Have you thought about hopping on a ferry at Casco Bay Lines and visiting one of the islands for the day?
Well, if Peaks is your destination, you’re in for a treat!
Grab a ticket at the terminal and make your way all the way up to the top of the ferry to the long red benches for a picture perfect view of Casco Bay.
Just off the boat to your left, you’ll find a good cup of coffee at Lisa’s Peaks cafe.
If you want a historical tour of the island, jump on one of the Peaks Island Tour carts. I’ve heard they do a great job. It’s a goal of mine to hop on one this summer.
It’s always a treat to pop into the GEM gallery. There are a lot of talented artists living on the island who create artwork, jewelry, handbags and more. I’ve fallen in love with the works of Paul Brahms and Jessica George. Both artists seem to capture the color and textures of the island perfectly.
In my opinion the best way to really see the island is by renting a bike for $10 from Brad & Wyatt’s bike shop at 115 Island Ave. The island is roughly 4 miles around and there are posted signs on telephone poles to guide you to the Backshore.
There’s really nothing better than coasting down Whitehead street, heading toward the Backshore with the smell of salt air and and the view of Whitehead Passage in front of you. It taps you on the shoulder and reminds you to relax and slow down , you’re on “island time” now.
Keep an eye out for me and my girl Della.
When you’re ready for lunch, my favorite spot is The Inn of Peaks Island. Their staff is fun and friendly and I love their Sesame Tuna appetizer with Seaweed Salad or their Strawberry Greens Salad with Blackened Chicken. I’ve also been know to dig into a pile of their loaded Nachos with girlfriends and cold glass of Shipyard too!!
If you want a real treat, make a reservation, and enjoy cocktails and dinner on the back deck of the Cockeyed Gull. Everything owner/chef Chon-Ye prepares is delicious. Her crabcakes with aioli are the best, but honestly, I usually go for one of her nightly specials, they are always amazing.
Looking back at Portland with a glass of Oyster Bay and a gorgeous sunset, in my opinion, is Heavenly.
Before heading back to the Mainland, enjoy a Giffords ice cream DownFront. Everyone has a favorite flavor, mine is coconut with hot fudge and chopped nuts.
Kick your feet up and relax for the 15 minute ride back to Portland.
Until next time.