A Portland, Maine overnight

I know that the trails and mountains this time of year are chock full of fun, but last weekend we snuck away to Portland to enjoy a night on the town!

Our adventure started in a blinding blizzard traveling south on 95, landing at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. It was groovy to look out over the waterfront from the ninth floor! From our room it was off to dinner at Local 188…what a great Portland dining experience! Whatever the orange cocktail thingy I had was divine, and the hangar steak was the best I’ve had in a long while! The addition of cauliflower to the mashed potatoes was an unexpected and yummy surprise. The main objective of the trip, however, was to see the Vinyl Cafe live at the Merrill Auditorium. It was a great show; excellent storytelling and two top-notch musical acts.

Scott enjoys a Dogfish Head IPA with his eggs and hash at the Farmer's Table.

Scott enjoys a Dogfish Head IPA with his eggs and hash and the Farmer's Table.

The next morning started with a dip in the pool, and then it was off to the Farmer’s Table on Commercial Street for one of the best brunches that I can recall. If not the best! The Bloody Marys were of blue-ribbon quality, the hash, made with delectable slow-roasted beef was outstanding, and I would highly recommend the cranberry/proseco/mead cocktail. Wow…

After this astoundingly yummy brunch, we hobbled up the hill to take in the Edward Weston and Rackstraw Downes exhibits at the Portland Museum of Art. It was a treat to take in these shows, an enormous amount of talent under one roof. All in all, a wonderful 24 hours in Maine’s special “city by the sea!”

The view from our room, during a blinding snow!

The view from our room, during a blinding snow!


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