Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Adult Field Trip!

When Nick and I are in Massachusetts and we have reliable babysitters handy, we always try to escape for a day or two.  Over Christmas, I kidnapped Nick and brought him to the Liberty Hotel in Boston for the night.  Last summer, I took him to Martha's Vineyard so that he could fulfill his wish to spend the day riding around the island on a moped!  And the Christmas before that, we went back to the Seaport Hotel (our wedding venue) for a little R&R and our first overnight trip away from Georgia.  

Over dinner a few weeks ago, I asked Nick what our adventure should be this time around.  I almost fell off my chair when my husband mentioned that he had never been to Maine!  WHAT?!?!?  That had to be fixed ASAP.  So, while home, we took a ride up the coast to see some of the pretty towns along the southern Maine coast - Ogunquit and York.  Unfortunately, my BFF who lives in Maine was out of town that week, so we weren't able to squeeze in a visit to see her in Portland.  

Nick and I started in the beautiful little town of Ogunquit.  My mom and I went on vacation there once upon a time when I was just a kid and I still remember falling in love with the town.  

As Nick and I drove into town, he started googling "best lobster rolls in Ogunquit" and the most random recommendation popped up for a small store that was located inside a quilt shop.  No lie, as Nick read this aloud, we spotted the quilt shop.  So, in we went!  The official name of the store was Four Mile Lobster.  I absolutely loved the reasoning behind the name --- all the lobsters are caught within four miles of the store and are brought in fresh every morning.  We quickly ordered up two lobster rolls and chatted with the lovely couple behind the counter.  Come to find out, the wife was from Minnesota and the husband grew up in the area and his father was a local lobsterman.  Hence, the fresh lobster everyday!  They were absolutely the nicest people and the lobster roll was out of this world.  It was simple, fresh and delish!  The food was amazing and the company was outstanding.  After we finished, we hit the road again to explore.


With the threat of rain, we walked into town and poked around the Perkins Cove area...










Looking out to sea


We attempted to take several pictures while standing on the drawbridge, but the wind had other plans for us.  So, the best attempt still ended with Nick wearing a large chunk of my hair across his face...






We decided to walk to the downtown area via the Marginal Way, which is a fantastic scenic footpath that runs right along the Atlantic Ocean. With lots of benches along the route, we stopped to enjoy the view many times!



A sailboat heads out for a voyage



Marginal Way, Ogunquit Maine


One of the coolest sights along the walk were the hundreds upon hundreds of rock cairns that people built along the path. This was one of my favorites...







So, Nick built me one...








Nick exploring the rocks



My date for the day!




As we walked along the path, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful Maine day!













As we were attempting yet another selfie shot, a very nice gentleman with one heck of a Boston accent asked us if we wanted him to take a picture of us...  Thanks Boston fella!








After stopping in town some shopping and a glass of sangria, we drove down the coast to York, Maine.  Again, we stumbled upon a great find!  Nick looked at a map and picked out a random restaurant, Dockside, that was on the very corner and seemed to be right on the water.  It was early and we weren't sure if we just needed a snack or if we wanted to sit down for dinner.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed in between their lunch/dinner shifts, but the hostess invited us to sit in the bar area and directed us to a cute little patio.  The view was absolutely amazing!







We ordered some fried clams and lobster risotto to snack on while we enjoyed some adult beverages and just watched the local boats come in and out of the harbor.  Nick even checked to see if there was any sailboats for us to buy...












Again, we couldn't have picked a better restaurant if we had planned out the trip!  We always have the best impromptu adventures!




This is my type of restaurant - they brought the drink and the remainder in a separate glass.  Yes, please!




Oh, New England, how I love you!



We wrapped up our day trip by driving back down the Maine coast into New Hampshire and finally into Massachusetts.  Nick can check off "visit Maine" off his to-do list and we got to spend a great day together!




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