The Outlets and Onward Ho!
Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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Kittery is across the bridge from Portsmouth in the state of Maine. Whilst it shares the Piscataqua river with Portsmouth on the northern side, we elect to bypass the riverfront and drive straight to the outlet shops on Highway 1.
After 3 hours and laden with ultra-cheap goodies we continue north along the Maine coast just knowing that today will be a day of visiting less than half of the planned sights, especially since it is now afternoon and we are 5 miles out of Portsmouth (and 1 mile out of Kittery).
We pass through the historic village of York, stopping to snap the Old Gaol - built in 1719 and one of the country's oldest public buildings; and the old white church.
The scenic drive along Route 9 brings us to another historic village - Kennebunkport. This town is famous for its beaches and the romantic 1826 historic home known as the Wedding Cake House. We thought we saw it, but later found out we didn't :(
Continuing along Route 9 we arrive at Cape Porpoise and being the hungry travellers we are, must just stop at the Pier 77 restaurant which is serving lobster rolls (fresh from the Atlantic) in it's all day cafe known as The Ramp (because you have to walk down a ramp next to the restaurant and into the bar which overlooks the bay).
We pass through Old Orchard Beach (quaint name, horrible place) and head toward Cape Elizabeth to view the Twin Lights (lighthouses).
Next we try to avoid the Old Port of Portland (no time), but we do view some distinctive buildings in the downtown arts district as we sail past.
Now once again, time is our enemy. A few more deletions from the GPS to hasten our journey, but before we reach our destination for the night we agree that we just must visit the L. L. Bean store in Freeport. Leon Leonwood Bean (1872-1967) would be amazed today if he could see the result of his dislike for cold, wet feet. The hunting boot he developed in 1912 with leather uppers on rubber overshoe bottoms began a company that now claims more than a billion dollars in sales worldwide and carries anything needed for outdoor excursions. His mammoth flagship store includes a 73 square metre pond stocked with trout and is open 24 hours, 365 days per year!