I was surprised that locals often immediately use to shovel the snow from their garage driveway. This will prevent ice building when the snow melts and freeze overnight.
Also if someone fall over your icey driveway, you can be sued. So if you are staying in a rented place with your own garage, be prepared to shovel the driveway while the snow is fresh and not hardened yet.
It is much cheaper to buy live lobster in Maine and cook it by yourself than to eat out at the restaurant.
Simple cooking steps:
1) Get a pot with a lid and put enough water to cover lobster comletel.
2) Use 1 table spoon of salt for every liter of water.
3) Boil water and add live lobster for about 10-15 minutes depending on size of lobster.
4) Melt some butter and dinner is ready.
While in a restaurant, you may wear a bib to protect your clothes.
At home, you can wear a T-shirt, make a mess and enjoy the lobster.
One of best thing in Maine to eat the fresh seafood.
The lobster with melted butter, the thick clam chowder and fish and chips.
Naturally, I have devored many lobsters when in Maine.
Caution: Use a nut cracker to break the lobster claw, not your teeth.
Guess who came for breakfast at the fire site of the camp-site.
A chipmunk. Not sure if it was Alvin (Cartoon chipmunk character) in disguise but it was not talking in any funny chipmunk accent.
It was our first close encounter and hence the photograph.
Festivals are a big part of Portland charm. There is an up coming Maine Breweers festival on Nove mber 1 2003. See details at www.mainebrew.com
Fondest memory: D.L. Geary Brewing Co. (1986) | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Co. (1988)
Andrews Brewing (1992) | Atlantic Brewing (1992)
Kennebunkport Brewing Co. (1992) | Sea Dog Brewing Co. (1993)
Casco Bay Brewing (1994) | Shipyard Brewing Co. (1994)
Allagash Brewing (1995) | Belfast Bay Brewing (1995)
Sheepscott Valley Brewing Co. (1995) | Kennebec River Brewing (1997)
Rocky Bay Brewing Co. (1997) | Whale Tail Brewing (1997)
Kennebec Brewing Co. (1998) | Sebago Brewing Co. (1998)
Freeport Brewing Co. (1999) | Sparhawk Brewers (2003)
The brown paper bags of shelled nuts or popcorn for sale at the l;ittle castle to feed to the squirrels
Fondest memory: Seeing the ducks on the pond and playing on the grass or in the playground as a child. Do not know if there are still ducks this year but the little house in the duck pond has been repainted. I always worried about how all the ducks got in there in the winter when I was young enough to think such thoughts.
Favorite thing: It is fairly easy to find your way around Portland . The interior of the Cathedral in the foreground is lovely white marble. You can see the observatory just to the left and behind the Cathedral where you can look out to sea or at the city and surrounding landscapes
Favorite thing: Learn a little about the history of Portland - English settlers established themselves on the peninsula in 1632 and the bay area became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652. After the Revolutionary War, Portland developed into a thriving commercial port. In 1820 when Maine was admitted into the Union, the city of Portland was its' first capital. Three years later, the first steamship from Boston arrived and this was the beginning of regular passenger service between the two port cities.
Favorite thing: While visiting Portland you should eat at The Great Lost Bear at least once (do not go if you're pressed for time because service is SLOW, but the food is great, the menu huge--both drink and food--and the waitstaff friendly). Other good places to eat are Back Bay Grill (expensive, but excellent) and Walter's Cafe. For breakfast try Brealu Cafe or Becky's Diner. My absolute favorite places to shop in Portland are Dunne Roman (you have to see it for yourself) and Carrots and Co. If you like exercising outdoors, try walking the Back Bay (anyone can give you directions). Don't forget to visit the Portland Museum of Art and the Children's Museum. In the summer, don't forget to go down to the waterfront and watch the fisherman when they come in after a long day.
Take a walk by the seaside and enjoy some nice ocean air. We actually came off season and didn't get to do some activities -being things were closed, and it was quite cold.
Fondest memory: Take a boat tour of the harbor. You can see all the nice boats, small islands, and on some occasions -seals as well.
I really didn't have a lot of time in Portland but it was a great place from what i could see. The towns folk was so nice and went out of their way to help you if you needed it. The landscape was so pretty with all those snow covered pines.
Fondest memory: I only got to go out and shop for a few hours, so I went to this place called The Farmers Market or something like that it was a huge barn looking building and the had every kind of food from ice cream to Ostridge meat. If your hungry you must go there to eat.
Favorite thing: Get local and enjoy their microbrews. Seemed to taste similar to Bar Harbor Ale and accompinied the Lobster perfectly. Just one though...I'm driving to Acadia!
Favorite thing: Portland has a wide variety of people from diffrerent backgrounds and cultures. There are lots of activities ranging from the arts to sporting events suited for people of all ages and interests
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