Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine now holds a special place in my heart. This trip was my first solo road trip- a six hour drive from New Jersey. I planned and booked this trip less than a week in advanced and stayed in an awesome Airbnb in South Portland. This was a short two-night trip, but it was enough time to see all that I wanted and to explore the lovely downtown as well as two lighthouses.

Let’s start with the beautiful Airbnb! I found this awesome apartment for a great price, and I am so glad I did. It was perfect.

It was time to stretch after a 6 hour drive, and to get moving and grooving!

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There were two key places on my “Must-See” List:

  1. Bug Light Park
  2. Portland Head Light

Fortunately, Bug Light Park was within walking distance to my apartment space. This park had a great field where people walked their dogs. Bug Lighthouse has a nice little trail around it and you can even walk onto the light house.

This area had lovely sunsets, and I made sure to watch the sunset here both nights.

 

Have you ever gone to a bar by yourself? I have taken myself out to eat before, but never sat at a bar by myself. It was exciting! My friend recommended J’s Oyster, so I headed to downtown Portland and grabbed myself a seat at the bar. I tried the lobster salad and it was delish! I met a few people all traveling alone and from different states. What a cool experience, honestly!

 

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I made sure to get my work done while I was here, but after I finished my work it was adventure time! I love working remotely, because I can really focus on my work in blocked time and I had the coolest little office!

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Day 2, I drove 11 minutes to Portland Head Light. This was a beautiful sight- coastal cliffs, blue skies, clear blue water. This is not something you see at the Jersey Shore.

Portland Light Park had a wonderful walking trail, where I walked around 3 miles. There were cool old abandoned buildings. (I need to research what they were…) It was a beautiful fall day, I honestly felt so at peace here.

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It was an amazing lighthouse and the perfect day to explore the area.

These are all tripod photos by the way, gotta love self timer! (and No Shame November 😉 Hey if I want to be a solo travel blogger, I have to break out the tripod!)

After a day full of sunshine and exploring, I was hungry. I drove over to the historic Becky’s Diner. How ironic? Except, Becky is NOT a nickname of mine.

I had a chicken sandwich, and it was pretty good! I spent the rest of the day adventuring around downtown Portland and purchasing a $5 hat at a gift shop. I love the cobblestone streets and cute shops and restaurants. Portland is definitely my kind of city- it does not smell bad and it is super clean, unlike NY.

After a long day of adventuring, I called it a night. Thanks to Somsleep, I was able to fall asleep both nights. I often have difficulty falling asleep in beds that are not my own. I like my own bed, in my own room better than hotels, Airbnb’s, etc.

The next morning, I woke up bright and early and headed to the Holy Donut. This famous donut shop offers a variety of flavors all made with mashed potatoes! These donuts were delicious, and I picked some up for my family at home. I tried the dark chocolate cinnamon sugar and it was HEAVENLY.  Would you try a mashed potato donut?

After another 6 hour drive back home, I was tired yet so content. This was my first solo road trip adventure and I was so happy with my time there. I saw awesome lighthouses, a beautiful coastline, and experienced new foods and adventures.

Portland Maine, you hold a special place in my heart. I met a woman at J’s Oyster who told me that she comes back here alone once a year because it is just a place you want to return to, and I couldn’t agree more. I will definitely be back.

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