My wife and two young sons (ages 5 and 3) are vacationing in Portland starting this Saturday, August 3 for a week (we are traveling from Newark, DE). We secured a lovely rental flat in the East End through AirBnb. Our goals are to mix beer tourism with family fun and have some good meals too. We can't afford to eat out EVERY single meal so we'll be taking advantage of our flat's kitchen for some meals, hopefully paired with some growlers of local brew.
So I've already done a lot of research and have assembled a tentative itinerary that I'd like to post here for comment and suggestions. Please let me know if you think there's a better option in a category than the one I selected. Thanks so much!
Saturday - 7.5 hour drive so we won't be doing much, but thinking of dinner at Gritty's as a kid friendly way to start sampling the local beer scene.
Sunday - in the morning explore the Eastern Prom, then head to Freeport for LL Bean, Maine Beer Co tastings, and a Tardy Bros show at the Freeport Theater of Awesome that hopefully the kids will like.
Post dinner at home, head out for Gelato Fiasco.
Monday - head to Old Port to explore the shops and Standard Baking Co. Head over to the Children's Museum later in the morning.
In the afternoon hit up the big highlight - Allagash -- for tastings. Geary's too as it seems to be right next door (but only open for tastings from 2-2:30 with advance res required).
Tuesday - driving tour of Maine lighthouses using http://tinyurl.com/csqh4wq as a guide. Then lunch at Fisherman's Grill. What are the lines like on a Tuesday? Is it a must to line up early?
Later that day tastings at Rising Tide Brewery, then dinner at home.
Wednesday - Haven't done much research in this area yet, but would like to head south of Portland to a beach for part of the day. Somewhere family friendly where the kids can freeze their toes in the water for a bit. :-) Later that day head to the Thirsty Pig for Happy Hour then Pai Men Miyake for dinner (our kids love Japanese noodles / soup, we love pork buns).
Thursday - Sea Dogs day game and hopefully some Holy Donuts too. Later in the day head to Bunker Brewing for tastings. We hope to line up a babysitter for that evening for my wife and I to go to a restaurant together. We're currently looking at Eventide (current leader in the clubhouse) Street and Co, and 555 but would appreciate any advice here.
Friday - Lobster boat ride through luckycatch.com, followed by a lobster lunch. In the afternoon we'd like to visit Maine Mead Co. for tastings. Dinner is undecided, perhaps Otto Pizza as I'm sure the kids will be in the mood for pizza by then.
I know, I know, I didn't even mention Shipyard Brewing, but with so many other local places to try if I had to leave out one I should probably skip the one I can buy at my local store anyway. I'm also keen on fitting Novare Res into the schedule somewhere, just haven't figured out where yet. And at some point I'll be popping into Two Fat Cats to see how the "whoopie pie" compares to the gobs of my youth (I'm from Johnstown, PA).
So what does everyone think? What Maine experience am I missing or what other restaurant do I need to try? Thanks so much!
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