We had another early morning (this was the trend on our trip!), up about 6:30 am and made ourselves pancakes so we could enjoy some of the maple syrup we had purchased the day before. After breakfast we packed up camp, before the rain returned.
We drove through Portsmouth, NH, but since it was raining pretty hard and Paige was napping we decided to see it from the car rather than get out and walk around. Portsmouth has a great deal of old buildings lining the downtown core. We then drove out to the point past gorgeous old homes. The downtown core reminded us a great deal of Old Montreal.
After our drive around Portsmouth we crossed the bridge to Kittery, ME. We stopped at a couple of the outlets for some shopping (after seeing Freeport we would recommend skipping Kittery as the same shops are in Freeport where it is much nicer). The Trading Post was a recommended stop so we checked it out. To be honest, I would not recommend stopping there, it is name brand clothing which is at all of the outlets except it is not discounted there. They do not have anything different or quirky. They do have some camping gear and books on the second floor, however if you are looking for this sort of thing, check out one of the LL Bean outlets along the way or wait until you reach Freeport for LL Bean or the outlet.
We continued on Hwy 1 all the way to Freeport, meandering into some of the small towns along the way. We drove through Ogunquit while it was pouring rain and drove out to the beach. On a sunny day this would be a great beach to spend a day at and the town itself was really cute.
In Portland, ME we drove around trying to find a hotel room, but there were none to be had, so we continued on to Freeport which had not been our original destination for the night.
In Freeport we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express which you pass just before entering the town of Freeport. The handy thing with this hotel is they have a laundry room (1 washer and 1 dryer) which allowed us to get some things dried out and cleaned. As well we were able to give Paige a bath before bed so she had some semblance of a routine.
The rain was letting up as we checked into the hotel so we headed into Freeport to wander around. The streets and shops were pretty quiet by the time we got into town which was quite nice for us to enjoy some shopping and get some dinner. This is where Dave had his first Lobster Roll which he said was the best one of the trip and at the best price as well. We got it at what looked like an ice cream stand/convenience store (I don’t recall the name of the place).
You can check out my posts from our previous days on our trip here:
Day 2 – Heading to Silver Lake State Park in Vermont
Day 3- Day Tripping