With the booming popularity of its namesake on the West Coast, Portland, Maine has often been referred to as “the other Portland”. A more fitting title might be “the OG Portland” but the residents of the city could probably care less one way or the other. Portland, Maine has that confident, self-assured air about it, a live and let live mentality that is a breath of fresh air.
After we left Boston we made our way to Portland and checked into the Mercury Inn, an offbeat, sustainable, bed & breakfast in the historic Parkside neighborhood of Portland. Tim and Jacob were lovely hosts and prepared an amazing breakfast each morning. We loved getting to chat with Tim over our morning coffee about Portland, the Inn, film, and religion. Tim and Jacob have great taste in film (in our opinion) evidenced by their movie collection available to guests. And honestly, just check out their décor, don’t you just want to while away an afternoon there?
Portland was such a fun city to explore and with its growing renown as a foodie destination, there were more restaurants on my list than we had time (and room) for. We did enjoy dinner and drinks at Bramhall, a mid-morning snack of potato donuts from the Holy Donut, an amazing lunch at Eventide Oyster Co., an afternoon pick-me-up from Bard Coffee, another delicious dinner at Duckfat, and before hitting the road the next day coffee and pastries from Tandem Coffee Roasters.
We also picked up a few quality mementos of our time in Portland from Portland Trading Co., a beautifully curated general store in the old port. Portland Trading Co. stocks quality and unique clothing, accessories, footwear, apothecary, and home goods and the owner, Kazeem, was lovely to meet and chat with. I picked up a few postcards with Maine’s Dirigo motto as well as Exit 13, A Maine Guidebook in Stories and Poems produced by youth throughout the state.
And of course, we couldn’t go to Portland without joining the throngs from tour buses gawking at the Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth. I mean, it is pretty picturesque.