Sunday, September 28, 2008

Falling for Peaks Island

Summer may be officially over, but that didn't stop Adam and I from hopping the ferry out of Portland and heading to Peaks Island last weekend. After a gorgeous 15 minute ride from the bustling streets of Maine's largest city, we found ourselves in a completely different world, where time moves at a slower pace and bikes reign as the dominant means of transportation. Once on the island, our first stop was the always delicious Cockeyed Gull.

The first thing we did was order drinks. And since we were on an island and I was pining for the summer that came and went too quickly, I decided to order up a piña colada. It hit the spot perfectly.

I paired my tropical cocktail with the hummus plate with fresh veggies.

And the veggie stir fry with mung bean noodles.

In addition to the amazing food, the Cockeyed Gull is know for its stellar views of the harbor and the Portland skyline.

After lunch, we rented two bikes and began a leisurely cruise around the island. This laid back community has a loop road that makes an easy bike ride around the whole island. On the way, we stopped to admire the island architecture that ranges from cute cottage to modern mega-mansion.

We stopped in at the wonderfully preserved 5th Maine Regimental Museum, where we learned about the island's history as the "Coney Island of Maine" (about 100 years ago) and as the place where Portland's homeless population was housed (about 50 years ago).

When we got to the island's back shore, we left our bikes by the road and wandered down the narrow trail that leads to the the abandoned military installation known as Battery Steel. This is both a really cool and a really creepy fort to explore. I would have loved a flashlight as we walked through the pitch black tunnel, but all I had was my camera flash to guide us.

Back into the brilliant sunshine, we once again stowed our bikes so we could hang out on one of the back shore's rocky beaches. Because Maine is overflowing with creative people, you can't go anywhere without seeing art. Our rocky coastline is not exception. Behind me you can see the stacked rock sculptures that have become a hallmark of our rock bound beaches.

Anyone can add to the art, as Adam did with a handful of found objects, which included lobster shells, crab parts and an unopened and sun-faded Budweiser can.


Janet said...

What a cute island, filled with so much history! Cheers to the piña colada, I wish I was sipping on one right now ;)

Tami said...

What a wonderful way to spend the day. Thanks for all the photos and the tour!

Anonymous said...

Great photo essay - I love Maine. I miss it so much. I used to visit my in-laws in Kennebunk. Beautiful place.

Meg Wolff said...

I absolutely love to ride the ferry and walk around Peaks Island, but I haven't been in forever. Now that I know I can get a veggie stir-fry and hummus & veggies at the Cock-Eyed Gull I'll have a destination! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

You live in such a beautiful area! And that hummus plate looks so good!

Bianca said...

You always go to the coolest places. I need to take a hint from you and travel more often.