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Micro-Adventures: Portland

Ashley Gateless on

Picnic on the Eastern Promenade

I would be amiss if I didn't feature a micro-adventure in my own town (the first Portland I might add - not the hipster city in Oregon, but equally hip) especially because Portland Trails offers so many great natural spots within a short distance from the city. For those not lucky enough to live in Portland it can be accessed by car, train or bus 2 hours north of Boston, and has its own airport that I’ve found boasts flights with prices comparable to bigger cities.

Portland, Maine photo by Gretchen Powers

I grabbed my bike and rendezvoused with friends at Lone Pine Brewery before hopping on the bike path and pedaling around the peninsula to the Eastern Promenade which offers beach access, plentiful lawn space and shade - which on our first hot day of the summer was much appreciated.  Even if you only have an hour or two there’s no reason you can’t hop on a bike in your town, throw a few snacks in your bag and find some green space for a picnic. I challenge you to do it with your phone on silent zipped up in your bag.  

Portland, Maine photo by Gretchen Powers

Take in the sights, sounds, and smells of your surroundings and enjoy how good food tastes outside.  Be present and enjoy the company, or quiet before you have to go back to your busy, bustling life.  

Other bikeable options that we love in Portland

  • Commercial Street for the wharfs, and fresh seafood you can buy and bring home to cook and the nearby Old Port for cute cobbled streets and shopping.
  • Head across the bridge to South Portland to check out Spring Point Lighthouse, Bug Light and for a bit more of an adventure further to Portland Headlight
  • Duckfat for french fries, Eventide for Oysters and fried fish, and grab the famous ice cream next door at Honey Paw
  • Bike to Thompsons Point and enjoy a beer at Bissell Brothers, wine at Cellardoor Winery and spirits at Stroudwater Distillery.

Field Notes from MiiR contributor Gretchen Powers