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Trip Report Portland ME heads up

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Lucky us, Maine can be a day trip for us but we usually ignore southern Maine as too built up, too much traffic etc. DH wanted to make a quick visit to Wells so it was a good opportunity to see something new in Portland and add to our list of lobster rolls places. The goal: Bite Into Mane food truck that is parked in Fort Williams Park. I had read on Chowhound that it served the best lobster rolls. Doing a little research, I found that they offered six different varieties of lobster rolls. SIX! Of course, we still ordered the Maine version (a little mayo, butter toasted hot dog roll) and some local root beer. DH opted for chips but I chose the corn, blueberry and cucumber salad for a side. Our usual venues are the deep fried seafood places where onion rings are our usual choice.

What I did not expect was Fort Williams Park. I don't think I have ever seen this mentioned in Maine trip reports. Everyone walks the Marginal Way in Ogunquit. This is similar. Nice walk, probably shorter along the edge of the cliffs. The beach is tiny but the park is huge, 90 acres and home to Portland Head Light. We brought our bag chairs but there were quite a few picnic tables scattered around and benches along the walkway. The Fort operated from the 1800s to 1963 and protected Portland during WW2.

It's not crowded. Free parking. No fee to visit! We enjoyed our lobster rolls while watching beautiful Casco Bay. A small cruise ship went by. Lots of sailboats out and a yacht or two. Some people were sunbathing. Some walking dogs. What a jewel on the coast. Definitely worth a visit whether you are looking for lobster rolls or not. This is the Cape Elizabeth area just south of Portland.

If you have decent directions, you can be in the Old Port area of Portland in 15 minutes. Two Fat Cats Bakery was our destination for dessert - maybe the best whoopie pies in Maine. (Filling is more like whipped cream.)

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