I collaborated with Sam Johnson from Sandals Resorts to bring you these six awesome tips for planning your honeymoon. This post is packed with useful information, so read it carefully before making your honeymoon plans.Read More
There are so many things to do in Maine and especially in and around the population center of Portland, Maine. I live just outside Portland and go in quite often. It's one of my favorite cities (and I'm totally a country girl), because it's walkable, friendly and has some of the world's best restaurants! When friends come to visit, I give them this list of fun and interesting things to do in and around Portland. Feel free to share it on your wedding website or with your guests "from away."
Portland Museum of Art So I haven’t personally been yet but I hear great things about it and its cafe.
Bard Coffee One of the best coffee shops in all of Maine! The owners Bob and Carmen are two of the kindest people you'll ever meet.
Gelato Fiasco Italian ice cream at it's best made right here in Maine. A delicious treat
Hunt & Alpine Club Amazing cocktails, Instagram-worthy Scandanavian small plates bursting with flavor; try the popcorn and deviled eggs
Holy Donut You CANNOT leave Portland without eating at least one (who are we kidding - JUST ONE?) of these donuts
Victoria Mansion I haven’t been yet but it’s supposed to be really cool
Maine Craft Distilling They have a tasting room near Coffee By Design (also really good coffee) on Diamond Street; very hip, urban local distillery (they also have a tasting room in Freeport near LL Bean)
Eastern Promenade There's a lovely park right in Portland with beautiful views of Casco Bay and a little gazebo where weddings take place; while you’re on the East End of Portland, get some fries at Duck Fat!
Back Cove trail This is a nice, flat walking path along the Back Bay gives you a different perspective of Portland
Eventide Oyster Co. The best place for oysters evah!
Soakology A luxurious foot soak and tea house, ahhhh!
Bayside Bowl While I haven't yet had the chance to bowl here, I LOVE bowling and this should be a blast!
Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum Old Timey Portland charm
Rising Tide Brewery They've got a tasting room and a great selection of craft brewed beer.
Portland Farmers Market A year-round farmers market with over 40 farmers
Scratch Bakery Try the Earl Grey Ginger tea and any of their amazing scones!
Willard Beach It's walking distance from Scratch and it’s a dog beach with really beautiful views of Casco Bay
Portland Head Light Portland’s own lighthouse. Yes, you can get married there!
I wrote this blog post about the best rehearsal dinner locations in Portland, which lists a bunch of great restaurants. I also and Maine honeymoon ideas but it might give you some other cool ideas of things to do and see while you’re here.
I am Maine wedding officiant and the author of this blog. I collaborate with my clients to craft original and deeply personalized wedding ceremonies. You can read more about my services here and here. I hope this post was useful and that you've found the wedding venue of your dreams here in Maine!
Are you thinking of honeymooning in Maine? What a great idea! If you are getting married here why not stay on for another week and enjoy your honeymoon in the great state of Maine? If you got married somewhere else, why not take a trip to maine for your honeymoon and take advantage of all the state has to offer, which is a lot!? We have it all: mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, islands, cool cities, quaint towns, farms, gardens, boutique shops and FOOD! I love Maine, can you tell!?
9 awesome ideas for your Maine honeymoon
Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization that manages a system of 4 backcountry lodges and more than 50 miles of trails in Western Maine. They offer off-the-grid hut-to-hut adventures coupled with comfortable and friendly accommodations. My husband and I snowshoed into one of the huts for an overnight and it was incredible! The lodges are comfy and cozy in winter, and I can only imagine how great the hiking would be in summer.
The Maine Wine Trail consists of multiple wineries across Maine. The wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads and fortified wines. You can get a passport and when you've visited at least 6 or 12 wineries they'll give you a gift.
The Maine Beer Trail consists of multiple breweries across Maine. You'll find a wide variety of breweries and brew pubs as your criss-cross the state. How fun does that sound? Just like the wine trail, you can also get a passport stamped for prizes as you visit the pubs. Don't miss the Liberal Cup in Hallowell, we love that place!
The Maine Art Museum Trail is a collaboration of nine leading art museums offering more than 70,000 works of art, from ancient to contemporary, in a dazzling array of collections. If art is your thing, this is a must-see. Even if you don't want to do the whole trail, this will give you a list of the best art museums in Maine.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a "92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams winding through the heart of northern Maine's vast commercial forests." Take a week and canoe or kayak down the waterway camping as you go. You may want to hire a Maine Wilderness Guide for the trip, I would!
Maine Lighthouse Trail would be a self-guided visit to as many of the Maine lighthouses as you could during your honeymoon. There are more than 60 lighthouses along the shores of the Maine coast, some as old as 200 years. If you're here in September there's an Open Lighthouse Day where many of the lighthouses that are not normally open to the public welcome visitors.
Maine Restaurant Week is a week in March every year where some of the best restaurants in the state offer wicked deals on fabulous dinner. Search the website by city, price, dietary restriction or name and "celebrate the culinary talents" of Maine's finest restaurants. Many hotels offer deals at the same time so if you're getting married in March, don't miss this week!
Acadia National Park Carriage Roads are 45 miles of rustic carriage roads that wind their way through the hills of the national park. The roads are broken stone and are popular with walkers, runners, bikers, and carriage riders. I found out about these by watching a video by Martha Stewart as she rode in a carriage along the trail.
Schooner J. & E. Riggin is an 89 foot long legendary schooner built in 1927 that sails the waters off the coast of Rockland. As if a week's sail on this gorgeous vessel isn't enough, the ship's co-captain happens to be one of Maine's best chefs (and a dear friend of mine). Annie Mahle is a well known cookbook author, blogger, and frequent topic in publications in Maine and elsewhere. Her food alone would be worth the trip. By the way, please, please charter the schooner for your wedding and hire me as your officiant!
A few years ago my husband and I traveled to Costa Rica for an April get-a-way. We wanted to stay somewhere private (a.k.a. quiet) but with close proximity to a town. We chose El Pequeno Gecko Verde in Samara on the Guanacaste Peninsula and were not disappointed. This "hotel" is a cluster of bungalows tucked into a tropical valley.Read More