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A Weekend in Portland, Maine

Lighthouses. Steaming cups of seafood chowder. Trees drenched in reds, oranges, and the brightest yellows imaginable. Oysters on the half shell. Frosty craft beers. Lobster rolls. Panoramic ocean views.

This is Portland.


Back Cove

Lobster rolls

Back Cove 2

Back Cove 3





Lobster Ale




(Oh, AND I took almost 9 minutes off my previous half-marathon time! 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 14 minutes.)

Portland is an amazing little city with so many things to offer.

We ate at Gilbert’s Chowder House 3 times in 4 days. THREE TIMES. Their lobster rolls were the best around, and the seafood chili (yep, they have a tomato-based seafood chili) is to-die-for on a breezy day by the sea.

Portland’s breweries are endless and seem to be popping up overnight, much like North Carolina’s beloved Asheville.

The hills are shockingly San Francisco-esque in some areas, which made for gorgeous views of the ocean and Back Cove and Casco Bay (and also made me really nervous for race day!)

Overall, this trip left me feeling calm, rejuvenated, and ready for fall. Thank you for your hospitality, Portland.

xo Cassie


  1. Wow Casssie looks like a fabulous time – lovely pics of you and Richard! Knew you would love it up in New England – now you know why we miss it!
    Congrats. on the race time – how’d you manage that after eating all those lobster rolls and swigging all that beer, haha!!!!!!
    See you soon hopefully.
    Love and hugs oxoxoxoxo

  2. I’m glad you and Richard found Portland, Maine to be as wonderful as I had mentioned to you before your trip to beautiful New England. Just wish Grandma Mary and I could have been there with you as Maine is one of our favorite places to visit. So glad you did so well in the race. I hope you also dined on the area’s famous littleneck steamer clams too. Cheers to you both and welcome home. Grandpa Bob

  3. Hi Cassie! It sounds like you guys had a wonderful time out there! I’m so excited for you and your results on the half marathon! Cheers! Do you have any other races coming up soon? Hope you are having a great week! Love ~ Vanessa

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