If there is a place that I want to revisit, it would be Portland Maine. I attended the National Ag in the Classroom conference in Portland, Maine recently. The conference was very educational–definitely worth my time.
Upon talking with people on my upcoming trip to Maine, everyone told me how beautiful it was. And I was not disappointed. Because I had never been to Maine, I planned to spend another day in Portland. My goal was to immerse myself in Maine’s culture–food and history. I truly loved the town. Please enjoy my pictures and thoughts about Porland!
I knew I would be eating plenty of seafood (I love seafood!) during my visit. In fact, I had never eaten lobster. Well, I am happy to report that I now have a new favorite seafood. Yes, lobster. My first restaurant was the Portland Lobester Company where I asked the server what I should order being a first time visitor. She recommded a lobster roll. I learned that a lobster roll is served in a toasted bun like a hotdog bun or a piece of bread toasted. It either is served cold with mayanaisse or warm with butter. I prefer the warm with butter.
So not only was the food great, but the scenery was better. Here was my view as I ate my lobster roll.
During my first evening I took a sunset cruise that took us by some of the lighthouses. Also on the cruise were some of the forts used during the early years of the United States.
And now I must talk about lobster. Like I said prior, I had never eaten lobster. I like seafood but lobster just looks intimidating. Like, how do I eat this thing. Well, I soon found out. I went to a lobster bake. Some of the attendees of the NAITC conference took a ferry over to Peaks Island where the local Lion’s Club prepared lobster and clams for us. Mind you, this was an experience — bib and crackers and all. The lobster was amazing. Not so sure about the clams, though. My only concern is how do I order lobster in the future that will be this good?
Another excursion I participated in was a trip to a local dairy farm. As a farmer, I find agriculture in other parts of the U.S. very interesting. We visited the Pineland Farms, a working dairy farm where they encourage visitors to visit. The countryside was beautifully laced with rolling hills and trees as we traveled to the farm. They have about 160 dairy cows and also other farm animals. There was also an on-farm store where customers could purchase farm and Maine products. Too bad I flew because I was restricted on what I could buy!
I also went on a Portland foodie tour. It was fun to walk downtown in Portland and learn a bit about the city. We visited three restaurants. Our last stop was a mashed potato pizza. Interesting. Looking back on it, I don’t think I would do this again. I also went on a open-air trolley city ride. I thoroughly enjoyed the trolley ride. It was interesting and the weather was amazing. Very relaxing and learned a lot about the city. We saw monument markers showing the underground slavery network during the Civil War. The house architecture was just stunning. One claim to fame they really aren’t proud of is two of the hijackers from the 9/11 stayed in Portland on September 10, the day before the attack.
Let’s talk about beaches. Who thinks of Maine as a place for beaches? I certainly didn’t. But, boy was I wrong! And Old Orchard Beach is a large beach.
I definitely would go back to Maine. Maybe the next time I can bring others with me to share the joy. I loved the Portland area, never felt unsafe, enjoyed the great food and scenery!
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