Maine Coast, Red's Eats, Portland

Church Trip 2017

Day 5

This morning, we awoke in Bangor, left the hotel around 08:15, and drove from our hotel into downtown to get breakfast from Bagel Central, since our hotel didn’t offer free breakfast. The bagels were definitely the best I’ve ever had. We split a blueberry danish; Mom and Dad got breakfast sandwiches on whole-wheat bagels, and I got a cranberry water bagel with homemade cream cheese and a scrambled egg on the side.

We began our journey down the coast of Maine via historic Highway 1, stopping briefly to take a picture of Bangor’s Paul Bunyan statue.

Fort Point State Park // Camden HIlls State Park

Our first stop was Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs, which overlooks the Penobscot Bay. The park featured the remains of a fort from the mid-1700s, some scenic trails, a bell tower, and a lighthouse. We saw a porpoise and a seal in the bay while we were at the park!

Next, we traveled to Camden Hills State Park in Camden, which is the home of Mount Megunticook and the Mount Battie Observation Tower. We climbed the tower and enjoyed the views for a while.

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

We descended the “mountain” (which was only 1,000′ high, maybe), and journeyed down to Rockland to another lighthouse. The Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is situated .8 mile out in the middle of the Rockland Harbor on a granite breakwater that took over 20 years to build out of hundreds of tons of granite.

From the Jameson Point parking area, it is nearly a 2 mile round trip. Dad and I walked the granite walkway to the lighthouse, but Mom stayed on a shore at the park and enjoyed the view from there.

owls Head Light

We journeyed around to the other side of Rockland Harbor to the Owls Head Light, which also hosted a Coast Guard lighthouse museum. Today was a rare occasion when the lighthouse was open, so we got to climb the ladder to the top and learn a bit more about the workings of it.

Red's Eats

Finally, we headed to “lunch”. By now it was nearing 16:00, and we were all extremely hungry. We drove to Wiscasset to a famous seafood shack called Red’s Eats. Even at 16:30, it was extremely crowded, and we waited in line almost an hour to order. It was 100% worth the wait. We all got a lobster roll (which had probably 2x the meat of any roll we’ve ever seen), an appetizer of scallops, and some onion rings. The meal was extremely delicious, and we agreed it was the best cold lobster roll we’ve had.

Downtown Portland

After dinner, we drove to Portland for the evening. We parked downtown and walked around for a while, exploring shops and enjoying the multitude of red brick façades.
We walked in an ice cream shop I had read about online, but they had very weird flavors, so we opted to seek other dessert options. Mom and Dad went to grab some ice cream at a place we discovered last year called Beal’s Ice Cream, while I went on the hunt for some gelato.
There are two gelato shops in Portland, Gorgeous Gelato and The Gelato Fiasco. I couldn’t decide which I wanted, so I got a small cup from each. At Gorgeous Gelato, I got three flavors: gorgeous, which had dark chocolate, caramel, and sea salt; extra dark chocolate; and raspberry cheesecake. At The Gelato Fiasco, I got five flavors: mint chocolate chip, lemon sorbet, vanilla bean, sea salt caramel cookie dough, and wild Maine blueberry.
I thought the Gorgeous Gelato was slightly better, but The Gelato Fiasco had better, friendlier service, the ability to get unlimited flavors per cup (as opposed to 2 or 3 at Gorgeous), and more gelato for the same price. Based on those criteria, I declared The Gelato Fiasco the winner.
Not pictured: Mom and Dad got an assortment of ice cream: maple walnut, orange pineapple, coconut chocolate bar, butter almond crunch, and butter pecan.

Conclusion

We finished our sweet treats, visited a couple more shops, and drove two blocks over to our hotel for the evening.
Tomorrow, we explore Portland, Freeport, York, Kennybunkport, and Portsmouth, and then we’ll venture down to Boston.
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