This past weekend my boyfriend, sister and I went on our annual Christmas tree hunt. We drove through the lightly sprinkling snow to a sweet little tree farm in the country in search of the perfectly imperfect Christmas tree. Upon arrival, I knew I had my work cut out for me; the trees were all meticulously trimmed and far too perfect. After a bit of searching I spotted the tree at the far corner of the farm! Here is a photo summary of our exciting (and snowy!) day.
To kick off the holiday season I visited the coastal town of Rockland with my boyfriend and his family. We spent our day shopping at the boutiques and vintage shops on Main Street. Boy, was it chilly! I swear I spotted at least eight snowflakes! To warm up we stopped at Rock City for a round of delicious hot drinks and perused the shelves at Hello Hello Books. A personal highlight, the Farnsworth Museum offered a beautiful array of art accompanied by holiday music. We wrapped up the day by watching the holiday parade, complete with a giant lobster float decorated in red lights, a lit sailboat, and a classic red truck hauling the perfect little Christmas tree. If you should find yourself in the mid coast Maine region this holiday I highly recommend stopping by for a festive visit!
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A little bit of this and a little bit of that…
1. I found this little guy on Pinterest and absolutley had to make him for the pumpkin carving party I hosted last week.
2. While out and about I found some great cobalt blue bulk lacing and knew immediately that I had to have it to spruce up my Bean boots! I love the pop!
3. Packed up and ready to go for our trip up to Bar Harbor this past weekend. But not before a quick pit stop in Rockland for a Peter Wolf concert! (4.)
5. A great anchor spotted while walking around Bar Harbor.
On another note I hope everyone within Sandy’s reach is safe and sound!
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Over Columbus Day weekend I enjoyed a change of scenery with my boyfriend and family on a little getaway to Rangeley, Maine. We hit the road after work on Friday and took a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. As a child growing up, I took annual trips to this quintessential Maine town for leaf peeping, hiking and cozy family gatherings around the fireplace. Since then it has become one of my favorite destinations for fly fishing and camping trips with friends.
The Rangeley region of Maine is dominantly lakes and ponds with rolling mountains. There are six larger lakes and literally hundreds of other smaller lakes, ponds, and rivers. The views are breathtaking and we were there in the thick of fall foliage. During this time the landscape is ablaze with brilliant shades of gold, russet, citron and red hues.
This past weekend my boyfriend and I packed our bags for the holiday and headed for the hills! We enjoyed some much-needed r+r and the peak of Fall foliage up here in New England (Rangeley, ME to be precise). I packed my vacation bag from L.L.Bean Signature and my boyfriend loaded up his zipper duffle. I love my bag because it is the perfect size for a weekend trip. Did you know about the L.L.Bean Signature Collection? What are your favorite pieces?
As the summer winds down I am finding myself grasping for last adventures of the season. One example is the little evening trip I took with my boyfriend and father last weekend. We left Portland on my father’s lobster boat and ventured across Casco Bay to Great Diamond Island where we ate dinner at Diamond’s Edge Restaurant. We sat out on the porch over looking the little cove as the sun set. If you ever find yourself in Portland, ME I highly reccomend a ferry ride to this little gem for a memorable evening.
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This past weekend I visited the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in the seaside town of Boothbay. Sunday was a perfect day for walking through the vast gardens and woodland paths. The experience was created for all the senses from the incredible scenes to floral smells and sounds of babbling water and sweet birds. If you ever find yourself in the Mid coast Maine area I highly recommend this as a day trip!
My sister just recently embarked on a year long adventure nannying for a sweet young family. Blair has been gone a little over a week and I couldn’t wait any longer to send her a little care package! Off to the store I went picking up little treats, notebooks, stationery and stamps and making her the zippered pencil pouch! I used brightly colored and metallic tissue paper with Janpense washi tape to wrap it all together. Do you have anyone in your life that is traveling or has moved away that may appreciate a little care package?
I have been very lucky this summer! Each weekend my boyfriend and I pack up the car and head out for a mini vacation to the lake, mountains or coast for our fill of camping, hiking, swimming, sea kayaking and beach going. I hope you too are making your weekends like mini summer vacations!
1. Sand Beach, Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island 2. Mount Blue State Park 3. Echo Lake, Mount Desert Island 4. Playing cards in Rangeley 5. Hiking up Gorham Mountain, Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island 6. My sister Blair and me at Sand Beach.
Scavenger Hunt at Web Lake : 1. Beech Leaf 2. Fern 3. White Spruce Cone 3b. Hemlock Cone 4. Hemlock 5. White Pine Cone 6. Balsam Fir Cone 7. Maine Blueberry 8. Chokeberry 9. Striped Maple Leaf 10. Ferm 11. White Pine Cone
It took me three summers but I finally made it to the Monhegan Museum at the lighthouse! I was absolutely blown away by the rich history that had been documented over the years and the beautiful artifacts and artworks inside the lighthouse walls. I clicked my way through the whole exhibit and as you can see I really struggled to edit my collection down…
(The above beautiful flower wreath was made by a woman who collected feathers from around the island.)
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