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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Once a delicate layer of frost covers the landscape I unearth my wool blankets and quilts for cozy reading on the couch and toasty nights in bed. I have loved the incredible blankets from Swans Island for years and when the mercury dips it calls to mind their beautiful hand-woven collections. Handcrafted on the coast of Maine, Swans Island has been creating heirloom blankets since the early 1990’s. Their selection of blankets, throws, scarves and more make the crisp weather truly enjoyable. They also offer naturally dyed skeins of organic yarn for your own crafting purposes. Which is your favorite?
All photos from Swans Island website.
Over the last few days I have indulged in some of the things that make me happy. Art, food, Maine and friends! Here is what I’ve been up to…
1. Earlier this week I was browsing Etsy and on a whim searched for “paint by numbers”. I’ve had a love of paint by numbers for some time, so when I found this lovely set of lighthouse paintings from Johnny Vintage I splurged and bought it. I am thrilled every time I walk through my dinning room! Picture via Johnny Vintage
2. Is there anything better than a warm, homemade ginger snap cookie? I know it’s hard to envision, but yes there is! I just baked off a batch of my grandmother’s classic ginger snaps and got just a little creative with some ice cream. A scoop of French vanilla ice cream between two cookies makes for a share-worthy sandwich. My boyfriend and I polished off our ginger snap ice cream sandwich in record time with an accompanying glass of milk. What a marvelous way to enjoy warm homemade cookies!
3. Enjoying the seasonal foliage in the rain.
4. One night after work when all the shops and boutiques in Portland, ME were closed and sleeping, I popped into the city for a stroll and some window-shopping. I especially love the old cobblestone streets around the city, and here on Wharf Street.
5. That same night I grabbed a bite to eat with some friends at Portland Lobster Co. Despite the cold, rainy October evening we thoroughly enjoyed our heated tent on the wharf overlooking the waterfront.
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.
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!
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