The Siberian American: Fall Foliage Cruise: Portland and Kennebunkport, Maine

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Foliage Cruise: Portland and Kennebunkport, Maine

Our first stop on our fall foliage cruise was Portland. Portland was one of the ports that made me pick this cruise itinerary. I had Maine on my mind and really wanted to make the trip over to Kennebunkport. Since driving from Portland to Kennebunkport takes about 45 minutes, we decided to take a bus tour.
View of Portland from our balcony
We woke up at the crack of dawn on our first full day on the cruise to board the bus. Our bus tour first took us all over Portland. Portland had a great atmosphere—I loved the Arts District and the beautiful views from the Old Port. Even though Portland is Maine’s largest city, it had more of a large-town feel. Other than the harsh winters, I think it would be a fun place to live.

After seeing Portland, we headed to one of my favorite stops of the day—the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. What a beautiful lighthouse in a gorgeous setting! I could have sat there all day, watching the waves crash up to the shoreline below the lighthouse. It was absolutely picturesque.

Then, we headed off to the cities of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport (those are two cities next to each other. I didn’t realize there was city called Kennebunk until our tour guide mentioned we would be stopping there.) Once we got to Kennebunkport, all Chris and I could talk about was how great it would be to spend a week relaxing there.
When we got off the bus, the first thing we had to do was eat at the Clam Shack. Here’s the thing: I am not a huge fan of lobster rolls so I knew if I was going to try one in Maine, I was going to get it at a place that has won tons of awards for their lobster rolls and scored an endorsement from Barbara Bush. My lobster roll was worth every cent…and I would have paid double for it; it was that good. I would go back to Kennebunkport just to eat more lobster rolls. 
After we were full and very happy, we walked around the adorable town. It was a perfect day to visit the shops and look at the many Victorian houses in the area. We even got to drive by the Bush residence on our way back. It was the perfect start to our fall vacation, and I would go back in a heartbeat, preferably in the summer or fall. 

The Bush Residence
 

23 comments:

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    1. Me too! I am already eager to go back to Maine. :)

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  2. What an amazing view with that lighthouse!! I love lighthouses, so pretty. And the ocean... ugh, I want to visit Maine! Would love to be near the ocean in general!!

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  3. That lobster roll - YUM!!!! Kennebunkport is one of my favorite New England towns - just so beautiful!!

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  4. Looks like a beautiful place and of course the lobster roll looks amazing!

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  5. That lobster roll looks amazing! Wish they would transport those to Texas! Love your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much, Christine! I would definitely not mind them shipping lobster rolls in Texas. I had one here once and didn't like it. It was such a huge difference!

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  6. These pictures are amazing! I grew up on the East coast but never spent any time in New England. I really should have. It looks awesome! Thanks for linking up today.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  7. Gorgeous pictures! I've never had a lobster roll, but that one looks delicious!

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  8. Gorgeous!! I'm so sad I never made it to all the New England states when I was living out there. This is the prettiest time of the year to visit too!

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  9. what a gorgeous place! i had a lobster roll when i went to New Hampshire but it wasn't absolutely amazing - maybe next time I need to go to the clam shack :)

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  10. I am so jealous of this!! it's gorgeous!

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  11. Wow, those pictures are beautiful and that food just made me hungry and I have quite a few hours until lunch time haha. Glad you had fun!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Monica! I know, I can't look at those lobster rolls much because I always crave them now! :)

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  12. Ah you were in my hometown! I grew up in Cape! So jealous - I miss it so much.

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  13. Gorgeous photos! And that food... yum! My boyfriend went to Boston for a tech conference and was telling me about the Lobster Rolls they had. I was beyond jealous, haha!

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  14. What a charming town! Now I have another place to add to the list of places I really want to see but will probably never get to because life's too short.

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  15. Makes me want to grab a cup of hot cocoa and sit on a front porch for a couple hours. - I wish we had seasons in California!

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  16. I adore Maine! I camped for a week in Acadia National Park and visited Bar Harbor. I would love to explore more :)

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  17. Gorgeous photos!! Especially with the leaves changing. :)

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    1. Thanks, Samantha! Maine in the fall is absolutely beautiful! :)

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  18. I am FINALLY catching up, but I'm sooooo glad you went to the Clam Shack. I had a fried clam sandwich and my husband had a lobster roll - it was the best food of our trip. I can't wait to catch up on the rest of your vacation posts.

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