Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Less Than 24 Hours in Portland, Maine


Portland, Maine is not easy to see in less than 24 hours. I am very glad that we made the quick drive up to Maine to get a taste of what Portland has to offer but I will most definitely be back.


Good Eats and Drinks

Eventide Oyster Co.
We arrived in Portland just in time for dinner. We of course had to try out some sea food while in Maine, so we went to Eventide Oyster Co. The small restaurant boasted a broad selection of oysters as well as other seafood. Portions were small but tasty.

Sebago Brewing Company
After our delicious but small meals at Eventide, we decided to give the brewery connected to our hotel a try. We ate appetizers and enjoyed cocktails to finish our evening in Portland. It was the perfect way to end our day.

Exploring 

Fort Allen Park
Fort Allen Park is located in the Eastern Promenade and was the site of Fort Allen, which was active during the Revolutionary War. The park is loaded with history and has a great view of the bay. It was only a short walk from our hotel and provided us a morning filled with history.

Overlooking the bay and learning some history

The mast of USS Portland





Portland Head Light
The iconic lighthouse is a must do in Portland, Maine. This was by far my favorite activity that we did while in Portland because the scenery was amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Portland Head Light






I could not get enough of this view



I cannot wait to go back to explore this city further. By no means did my husband and I see everything we wanted but I am still glad we were able to spend even a little time in Portland, Maine.


What must see places in Portland, ME should stop at next time? Comment below!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Get Back to Nature on Plum Island


Plum Island offered the perfect outdoor escape on our way to Portland, Maine from Gloucester, Massachusetts. The island was teeming with wildlife and had trails that led to serene views.

Saltwater marsh on Plum Island

About
Plum Island is located near Newburyport, MA and is considered a barrier beach island.  There are two separate parks located on the island, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point State Reservation. Each park had trails and beaches for visitors enjoyment.

Bird watching was great!

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
The park is an amazing place to enjoy nature. One of the main goals for the refuge is to provide a safe haven for resident and migratory birds. The Piping Plover is highly protected and it is not surprising to see beaches closed to protect their nests.

Trail through sand dunes to a ocean lookout

Wildflower meadow along the road

During our time at the refuge (early June) we did some easy hiking and bird watching. We were not able to actually get on a beach at this park because they were closed for Plover nests. However, there was beach access at Sandy Point.

Was so fun to try to capture all the birds

Along the trail to the ocean lookout

Boardwalk trail through the sand dunes

View from the ocean lookout at the end of the trail

Sandy Point State Reservation
Sandy Point is at the southern tip of Plum Island and a short drive through Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is necessary to get to the park. Here we were able to get beach access. The beach was fairly crowded because it was the only one open to the public. The water was still extremely chilly, so ankle deep was as far as I was willing to go.

On the beach!

Beach views

It was quite windy, so there was a lot of sand blowing. It was cool to watch but hurt! 

Plum Island was a wonderful place to leisurely experience nature on the northeast coast. It is the perfect place to view wildlife, especially birds. The trails are not difficult; therefore, expect an easy day filled with a variety of scenic landscapes.


Have you been to Plum Island? Tell us about it in the comments below!