The drive up to the Acadia area of Maine is a long one from Maryland; about 12 hours to be exact. We knew there was no way we could do the entire trip in a day, especially with 2 lively pups. We stopped every 3 or so hours to stretch our legs and take the dogs for a walk. I tried preplanning these stops as much as possible (here is a link to the rest stops along some of the main routes) but traffic, our bladders and gas tank had other plans.
Whenever visiting a state, I find it important to check out a bunch of area. Besides, you really don’t know a place without checking out different towns and cities. Our week would be spent in the more rural areas near Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park and Ellsworth Maine; so I knew I wanted to check out some of the bigger cities within Maine.
Portland, Maine was right on our route up state and around the 8 1/2 hr mark on our journey (which is all the time we knew we could stand in the car in one day.) We would only have a total of 18 hours in Portland Maine, but we were excited to experience the city. After checking into the Doubletree Portland, we relaxed and refreshed before heading out to explore.
I must say we were extremely impressed by the Doubletree Portland. It is hard to find nice, non-motel accommodations when you have dogs; but Doubletree was perfect. The rooms were impeccably clean and spacious with comfortable beds; free parking was also a plus. Wade and I were welcomed with fresh hot cookies and the pups with treats!
We started off our Portland adventure by visiting Allagash Brewery which was extremely close to our hotel. Allagash is located in an industrial area with tons of large established trees and other breweries located within walking distance. When we arrived we were given a token for a free tasting, how cool. We picked a few beers for our tasting flights and headed outside with the pups to their impressive outdoor lounge area. After relaxing and sipping our brews, we packed up and headed downtown.
Our hotel was located only a few miles from Downtown Portland; finding a parking garage was easy but later found other ones that were much much cheaper. (Tip: don’t park in the first garage you see on the Main Street)
Portland is known for its Old Port area which touches Casco Bay. The city is filled with old warehouses which have been converted into trendy restaurants and unique boutiques. You will still find lobster pounds and old school seafood restaurants along the water where fishermen sell their daily catches.
It started off as a sunny low 70’s day; there was an outdoor music performance going on nearby and the whole city felt so lively. We walked around for a bit going into different stores (many of which were dog friendly). Soon the fog rolled in and the temperatures dropped significantly. The Hubs and I decided to try to find another brewery nearby (Ubers were out of the question due to having the dogs) but caved when our stomachs began to growl. Limited to eating at places with pet friendly patios, we grabbed some brews and a snack from Sebago Brewing Company. Afterwards we did a bit more shopping before heading back to the hotel at dusk.
Looking for more Maine? Check out a Walk Around Jordan Pond, Acadia’s Steep Pemetic Mountain, Cliff Walk in Acadia, Magical Green Lake and 4 Reasons to Visit Freeport Maine and Biking Acadia’s Carriage Roads and Shopping in Bar Harbor.