Portland, Maine City Guide

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The last leg of my Northeast road trip was in picturesque Maine. Portland gave me the best photos from the whole trip. It’s a small city with a famous and delicious food scene and safe to say, my FAVORITE city on the road trip.

Where I Stayed

I stayed in South Portland in a cute home of creatives. It was almost a Cape Cod-styled home with continuous construction. It’s a home I would love to live in, older and creakier but charming.

Where I Ate

Tandem Coffee Roasters The cold brew coffee was okay – I think everyone else got a vanilla latte, which they raved about, but the loaded biscuit was to-die-for. For a biscuit snob who used to live in the South, it was impressively flaky on the outside and fluffy inside with jam and butter.

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Blake Orchard Juicery is hipster heaven with their bowls and smoothies. I chose their mint chocolate smoothie with cacao nibs. It was refreshing and I’m thinking of trying to replicate it as I type this.

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The Holy Donut was as good as it sounds. They use potato flour in their donuts. I picked the blueberry donut since Maine is known for blueberries and their most popular sea salt chocolate.

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Rising Tide I didn’t drink much beer on this trip and didn’t love the beer at Rising Tide, but I did enjoy the atmosphere. Portland is a little more spread out aside from the downtown area. Rising Tide is in an industrial complex and occupies a large open space with indoor and outdoor seating.

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Bao Bao Dumpling House Recommended by my AirBnb host, this was the best meal of the whole trip. I had been strangely craving dumplings. These were their short rib dumplings, but they have some other creative and mouthwatering flavors. I would go back just for these.

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Where I Visited

Greener Postures Yoga I went twice, once to each location. They specialize in heated yoga. The first class was easier and great after a long drive. The second class in their South Portland location was taught by their co-founder and super challenging. I loved it!

Old Port still has stone streets and little shops as well as… the ports.

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Portland Light House I made my way slowly down the coast to the lighthouses, all which are south of Portland. I spent over an hour walking around and relaxing at one of the many green areas/picnic tables.

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Where I Stayed Active

Eastern Promenade and all the other ocean-side paths were perfect add-ons after a day within the city center. There were people kayaking, which I don’t do but you can.

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Jewell Falls and other nearby hikes, which aren’t as close as I hoped maybe within an hour’s drive though. Bring bug spray though – I walked for maybe 2 miles and came out with 5 new bug bites.

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