A weekend in Southern Coastal Maine

25
Jun
2019

A couple of weeks ago I shared my 48 hour itinerary for Nantucket which you can find here: https://amybrittonphotography.com/2019/06/48-hours-in-nantucket/

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A weekend in Southern Coastal Maine – Boats in Ogunquit

The beginning of our Nantucket trip actually started with exploring the southern coast of Maine! In true Amy fashion, I couldn’t plan a trip and only see one spot. I had traveled to Maine 10 years before and have wanted to go back every summer! I desperately wanted to take my husband because I knew he would love the beach in Maine since it’s not hot. So, last year we finally made it happen with my parents. I love this trip so much and would LOVE to go back again!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Lobster at the Lobster House in Ogunquit

We opted to fly into Boston instead of Portland, ME because it was a nonstop flight and “only a 90 minute drive.”

Ok, so y’all! You should know a 90 minute drive on the east coast during a holiday weekend ended up being a 4 hour drive. I was the driver and traffic was crazy. When we finally reached Ogunquit I had a celebratory beer, which was very well deserved.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Beer at the Lobster House in Ogunquit

My Dad went straight for the Lobster and said it did not disappoint!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Lobster at the Lobster House in Ogunquit

Ogunquit is so cute! We loved exploring this quaint spot. Highly recommend visiting this cute little town.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Ogunquit
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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Ogunquit

By the time we got to Scarbourough we were so tired and so pleasantly surprised by our accommodations!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point

We stayed at The Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point in Scarborough, ME. These suites are brand new and amazing! They have a kitchen, laundry, and 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms right on the ocean! These suites made our trip feel so luxurious. I would love to come back and stay for much longer.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

We arrived right around sunset and went straight down to the beach. It was completely secluded and so peaceful.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

After the sunset, we went back up to our Suite and sat outside on the patio until night. You can’t see the ocean from there, but you can hear it!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

We spent the entire next day on the beach and it again was completely secluded! It was May, and it was chilly, but we were able to sit by the ocean relaxing, reading and having a picnic.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

We also walked around the neighborhood that afternoon which ended up being one of my favorite parts of our trip! We even discovered East Grand Lobster Co. where you can get freshly caught Lobsters, Clams, and Crabs. If we would have had more time, we would have for sure taken advantage of this and had our own clam bake back at our suite!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

We also discovered Rising Tide Restaurant (which has actually closed down! NOOO!!). It was a rainy and chilly day so there wasn’t anywhere with outdoor seating. We waited over two hours for a table and it actually ended up being worth the wait! I started with the Seafood Chowder and I wish I had a full bowl of this stuff!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

Give this guy lobster and beer and he’s happy!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

They both opted for the 2lb twin lobster dinner. Not only did we wait for 2 hours, we sat at this table for quite a while too!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine

We headed back to our suite and stopped at the Garage BBQ for take out dessert. The Garage BBQ is right across the street from The Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point. They had great service and it was quick!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Two Lights State Park

The next day we had a full day of sightseeing planned. We started at Two Lights State Park which was only about a half an hour beautiful drive. We then had lunch at The Lobster Shack at Two Lights.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – The Lobster Shack at Two Lights

This area is so gorgeous. It’s the perfect spot to watch the waves hitting the rocks and have lunch!

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – The Lobster Shack at Two Lights

We got back in the car and had a 15 minute drive to the Portland Head Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park. This park was very crowded and we had to park pretty far from the actual site but we found parking and I enjoyed having the walk.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Portland Head Lighthouse

The Portland Headlight is so cool and definitely picturesque Maine! Highly recommend adding this stop to your Maine adventure.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Portland Head Lighthouse
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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Portland Head Lighthouse

There were also food trucks at Fort Williams Park. I got a lobster grilled cheese, because when in Maine, right?

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Fort Williams Park Lobster Grilled Cheese Food Truck

Next we drove up about 40 minutes to the L.L. Bean store, which is the first and largest L.L. Bean store.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – L.L. Bean in Freeport, ME

After that, we made our way back down to Portland to explore, which was about another 25 minute drive.

Our first stop was at Gilbert’s Chowder house for clam chowder. This place is a dive but the chowder was good! We walked around and stopped at several shops before going to Portland Lobster Co.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Portland Lobster Co.

We got a table outside here. They had a live band and a deck over the water.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Portland Lobster Co.

The next morning we drove my parents back to Boston and made our way down to Nantucket! And that was everything we squeezed in to 3 days of our Maine trip.

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3 Days in Southern Coastal Maine – Portland Lobster Co.

If I did this trip again, I would most likely skip Portland area and focus on staying in Ogunquit or Scarborough. I might even plan to have a Maine beach vacation at the Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point. This is such a wonderful lodging option right on the beach!

Where to stay: Lighthouse Suites at Pine Point https://www.lspinepoint.com/

Where to eat: http://lobstershacktwolights.com/

What to do: Fort Williams State Park https://www.capeelizabeth.com/visitors/attractions/fort_williams_park/home.html

Where to go: Ogunquit https://www.ogunquit.org/

XOXO,

Amy

  1. Kelly says:

    Very cool!

  2. Sydney says:

    Love it! Thanks for the recs!!

  3. Joan says:

    Loved re-living this trip!! 🦞

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