine.”

  1. David
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 7:15 PM

    Maine was made in the USA.

  2. Ben
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 7:19 PM

    I’m planning a quick trip to the Portland area in August, any MUSTS you can pass along?

  3. Robin Follette
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 9:14 PM

    Ahhh. The Way Life Should Be. Great photography!

  4. AC
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 9:20 PM

    Indeed, gorgeous pictures.

  5. Mr.G
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 9:23 PM

    Agreed, Maine is close to perfect, though we vacation a bit further up the coast. Can’t wait.

  6. Michael
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 9:37 PM


    About a half hour south of Portland on Route 1 in Cape Neddick, stop and get yourself a couple of dogs at Flo’s. Order them with sauce & mayo. The sauce is a home made relish but locals call it sauce, mayo sounds strange on a hot dog but these are 2 great tastes that go together. Enjoy!

  7. Ben
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 9:43 PM

    Thank you good sir. Will definitely stop for a couple dogs.

  8. Rhon
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 10:16 PM

    You took some great photos of my home state. Wish I had of known you were in town. I live near Portland, in the country. Can’t beat the ole State of Maine.

  9. Amatourist
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 11:07 PM

    how long did those glasses next to the cracked bottle of maker’s stay empty?

  10. John
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 11:12 PM

    Great photos. What did you Use to shoot these?

  11. Blair
    on Jul 10th, 2012
    @ 11:15 PM

    Benny boy, bring your appetite…cuz Portland will do you right.

    Food: Duckfat, Hugo’s, Fore Street, Bresca (Oyster Bar was being built next to Hugo’s..may be finished by the time you get there).

    Coffee: Arabica, Crema, or Coffee By Design

    Sweets: Standard Baking Co., Mount Desert Ice Cream, Beal’s Ice Cream

  12. Miguel Ramalhão
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 8:15 AM

    Truly amazing pics. I love the wood shingle buildings. Too bad that back here in Portugal there aren’t really quaint fishing villages. We have lot’s of them but completely ruined by poor city planing!

  13. Kevin
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 8:52 AM

    Glad you enjoyed Portland, I moved here a year ago from Australia and have loved every second. You hit a to a lot of my favorites and Blair added a lot of my others.

    Ben I’ve got a few more suggestion

    FOOD: Two Lights Lobster Shack, Local 188, Eventide (the new oyster bar, now open), EmaIlitsa, Sunny’s, hot suppa, miyaki and I strongly second Petite Jacqueline.

    BARS: I keep it local and divey. Amigos, Ruski’s, Rosie’s, Portland Lobster Co., Great Lost Bear. For something nicer try Grace, Sunny’s or 188.

    Portland has incredible food and cheap, good drinks. ENJOY.

  14. Eric
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 10:31 AM

    My family and I have been going to Kennebunkport for the past several years. No better place to be in the summer. Great food, people and scenery.

  15. Michael Williams
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 10:40 AM

    Those gasses did not remain empty for long.

    All photos with the Canon 5D MKII 35mm 1.4L

  16. Sam
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 10:54 AM

    Great photos, Mike. Maine is one of the greatest places on Earth.

  17. Adam
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 11:07 AM

    I was actually heading up to Maine next month and was looking for recommendations for food, glad to see this post.

  18. ellegentsia
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 1:27 PM

    White canvas bags are perfectly on point, and so impractical. One farmers’ market visit and their perfection is pooched.

    Just saying.

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  19. william
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 10:44 PM

    Michael – What is the name of the sports bar? Is that in Portland? Looks like my kind of place. Dark and dirty with a dark and stormy. Great photos, by the way.

  20. George S.
    on Jul 11th, 2012
    @ 11:34 PM


    J’s Oyster

    Fore Street–> So freakishly good and not that freakishly expensive, but not cheap.

    Marcy’s Diner–> Grilled MUFFINS. Say no more.

  21. Caleb H.
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 12:27 PM

    This is a reminder that I need to schedule a vacation for myself. – Thank you!

  22. TheDottedLine
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 12:34 PM

    Please come and stop in next time! We’re happy to show you the ropes.

  23. sam
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 5:34 PM

    in 2 weeks, I’ll be making the long drive/move (with my wife and toddler) from austin to portland. i’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now and it seems like you really enjoy both cities. care to do a super short compare and contrast?

  24. Nate
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 8:18 PM

    The Way Life Should Be; hard to beat it.

    Love the Baxter Brewing shotout, Luke and Co. are doing a great job. Can’t let a trip to Portland go by without a few Shipyard Brewing beers.

    In addition to the aforementioned dining establishments, I would also highly recommend any Harding Lee Smith joint. They include The Corner Room, The Grill Room, and The Front Room. Each are different but equally fantastic.

    Also, the Standard Baking Co. which is directly below Fore Street (the restaurant) is a great place to get bread/muffins/etc.

    Don’t forget a coffee oreo cone from Beal’s Ice Cream.

    Enjoy the town and the state. I miss it everyday.

  25. Andrew
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 9:55 PM

    The sports bar is called The Ramp, the place is awesome. If he turned around and took a picture it would be of a window looking directly over the water. The bar is below a restaurant literally right on the water. It is off the beaten path, but small enough that it’s super busy.

    it is 30 minutes south of Portland in Cape Porpoise, ME.

  26. william
    on Jul 12th, 2012
    @ 10:01 PM

    Thank you, Andrew. Sounds like a great place. I’ll definitely be dropping in.

  27. JPS
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 8:48 AM

    Any ACL readers who are in the area are welcome to stop by Cape Porpoise Outfitters for a beer and some restaurant recommendations, on the house.

  28. kevin
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 10:42 AM

    are there any great rental spots in southern maine? got a dog and a kid, and my wife and I were hoping for something near the beach. would appreciate!!

  29. JPS
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 11:01 AM

    Kevin – yes. At this point in the season it’s just a question of what’s still available & what your requirements are / price range. Give me a ring at 207-200-3737 and I can tell you about local options. – Jared

  30. Casey
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 3:31 PM

    If anyone is headed further north (and coastal) from maine, there is truly a unique stop just south of Bath in Brunswick. The place is called El Camino, and it’s been rated as one of the best mexican restaurants in the country, no kidding. It’s a dive from the outside but the food and the drink is as good as it gets. Show up after 7:30 and it’ll be too busy to get a seat, that night…. Happy hunting.

  31. Joe Kupe
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 10:12 PM

    When you are in Ogunquit, ME you must go to Bread & Roses Bakery for their Whoopie Pies; they are New England at its best!

  32. JPS
    on Jul 13th, 2012
    @ 11:14 PM

    Just had a truly incredible dinner at Fore St. in Portland. If you make one stop that should be it.

  33. MBP
    on Jul 16th, 2012
    @ 9:50 PM

    Michael – Nice pics of Maine. Portland and the southern coast are great. Next time, if you (or anyone else) are looking for a different experience, take a trip inland up to Moosehead Lake (though sounds like you might have visited Baxter State Park). Get off I-95 at Skowhegan and check out the Old Mill Pub. Great spot right above the dam. Then check out Spring Creek BBQ in Monson. Smoked chicken there is fantastic.

    And for my money, Moosehead Lake is the nicest spot in Maine. take a hike up Mount Kineo. And if you’ve got the time – drive another 3 hours from Greenville and you’re in Quebec City.

  34. peter
    on Jul 17th, 2012
    @ 6:08 AM

    You, along with John Irving, make me want to visit Maine more and more.

    Great post

  35. Jim M.
    on Jul 18th, 2012
    @ 12:00 PM

    Jared: Every August, we spend the third week in Kennebunk. I will be stopping by the store this year. Can’t wait to see everything!

    Ditto on Fore Street in Portland – one of the best restaurants on the east coast..not just in Maine.

    And for the consistently best lobster rolls, head to Cape Pier Chowder House in Cape Porpoise. Sit on the deck with a roll and a Shipyard (on tap). You’ll go back every time.

  36. Emily
    on Jul 18th, 2012
    @ 2:03 PM

    Maine is a truly under-rated state but maybe that’s part of what makes it awesome — it isn’t over-hyped or over-populated! Still very rustic and modest and not overly built up. No wonder Stephen King (and others) choose to live there.

  37. Paul in NoVa
    on Jul 19th, 2012
    @ 3:30 PM

    Our family vacation this year was at Linekin Bay Resort near Boothbay Harbor. It was a classic American vacation – fantastic food, unlimited sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking. My family loved it. At any point, you would not know what decade you were in other than some of the t-shirts, shoes, and beer labels. Check it out and add it to your list.

  38. Dustin
    on Jul 19th, 2012
    @ 5:43 PM

    I looked at this article sitting on screened in porch on Kezar Lake looking across the lake at Severence Lodge. Magic indeed.

  39. Alex
    on Jul 19th, 2012
    @ 9:05 PM

    I think people have covered the food in Portland, so the only thing I’d add is to say hi to Kazeem and check out his new store (Portland Trading Co. on Middle Street) while you’re here. He was at Portland Dry Goods before, and just struck out on his own–vintage from Bobby from Boston, great stuff from around Maine, and just a great guy.

    Oh, and a picnic on the eastern prom. Mumford & Sons will be playing there in August…

  40. Bill
    on Jul 20th, 2012
    @ 1:28 PM

    This brings back many happy memories of family road trips to Maine in the 1970s and ’80s. Thanks for the brilliant photography.

  41. Brad G.
    on Jul 20th, 2012
    @ 7:03 PM

    Thanks for this. Brought back strong memories of countless summers spent in Ogunquit at my Great Grandmother’s home on Shore Rd. I took my first steps on that porch and brought my daughter back to do the same decades later. One my very favorite places on earth.

  42. Skip Castaneda
    on Jul 21st, 2012
    @ 1:22 AM

    I miss Maine! The Portland SeaDogs, Haraseeket Lunch and Lobster, late night shopping trip at LL Bean in Freeport. Walking around Kennebunkport. Having a wonderful beach day at Old Orchard Beach, ate a great lunch at a beach front hot dog and french fry stand. Feeling an attraction to a lovely local but too shy to do anything about it. I want to go back!!!

  43. Joe
    on Jul 21st, 2012
    @ 4:38 PM

    Marcy’s diner for breakfast.( On Oak St, near Congress St.) Long lines but the breakfast is excellent. Becky’s is also good for breakfast food in Portland.

  44. JPS
    on Jul 21st, 2012
    @ 11:23 PM

    Alex – good call re: Portland Trading Co.

    Skip – there are lots of lovely locals, e.g.:

    Come visit.

  45. John Coulbourn
    on Jul 24th, 2012
    @ 7:52 PM

    If ME is underrated, that’s perfect. Let’s hope everyone else keeps their NE eyes on Cape Cod. We sneak up there all the time from Boston. But love everyone’s tips here.