We received complimentary tickets from Amtrak Downeaster for an honest review.
Opinions are my own.
#EXPLOREMOREDRIVELESS ON AMTRAK DOWNEASTER
It’s no secret that Portland is my favorite New England city. I love the charm of this small town, the amazing food selections, and it’s one of the best destinations for New England craft beer lovers. So, I jumped at the chance to work with the Amtrak Downeaster and ride the train to Maine!
We make the drive to Portland a few times a year to visit friends, and for releases at Bissell Brothers and Maine Beer Company. It’s a little more than a three-hour drive from where we live on the New Hampshire-Vermont border. This time however, we hopped on the train in Durham and rode for about an hour right up to Thompson’s Point. It’s about a five-minute walk from the Amtrak station to Bissell Brothers (WIN!).
It was a nice change from our typical drive, to be able to sit with Bobby and just enjoy each other’s company, instead of having to worry about GPS, tolls, and traffic. We left town in the middle of a nor’easter, so not having to worry about rain, snow, and icy roads was a major plus.
The train was spacious and comfortable, with large windows, plenty of legroom, and free WiFi – WIN!
Once we were settled, we made our way to the Downeaster Cafe, where you can purchase all sorts of snacks, local and regional products, and light meals. We checked it out and decided on a cup of New England Clam Chowder, and a couple of local beers. It was the perfect light snack for the stormy weather.
We met up with a few friends in Portland for the second annual Sunaana Craft Beer and Music Festival. Our VIP tickets allowed us to enjoy the festival from comfortable seating, with a perfect view of the stage, VIP-only beers (from Trillium, Foam, Bissell, and more), and some amazing local food. I tend to get bored with beer festivals, but this one was such a great time. We’re already looking forward to hopping on the Sunaana train with Amtrak Downeaster for next year’s event.
After the festival and a delicious brunch at Hot Suppa (I highly recommend their Cajun Bloody Mary!), we hopped back on the train for a relaxing ride home. We enjoyed some beautiful views of Maine while sipping some coffee and recounting all the weekends’ amazing moments.
We loved our experience on Amtrak Downeaster and look forward to some more trips on the train, maybe to Boston with a group of friends next time!
AMTRAK DEALS AND A GIVEAWAY
Experience the train for yourself and get a free ticket with the purchase of any full fare adult ticket, using code v235.
The Amtrak Downeaster runs from Boston’s North Station to Brunswick, Maine, with stops in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.