24 hours in Portland

Last weekend, we went on a quick trip to Portland, Maine. Just two hours from Boston, it was the perfect, short getaway. Of course, for us, 24 hours in Portland might be more aptly titled, “How much food can we eat in 24 hours.” I think we did a pretty good job on that front.

Life married to a grad student. The drive up to Portland.


Once we arrived in Portland, our first stop was Duckfat, where much of the food is cooked in, you guessed it, duck fat.


Duckfat poutine. I’m not a huge poutine fan to begin with, but it was pretty good. Not the best fries ever, but good.


The tomato soup was amazing. Even better than Roxy’s Grilled Cheese truck here in Boston.


Next stop was Two Fat Cats Bakery for dessert. This place was after my own heart.



The pies looked delicious…


…but I ultimately decided on a whoopie pie, which happens to be the official state treat of Maine. (The signs aren’t kidding when they say Maine is “the way life should be.”)

And it was the best whoopie pie I’ve ever had. The cake was light and fluffy, and not too chocolatey. And the cream was slightly more frosting-like, than cream-like. Just the way I like it.


In the afternoon we checked into our hotel. The Holiday Inn By the Bay has lovely views.



We spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out at Bard Coffee, where the loose tea selection was amazing and they had hot white chocolate. I hear the coffee is pretty good too, but we’re not coffee drinkers.


Also wandered around Old Port a bit.


And then we had dinner at Fore Street, where the food rivaled the best restaurants in LA, but you’ll have to take my word for it, because I didn’t take any pictures. My husband ordered the duck and said it was the best duck he’s ever had in his life.

The next morning we awoke to snow falling.


We ventured out into the snow for brunch at Schulte & Herr. It was traditional German food. Good, but not great.

Potato Pancakes with lox.


Something very meat and potatoes style that my husband ordered. I think it was the special of the day.


We bid farewell to Portland and headed home through the snow. With one short stop at Popovers in Portsmouth for lunch 🙂



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