Wild Duck Campground is our Portland base. Last year we enjoyed the state park, Bradbury Mountain, but we wanted amenities this year. Our site is on the marsh & very quiet. Lots of egrets & ducks to amuse us.
Exploring the area south of Portland was very surprising. Who knew Maine had salt marshes & sandy beaches complete with crowds & amusement parks? Holy Moly, we thought we were in Myrtle Beach or the Jersey Shore. Driving in the beach towns was just like you’d expect. 100’s of folks criss-crossing the streets, going in & out of 100’s of tourist traps. Oh boy, we headed out of there as soon as we finished our gigantic ice cream cones!
Southern Maine has lots of beautiful quaint seaside villages filled with art shops, fantastic restaurants & beautiful trails along the shore. Ogunquit was just an hour’s drive from camp, so we decided to visit. Quintessential Maine at its best. Ogunquit has been an artist colony since 1890’s. We are here a few weeks earlier this year, so families are still vacationing & places are much more crowded. Lunch is always a highlight & Jackie’s Too was a hit. Sitting outside by the rocky coast & eating delicious Cajun shrimp! Heaven!
Cape Neddick Light was our destination after lunch. This area is close to Boston so its gets a lot of press & people, making this the most photographed light house in Maine. Not the most spectacular in our minds, but what do we know? Certainly outstanding! Built in 1879 for $15,000 and still in use today!
We are in Portland for ten days and will report on our adventures & delicious meals. Portland is the FOOD CAPITOL of the world (obviously, not really) & has more restaurants per capita than any US city other than San Francisco. I have no idea whether this claim is actually true, but there are so many fabulous places to eat!