During the busy summer months, it can be hard to find time to get away and see new places. With the itch for travel and a short time to do so, my boyfriend and I decided to take a two-day trip to Portland, Maine. A historic and unique city, with an artsy vibe, great food, right on the coast- What more do you need?!
After the remotely short drive from Cape Cod, we checked into our room at the Clarion Hotel. Located on the outskirts of Portland in Libbytown, it made traveling to the surrounding areas much easier. We booked the room beforehand so check-in was quick and easy; The staff was very friendly and attentive.
After dropping our bags off, we set out to explore the city of Portland where we found ourselves in the Old Port district. We found hourly parking in a nearby lot and traveled by foot to the water. Exploring the cobblestone streets filled with shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants. Hungry from a day of travel, we found the Old Port Tavern: a cozy pub where we got delicious clam chowder, mussels, and Maine lobster.
With our stomachs full of good food and laughs, we went out to travel the many streets of Portland. The city ambiance was different than no other, the classic brick architecture submerged in the greenery of the earth. Ivy scaling the buildings, trees providing shade on front porches, flowers brightening the sidewalks. Outdoor cafes and restaurants illuminated with strings of lights. By the water, we found a food truck selling gelato. We both tried the tiramisu which was delicious!
The next morning, we visited Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. Located on the coast of Fort Williams Park, it offers various trails throughout the park and the coastline, with beautiful wildflowers and greenery. It is open every day from 6 AM - 6 PM. I would recommend going early in the morning before the crowds come in.
Before making our way outside of Portland, we stopped for coffee at Black Cat Coffee. It’s a bright and sunny coffee shop offering many varieties of beverages and baked goods. We tried drinks from their daily specials menu: I got a matcha latte with almond milk and my boyfriend got Thai iced tea. We also shared a sesame bagel with chive and onion cream cheese. Everything we got there was amazing! Their baked goods are homemade and made with great ingredients, you can tell that they put so much care into their business! I would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Portland who is searching for a coffee shop with a homey vibe.
We made our way south towards Kennebunk for our massage reservations at the Hidden Pond Tree Spa. It honestly was very hidden, we drove right by it at first! But once we found it, we took the dirt road down to a secluded resort, restaurant, and spa. To get to the Tree Spa, you must walk through their Earth restaurant to the pool area, where it is located in the back. You check in at the front room and are lead down a raised boardwalk path woven through birch trees to your individual hut.
They use essential oils, organic herbs from their garden, and natural techniques to balance your energy and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. I got the Pure Earth Heated Stone Therapy massage and by boyfriend got the Muscle Melt Renewal massage along with the Sinus Soothing Herbal Face, Neck, and Scalp Treatment. We both absolutely loved our massages and felt completely restored and refreshed! This is a great place to relax and pamper yourself with a friend, loved one, or by yourself. The staff at the Tree Spa was so friendly and made our visit one to remember.