Trip to Maine - Portland & Bangor
When one thinks of Maine, you may think of lighthouses, moose, and endless miles of forest. At least, that was my case, and it turns out that I was not mistaken - although we were not fortunate enough to see any moose.
After flying to Portland and securing our rental car, the first stop was the Portland Head Light - a light house in Cape Elizabeth that has the reputation of being the most photographed lighthouse in the nation. While I'm not sure if this is true, I definitely contributed to its numbers.
It was a really stunning place with a jagged coastline and really beautiful views and lookout points.
We also spent quite a lot of time at Acadia National Park while in Maine, driving up to the top of Cadillac Mountain and doing a bit of hiking. The park is so extensive, and I wish we would have had more time to explore it - but there is always next time. A few photos below show some different spots in Acadia National Park.
While in Portland, we also stayed at The Press Hotel, which is one of my favorite hotels I've ever stayed in. It actually used to be the Gannett Building, which housed the offices of the Portland Press Herald. It was then converted into the Press Hotel after the newspaper shut down in 2010. They kept a lot of details in the rooms and throughout the space that nod to this history, and I just loved it.
We stayed in Bangor for a time during this trip. While much smaller than Portland, it was still quite pretty. And, of course, it's the home of Stephen King. We did a quick drive-by and stopped to take a photo of his home. I loved the little bat details on the gate surrounding his home.
While driving back from Bangor to fly out of Portland, we stopped by a more remote lighthouse called the Doubling Point Light. We actually had to drive on a dirt road for the last four minutes in order to reach this lighthouse, but it was worth the journey.
Can't wait to go back!