I think Maine is one of the friendliest states in America. I have been there several times as both of my college roommates lived there. I will actually be heading up there again this August 2014 for one of their weddings!
When my husband and I lived in Florida, the one thing we missed the most was the fall weather. There’s just something about the smell of fall and the crisp cool air <sigh>. Unfortunately, we missed the fall foliage but still enjoyed the trip immensely.
Our first stop on the trip was Portland. This has such a charming downtown. We stayed at the Morrill Mansion. David, the Innkeeper, runs a great B&B and you could tell he has put a lot of time and consideration into everything inside.
The only downfall – and let me state this would not deter me from staying there again – would be the location. It is about a 20 minute walk into the Old Port and while during the day it is fine, I would not recommend walking it at night. A cab from Old Port is only $5 though! Many of the hotels in the Old Port average $250+ a night. and we were not looking to spend that much.
We set off early in the morning for Freeport for a little adventure. Read it here. After our class, we drove to Wallingford Orchard in Auburn to pick some apples! After apple picking, we hit up downtown Portland. This is a really nice downtown. There were lots of old buildings with shops and restaurants all over.
We also took a tour of Shipyard Brewery in downtown Portland.By evening, I was feasting on lobster. Here are instructions in case you don’t know how!On our last day, we toured the Portland Head Lighthouse. Such a beauty! I’m not one for Lighthouses but even I could appreciate this seascape.