Thursday, August 16, 2012

portland, me

I almost didn't want to share this secret with you. But I'm just a little bit nicer than that.

Here's the secret: for just $10 each way, you can buy a ticket to Portland, Maine on an Amtrak train. (That's $10 after you've applied the buy-1-get-1-free promotion.) The trip is just under 2.5 hours, so on Sunday, J and I found ourselves on a train, zipping our way up to Portland for a day trip.


It was our first time there, and we had so much fun. I would describe Portland as one part hippie, one part quaint, one part fishing village, and one part washed-up. We're hoping it's on the upswing after the economic downturn did some damage to the tourism industry. Because the vacant buildings are just a side note to the beauty of this quiet sea city.

But I'll just let the pictures do the talking...




 


14 comments:

  1. Aren't small New England cities beautiful? That looks like a fun day, Clair. I'm even jealous of the train ride... how was the scenery to and from?

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  2. Looks really pretty. And there's something so romantic about train rides I really can't get over. I think it must have something to do with how much I like the movie North by Northwest

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  3. Beautiful....and love the pictures of you and Joe : )

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  4. I really want to go back to Portland, I went once for a Honors conference and it was the middle of the winter... no fun! Can't wait to go back :) Beautiful pics!

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  5. You can get there on the TRAIN? I am recently obsessed with Portland. Now I've GOT to go back!

    (I won't tell other people the secret, promise!)

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  6. I LOVE PORTLAND!! Seriously, love. And I never knew that about the Amtrak train. I knew there was one, but never imagined it would be so affordable. Do you need two people to make the price so low?

    Also, you look adorable. Love your headband!!

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  7. wow, that place is beautiful. i thought to myself, "maine in ~2 hours?" then realized that i'm not exactly as north as you guys.

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  8. Wow, I had no idea the train was that cheap! I've been meaning to plan a trip to Portland all summer and now I have no excuse not to.

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  9. ILOVETHIS. I had no idea it was so easy and inexpensive! My best friend lives in Maine now, so I'm trying to plan a late-summer/early-fall jaunt up there!

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  10. Great tip! Your photos are beautiful. Makes me want to take a trip to Portland ASAP!!

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  11. ooooooh my gosh. i've been debating what other NE town i'm going to take my mom to (it's down to burlington, portland, newport, and somewhere north shore) and i think you might have sold me! so cuuuute. and you can rock a head-scarf so well!

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  12. Love portland! The last time I was there was during the winter. There's this amazing place called Soakology if you ever decide to head back up! It's a foot sanctuary and teahouse-amazing experience!

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    1. Daaaang! Wish I had known...sounds amazing! Guess we'll have to go back. =)

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  13. It's reason enough to go back! It's a little pricey but a fun little splurge nonetheless.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)