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North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor October 12th 2015

This was a great place to visit. We took a schooner ride into the harbor so we were able to see several fishing boats who were pulling in their lobster pods. Of course our lunch was clam chowder, freshly caught lobster and blueberry pie. It was yummy... Great little shops and super friendly people.... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 11th 2015

Since we didn't have an excursion planned we decided to stay on the ship and take pictures from each of the decks. It was a relaxing day to say the least. I was also obsessed with sail boats. They were everywhere...... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor October 6th 2015

Days 5 & 6. After overnight stay in Portland travelled onto Bar Harbor. Driving along the coastal highway, stopping at Camden on the way, a small town with a harbour. Arrived at the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor & wow, huge room, bed & bathroom. Amazing view from the balcony. Walked into Bar Harbor, picture postcard town! Watched the sunrise from our balcony this morning & a cruise ship come into the bay. After breakfast spent the day driving around Arcadia national park stopping at various points along the way & finishing up at the top of Cadillac mountain, with amazing vista's and the weather could not have been better!... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Portland October 4th 2015

Day 4. Today we leave Boston for Portland in Main. Weather a bit brighter as we go to pick up our car but still that chilly wind. Car hire place queue out the door, 45 minutes later we jump in the car, an almost brand new chevrolet Equinox & head out of Boston. First stop at Salem, very busy being a Sunday, also being in the USA October is halloween month, lots going on already. A quick pit stop in Newbury port then we moved on to kenbunkport, beautiful place, very scenic. Had a lovely meal at Alissons then we finished our journey to Portland.... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 19th 2015

Geo: 44.3875, -68.2044Day 6 – The Maine Attraction Bar Harbor, MEI have always thought the MAINE reason to do Maine was Acadia National Park. But perhaps not. Not that it wasn't pretty. Just not as pretty as Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Glacier and some of our other favorites. The reason, we think, is that there are very few vistas. The island is heavily wooded and the park service has done little to cut back trees that have grown old and big and have eaten up the views. Bummer.Note: One blog reader commented that there are spectacular vistas if you are hiking the park instead of driving it. I'm sure that's true. Point well taken.We began the day at Jordan's in Bar Harbor, which gets rave reviews for its breakfast, particularly its wild blueberry pancakes. I don't ... read more
Photo of artist painting Bubble Pond, Acadia NP
Mount Desert Island
Foggy day in Maine

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 18th 2015

Geo: 44.3875, -68.2044"I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads, I did ride." – Willie Nelson I love country music; and my favorite singer in the world is Willie Nelson. So you can imagine my delight when I found out the two draft horses who would be pulling our carriage through Acadia National Park this morning were named Willie and Waylon, as in Nelson and Jennings. Willie and Waylon were two of the four singers in the country classic "Highwayman". It turned out that Waylon pulled his weight; and Willie was kind of a stoner who needed a shove now and then to keep up.We began the day with breakfast in Bar Harbor at Café This Way, which had been written up in magazines. Cute place. Tasty food.Then we drove to Acadia National Park. I believe ... read more
Rockefeller built granite bridges
Lobster stew and popover at Jordan Pond House
Working lobster boat

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor September 17th 2015

Geo: 44.3875, -68.2044Day 4 – Rockport to Bar Harbor, MEMaine is full of harbors. I mean everywhere along the coast. Could it be that I designed our itinerary around them? Perhaps. There are towns with "harbor" in their names … like Boothbay Harbor yesterday and Bar Harbor tonight. And there are others located on harbors that aren't as blatantly obvious. Samoset Resort falls into this latter category.Samoset is a lovely resort with a full-service spa and fitness center and a well designed and well kept 18-hole golf course overlooking the water. It was a gorgeous day for golf. Wish my golf was gorgeous!We had breakfast at Bella Vita where we dined last night. The lobster called out again and this time I succumbed. A yummy lobster Benedict with fresh basil, fresh sliced tomato and oversized muffin. ... read more
Samoset golf
Camden Harbor from Mount Battie
Sundown in Bar Harbor

North America » United States » Maine » Rockport September 16th 2015

Geo: 44.1844, -69.0767Day 3 – Jagged Edges Boothbay Harbor to Rockport, ME Maine is a state of jagged edges. With the exception of a few sandy beaches, where the coast is smooth if not straight, and the border with New Hampshire, drawn by forefathers, the state's borders, especially its shores, are jagged and rugged. Rocks abound. And nowhere do you realize it more than out on the water.We had breakfast on the water at our motel, Brown's Wharf Inn in Boothbay. Our waitress was a chatty soul with lots of information about Maine. She told us that summer tourism is heavy, of course. But autumn (leaf peeping) takes the cake. Our visit falls between the two, so crowds are down. The places here don't shut down till the last leaf falls. In Boothbay, for instance, there ... read more
Boothbay Harbor
Coastal Gardens autumn display
Whale fountains spewing water

North America » United States » Maine » Boothbay Harbor September 15th 2015

Geo: 43.8514, -69.6283Day 2 – Lobster Trifecta Cape Elizabeth to Boothbay HarborI planned to work my way through Maine eating lobster. I started in Massachusetts, attending a clambake that featured whole lobster, and I suppose I'll continue right on into the Canadian Maritimes. Today was no exception. #1. I started with breakfast at Bayside American Café in downtown Portland, where I had their lobster Benedict. Very tasty, with spinach and an exquisite hollandaise. There wasn't a whole lot of lobster (perhaps half a tail) but it was perfect. The price was $16, just a $5 increment over the classic eggs Benedict. This restaurant has won a lot of rewards and deserves it. Check it out.#2. Skipping to lunch, we skipped lunch. Breakfast had been late and rich. So when it came time for lunch, we weren't ... read more
Lobster ice cream, Qt's in Wiscasset
Lobster benedict
LL Bean, Freeport, ME

North America » United States » Maine » Cape Elizabeth September 14th 2015

Geo: 43.5636, -70.2006Day 1 - The Coast Is ClearGloucester, MA to Cape Elizabeth, MEWe arrived in Boston two days ago for a friend's daughter's wedding in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts. The rehearsal dinner clambake was in Gloucester and the wedding was at the Estate at Moraine Farm in Beverly. Both were lovely events, although rain altered many of the wedding day plans.We took advantage of fate and friendship which brought us to Massachusetts to check off two trips that have always been on our bucket list: Driving the coast of Maine. Touring the Canadian Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton). So today we began our Maine adventure. Another blog will cover our second adventure.We left Gloucester in full sun this morning and the sun stayed with us much of ... read more
Salt marshes in New Hampshire
Rye Harbor
One of many New England cemeteries

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