Portland Journals

Lobsters, Lighthouses, and Lager

A June 2001 trip to Portland by Tombrew

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: I decided to take a nice relaxing weekend trip up to Maine, where I had never been. I have always loved lighthouses, and wanted to see the famous ones in the Portland area.

Lobsters, Lighthouses, and Lager

Overview

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Besides visiting the lighthouses, downtown Portland is a happening place for a city of this size. There are a lot of really cool stores, the area has wonderful architecture, and of course there are great places to eat lobster. And, naturally, a nice assortment of brewpubs. For the shoppers, Freeport has a huge assortment of stores, about 25 miles north of Portland.Quick Tips: When you first get there and you are tired of being cramped on a jet, drive downtown to the park on the shoreline. There is a nice trail to walk/jog on with great views.Best Way To Get Around: Rent a car - you will need it to visit the lighthouses and the awesome rocky coast. There was local bus service, bu...Read More

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport

Hotel | "Hilton Garden Inn"

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport Photo, Portland, Oregon
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This place is new, so the upside is that it is very clean, and the downside is that the employees need a bit of training. My room was really large and nice, although I was not given a top floor room as requested. Also, as a Gold member, I am supposed to get free breakfast, but the employee did not understand. Oh well... The location is good in that once you fly in you can get the hotel check-in over quickly. The room was quiet, for an airport location. The city is only a few minutes away, and I was able to drive and park in downtown in about fifteen minutes. As a Garden Inn, there is a small convenience store in the facility, and a restaurant with booze available. The breakfast is a buffe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport
12048 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220
503 255-8600

Gritty McDuff's

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Restaurant

Gritty McDuff's Photo, Portland, Maine
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It was a doggone hot day for Maine, I had been driving and walking all over seeing lighthouses, I was in Freeport, and I wanted a beer and some lobster. So I pulled into this brewpub for lunch. It was fairly crowded, and I sat at the bar, which was empty at the time. The first on-premesis beer I ordered was a Bitter - the classic English ale characterized by its maltiness and biting hops. This one was pretty good, not the best, but definitely not bad at all. The bartender was very attentive, and gave great service. All of a sudden, a bunch of locals came in and he knew them all. I could tell because he handed them all their personal mugs which were hanging above. In the meantim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Gritty McDuff's
396 Fore St.
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 772-2739

Sebago Brewing Co

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Restaurant | "Sebago Brew Pub"

Sebago Brewing Co Photo, Portland, Maine
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Naturally, when dinner time arrived, I sought out the nearest brewpub. This one, Sebago, is located in bustling downtown Portland. The appearance inside was very pubbish - the Red Sox were showing on one TV, and Wimbledon on the other. The tables were all taken, and I sat at the bar, which I prefer when travelling solo anyway. The server was very attentive despite being busy on a Friday early evening. The first beer I tried (in a 22 ounce glass) was a very tasty India Pale Ale (IPA). I have described these in other journals - they are a very hoppy, almost spicy, bitter English style brew. I love them, particularly on a hot day. This one did not disappoint - it was quite good and fresh. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Sebago Brewing Co
164 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 775-2337

Portland Head Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Lighthouses in Cape Elizabeth area"

Portland Head Lighthouse Photo, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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I was excited to visit the famous Portland Head Light (the most photographed lighthouse known to mankind), as well as the Two Lights Lighthouse (kind of an illogical name). These are just south of Portland, sorta kinda in the Cape Elizabeth area. The Portland Head Light is located in Fort Williams, which was built at the turn of the century and maintained into the 40's. To reach this area, take State Street out of downtown Portland, take the Casco Bay Bridge to South Portland, and proceed to Cottage Street (signs to the lighthouse will point the way - sort of like a lighthouse). Take a right on Cottage St. This turns into Shore Road. After about three miles, you will see the park on the left. G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Portland Head Lighthouse
1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth 04107
(207) 799-2661

Lighthouses of South Portland

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Attraction

Lighthouses of South Portland Photo, Portland, Maine
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After leaving the lighthouses of Cape Elizabeth, I visited the two lighthouses of South Portland. These were in more of an urban setting, and were much smaller. But they are still beautiful, and in historic areas. The first one was the Spring Point Light. This is set in an area between two old forts, one on the mainland and one on an island. This lighthouse is on a jetty that extends out a couple of hundred yards into the water, and you can walk out there and touch it. There is also a small but nice Maritime Museum next to it. To get there from the Two Lights, head back up Highway 77 and back onto Shore Road (a right). Pass the Williams Park that you visited previously, and when you get t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Lighthouses of South Portland
South Portland
Portland, Maine

Downtown Portland/City Center

Attraction | "Downtown Portland"

Downtown Portland/City Center Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Being a native Southerner, I love seeing the historic seaports of the North. Portland is an old city by American terms, and is a quintessential "quaint" seaport town. The downtown is surprisingly bustling. The streets are lined with architecturally significant beautiful brick buildings, which are commercial, homes, and churches. There are several great little shops downtown, which were busy on the Saturday evening of my visit. There are also a lot of bars, brewpubs, and restaurants. Some of them are on wooden piers above the water of Casco Bay. I love the towns where downtown is the central focus. Atlanta is not like that at all, and that is too bad. These are the towns of character and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2001

Downtown Portland/City Center
Between Interstate Highway 5 and 405
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503) 222-2223

A Visit to LL Bean

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LL Bean Photo, Portland, Maine
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After sending these people my money for the last 25 years, I had to make the trip to Freeport to see the LL Bean store. So I drove up the interstate for about 20-25 miles, got off Exit 19, and headed into town on Main Street. I always had this image of an old rustic building standing alone in a bog somewhere; what I saw was an ultramodern building alongside what appeared to be 783 outlet stores of every retailer in the US. Parking was a bit scarce, but I found a free spot nearby off of Main Street, walked over, and entered. God, I love this place!! All the cool stuff was in there!! There were tons of clothes for camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and travelling; there was an incre...Read More