Day Tripper: 24 Hours in Portland, Maine

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“For West Coasters, the ‘other’ Portland seems like a far off place that we don’t know much about,” says Mary Hall, who along with fiancé Adam Rondepierre, have been exploring their share of new places as they travel the country in their renovated trailer (lovingly dubbed Lucille). “We are here to tell you that this place can’t be missed and 24 hours isn’t enough time, but it’s a start. For those of you who are East Coasters or have already experienced the charm of this maritime town, we understand why you have been keeping it a secret from us.” Here, the duo’s advice for packing in as much as you can with the time you have:

 

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8AM Begin your day with a brisk morning walk along the dirt trail on the Eastern Promenade for beautiful vistas of the Casco Bay and a history lesson at Fort Allen Park.

9AM Continue your walk to Commercial Street, ending at The Standard Baking Co. for coffee and one (or two) of their dozens of hot baked goods.

 

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10AM After your morning java, shop the streets around Old Port. We loved the beautifully curated woman’s shop called Judith, named after the owner’s mother, and the men’s apparel shop Portland Dry Goods.

12PM Although you are in Maine and seafood is what you think you should be eating, Portland has many other culinary powerhouses that should not be skipped. We had a healthy—both in portion and quality—lunch at Flatbread Pizza overlooking the Casco Bay.

 

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2PM Spend the afternoon wandering the three-story Portland Flea-For-All vintage shop. It has three stories of different vendors that will suit many styles, under many different budgets (only open Friday through Sunday, so plan accordingly).

4PM Vintage shopping is tiring. Wash it down with a tall glass of Ishmael—an American copper ale at Rising Tide Brewery.

Sunset Winter is upon us; catch the very early earth-shattering sunset at Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse. Guaranteed to be the highlight of the day.

 

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Late Dinner According to the locals, Central Provisions has been getting a lot of buzz lately for their unique style and no reservation policy. If you like an intimate setting, sharing small plates of excellent dishes, and tasty cocktails you have never heard of, it’s a must see!

 

Mary and Adam will be sharing their adventures with us all season long as they guest blog and run their online vintage shop, Lucille and Found. Follow along here on the Ember blog for travel guides, spontaneous stories, and style tips from the road. Tag us with your own road trip adventures on Instagram @Teva #tevatuesday.