Rainy Day in Portland, Maine

You will never guess where we currently are . . . we’re in Scotland! (Or maybe you already knew that from all my tweets!) But yes – Dan and I are in Scotland to visit my best friend who’s currently studying at the University of Glasgow! Our plans are to spend the week soaking in all the natural beauty from Glencoe and Isle of Skye. Imagine mountainous greens and rolling glens! (Am I using that word right? I just learned the word “glen” this week.) Then, we have a few days in Edinburgh to end the trip.

Although to be honest, the rainy days in Scotland reminds me of the weather back at home in New England. Like in Scotland, rainy days in New England are inevitable.

Here are some rainy pictures from our time in Portland, Maine last month. I thought it would be fitting to share those pictures with you all today, since my Scotland photos won’t be ready to share yet. More on Scotland later, I promise!

Bull Feeney's in Portland, Maine | Simply Lovebirds

Here we are in Portland, Maine. Before it started to rain, we made our way into Bull Feeney’s on Fore Street for lunch. Dan’s college roommate, who is a local Mainer, recommended this Irish pub.

Holy Donut Burger at Bull Feeney's in Portland, Maine | Simply Lovebirds

In 23 facts about myself, I admitted that I was not a foodie, however that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy a huge-ass burger every once in a while. We got to Portland knowing that we wanted to try the famous Holy Donut, which are donuts made by hand from local Maine potatoes. However, the real Holy Donut joint had a long line out the door, so I opted to get the maple-glazed Holy Donut bacon burger at Bull Feeney’s instead. I ate (half) the burger like a champ, then tucked the other half away in a doggy bag. Dan got a chicken sandwich. There was live Celtic music playing on the floor beneath us while we had the whole second floor to ourselves.

Rainy day in the car

By the time we finished eating, it started to pour. We were on our way to see some lighthouses.

Lighthouse viewpoint in Portland, Maine

Coincidentally, we drove by the Portland Observatory which is modeled like a lighthouse. Since it was a rainy day, there was no reason to climb up the tower, but on a sunny day, I would recommend you take the bait and see the panoramic view of the city here!


Lighthouse in Portland, Maine

We finally reached Cape Elizabeth Light at Two Lights State Park. But can you see it? Dan and I debated back and forth whether we were at the right viewpoint, because we could hardly see this lighthouse. While weather had something to do with it (it was pouring at this point) it still doesn’t look like a great view.

Windy Flagpole

It can be hard to show how windy it is in photographs, but take a look at how tilted this flag pole is due to the wind! The flag was whipping up like crazy. We were scared the metal pole would just fall over!

Portland Maine's Rocky CoastlineRealities of New England Weather

Luckily, we are dressed for the weather so a little rain never stops us from adventuring!

Kim and Dan Traveling to Maine

Dan is wearing this water-resistant and windproof adidas jacket while I have layered my Northface jacket and Patagonia fleece beneath my Zara trench coat.

Portland Maine's Rocky Coastline Viewing Binoculars in Portland, Maine | Simply Lovebirds

As you can see, these photos show the realities of weather in New England. It looks like it could be winter, but these photos were actually taken in early September, which is considered summer. This is why everyone suggests to bring layers whenever you travel to the Northeast! But no worries! Our afternoon was still very pleasurable, since we were celebrating my birthday and exploring new parts of the state that we haven’t been before. The next day was sunny and back to warm weather! We did vlog about our time here but I am very behind on editing videos, so you’ll have to see them a few months from now.

At the moment, Scotland is amazing and I plan to write more about my time in Scotland in later blog posts, when I have the right photos to accompany my thoughts! Stay tuned, everyone!

Would you adventure outside while it’s raining?


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Thanks so much! And yes that donut burger was A LOT hahah. Wish they had warned me beforehand.

  1. October 26, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    Haha yes New England and the UK definitely have similar weather! Scotland is still beautiful even in the rain so I’m sure you’ll have the best time!!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Totally agree! Scotland was so beautiful.

  2. October 26, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    I’ve never been in your part of the country, so I had no idea that it rains there more than anywhere else during this time! I find this interesting because Portland, Oregon gets rained on a lot like Seattle, too!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:13 am

      It doesn’t rain AS frequently but it does from time to time here!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Thanks! Rainy days are definitely a great time to cozy up!

  3. October 27, 2017 / 12:49 am

    Looks like such a fun trip!! Can’t wait to hear all about Scotland!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:13 am

      Yay! Thanks Caitlin!

  4. October 27, 2017 / 3:52 am

    I love your photos Kim! I neeeeed to explore New England, it sounds like a wonderful place! The weather in Scotland is the same as Northern England, which is rainy all the time too! The weather clears up the more South you go, but England (and the UK in general!) is a pretty rainy place!

    I hope you have a great Friday!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thanks Michael! And I bet the weather is similar between Scotland and England! Although it was definitely less rainy the more south we went!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:15 am

      Hope you make the trip someday! We consider ourselves very lucky to have seen Scotland!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Katya! We knew ordering a beer was a must in Portland because they’re known for their breweries!

  5. October 27, 2017 / 9:09 am

    Have an awesome time in Scotland! And holy crap that burger wow – was it amazing??

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Thanks Rachel! It was soo good but I couldn’t finish it all (for obvious reasons haha).

  6. October 27, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Aww this looks like a great place, but too bad it was raining! 🙁 Ooh and the food looks awesome, the burger looks like something I would finish in one sitting! Now this post made me hungry… Haha!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:16 am

      You MUST try the holy donuts in Portland, Maine someday! So good!!

  7. Diana
    October 27, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    You’re so lucky to be exploring Scotland! I guess it rains so often there that it’s no surprise, although it still looks beautiful. Have an amazing trip! 🙂


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Thank you! We consider ourselves very lucky! And it really wasn’t a surprise to us that it rains everyday in Scotland haha. We went prepared!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Decadent indeed! Thanks for the comment, Yasmin!

  8. October 28, 2017 / 7:38 am

    This looks like such a cozy town. Your burger looks so intriguing! I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to try! Hope you’re having the best time in Scotland. Can’t wait to see more pics! xx

    Madison http://breakfastatmadisons.com

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:18 am

      The burger was … A LOT but still delicious and totally worth it, hahah. Thanks for the comment, Madison!

  9. October 28, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Loving your photography, so nice! Have a wonderful time in Scotland 🙂

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thank you, Anika!

  10. Katherine
    October 28, 2017 / 9:29 am

    How fun!! We want to go to Scotland as well! Can’t wait to follow along on your adventures! So glad we found another couple blog to follow 🙂

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Hope you two travel together to Scotland someday! You’d have a blast!

  11. October 28, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Looks like you had such a fun time exploring! How lucky to be exploring Scotland right now too! I am dying to go someday!

    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:19 am

      Hope you make it out to Scotland someday! It’s such a beautiful country, no matter the weather!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:19 am

      That’s awesome! I hope you liked it there.

  12. October 28, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Why can’t California have this kind of weather?! The photos look so beautiful, Kim! Can’t wait to read about your trip from Scotland.

    cabin twenty-four

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Hahah I think it’s so funny how you love the rain more than sunny weather! Looking forward to sharing everything from my trip soon! Thanks for the comment!

  13. October 28, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    Sometimes I feel like California doesn’t get enough rainy days…..Then we get them, and I am hoping the rain will go away soon! 😛 This looks like a lovely, cozy rainy day.

    Natalie Gennaoui

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:20 am

      I had no idea that it rained in California! I think rain is great in moderation!

  14. October 29, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Hope you and Dan will have fun in Scotland! Oh man, while it’s raining out there, it’s super hot in LA right now @__@.

    It’s so cool that there’s a town named Portland in Maine XD. I’ve always referenced the one in Oregon this whole time *o*. The more I know~

    The food you two ate looks super delicious! The bacon caught my attention XD. So cool that there are a bunch of lighthouses on the east coast. As long as you came prepared, you guys can conquer the rain XD. Thanks for sharing!


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:21 am

      I love that the two Portlands in the United States are on opposite coasts! Whenever we mention Portland, it is always in reference to Maine, but I can totally see why you’d mean Oregon, hahah. Thanks for your comment, Nancy!

  15. October 29, 2017 / 7:12 am

    Great photos! It seems like the kind of weather that makes you want to curl up in a blanket and drink some hot cocoa. Yummy looking food too.

    Joy to the World

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:22 am

      We definitely wanted to curl up after eating so much food, hehe.

  16. October 29, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Ohh, enjoy your stay! Scotland is beautiful, especially if you like nature.
    Hugs and have a lovely rest of the weekend,

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:22 am

      We LOVE nature so visiting Scotland is perfect for us! Hope you have a great weekend, Miri!

  17. October 29, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    What a fun trip! Love all of the pictures!
    I love Scotland. Can’t wait to read more stories about Scotland.

    xo, Joling

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Joling! We are super excited to show you all our pictures from Scotland! Soon, soon!

  18. October 30, 2017 / 1:10 am

    It’s been raining here in Maryland too. In fact, it’s pouring outside right now. I can’t wait to see your photos from Scotland! I bet they will be beautiful.

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:23 am

      We heard it was raining along the east coast of the U.S. while we were in Scotland, so I guess we weren’t missing out on the weather back at home, haha!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:24 am

      Thanks Jane!

  19. October 30, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Have so much fun in Scotland! And as for this post, Portland sounds incredible. I’ve heard such great things. Glad it didn’t disappoint xx


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thanks so much Quinn! Hope you get to visit Portland someday.

  20. Gabrielle
    October 30, 2017 / 7:18 am

    Ah! How exciting you’re in Scotland! Can’t wait to hear/read about your couple of days in Edinburgh to end the trip as well, I visited last year and really enjoyed my time there. The Maple-glazed Holy Donut Bacon Burger looks SO good, oh my gosh – worth traveling all the way there for that alone haha!


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:25 am

      Thanks Gabrielle! I saw you’ve referenced Edinburgh in a few of your blog posts before! We’re super excited for the trip. Glad you appreciated that huge-ass burger like I did hahah.

  21. Steph
    October 30, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I am loving these photos!! You two are the CUTEST! Love me a gorgeous mixed couple <3 <3 Sending so much love!


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Aw thanks Steph, hehe.

  22. LENA
    October 30, 2017 / 9:08 am

    Wow! I’ve never heard of a donut bacon burger before! Lol! That’s crazy! Was it good?


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:26 am

      The Holy Donut is located in Portland, Maine and their donuts are made from potatoes! Quite unique! I hope you get to try it in Maine someday! It was so delicious but I couldn’t finish it for obvious reasons, hahah.

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Thanks Courtney!

  23. October 30, 2017 / 10:27 am

    First of all, have so much fun in Scotland! Also, this day looks so amazing. I love rainy days around town, having a cozy breakfast and strolling the beachside with coffee.


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Thanks Ellie! Rainy days can be fun and cozy like you said!

  24. October 30, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Portland seems so charming, especially when it rains! When would be the best time of the year to explore it, Kim?

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:27 am

      I would suggest visiting in the summer because you can go around and see more in better weather!

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:28 am

      You should try and make a visit in the summer! Such a nice place to explore.

  25. October 30, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I can’t wait to hear more about your Scotland trip! I’m taking notes about some of the food places you mentioned. Portland, ME has been on my list of places to go to!


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Thanks Rach! Wish we had more food places to recommend but we didn’t eat out that often. The Holy Donut and Bull Feeney’s was perfect though. Right in the center/downtown.

    • October 31, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Aw, thanks Ruth!

  26. October 31, 2017 / 2:02 am

    What a cute rainy photos, looks like you had fun regardless of the rain. That donut burger looks really good. Enjoy Scotland, looking forward for your photos.


    • October 31, 2017 / 11:29 am

      We try not to let rain damper our time. Thanks for your comment, Mercy!

    • October 31, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      So glad we were able to give you some travel inspirations, Marina! Hope you like it there!

  27. October 31, 2017 / 6:02 am

    Have fun in Scotland! I was in Glasgow and Edinburgh and they are awesome places. If you have time, you have to go to Patisserie Valerie near to North Bridge, it has an amazing decoration and the most delicious cakes.

    • October 31, 2017 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you! We went to both Glasgow and Edinburgh! Unfortunately, I didn’t see your recommendation until afterwards, but thank you so much! I bet the patisserie would’ve been amazing!

  28. November 1, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    That is so exciting that you guys are in Scotland! I hope you have an amazing trip and I can’t wait to see your photos and posts. And this is such a cute rainy day post! It looks like such a great place x

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

    • November 2, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Kara!

  29. November 3, 2017 / 4:08 am

    Your photography is amazing!! Portland looks so lovely, I hope to visit one day 🙂 Hope you are having a good day!


  30. November 5, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Oh my gosh haha, a donut burger!! That’s insane (and delicious I bet!). I would definitely be one of those people waiting in the huge ass line. I love donuts! It looks cold but fun out there!
    HAVE SO MUCH FUN IN SCOTLAND! I can’t wait to hear about it!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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