Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer in Maine







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.

18 comments:

  1. east coast beaches are so gorgeous! i definitely need to head that way someday!

    romantically challenged

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  2. Wow sounds amazing! The photographs are beautiful as well! I have never been to the east but would just loveee to visit these places you're talking about! Sounds so wonderful! Thanks for sharing- hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! xo

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  3. When I was a kid my summer retreat was always Northern Wisconsin. Lots of lakes and cabins, so it's a good way to spend a summer.

    Now I prefer Northern Minnesota, in a town called Duluth. It's GORGEOUS there, and on a lake too. Plus it's like a big little town so there's plenty to do.

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    1. Aw, I would love to check out the great lakes areas, so beautiful! I a, going to look up Duluth, thank you for tip ;)

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  4. I grew up in the LA area and have lived in the Boston area for 25 years. I love Maine! I was there on Saturday -- I took the mail run boat around the islands near Portland. It was one of the coolest things I've done since I've lived here.

    http://ellenpatton.blogspot.com/2013/07/today-perfect-day-in-maine.html

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    1. Wow! your photots are incredible, i am now hoping to squeeze in this excursion this weekend. We will see what we can do in 48 hours but i am dying to check this out now :)thank you! xo

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  5. Beautiful pictures! We lived in VT for a short stint and I would have loved to make it to Maine but those 6 months flew by and we didn't get there.

    Asheville, NC is a beautiful town with lots to do. You should make a visit!

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    1. Well you got to have fall or spring in vermont, which is unreal beauty! I need to make a visit back to NC, i haven't been back since i was a little girl.

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  6. It would be such a dream to visit Maine in the summer!!

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  7. Hilton Head is such a fun place! You should definitely go!

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  8. My parents are from Hilton Head. I still hold a little grudge for moving us away. Maine looks gorgeous!

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  9. My sister's husband's family has a house in Kennebunk, ME, and we have a standing invitation. I'm dying to get out there. My sister just RAVES about the lobster. I have been both to Hilton Head and the outerbanks, and they are both great. I personally love the outerbanks, but they are more secluded. So peaceful and such good seafood.

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  10. I've grown up going to Kennebunk, ME every single summer since I was in my mother's womb. I adore every minute of my time there. My family has been going since my great grandfather bought a house in 1912. We still have the house and while I have moved around the country several times over the years that house has stayed the same. It feels like more of a home than anywhere else.

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  11. I'm from Croatia, Europe, and mostly I vacationed on the Croatian coast. Croatian coast is a fascinating (it's my opinion). Especially my hometown of Split and Dubrovnik, the island of Hvar (Google it). I would like to visit the East and West coast and to experience something outside of Europe, although I'm still fascinated by the Italian island of Capri and the entire French coast, which along with Croatia also recommend.
    Your pictures are very beautiful and certainly good advertising because I immediately wanted to spend my summer in Maine. :)

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  12. Oh Morgan! Maine is a beautiful place isn't it? I had no idea your family owned the Lobster Cooker... used to eat there nearly every day for lunch when working in Freeport. It's so nice to see that people still appreciate the beauty that we are lucky enough to live in everyday. Come back soon!

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    1. What a small world! I love that you know exactly where I am talking about :) I will for sure be back soon xo

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