Portland was a great overnight stay.
The morning was so foggy we put off viewing the lighthouses and instead headed north to Freeport.
I had told Steve about visiting LLBean the huge outdoorsy store and thought he should see it.
It’s amazing. Three huge barns devoted to everything you could need for being outdoors – or even indoors!
Freeport is a 20 minute drive north of Portland and is such a pretty, well kept place. It’s also an outlet centre. Lots of nice shops selling genuinely reduced clothes. Perfect for a short visit on a rainy morning.
We bought a few things. Steve’s keen on the Ralph Lauren polo shirts and I got some things in J Crew.
We headed back to the lighthouses of Portland. If you were here in warm weather you’d take a boat tour to view them but we drove ourselves.
There are two just south of Portland.
This little cute one shrouded in fog.
But I also enjoyed the houses in the area.
The next lighthouse was viewed through the artists frame.
We continued meandering down the coast stopping a few times. these ‘beach shacks ‘ are hardly shack like!!
Kennebunkport is a lovely seaside town.
And the white churches – and there are many – stand proudly on every corner.
Castle Island near Portsmouth was particularly lovely. There must be some wealthy people living here! The houses were gorgeous.
I’ve noticed people like wreaths on their front door. But they must have a wreath for each season. These ones are all about Spring flowers.
One house had an historic cemetery as part of its garden.
We passed many beaches and tried to picture them with the summer crowds.
Our final stop for the night was Newburyport. It’s a really lovely place.
We explored the streets and once again I loved the houses and the High School.
It’s just like in the movies!
Once again the churches are beautiful and the cemetery had a perfect section for us as it is Anzac Day in Australia. Here the people always honour their military.
We found a lovely BnB and made our way to the riverside for a walk before dinner. There are rows of benches for sitting all with plaques on them remembering someone loved. What a great idea.
There were some great shops particularly of a nautical theme but the Odds & Ends one above was a favourite. Look carefully at the odds and ends arranged so well!
We had a lighter dinner and an early night. These lovely ports are not jumping at night this time of year!