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A Weekend in Portland, Maine


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I am starting to feel those summer vibes with all this wonderful weather we’ve been having! To kick off the summer my roommate and I decided to spend the weekend in Portland, Maine. 

In an effort to save money and avoid crowds, we booked an Airbnb in the neighboring town of Falmouth, Maine. I highly recommend checking out Kate’s adorable Boho Lounge which was not only budget-friendly for the destination but was quite spacious and stylish! 

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We started off our trip by delving into the Portland lifestyle. As we strolled throughout the quaint streets in Old Port we were drawn to the incredible smells coming from each of the restaurants. Be warned there is an overwhelming amount of shops, pubs, and restaurants in the area. 

Panini from Duckfat in Portland, Maine - Simply Nel Belle Blog

We chose Duckfat because we not only did we hear great things about their paninis and fries, but it seemed very popular with the locals. We were definitely not disappointed because the food was amazing.

Carolina and I decided to order the buffalo chicken panini, duck confit panini, and a large fry with horseradish sauce, truffle ketchup, and aioli dipping sauces. I’m not even a big panini person, but I was sold from how good it tasted. Check out the menu.

Peaks Island - Simply Nel Belle Blog

The next day we took the 9:15 am Casco Bay Ferry over to Peak’s Island. I highly recommend that trips to Peaks be done around Memorial Day Weekend. The locals shared that the during the summer months it is near impossible to enjoy the island due to overcrowding and long ferry wait times. 

The island is only 4 miles around but is breathtakingly scenic. We chose to simply walk the circumference of the island.

Tip: Take water with you if you decide to walk because there are no shops on the other side of the island.

You can also rent bikes or make a golf-cart reservation. For the golf-carts, you must make a reservation at least one day prior because of the limited number of carts. 

After you are done exploring, I recommend a visit to Milley’s Skillet Food Truck on Peaks to enjoy their truffle fries, lobster rolls, and other delicious treats. Or if you’d like to save money, you can definitely pack a picnic and enjoy it along one of the many scenic areas by the coastline.

The day we checked out of our Airbnb we chose to drive an hour south towards the York, Maine area. This quintessential coastal town is definitely on my list to check out over another long weekend!

Nubble Lighthouse - Simply Nel Belle Blog

York is home to one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States; Nubble Lighthouse. I highly recommend this stop as you journey down along the coast of New England. We spotted scuba divers, families picnicking, photographers, and the tourists like us.

Scuba Divers - York, Maine - Nubble Lighthouse - Simply Nel Belle Blog

Also, right down the road, is also Long Sands Beach in York which is perfect for a day on the sand. You will discover many cute shops and restaurants in the main area.

Let’s chat!

If you have any questions about the locations, feel free to drop some questions in the comments below.

I would also love to hear your own suggestions for weekend trips in the New England area.

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