You know that urge we all have sometimes, to jump in a car and just drive?

I love road trips – that liberating feeling of throwing a few things in a bag and traversing across states, through small, unknown towns and toward some vague destination. So last week, I packed about five pairs of denim shorts, every swimsuit I own, some disposable cameras, and my boyfriend, and we hit the road for nine days.

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Our general plan was to just take inspiration from Steinbeck’s book Travels With Charley and eat lots of lobster. Done and done. But there was a lot more to it, so I wanted to share a few of my favorites if you ever find yourself in Maine, the capital of lobster and homemade blueberry ice cream…

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Eat: When in the land of lobster and blueberries, eat them in abundance. But, if you happen to find yourself in Portland, you can’t go past Vinland. It’s all locally-sourced and organic food, and made in really innovative ways – and one of the best meals I’ve had in forever. I went for the tasting menu, and you can have paired wines (all of the wine is also organic!).

Shop: If you’re looking for some incredible antiques for your home, you’ve come to the right state. There are really unique finds and so much character at all of the markets that pop up any day of the week!

Do: Hike in Acadia. Bountiful trails of all levels take you to some of the most scenic spots on the country’s east coast. You might even come across secret swimming holes and a porcupine (crazy!) like I did…

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See: The sunset at Kennebunkport! Every sunset during summer is beautiful on the Maine coast, but the one in this beautiful seaside town is (as cheesy as it sounds) unforgettable.

Tip: Reception in the more remote areas of Maine is patchy, so make sure you have a backup hardcopy of a map and a well-curated playlist ready — Spotify might not connect out in those woods!

Where did your most memorable road trip take you?

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