Last month, we took a weekend road trip to Portland, Maine. It’s about 100 miles North of Boston.
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We hit a few little traffic snafus on the way – got stuck in construction traffic on a bridge (I thought about my friend Rebecca who hates driving across bridges), missed the exit for Portsmouth, tried to drive back to Portsmouth but hit a detour for a bridge being worked on), and was going to circle back around but saw a major traffic backup on the other side of the expressway and decided to visit Portland first, and then Portsmouth on the way back to Boston. Long story, but that’s how we ended up visiting Maine before New Hampshire.
Besides the rest stop, our first stop was Freeport, home of L. L. Bean and other shopping places:
I loved the Banana Republic store. It was an old house. You couldn’t tell from the inside. In fact, when we came out – I had forgotten that we went into the brick house.
We hopped back into the car (after getting a voicemail from the hotel that our room wasn’t available and that they were putting us up for free in another hotel down the street- wahoooo):
We arrived in downtown Portland and walked toward the pier to watch the activity.
We stopped at Three Dollar Dewey’s. I got the clam chowder and a salad:
We had seen most of the area so we looked at the map and saw that Fort Williams Park was just a few minutes drive away!