- Visit the lighthouse and climb around on the rocks
- Go to the lobster coop and have a lobster roll
- visit Round Pond, a cute little village
- Take the boat out to Monhegan Island and hike around. It is amazing and there is a nice inn to have lunch at. You may see seals and porpoises from the boat.
- There is a great spot for hunting in a tidal pool but I can't remember the name of it. Maybe something to do with Rachel Carson?
While in Portland, you should see Portland Headlight. It has one of the most beautiful views of Casco Bay . Heading North, you can stop in Delorme and see the world's largest rotating globe, If you are hungry continue up Route 1 about a mile and have breakfast at the Freeport Cafe. Don't be discouraged if there is a line, it moves very quickly, and the Eggs Benedict is to die for! While you are in the area, you could stop in to LL Bean and see the indoor trout pond - maybe sign up for one of their outdoor discovery school programs.
Maine is a wonderful place, and you have chosen one of the best times of year to visit!
In Portland you'd go out into Casco Bay which is very pretty with a zillion small granite and evergreen clad islands and/or you might even see some of the large container ships coming and going too. Seeing the city from the water is fun also.
In the New Harbor area definitely take the boat out to Monhegan Island. Once there you can easily walk to the lighthouse and then out to White Head Bluffs (which are about 150 feet high) where there are stunningly beautiful views out to sea. You might even catch a glimpse of a whale, as this is the time of year to see them.
Monhegan Island itself is an artist mecca as well as home to serious lobstering/fishing and not to be missed with charming views and lovely vistas at every turn.
A few other suggestions for daytrips.
Take a ride up north to the Rockland area and visit the Farnsworth Art Museum, home to Maine landscape artists, past and present, and of course all things Wyeth. Even if you're not into art, I bet you'll love this museum if you love Maine, as almost all of its works are Maine related. It also offers a nice gift shop.
Just north of downtown is the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse which is accessed via a wide and comfortable walk via a granite jetty. The distance is just under a mile to the lighthouse itself and the walk alone is great fun and offer views to the Camden Hills, lots of boating activity, and out to the city of Rockland itself.
This is a good place to bring a backpack with lunch or your fishing pole and just sit and relax once your there and enjoy the sites, sounds, and scents of the sea.
ANother idea is to take a ride out to Tenant's Harbor and nearby Marshall Pt. Lighthouse. At Tenent's you can dine at the Eastwind Inn which is located in a lovely old house with lots of charm overlooking the harbor. Or you could rough it at Cod End lobster shack which also offers great views to the water and of course all kinds of lobster, seafood, burgers, etc.
Oops, almost forgot, with your Farnsworth Museum ticket you can tour the Olsen House which was made famous in Andrew Wyeth's painting 'Christina's World' which sold at auction a few years back for $25 million. Touring this home is like stepping back in time and is truly enchanting. There are docents there that give lectures and will answer any questions you have. Also walk down to the water nearby to visit the gravestones of those who have passed and for tranquil views.
Good luck with your trip and please don't forget to post back and let us know how it went :).
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