Well, this is the post I’m sure you have been waiting for…we finally made it to Maine!
We crossed the border into Maine the end of January with some important things on the mind. Within the first 2 hours we were on the search for and had our first(!!) lobster roll at the Maine Diner in Wells. Once again, we stopped at a place that has had an appearance on the Food Network but I didn’t know until we got there! The place gets great reviews on Yelp and it is clear to see why. Like you’d expect from a small coastal town in Maine, the seafood is super fresh and prepared well even for a diner. It has the appearance of a diner and the typical breakfast dishes of a diner but they also have some unique and luscious seafood dishes. From the reading I was able to do, there are two ways to make a lobster roll. One mixes the lobster with a little bit of mayonnaise and one with butter but both use only lobster, and heaps of it, on a toasted roll or bun. At Maine Diner they serve it with mayo.
So much lobster!
We made our way up the coast to the original Portland. We got a few recommendations from people along the way on things to do and see in Portland. We didn’t have that much time on this trip but lucky for us, Portland is an easy day trip from the house where we will be sitting. From our hosts at the Flying Whale we had heard about the famous Holy Donuts and stopped in for some amazing potato donuts, made with genuine Maine potatoes (apparently they grow loads of them in the northern part of the state). The name Holy Donuts could likely be due to the hole that is created in the donut but my theory is that with one bite you will be saying “holy crap, that is a good donut” – and I’m not even much of a donut person. I could have stayed in Portland for days since it truly is a foodie haven. They also feature locally roasted coffee called Coffee By Design. Lee said their house blend was the best cup of coffee he’s ever had (with no cocoa added either!). We will definitely be looking to purchase some since we’ve heard there is lack of good coffee around here – Washington has ruined us!
I tried the sweet potato donut with ginger glaze while Lee, 0f course, tried the dark chocolate donut with vanilla glaze.
While exploring the Old Port area we popped into the Little Tap House to get a feel for what it is like to sit in a real coastal New England pub on a cold winter day. The lunch kitchen closed just before we got there so we simply got a flight of local beers. The place, typical of the Old Port area, is in an old building with brick and wood on the inside which makes you feel like you’re sitting in another time. It is adorned with small tables and barrels with tall chairs in the bar area. It is clear that they are serving quality beers and meals to the hipsters of Portland. Additionally, we checked out the Coastal Maine Popcorn Company and sampled a few of their flavored popcorns like blue cheese, buffalo wing, maple, and black licorice. They have almost 40 flavors! You better believe I am working on homemade versions. Lee ended up buying a sampler of holiday flavors – go figure :)
We ended the day in Portland with a trip to Fort Williams Park to see the most photographed lighthouse in Maine, Portland Head Light. We caught the last hour of daylight there and captured a few pictures to end our first day in Maine. Though it was a cloudy and gray day it was still awesome to be on the coast by a lighthouse at sunset.
After 23 days on the road we reached our lodgings, “down east” in Maine. We were able to get acquainted with our host, Mary, for a day and a half before she was off on her own adventure and she treated us to some wicked good lobster!
And no, it did not reach out and grab the sides of the pot like they do in the cartoons!
Lee had fun with the lobsters.
The house we are sitting is on a lake in the Mid Coast area of Maine – halfway up the coast and about 20 miles inland. We enjoyed our first sunset “off the road” looking west over Damariscotta Lake. (It also happens to be the view right from the living room and kitchen and bedroom) :) We are looking forward to enjoying more of the beauty of Maine.
So, what do you all want to see in the next blog post?