|(PICTURE TO COME - YES, WE TOOK ONLY ONE PICTURE IN PORTLAND)
The next day we awoke in our Travelodge room in Portland to our second non-rainy, gorgeous day whilst in Maine. We drove into town and first whipped up some leftover spaghetti in a parking lot by Back Cove, then headed to downtown propah to meander a bit. Portland is a very cool, hip city with lots to see and do, much like its sister city in Oregon. We at first tried to go to an observatory on one end of town, but it was closed, so we headed to a coffee shop, grabbed some coffee and sat by the old port and chatted for a long while. After this, we pretty much wandered the city for a couple of hours, stopping at the Portland Public Market and making a one hour stop at the library for some Internetage. Amazing: we've often only received 15 minutes on a computer, but the Portland library allowed us an hour!
The best part of Portland was the food and the night life. We ate at a place called the Flatbread Pizza Company right on the water. The pizza was DAMN good; in lieu of tomato sauce or pesto, there was a layer of carmelized onions underneath the cheese and toppings. YUM. The porters and stouts were pretty damn fine as well. From Flatbread, we headed to a brewhouse called Gritty McDuff's for a couple more pints. This place was pretty active, and the beer was rather tasty (but no Deschutes, if we're going to do a Portland to Portland comparison).
We had one more destination for the evening, a place called the Great Lost Bear that one of the baristas at the coffee shop recommended. They were known for their chicken wings and 100 beers on tap. After wandering a little and having some coffee, we drove out of the city a bit to check the place out. The wings at the Great Lost Bear are whole wings (drumstick, wing and wing tip), so a plate of eight was a formidable challenge after pizza and pints. But, we made a go of it, much to our stomachs chagrin. We didn't even sample the beers dammit! After eating these greasy monsters, we pretty much raced back to our hotel and clutched our stomachs, attempting to sleep and forget it all.
The next morning was a little cloudier. We checked out of our hotel and headed to the Portland Head Light House south of town for a walk and a peek at the lighthouse itself. This lighthouse is one of only a few functioning lighthouses in New England. It is often photographed, but unfortunately, it was surrounded by scaffolding when we arrived, so we couldn't really check it out. The walk was beautiful, however, and got us good and hungry. Right as we got in our car to leave the park, the rain that we had missed SO MUCH (yes, even in the subcockles of our hearts) returned! Woo hoo! For breakfast, we headed to a restuarant called Barb's in South Portland recommended by our friend Amy (nice call, Amy). The place was a little dining room in a house, and the food was awesome. The cinnamon raisin toast was thick and delicious. Go there if you ever can!
And after breakfast, we made our way out into the rainy day and headed to Lewiston, Maine (home of Bates College) to see what the town was all about. And this is covered in our next posting.