Winter Pink + Gray // Portland, Freeport Maine travel + food diary

Sorel Winter Fancy boots, H&M; coat (similar), KS mugYSL crossbody bag (review)

BR jeans, Talbots tee, Maison Jules sweater, Old Navy mittens & hat

We love heading up to Maine every so often for a change of pace, and more importantly, the food & drink! The food scene in Portland is amazing with a lot of fresh ingredients and creative culinary minds. We like gorging at restaurants there but staying somewhere with a little more rustic charm, like Freeport. It’s a small town about 20 minutes north, home to a big outdoor outlet mall for all your holiday shopping, a 24-hour LL Bean flagship store (because you might need duck boots at 3am), and don’t forget the Maine Beer Company tasting room, Nick adds!

sole society weekender duffle pack for maine

Here we are toasting our feet back in our room at the charming Haraseeket Inn, after stuffing ourselves during their complimentary tea & treats service. I adore a room with a good cozy fireplace & reading nook! Nick’s tartan PJ pants are a bargain from Old Navy (he also has the snowmen print I stole here which several of you guys asked about). They’re 100% cotton and shrink a bit if machine dried, so size up for your men. My husband gets quite riled up when I borrow his favorite PJs, but they’re just so comfy and festive I can’t help myself : ) Btw, I also picked up these cable mittens & pom pom hat while at ON – the mittens are soo soft and cozy with fleece lining on the inside!

hot chocolate cocoa by fireplace freeport inn pajamasMen’s flannel PJ pants (lots of prints), Target sweater leggings

On to Portland food…our first meal was at Eventide Oyster, co-founded by a chef who worked at Clio in Boston. They make a mean brown butter lobster roll on an Asian-style pillowy bao bun. Out of all the ways to have lobster, I prefer mine in the shell (Cantonese style over noodles! mmm…see my family recipe) but if I have to have a roll, this wasn’t bad at all. Nick on the other hand is all about the lobster rolls (and any Asian bao, pretty much), so naturally this one ranked pretty high on his list. The oysters were also oh-so-fresh and briney…it kills me when I go to places and they pour out or spill the brine before serving!

portland maine eventide oyster butter lobster roll
For brunch the next day, we were back in Portland at a spot called Central Provisions. The cornbread with bacon & filled with an egg was TDF! This dark photo doesn’t do it justice…I’m still dreaming of all its crispy bits and runny goodness. Nick has been working on perfecting his recreation of this back home.
central provisions portland maine egg cornbread brunch
I did manage to get my lobster pasta fix at Street & Co, which has been at the top of my to-try list. Apparently they take reservations 2 to 3 months ahead of time (nuts!) but thankfully also have some space for walk-ins. Their famed lobster diavolo was served piping hot & fresh, with all the seafood cooked to tender perfection for about $30 less than The Daily Catch’s version in Boston. It’s listed as “for two” but we made about two more meals out of the leftovers alone.
street and co lobster pasta portland maine
Aside from the yummy food, another common theme during our Portland trip were the strong drinks. I can usually do a few cocktails before needing to call it a night, but was a 1-drink wonder everywhere we went there (cheap date for Nick!).
You guys may remember this mock-neck sweater from this post tucked into a skirt and this post styled under a vest. The cropped length lends itself to so many different layered looks, including being worn over a longer button-up plaid shirt or patterned tee like I did here. They sell a lot of tops with that faux 2-in-1 look, which is very easy to create just with two shirts of differing lengths.

Would love to hear some of your favorite towns & places to visit in Maine for our next trip!


23 thoughts on “Winter Pink + Gray // Portland, Freeport Maine travel + food diary

  • Reply Sasa Zoe December 11, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Such a cute look! Love your hats and gloves:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply yawniebug December 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Ooh! Next time you're here PLEASE do a small meet-up! 🙂 I didn't know you were in Maine and no one ever visits Maine. 🙁

    I LOVE and adore Street and Co. If you want some Asian teppanyaki try Kobe over in Biddeford. It's just south of Portland and their lunch deals are oh-so affordable. 🙂 If you want a more busy and fun atmosphere go in the evening. For AMAZING ice cream (gelato) go to Portland's Gelato Fiasco they make all the stuff themselves and they have AMAZING flavors. Seriously, they make some of my favorite gelato. It should be in the same area as Street and Co. In fact, it's kind of almost right next to the Five Guys.

  • Reply Lucy Lai December 11, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Nice travel post! I would also recommend Applegate River Lodge in Oregon.:)

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  • Reply Trang Do December 11, 2015 at 2:01 am

    You looks so pretty! Food looks so delicious!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Reply Rachel December 11, 2015 at 2:33 am

    lovely post !

  • Reply Irene Papadopoulou December 11, 2015 at 3:01 am

    love the cozy outfit! beautiful colors

  • Reply Vitri December 11, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Such a great outfit! Love the blush color!
    Happy Weekend! xo, Vitri

  • Reply Maine Girl December 11, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Oh, I have endless suggestions! To start, for restaurants in Portland, my favorites are Piccolo (rustic southern Italian, small place owned by a husband and wife…the wife used to work at El Bulli in Spain!); Empire Chinese Kitchen (easy to order all kinds of dishes and do a family style meal), Boda (Thai type street food….their quail eggs are simply amazing, as are the Brussel sprouts and skewers), and Miyake. I keep a running list of restaurants in the Portland area that I still haven’t tried, and there are almost 80 on the list!

    There are so many great places to see in Maine, but if you have a little bit of time, going to the Camden/Rockland area is a good choice. Eat at Primo (James Beard chef, make reservations well ahead of time….they have their own greenhouses and farm), and go to Cellardoor Winery (they do tours and have a nice deck to sit out on and drink their wines). You can walk out to a lighthouse, and if you time it right, there are several boat festivals during the summer.

  • Reply Maggie Zemanek December 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I love the color combo!! Very pretty 🙂

  • Reply Julie Hiller December 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    You and I have similar feelings on oysters and lobster! I love the brine (my husband call is the liquor) and nothing beats fresh lobster from the shell.

    Cute outfit–I love how your hat, gloves, and bag all match!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Reply Julie Hiller December 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    You and I have similar feelings on oysters and lobster! I love the brine (my husband call is the liquor) and nothing beats fresh lobster from the shell.

    Cute outfit–I love how your hat, gloves, and bag all match!

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Reply Kblossoms December 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Cute hat and jacket

  • Reply mybeautrip December 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

    All look delicious an I love this pink bag!

  • Reply purpleheart December 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Wow…the food pics look amazing! And so do you. I got excited when you mentioned the 24 hours LL Bean and their ducks boots (tumbled-leather with shearing lining) hahaha. I am debating whether to get theirs or the Sorel you're wearing in the post. AND I ordered the packable Hunter boot just like yours on Nordstrom but it was back-ordered and they had to cancel it. Bummer!

  • Reply North of Chic December 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Love that jacket!!! It is so perfect for the blanket scarves that are so big this season…..sometimes the collar of jackets gets in the way of the scrarf's drape!
    Xo Laurie

  • Reply K December 11, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I'm from MA but we have a house in midcoast ME. I've lived in DC since college and going to that part of Maine is good for my soul! Do yourself a big favor and head farther north- to the Rockland/Rockport/Camden/Belfast area. I love Portland, but if you're looking for rustic and charming that's the spot. It's so much more quaint- Camden is the most touristy, but well worth the stop. There are TONS of B&Bs; throughout the four towns. Go to Long Grain in Camden for Thai. Tiny little spot and so authentic. It was written up in the NYT.

  • Reply Mei Liang December 11, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I love the matching hat, bag and mittens! Drooling over the yummy food eyecandy!

  • Reply Art Adorned December 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Everything looks great, I love your outfit the pink is gorgeous.

  • Reply Marta December 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Gorgeous coat and bag! This look is amazing!

  • Reply Mackenzie December 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Love this post, being a Mainer myself! I currently live in Boston but am from the Midcoast Maine area in Owls Head. For your next trip you HAVE to check out that area (Owls Head, Rockland, Camden). It's absolutely gorgeous and so quaint. Great restaurant scene as well! Check out the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse (and you can walk out to it), Owls Head Lighthouse, the restaurant Primo, you also absolutely have to go to breakfast at Home Kitchen Cafe. There's tons more but I will spare you 🙂

  • Reply Bella B December 12, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I am obsessed with that jacket its so cute and just a great shade of pink!

  • Reply Tina September 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Hi! Is your weekender bag in cognac or brown?

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