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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: August 6, 2018

6 best picnic spots in Greater Portland

Written by: Ray Routhier

Portland is the perfect place to pay other people to pack your picnic.

Remember that alliterative phrase the next time the sun is shining but your refrigerator is bare and your energy is low. You never have make your own picnic goodies if you don’t want to, because Portland is loaded with great take-out options near some beautiful natural scenery.

No matter what park, beach or garden you’re headed to for a sunny lunch or leisurely picnic supper, there’s always some tasty nibbles just around the corner.

Maine’s short summer window is slamming fast, so don’t waste time packing your own picnic lunch. Here are some suggestions for convenient picnic spots – either in Portland or very nearby – plus one or two great take-out spots on the way.



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