Portland, Maine

Two weeks after our wedding, Brandon's parents flew out from Kansas City for the weekend. They hadn't yet come visit us since we moved to Boston, and we always encourege visitors in the fall- New England is absolutely stunning this time of year! The cool temperatures encourage you to layer up and get outside to bask in the beauty of the brightly colored trees that you would think are on fire with the electric hues of orange and red. We decided to make a day trip up to Portland, Maine - and we ended up making a short pit stop in Kennebunkport, which was unplanned but such an unexpected treat! We drove the coastline and stopped in the town center for lunch - in true Maine tradition we ordered clam chowder and lobster rolls... it totally hit the spot. We continued on to Portland with our hearts set on lobster dinner later that evening, and some time to explore downtown and work up our appetites! Portland has a lot of little shops and restaurants close to the water and we weaved in and out trying on hats, and clothes, looking through paintings, and bought a few keepsakes to take home. The guys spotted a doughnut place that was bustling with people and we all decided to see what all the fuss was about!      wow! I have never heard of such a thing as a "potato donut" but as someone who isn't the biggest donut fan (I know, I know!) this was an amazing little donut. If you ever find yourself in Portland (I highly recommend it!) try the potato donuts at The Holy Donut. It won't disappoint.

It was then on to our lobster dinner! We chose a restaurant that was directly on the water (it was actually a "floating"resturant!) and settled in ready to each order our own full lobster! I had NEVER had a full lobster before. Growing up I was a very picky eater, and only in the past few years have I expanded my food horizon. Although cracking into the lobster was quite a job for this first timer, I am happy to say that I loved every bite, it was SO delicious! Maine lobster for the win!

travel, New EnglandMegan Cusick