Maine is a pretty cool state. They've got the mountains and the coast. The local food and coffee scenes rock. And it's in New England, where I grew up in and love.
Josh and Maple and I spent some time up there last weekend, visiting our good friends, exploring, and driving around little coastal towns. We drank a lot of good coffee. We listened to a folky cover band in downtown Portland on a freezing cold night (um, like 8°F?). We cooked some meals at our friends' house and ate others at great little restaurants.
And somehow I ate freshly baked goods every day? Coffee cake and scones and bagels and muffins. Carbs are the way of the winter.
If you're looking to get up to Maine, even in the dead of winter, here are some of my recs...
some favorites in southern maine!
Local Sprouts. Portland. A co-op that's got a cafe, local food-inspired meals, and live music. And their Butternut Squash Sandwich? Divine.
Coffee by Design. Portland + L.L.Bean. Every day we drank big mugs of Rebel Blend. They roast their beans right in Portland and have coffee shops all over.
Scratch Baking Co. South Portland. Oh my god the bagels. Chewy with coarse salt on top, and caraway seeds mixed into the everything bagel mix. Different from NYC, sure, but oh so delicious.
Frontier. Brunswick. We went out for a delicious lunch at this spot in a refurbished mill. The french fries are top notch. The falafel too. And they have a super cool little movie theater inside.
Little Dog Coffee Shop. Brunswick. Another cozy spot. They serve lots of kinds of Coffee by Design roasts and make a mean slice of quiche.
Maine Roasters Coffee. Yarmouth. Really tasty coffee with a laid back vibe. Plus any place with a few rocking chairs inside works for me.
L.L. Bean. Freeport. I mean, of course, right? What's a visit to Southern Maine without L.L. Bean? I have two pairs of Bean Boots that are super comfy, they have incredible customer service, and their stores are clean and full of choices and it's always fun to wander around.