After waking up on this fine Labor Day, we checked out of our hotel and headed into downtown Concord for breakfast: coffee and bagels.
From there, we drove north to the Lakes Region on New Hampshire, which I understand is a popular destination for vacationers / weekend homes. We started our exploration in Laconia, a surprisingly big town given its seeming remoteness. We then moved on to the village of Weirs Beach, which felt the most obviously touristy of areas in the Lakes Region.
From Weirs Beach, we had a pleasant drive around the southern shoreline of Lake Winnipesaukee to Wolfeboro, which is a lovely town that seemed a bit more refined than Weirs Beach.
After strolling the town, we drove north toward the White Moutains and then hung a right for Portland, ME. We reached Portland around 2pm, dropped off our car, and headed to the Portland Museum of Art (which is just down the street from my Portland office at RxAnte). While it’s recognized as one of New England’s best museums, I found its collection a bit uneven and not especially strong in our interests.
After the museum, we headed to Novare Res Bier Cafe for a drink and snack before exploring the quaint shops in Old Port. For dinner, we thought about going go Duck Fat, but the wait was too long and we didn’t like the scene (share tables) generally. Instead we went to Zapoteca, which is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants anywhere. It also makes awesome cocktails, including fruit and habanero-infused margaritas. Ole!
Today’s box score: +1 state (ME).