Portland Head Light

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Walking on the beach.  I actually had to duck back a bit taking this picture as the waves got a little close!

We spent 2 days in the Ogunquit/Kennebunk area.  There was a lot to explore.  We were hoping to find better bike trails, but it just wasn’t happening, so we did a ton of walking.  We did find a Franciscan Monastery and wandered around those trails.

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This trail led to the water’s edge and we saw a common Eider!

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It was peaceful and relaxing.

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The next day, we stopped for a donut breakfast at Congdon’s.  Can I tell you that this was probably the best donut I have had in my life?  Puts fresh and hot Krispy Kremes to shame. Seriously.

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This was the honey dipped cake style donut.  Damn this was good.  You know that saying “nothing tastes as good as thin feels“?  – well, they haven’t eaten one of these.

Then it was to Portland.  It was chilly and windy in the morning, but we biked anyway.  We found the East Cove trail, which ended up being about 8 miles or so of path?

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It was mildly annoying because the paths just dumped you out to a busy intersection with no direction of where to go.  We put about 11 miles on the bikes and then were a bit frustrated so called it a day on the wheels.  Then we walked and shopped in Portland.  We saw Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow’s house.

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It has a precious hidden garden behind it.

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There was also a multitude of coffee shops and we had a difficult time choosing one for a latte.  We decided on Coffee By Design.

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It was quite tasty!  We sought out little local roasters and coffee shops on our trip, which was fun.  I was wondering how many lattes I could drink in a day and still function – but I never found out (the most I had was 2).

We decided at this point to start heading back to NY.  We were mostly avoiding the interstate, so driving was pretty lazy and slower.  We did stop at Cape Elizabeth to see the other uber famous lighthouse in Maine.  The Port Head Light!  I loved, loved, loved this lighthouse!  My favorite.  We were there near sunset and it afforded me great lighting.  If only I had a really good camera.

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It almost doesn’t look real!  This lighthouse you can go right up to and touch if you want, which I did.

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I have a bajillion pictures of this one  :mrgreen:

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Breathtaking views:

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Plus some interesting writing on the rocks.

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A very nice person took our picture.

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This is really just 5 hours from our home.  I never really realized how close the Maine coast was to us. Seems like a world away, but we will definitely be back!

I think Portsmouth, NH was our favorite city.  It was just big enough to have lots of stuff to do, but small enough to not be overwhelming (plus really good coffee).

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24 thoughts on “Portland Head Light

  1. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    That lighthouse! With a wrap-around porch! OMG it looks so adorable and old-fashioned and yet impeccably well-maintained (at least from afar). I want to move in tomorrow.

    Love your commentary about the doughnut. I love it when treat foods are worth the calories. My crab apple trees are staring to bloom now and the smell is apparent even in the house. Almost as good as a fresh doughnut… maybe 🙂
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Little Bit of Relaxing Going On

    1. Lori Post author

      I don’t think I could deal with living in such a quaint lighthouse. Not sure I would ever get anything done LOL!

  2. debby

    What a beautiful lighthouse. You’re right, it doesn’t look real. Oh, and the donut. I was at a potluck yesterday and had a really really good donut too. Its probably best that I don’t know where they came from!

    I’m so glad you had such a good trip!
    debby´s last blog post ..Weekend Doings!

    1. Lori Post author

      At least this donut place is a good 4 hour drive away. Although, I know where it is for next time…

  3. Fran

    Beautiful! The light house is indeed beautiful. The house next to it is beautiful too. Looks to me you had a great trip and I enjoyed reading the posts and looking at the pics very much. Thanks for sharing.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Monday May 20, 2013: Reunion

  4. Flo

    So glad you went to Cape Elizabeth. That is one of the most beautiful places on earth!

  5. Colleen

    I love looking at all the pictures from the last few posts. Thanks so much for helping us tag along on your vacation 🙂 The picture on this blog of the house and the lighthouse…..Omg you are right it doesn’t look real. It is “postcard perfect”.

  6. Sharon

    I’ve seen a lot of lighthouses and yes, Portland Head is one of the very best. And for the Krispy Kreme doughnuts, this southern girl feels like a traitor by even implying that there are better, but yes, in our travels, we’ve found some that truly do beat Krispy Kreme. Spaulding’s in Lexington, KY and The Donut Haus in Estes Park, CO come to mind. You are truly fortunate in the quality of the bike paths so near your home. It’s just not like that everywhere.
    Sharon´s last blog post ..At Home On Long Island

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Picture perfect! That might be my favorite photo of you and John.

    One of the great joys in my life is that I do NOT like Krispy Kreme! But don’t turn me loose in a “real” donut shop. Much damage will be done. 🙂
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  8. deb

    Thanks so much Lori for taking us on your trip with you! Lovely photos…Isn’t it just nice to get away with your honey? Hubby and i travel so well together. Its one of our favorite things to do..Hugs! deb

  9. Beverly

    Love seeing your pictures!! Reminds me of my trip with the hubby for our 10 year anniversary. We absolutely loved Maine and can’t wait to go back. I still remember going to Congdon’s and buying a huge box of donuts and then spilling them all over the back of the rental car. Didn’t stop us from scooping them back up and into the box and eating them! Your Portland Head Light photos are beautiful! I have a thing for lighthouses and living in South Dakota doesn’t afford me much opportunity to see them. You are so lucky you are only 5 hours away from such beauty.

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