Portland is Maine’s largest city with just 66,000 people, not much bigger than Chapel Hill. It may be small but what a city! Portland has great ambiance – cosmopolitan, hip, food oriented, plus a bustling harbor. It also boasts the longest operating mail boat run in the US, delivering mail, goods & people to the Casco Bay Islands since 1878. What a fun way to start our exploration of Maine. Grab a fresh baked pastry & hop on the boat!
At each island stop, trucks & people were lined up waiting for their deliveries & visitors. A boat trailer, food, lumber & a mountain of Amazon packages were off loaded. Wonder how Amazon does with their 2-day Prime? Judging from our recent experiences, probably not that well. Many pallets of recycling were loaded up to take back to Portland. There are nearly 150 islands in Casco Bay. Many of them are small & privately owned. A beautiful one was on the market for $8,000,000!
Interesting to think of living where a boat is your only accessibility! Hopefully the photographs of bays filled with boats, houses built on rocks & the rugged coastline will give you a taste of what it might be like.
Lunch was definitely on our minds after the boat ride & the parking lot attendants recommended EvenTide. Oh my, an oyster bar with a twist! Fourteen different types of oysters were on ice by the door. The food was incredible. Edward had clam chowder that was almost too beautiful to eat. Guess what I had? The best tofu sandwich on the planet! And enough homemade potato chips to give me a tummy ache. But it was worth it.
We are really excited to explore Portland for the next week.