It has taken me forever to write about Maine. This was my first trip into New England (outside of Boston) and I very much enjoyed it. The parts of Maine I saw were beautiful and temperate, full of farms and small businesses. A lot of the quaintness I envisioned from being an avid Gilmore Girls fan rang true (albeit in a less comical and exaggerated way). I loved the sleepy beach towns south of Portland, near Kennebunk and Old Orchard Beach. And Portland itself seemed like such a cool place to live! I wish I had explored it with the thoroughness I usually dedicate when I am not traveling with my dog. I was glad to have Speck with me but the anxiety I felt about requesting her admittance to place after place meant that I went into fewer places than normal.
We could have probably left her at the place we stayed but it made me nervous. You see, we were cat-sitting for some friends at their historic farmhouse. The home is in the process of being rehabilitated and things are pretty rustic. No locks on the doors. No electricity outside of the kitchen. Plenty of dangerous places currently under construction on which a curious pup might hurt herself. And she was a nervous Nellie, in an unfamiliar place. Leaving her at home made her (and me) too worried. So we brought her everywhere. We even bought her a ticket to ride the ferry! And picked only beaches where she was permitted.
For the Fourth of July weekend, we bought live lobsters from a stand at a gas station. They were $5.99/lb.
We took in many sights and ate a lot of seafood. We visited many farm stands and tried to buy as much fresh cheese and produce as possible. We also found so many delicious homemade ice cream shops. Overall, Maine was a wonderful place and I hope we can someday return. I am glad we had the chance to visit for a few days. You can see more photos after the jump.
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