Take in the beauty of Maine. Lewiston-Auburn are active state’s small twin-cities with intense history and vibrant community. The cross-road location offer the wealth of possibilities to go around: to the south we have easy access to Portland; to the north there many farms and orchards offering earthy produce from the land; to the west is the playground of lakes, rivers, and mountains; and to the east is the coastline – one of the world’s most beautiful sea landscapes.
The heart and soul of Maine lies on its coastline and a trip along Route 1, especially between Bath and Bucksport – is an idyllic way to experience the best the state has to offer. Between historic cities, landmark lighthouses, quintessential lobster shacks, and antique emporiums, you can easily spend a week in the mid-coast alone. This route will take you along miles of pristine coastline – you will be inspired, stimulated emotionally and intellectually. If you start early in the morning, this drive is actually possible to complete in one day, even with the detours along the various scenic loops. Be sure to pack a sweater even in the summer. And, of course, stop at best lobster rolls’ shacks in Maine along the road.
You will notice L-A’s distinctly French accent owing it to the thousands of French Canadian immigrants who came to work in textile mills in the mid-19th century. More recently, Lewiston has seen the influx of new arrivals, including Somali and Togolese immigrants. L-A is a second-largest metropolitan area in Maine, having the population of 160,552 in L-A township.
Historic village of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is 12 miles away.
Twin cities are set on the riverbanks of the Androscoggin River. The setting offers the wealth of walkable river-fronts, parks, biking and walking trails on Lake Auburn, or on 357-acre Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary. There are 4 golf courses, several pristine state parks, dozen of freshwater beaches, apple picking and blueberries Picking. Maine offers all sorts of campgrounds, RV parks, rental cabins, cottages and lodges. campmaine.com, www.campwithme.com, www.themainehighlands.com.
Norway and South Paris boast gemstone quarries, where you can go mining for tourmaline, quartz, rose quartz or crystal.
Offers the array of seasonal locally famed produce, wood fired bagels, rustic breads, soups and and sandwiches daily, grab ‘n go specials, espresso and tea, fine meats and cheeses. Once have their coffee and an almond croissant and you’ll be hooked.
Local landmark has 3 locations in Maine- they brew their own beer and have lots to choose from the menu to accompany beers.
The food and ambiance at Fuel will not disappoint you. Go to the bar or be seated in the main room, it is all fine dining. Giant martinis will satisfy anyone, even with a hefty up charge for liquor. Menu changes frequently and always seems to come up to all expectations. Needs reservation for Friday-Saturday.
As the name suggests, it is a seafood place. The menu, ambiance and staff are great. Place is fashioned nicely in an old mill. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.
The menu Monday–Saturday sprinkled with French crêpes, salads, soups and sandwiches. Crepes created using Julia Child’s original recipe and stuffed with Maine flavors fillings such as lobster, sautéed wild mushrooms, blueberries. Beer and wine list, and a full bar in the evening.
Thai, Vietnamese and Fusion. Menu is accommodating, including gluten free and vegan. Dissent sushi, excellent pho, and an extensive list of beer, wine and sake.
Portland’s cocktail lounge known for their amazing finger food, featuring Nordic inspired shared plates and open-faced sandwiches. Go there for an early snack before theater. Go for cocktails – they are inventive and wholly great.
Portland’s eatery built at the former Methodist cathedral with acoustics and carved wooden rafters. The giant center bar. These “big things” capture your eye when you first walk into Grace. Then food, energy and ambience will impress you further.
Portland’s one of the best Vinoteca and is the most consistent and welcoming Italian food bistros in Portland with profoundly delicious and creative small plates.
Portland’s true Greek food by brothers John and Demos Regas, reenacted their mother’s recipes with love and incredible skill. Great list of Greek wines.
Cape Elizabeth. The rustic outdoor eatery at Jordan’s Farm. Earthy flavors of the fresh seasonal cuisine, pasture-to-plate experience. Open June-October only.
Portland’s best oyster selection in Maine with a small plates to sate any appetite. Best North East seafood place.
Contemporary American cuisine and an extensive wine list. Everyone loves the restaurant’s signature Lobster Mac and Cheese with hand rolled pasta, Maine lobster, artisan cheese sauce, and shaved black summer truffles!
Portland most recognized restaurant, one of the best in New England seafood place. The open kitchen, the hustle and bustle of the wait staff, consistent inventive menu.
Portland restaurant with the stellar reputation. Hugo’s patrons go there to check what’s new has been offered while they were away, best to check by ordering ever changing inventive, multi-course tasting menus. Truly impeccable and knowledgeable service.
Classy and stylish decor mixes with a solid menu of eclectic flavors of Asian, Mediterranean and continental American. Our favorite is braised short ribs for dinner and a wagu beef burger on a brioche for lunch. Try Brussels sprouts salad – you will have not enough of it.
A true Portland classic with a stellar wine list. Exclusively seafood focused with delicate “fish in a pan” entrees.
Old fashion elegance with white tablecloths, ever-present waiters and classic well-made dishes. Great for a pampering or a special-occasion celebration.
Portland’s Milano roots Italian food, with fresh pasta curls and a rich authentic flavors and freshest ingredients. Daily specials, but the whole menu is well rounded in variety and options.
Portland’s French bistro with traditional menu, but a great execution of tasty Nicoise Salad, Steak Fritters or Fluke Meuniere. Consistently an authentic French.
Very German place with all dishes prepared home style of old traditional recipes, but light version of old style cooking.
Sample this upscale Mexican restaurant’s tequila-based cocktails at happy hour. But do stick around for a dinner. You will have a meal of the special appetizers, such as hibiscus pickled deviled eggs or the blistered peppers with Oaxaca sea salt, to mention a few.
Portland super-fresh and exquisite, not your regular sushi by sushi master Masa Miyake, rivals the super-star sushi joints of NYC and SF. Try the omakase tasting menu.
This Portland’s Thai restaurants is in a league of its own and a menu that will not reflect on any known Thai dishes to you – like the crispy quail eggs appetizer or the bitter melon soup with minced pork.
Portland’s old staple joint from the early1900s offer dim sum, quite authentic Peking duck buns and the Shanghai dumpling soup.
People go to this place to sample a Duck Fat French fries, a pure guilty pleasure that makes followers to stand in lines to get in. The crisp salads, duck confit, meatloaf panini are deserving samples of good food, as well as the silky shakes, especially the coffee one.
Portland’s hearty pork belly sandwiches, over-stuffed gyro, Cuban sandwiches, crispy and meaty, accompanied by the piping hot fries sprinkled with sea salt or bacon dust as good as at Duck Fat.
Portland’s sandwich shop anything but not ordinary place, baby of Chef Damian Sansonetti of Bar Boulud of NYC. And if the line-up is not to prove the reputation, you may try their specialty dogs and daily salad specials, pork belly, hash browns, red eye mayo and some other strange names on the menu. Definitely not very New England’s style.
Affordable and on the run version of a Tokyo style abura-soba bar by Chef Masa Miyake. Sample their steaming ramen, the sinus-clearing concoctions, pork buns, Asian dim sum and pork belly.
Craft beer pub with a farm-to-table menu of simply prepared and simply good mid-priced staples. Try the cider-brined roast chicken or the burger. Creative cocktails.
New Orleans style sandwich place, a bit off the downtown of Portland is a worth the drive. Classic oyster version joins a shrimp and oyster combo, blackened fish and others. Great gumbo and don’t leave without trying the sticky toffee pudding.
As the names suggests it is all about tasty pig parts made into porky handmade links, classic dog, apple chicken, BBQ banger, and an interesting soup menu and salads. And, how can you not accompany links with a local Maine brew when out in a fresh Maine air?
You’ll want to consider grabbing a dozen of these Maine potato donuts for the drive home. Dense and not too sweet, these are righteous rings of deep-fried deliciousness. Try the chocolate sea salt, sweet potato ginger and coffee brandy.
Great on-the-go, by-the-slice pizza with creative topping combinations and a perfect crust. Be adventurous and try the Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Cranberry or the White Bean, Roasted Tomato, Herb & Red Flake. Two locations in Portland.
Splendid handcrafted breads and pastries. The almond croissant rivals the best of Paris and Montreal.
A few blocks from the Portland Art Museum, this character coffee shop with golden walls and Edison bulb lights offers artisan wood-roasted beans. When did you try last time a siphon coffee? Pure coffee perfection to experience.
Located on Middle Street in the heart of the Old Port, Bard is the place to stop for a perfect drip coffee, latte, or creamy, sweet Vietnamese when you are strolling downtown. Friendly and always bustling with locals, Bard features fresh-roasted “pour overs” and plenty of seating.