WHAT WE DID
Our route was to Freeport via I-295, then US-1 to Bar Harbor. Just plain beautiful. I thought Day 1 coast was great, and things just kept getting better!! Everything you could expect … but more than you expected!
Of course, we stopped at L. L. Bean! (My Maine ship’s bell windchime is sounding as I type this!) And then it was a slow scenic coastal & small town drive. We stopped at Damariscotta for an outstanding coffee in an excellent bookshop (Maine Coast Bookshop & Café). We had perfect weather and clear views for our detour on the Mt Battie Auto Road. Lunch was possibly my favourite of the trip! Ahhhhh! Young’s Lobster Pound at Belfast!!! (I shall do a TA review later … but right now I will just sit and think about that lobster for a while . . . . . . mmmmmm, yum) And I should mention DH’s scallops were also amazing!
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Hard to say … Maybe an extra night on the coast getting from Portland to Bar Harbor as we loved all those coastal town. And maybe it would work taking this extra night coming south from Bar Harbor before heading inland to the White Mountains. One thing we did miss was going up to the Observatory on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge as we were getting tired of the drive, so an extra night and extra travelling time would allow this to be fitted in.