Guys, there’s so much to eat and drink in Portland. It’s amazing how they packed so many bars, breweries, restaurants, cafés, food trucks, and donut shops in a fairly small area.
We drove up from Boston and checked into our hotel, the Westin Harborview, and headed right out to meet some friends for breakfast at Brela. Pancakes the size of very large dinner plates, tons of omelets, good coffee. After that we headed to Maine Mead Works, which I read about in my 36 Hours book. We got to take the tour and have a free tasting. The girl running both was great and very friendly. The mead was tasty. Bought a few bottles and headed down the road to Maine Craft Distilling. Liquor samples aren’t my thing (I get flashbacks to chugging straight vodka in a college dorm, help). But the guys liked trying all the rums and whiskeys. I was not thirsty for long though friends, don’t worry. Conveniently right next door is Rising Tide Brewery. We got to watch them bottle brews as we had our tasting, it was very cool.
To dry out, we headed back down town and got a ferry over to Peaks Island. Had lunch over there at the Cockeyed Gull and walked around the island a bit before hopping on a ferry back to Portland.
The friends left and my boyfriend and I were on our own for the rest of the night, but they left with some good tips. The Cabot store has free cheese samples. Go to Sonny’s for apps and drinks. Drink more beer. So that’s exactly what we did. We had approx 20 tiny cubes of cheese at Cabot (they were closing in 20 minutes so they told us to go nuts because they’d just be throwing everything out anyways). Then we headed up the hill to Sonny’s where we split some fries and bevs.
I tried unsuccessfully to map us to Shipyard Brewery but somehow we ended up at Sebago instead so we headed in there to sample allllllll of their beers. Thumbs up. We grabbed some pizza at Otto on our walk back to the Westin. You guys, Otto is adorable. We actually sat at their wine bar Enzo because we walked right past the restaurant but I’m glad we did. Tiny and dark and adorable.
Day 1 complete. So full.