A couple of weeks ago I took a much-needed mini-vacay to Waterville, Maine to see one of my oldest and dearest friends, Steph, the author of Foodie Thinking. If you’re not subscribed to her blog, you need to. Go ahead and click on over there, subscribe, and then come back and read this blog post. Steph is one of a few friends that have been in my life for over 20 years, so times with her are very special and like being at home. We had a few relaxing days of exploring, driving, shopping, eating, taking pictures, and basking in the occasional sunshine. I also wanted to share photos with you, as well as sights we saw and restaurants we tried out, in case you’re ever in these areas and need recommendations.
Maine has gorgeous scenery and we took advantage of the days there were sunshine by taking some long hikes. There are so many trails throughout the state, so you should not have trouble finding one near you.
If you’re ever in Portland, ME and have a craving for donuts, you HAVE to go visit this cafe. Not only do they have some amazing flavors of donuts but they also have gluten-free donuts! Can you tell by the photo above that we were happy girls? We ordered Toasted Coconut and Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and they were amazing. We also bought a few other flavors to eat on the rest of the weekend, but we ate them way too fast to even think about taking other photos. These donuts are made with King Arthur Flour, mashed Maine potatoes, and other wholesome, local ingredients. Click on the cafe title to be directed to their website.
Tandem Coffee Roasters Portland, ME
Oh man, this coffee was so good! We both ordered lattes and it didn’t take me long to finish mine. This was definitely one of those coffee shops that knows what they’re doing. The menu was simple but the quality of the coffee was superb! Check this cafe out if you’re ever in Portland. Click on the cafe title to be directed to their website.
Mi Sen Noodle Bar Portland, ME
It was kind of rainy the day we drove to Portland so we decided to have a warm meal for lunch. What better food on a rainy day than Asian food! We were going to stop by another restaurant but when we walked past Mi Sen, we decided to stay and eat there. I ordered Pad Thai and Steph ordered one of their noodle soups and it was delicious! There are so many gluten-free options here as well. Click on the restaurant title to be directed to their website.
Cape Elizabeth, ME
After visiting Portland, we drove to Cape Elizabeth. The weather was still chilly, foggy, and windy but it was still gorgeous! There’s something about seeing fog cover the vast amount of ocean that just amazes me. We could see the lighthouse signaling a boat coming in and after a while we also heard the boat sounding the horn that it was near the shore. To me, there was nothing more quintessential than Cape Elizabeth.
Breakwater Rockland, ME
The next day we drove to Rockland, ME and walked on the Breakwater. It was so nice to be out in the sunshine and the light made the ocean even more stunning. There is nothing like sea salt air and I’ll never get tired of breathing it in every chance I get.
After going to breakwater, we drove to Camden in search of something to eat. We went to Bagel Cafe, had some yummy sandwiches, and I was super excited that they had Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels. I forgot to take a picture of my sandwich because I was too hungry (which I noticed is quite the habit of mine, haha) but I ordered a Lox Bagel. Click on the cafe title to be directed to their website.
Camden was also a really cool town and there were so many boats in the harbor. I think it would be really fun to live in a town like Camden.
I was sad to have to leave at the end of the weekend, but I can’t wait to come back and visit again soon. The weekend I was in Maine was certainly a time of refreshing and I am so thankful for the time I spent with my friends.
I also got to fly in a Cessna for the first time with Cape Air, which I will probably do again when I come back. The views of the coast and the ocean were nothing like I had ever seen before on a larger airline flight.
See you next year, Maine!