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Favorite Hotels/Restaurants in Coastal Maine --Portland and Bar Harbor

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Replies to: Favorite Hotels/Restaurants in Coastal Maine --Portland and Bar Harbor

  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 36,284 Super Moderator
    @doschicos, we learned when we first moved here that the Maine Gazetteer was a must-have! It even has our tiny camp road that forks off a remote logging road. It's saved us quite a few times. We love exploring.
  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,654 Senior Member
    Has no one mentioned the Sunday Brunch at Harraseeket Inn, Freeport? All the Maine lobster you can eat ! A bit more upscale than alot of the restaurants in Freeport but we never miss brunch there.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 36,284 Super Moderator
    ^Never tried that, @NEPatsGirl. May have to request that on my birthday weekend in July. :)

  • NEPatsGirlNEPatsGirl Registered User Posts: 2,654 Senior Member
    @MaineLonghorn, be sure to make reservations, probably at least a week in advance. We've been lucky enough occasionally to walk in off the street (after being told they were full and not taking ressies).
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 36,284 Super Moderator
    @NEPatsGirl, thanks for the heads-up. We've learned after many years that we have to think about reservations during the summer. It still takes us by surprise - where do all these people come from? ;)
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 29,412 Senior Member
    edited June 2017
    Can't imagine why anyone new would avoid rt 1. Unless you're coming through when Wiscasset is backed up, it is sooo worth it to drive the coast. So many water views.

    Coming back down today (and I purposely went through Kennebunk and down through Ogunqiit,) the day was splendid.

    I guess I'd only been to Kennebunkport before. I liked the former much. Chock full of old homes. Touristy, but right now, and in Sept, not bad.
  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 Registered User Posts: 3,773 Senior Member
    There are so many cool places, if one is open to traveling Route 1
  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 22,785 Senior Member
    I'm beginning to think that @MaineLonghorn and I and some of the other Maine residents ought to be scheduling coffee or brunches or something with all of you who are passing through our area!

    For that matter, we know each other's kids, but not each other. And we even have friends in common, I think! :)
  • LBowieLBowie Registered User Posts: 1,839 Senior Member
    I am going to bookmark this thread since we love Portland! We enjoyed staying at The Press Hotel. It used to be the newspaper building and retains the theme.

    If you like oysters, the Eventide is the place to go. Long wait but they have a good system for letting you know where you are in line via text and website. Central Provisions is also very good.

    For beaches, two of the most beautiful in New England are Popham and Reid State Parks. They are near Brunswick and Bath respectively.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 19,129 Senior Member
    Yes, great beach recommendations, @lbowie. Both are actually closer to Bath. If you visit either beach, have lunch or dinner at Five Islands Lobster Company. Great seafood and a most spectacular setting. I recommend their fried scallops.

    https://fiveislandslobster.com
  • NoVADad99NoVADad99 Registered User Posts: 2,291 Senior Member
    I need to save this thread for my October trip. We went to Old Orchard Beach and were surprised at all the French Canadians there.
  • Bromfield2Bromfield2 Registered User Posts: 3,356 Senior Member
    We're going to Portland for a wedding this weekend. All the guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner and wedding/reception, but I think I'm going to try and get to one of the oyster places mentioned above on Sunday before we drive back home.
  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 Registered User Posts: 3,773 Senior Member
    Bath has a really nice old fashioned downtown. There's a fantastic gourmet cooking shop called "Now You're Cooking," and of course, Reny's. The Solo Bistro or Beale Street Barbecue are both excellent restaurants in Bath.
  • VMTVMT Registered User Posts: 1,160 Senior Member
    @NoVADad99 I used to work in Biddeford, just south or Old Orchard Beach. French was spoken on the streets there. I used to love the cookies at Reilly's Bakery.
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 19,129 Senior Member
    In any beach community in northern NE, you'll find plenty of French Canadiens. It's worthwhile invading their territory to visit Montreal and Quebec City as well.
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