We just visited Portland Maine and I have four things that you must do while touring. All of the hubbub happens in Old Port. It’s got a lot of modern, hip tours and lobster rolls to try too. We even saw the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas cruise ship docking in Portland, Maine. Do not miss the views in Portland, Maine. POP into my video and I’ll tell you four gorgeous and delicious things you must do in Portland, Maine.
If you ask 20 people in Portland where to get the best Lobster Roll, you will get 20 different answers. A local Portland friend named Tarilyn recommended Scales in Old Port, Portland – upscale in price not in dress. Wear what you want-you’re in a fishing port. But for the most part, it’s business casual at night. MAKE RESERVATIONS!!! This place is a local favorite. My seared scallops and seared bacon chunks in a poblano corn sauce was to die for and was $30ish and came in a big black skillet. My mom got the whole lobster, which they do all the work to help you dig in easily. We also got fried cauliflower; it was too thickly battered but still delicious.
Bite Into Maine has 3 locations – Portland Head Light Lighthouse, an airstream by the Allagash Brewing Co and their own brick and mortar store opening soon. Lobster Roll sometimes has mayo lightly mixed into the lobster meat and sometimes it’s not. We found them by the Portland Head Light Lighthouse. Food truck right there by the three huge parking lots.
Pro: several large parking lots. When you enter the park (free), keep going to the right and you’ll see it in-between the three parking lots. You can choose several different options in how it’s prepared for you. You have to watch my video above to see really HOW MUCH lobster is in one roll!
Con: can’t sit inside anywhere if yucky weather
Picnic style is no mayo and on top of mayo based slaw in a folded piece of huge Texas toast. Warm, melted butter drizzled all over it!!!! My fave style!
dollop of mayo with a jalapeño
Lobster Shack – At Two Lights Lighthouse. Only parking for about 20 cars unless you drive back up the hill two houses and park in the little parking lot that’s there. The port authority worker told us that this place wins the best lobster roll every year. I could not find that stat anywhere though.
Portland Lobster Co – where all the other shops and cruise ships park, this is in Old Port, the hubbub of Portland, so while you’re here you might as well check it out. When we did a drive by, people were standing shoulder to shoulder inside. They do have a dock. Just if it’s yucky weather, you may have to wait a while.
Honestly, you’re going to have fresh lobster so it depends on what you want. Do you want a quiet and beautiful view? Got to the food truck Bite Into Maine at the Portland Head Light Lighthouse. If you want views and ability to sit inside, Lobster Shack. Don’t care and no car? Portland Lobster Co.
Take a Tour
Y’all this is the most bang for your buck when visiting a town like Portland, Maine. You will be so glad you tried it. You pick the tour. Here’s a list from their site, but check dates because winter time tours are limited.
Maine Foodie Tours allow you better choices for your family to tour. You can even choose the type of tour-just happy hour, art tour, lunchtime lobster crawl tour, culinary tour and many more! We are huge fans of food tours over in Europe. Maine Foodie Tours, like other food tours, give you the quirky facts of that restaurant, that food, and that area. Your guide also can give you his/her tips on individual questions concerning touring because he/she is a local.
Ours was $60 for 3 hours of food!!! Don’t forget some cash to tip the guide. You’re going to want to tip him fyi because they end up being lovable and so friendly! They have a lunchtime lobster crawl tour! WOW!
For example, I had heard to go to the observation tower up Munjoy Hill. Asked our guide about it, and Avery gave me an ever better idea. Plus how to get there most easily if driving. And the food samples will fill you up!!!
Portland, mainly is the Old Port area. That is a half a mile MAYBE. Old Port is a 4 by 20 block rectangle.
It was 68 degrees, and I still needed a cardigan if just standing still in the shade fyi. If you’re going to be on an open air truck, dress with warm layers!!! Chilly at almost 70 degrees!
Take Uber or drive or tour to East Promenade. You will not be disappointed unless it’s completely fogged in. And go in the afternoon when the sun will be behind you, making the water seem bright deep blue. Gorgeous views, plenty of free parking for RVs, cars and bikes. Take the kids; there’s a playground. There are several open fields and a little history monument spot.
It’s a great spot to get a quick walk in for some fresh air and jump right back in your car. It’s also a great spot to just take a nap on a towel.
Go east on Congress, up the steep hill and just keep going. It’ll dead end into the huge, expansive East Promenade. You will pass the look out tower, but hardly any parking is there because you can get to it via foot traffic.
Two Lights Lighthouse: You can see the Two Light Lighthouses, but they’re just okay. And we only could find one of them; maybe the other one has a light but not in the stereotypical house?
Portland Head Light Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park – ample free parking, quick 15 minute drive from Old Port, great for pictures. Aaaand they have Bite Into Maine lobster rolls!!!
Con: Port-a-Potties. Ick! Yuk! I was so disappointed! But the ocean and lighthouse views were one of the most photographed places.
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