Maine is one of those places for me, that makes me reconsider if I was raised on the right coast?! I have always had a love for the east (being born in North Carolina, and living in New York post-college) a deep, routed appreciation I have for the green, the charm, and all the tradition that we miss on the west coast.
My cousins live in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. A coastal dreamland with gorgeous shingled homes, sparsely dotting the woodsie land. A quaint little town where they have expansive yards, plush gardens and abundant space (hard to image in So Cal) To top it off, they own a lobster cooker in Freeport, a family restaurant business since the 1920's (see! that's the tradition I'm talking about!)
For such an itty bitty state, it has quite the reputation. Whether for it's premium fresh lobster, stunning lighthouse views or the need to get your monogrammed LL Bean bag - it seems like a spot pretty high up on people's lists. And yet, Maine still manages to feel very untouched and maybe that is what is so special about it. The last Mohicans up there in the north eastern corner. And I am sure all the Mainers want to keep it that way. I will say, it's the not the most convenient location on the map, tucked up high in the north. You really have to make the journey to discover the coastal gem.
On Friday I will be making that New England trek and I couldn't be more pumped! This week I will be in Toronto for work, and come Friday I am hoping on a plane from Canada to Boston and busing it up to Portland on the Concord Trailways. Probably the only crammed bus ride I'll ever look forward to (but if it includes some New Hampshire countryside, I am all in!) I shared some photos of my last visit to Maine with Joel during our engagement. Time is up, I'm definitely due for a Cape visit.
Do you have any favorite summer retreats? I am always looking to add new spots to my list :) What about the Carolinas? I hear great things about the Outerbanks and Hilton Head Island. Also, Martha's Vineyard has always been a dream stop for me.