Monday, September 24, 2012

We are going



But first, of course, it's breakfast time.

You can do breakfast two ways:
stay in Portland and scoot right over to

Hot Suppa,

or, ride up and have breakfast at

Brunswick Diner.

There are a great number of eateries in Portland, but for one of, if not the best spot to feed the morning hunger, Hotta Suppa is where you want to be.  But.  Ya gotta get there early.  For two reasons: First, it's on Congress Street, which is metered and they start ticking at 9 AM – not that 2-hours of meter change will set you back a great deal.  It's just the principle of the thing.  The second, and more important reason is: it's a very popular place, and being a small joint, the booths fill quickly.

Their menu is eclectic, spanning the range of standard breakfast fare, right through some really exotic dishes.

Take a gander at who they are and what they offer:

However, if you want to get on the road early, and are looking for a unique experience, then you want to go to the Brunswick Diner.

But!  Pay attention here.  This is a real diner: small, and narrow, one cook, limited staff (otherwise no one could get in) and... serving diner food - fast, good, enough, but NOT gourmet.  AND it's CASH on the barrelhead as they say.  No credit cards.  Cash only.  So, if you're not willing to eat with your new buddy sitting right beside you, and/or you're cash poor, stay with Hot Suppa.  Otherwise, crank 'er up.

Brunswick Diner does not have a website, but you can find out all about them at either, or Facebook.

On The Road

You could take the interstate to Brunswick,

but you'd have missed some beautiful roads, hosting some gorgeous homes, surrounded by spectacular vistas.
Instead, ride across the Martins Point Bridge onto Route 1, and when Route 88 veers off to the right, take it, settle back, and enjoy the view and the ride.

Route 88 will take you back to Route 1, and after you pass Delorme, perhaps the world's most exciting map store, (although you may not want to pass it without stopping: its home to a hugh, stunning globe of the world, and the store's inventory can hold you fast for days and days),

you will cross the Royal River (just passed the Muddy Rudder restaurant) and soon thereafter South Freeport Road will veer off to the right.

South Freeport Road "T's" at Bow Street, where you turn right and get set to see some serious front yard work.

Of course, no matter which way you come into Brunswick

you'll be greeted by a church spire, and, within a very short time frame, you'll find yourself on
Maine Street.

And, it almost doesn't matter how you enter
 Brunswick, once you do, you will KNOW you're on
Maine Street – it's LONG and WIDE,

and sports a soft, green mall its entire length.  Just the place to sprawl out and enjoy the day.

Brunswick sits right alongside theAndroscoggin river, where the river tumbles down its last falls before heading toward the sea...

And spanning the river, one of the few (very few) remaining cable foot-bridges invites you to walk to Thopsham and back.

The bridge was designed by John Roebling, who designed the Brooklyn Bridge and is of the same wire rope design.

Looking downstream toward the falls, you can see the massive ex-factory building.

It anchors one end of Maine Street.  It's called Fort Andros after the original fort that was built there in 1688, although most of the folks in town know it as the Cabot Mill.

As  you stroll along Maine Street, you will pass many restaurants, ice-cream joints and coffee shops,

but the place to stop is right here.

Donuts to die for.  'Nuff said.

At the other end of Maine Street is Bowdoin College.

Steeped in history, alma mater to many prestigious men and women

By now the Sun was sliding downward, and legs were getting weary, so we saddled up and headed home.

A good day.


  1. What an awesome day. And the breakfast choices sound fun. With a name like Hot Suppa, I would think only lunch and dinner would be served. Their breakfast menu looked pretty tasty though.

    I enjoy traveling with you over the interweb when you stop in neat little towns and take pictures of all kinds of historical sites and such.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you, for the nice things you write.
      You know, it's funny, but everyone thinks of Hot Suppa as anything but breakfast, and no one knows why it is so named.
      It is fun to go to these places, and enjoyable to write about them.
      Glad you like it.
      Stay tuned. More to come

  2. Mike:

    I'm having a hard time keeping all these places straight. There are so many places to eat in your neck of the woods. For now, I would be happy if you just sent me a couple of donuts from Frostys, until I can get there myself (Think late July 2013)

    How come Maine street has 2 lanes on one side and only 1 lane on the other ?

    Riding the Wet Coast
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  3. Bob... here's my e-mail......

    Send my your address and donuts will be on the way!

    July next year!!! Wait until I tell Tom. And you'll be here just a little shy of Summer, so the heat won't be bad.

    Maine street has so many turn-offs that one lane or another disappears for a bit, then comes right back in.