Travel – Plan a Visit to Maine in Winter – Part II

“A trip to Maine in the winter?- you’re a wild one!” – everyone said to me.

Planning a trip to Maine in the winter as a Texan was a bit intimidating but now that it’s done – it was perfect and I highly recommend it!

Here’s what you need to pack, want to know, want to eat and have to see.

Below is a follow-up blog from MAINE – PART 1

Pack :
– snow boots / waterproof hiking friendly
– snow shoes (different from boots)
– scarfs
– thick gloves
– weather resistant jacket
– thermal top/bottom layers, sweaters/hoodies
– warm hat, face mask , ski/snow goggles, ear muffs
– hiking sticks
– microspikes
– wool socks
– selfie stick
– undergarments
– portable charger (optional)

ProTips* Make sure to book all hotel/airbnb accommodations prior to arrival, call all restaurants prior to driving for meals (many hours change during the winter), check weather forecasts daily as they change frequently, be sure to take a back pack on hikes with provisions and dress warmly with layers.


Day 1 –
Where to stay?
Portland harbor hotel – I loved our stay here. Hotel is in a great location, clean rooms and awesome staff. Also, it was such a perk to have complimentary Starbucks coffee/tea every morning.

Enjoy some Portland views exploring the area – so many cute boutiques, coffee shops and photo ops!

What to eat?
We had the Belgium fries and split the Cuban sandwich, absolutely worth a try!

Dessert – The Holy Donut
The Maple Bacon and the Coconut were pretty good considering we tried them about 20 mins before closing time – coffee was decent.

I loved the atmosphere – coffee was a bit pricey but good. We enjoyed our coffee by the window to people watch as we sipped and escaped the cold for a bit.

I usually don’t like dining at hotels because of it being overpriced and not adventurous enough. However, BlueFin was a great option for us on a night we needed a later dinner. The calamari and lobster were great!

Day 2 
Breakfast Bayside American Cafe 
This place was by far my FAVORITE meal in Maine! Don’t miss out on the cinnamon roll pancake or the lobster or salmon Benedict. One of the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten – that’s saying a lot!

Adventure off to Salem, Massachusetts for a DAY TRIP (2.5 hours)
Then, keep going for another 30 mins to hit up Boston
Day 3 –
Breakfast- HiFi Donuts
You’ll want to try the black and white donut and also the Homer (Simpson). You will have to be the judge; HiFi or Holy Donut? – I think I preferred HiFi.

DAY TRIP to Acadia National Park
You’ll want to use your microspikes on the trails with ice, we didn’t need snow shoes for the trails that we hiked but would recommend having them in your car.
 Sand Beach Trail –  Easy – took about an hour to leisurely walk the trail and enjoy the rocks, icicles and beach view.
– Eagle Lake Trail – Easy – we enjoyed the sunset here on the frozen lake as we watched people ice fishing.
– Beach Mountain Trail – Moderate – 1.2 mile hike
Even with some of the trails not accessible in the winter – I still recommend seeing the colder frozen side of Acadia – I would argue its just as, if not more beautiful in the winter months. The views of snow cap mountains, water and snow take your mind off the cold – it’s completely worth it!

Day 4 
Breakfast158 Pickett Street Cafe
Try any bagel here, great breakfast sandwiches – you won’t be disappointed – we visited this place twice.

Go check out the Portland HeadLight (Lighthouse)
I loved this view – we went on a day with clear skies (lucky!). Perfect place for a picnic. Great place with a view, toboggan spot, stroll a trail along the water, admire the beautiful homes in South Portland and best of all – It’s free!

Adventure off to the coastal town of Georgetown for a few days
Where to stay?
Seguin Tree Dwellings
This is by far one of the best unique Airbnb stays I’ve ever experienced. It’s relaxing, comfortable, clean and an amazing way to be close to nature. This place was so inspiring. Our hosts were amazing – very attentive, helpful and excited for us to experience the treehouse. We would absolutely stay here again – highly recommend!

What to eat?
Coffee – Cafe Creme
This coffee shop is absolutely full of charm and friendly faces – You definitely want to try the cookie dough mocha, Danish (multiple flavors- our favorite was blueberry), the chai latte was also delicious!

Lunch/Dinner – Bath Brewing
We tried the fish and chips – really good but a bit small on the portion size. The lobster fritters appetizer was also very tasty. The ambiance is really laid back and great restaurant decor.

Explore nearby towns of Bath & Wiscasset.

Day 5 –
DAY TRIP *WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST – NEW HAMPSHIRE (2.5HRS) – Don’t forget your microspikes and snow shoes – you’ll need them!
I highly recommend taking the time to drive over to New Hampshire while in Maine.
The Falling Water Trail – Moderate – take your spikes and hiking sticks. It’s about 3 miles in the snow and the views are spectacular.

ICE CASTLES – Lincoln, New Hampshire
For only $13, you can be in the midst of a winter wonderland. This place is pure enchantment. The castles are so cool to see, they almost look fake. You’ll for sure want to bundle up warm and grab a cup of hot cocoa while there. Don’t forget to slide down the lit up Ice Slide too! I suggest booking near sunset to witness the castles transform under the sunset. It’s quite unique how they appear in day and night.

Breakfast – On the way to or back from White Mountains, stop at Fair Grounds – awesome coffee and bagel breakfast sandwich.

Day 6 –
Enjoy nearby Reid State Park
Such a beautiful free state park in the winter – we walked an easy trail along the beach. I loved being by the water and collecting sea shells. There is also a cute swint to sit and enjoy the view with a cup of coffee. 

It’s an amazing laid back park to walk along the beach, even on a cold day with snow – it’s absolutely beautiful

I recommend spending your last day of the trip relaxing in the cedar wood burning hot tub at the treehouse, watching the sun rise/set. It’s absolutely worth waking up early to witness.

Thank you for reading – Keep an eye out for blogs about Salem & Boston, Mass.


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