Explore This! Portland, Maine

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on November 1, 2010 @ 2:00 pm 14 comments
I’ve just finished reading Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick and wanted to feature the town in her novel: Coldwater, Maine. It turns out that this is a fictional town. It would have been nice to feature the boardwalks, beaches and amusements parks as described by Becca but no such luck. So we move on to the next closest, real town that is mentioned throughout: Portland, Maine.
It’s often been a thought of mine to hit the road, travelling down through the Canadian East Coast, then hopping the board and trekking down the coastline of the States. A stop in Maine would be a must for me to get that authentic Maine lobster dinner. Yum!
I’m also a sucker for lighthouses, so you’ll find a few in our travels this week. The funny thing is that in doing my research, I found the picture showing the crash of the Annie Maguire, as commemorated on the rocks. This picture has come across my path in the past….strange coincidence…I actually know someone with a very similar name.

Even the lovely summertime locales go through some bad weather.

Lobster, a fave of mine 🙂

The obligatory nighttime shot.

A bit of fog surrounding a lighthouse.

The rocks where the Annie Maguire was shipwrecked.

The mist rolling in from the ocean, how Stephen King is this?

A cobblestone roadway and outdoor cafe?! Beautiful, old world charm.

I hope you enjoyed our tour this week. I sure did!

For more information on this beautiful city, check out their tourism website: PortlandMaine.com

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Erika November 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I live 20 minutes from Portland 🙂

  • LSUReader November 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Hubby and I visited Maine several years ago. Your column reminds me of how yummy those lobsters were!

  • Jackie November 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    @Erika – Lucky you 🙂

    @LSU – You're teasing me now…lol

  • Steph November 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I also live 20 minutes from Portland — I love living here and not just for the lobstah, but because Maine is the last great East Coast place. There are actually buildable ocean views without houses here! Children can play outside in most neighborhoods and we have a low amount of stranger perpped crime. Great history is all around.

    Our medical care is amazing. The scenery can't be beat and after the first twenty or so years the natives will warm up to you.

  • Jackie November 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    @Steph – It is my biggest dream to live somewhere that has an ocean view *sigh*. It sounds like a great place to live!

  • Pamk November 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    maine is on my bucket list. which keeps getting bigger and bigger. lol.

  • Jackie November 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

    @Pamk – I hear ya…just gotta find time and money now to work on the list 😉

  • Mel (He Followed Me Home) November 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    So pretty! Maybe I could try a lobster there since they must be the best of the best, right?

  • Jackie November 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    @Mel – You?! Try Lobster?! *faints*

    You know, it just takes one small thing and bam! you've joined me on the dark side, lol.

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) November 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Mmmm, Lobster…

    Okay. Love the bay pictures with the light houses. That is just the neatest looking thing. Now I'm ready to go on vacation.

    Oh, you should do a visit to the town Nicole Peeler based her Jane True series on. 😉

    Great post as usual. Thank you!

  • Jackie November 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

    @Melissa – Thanks! So we'll meet for lobster in Maine (one of these days)? Lol. I haven't read Nicole Peeler but I'm always looking for inspiration. Where do her books take place?

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) November 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Hey Jackie! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you here on where Nicole Peeler has her books set at. I found the post on Nicoles blog that gives some information on the area. Here it is: http://www.nicolepeeler.com/2010/06/tracking-developments-and-visiting-jane/

    🙂 Hope it helps out. There is a whirlpool there called the 'Old Sow'. ;D

  • Jackie November 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    @Melissa – You had me at "Old Sow", lol. How can I resist Eastport now? Look for that post coming soon 🙂 And thanks for the inspiration!

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) November 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    LOL! 😀 I love that part of the whole town too. 🙂 You are very welcome! Glad I could help inspire. 🙂 The books are great fun reads too.

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