Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vacation Recap – Maine 2011

We were lucky enough to take a week off at the end of August and rent a beach house in York Beach, Maine.  It was so relaxing and much needed.  Since we went the week that school starts, it was a little cheaper to rent the house and it wasn’t as crowded as it normally is at the beach.  I would love it if we could continue to go away this week every year as it’s a nice way to celebrate the ending of summer.

We started off the week right with some delicious burritos, tacos, and margaritas at Guac-N-Roll.  I tried a cucumber margarita…not my fav flavor there but still tasty.

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A lot of the time was spent at the beach since our cottage was only a mile away.  I bought a beach “hut” for hubby since he’s not a fan of the sun and the beach was much more enjoyable for everyone this summer :)

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We did some shopping at the outlets in Freeport and then also in Kittery on our way back home.  Shopping during Labor Day weekend means lots of good sales.

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We toured the Allagash Brewery in Portland, which was definitely the best tour I’ve ever been on.  They let you taste the beers first, but I think it may be because their beers have a higher alcohol content and they want you to walk around a little before driving :)  This tour was serious since we had to rock the safety goggles, but it was well worth it because you actually see the bottling process close up. 

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We stopped by the Portland Head Light, which we had never visited before.  It was so pretty here – the views are just amazing.  The weather was perfect this day, as you can tell by the gorgeous blue sky below:

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Our cottage was only a short walk away from Brown’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, so of course we went there a few times.  At least we walked to get there and back ;)

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Mini Golf in Old Orchard Beach at Pirate’s Cove was a must after we met up with some friends for a nice dinner.

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We ate a TON of salt water taffy.  The ones from the Goldenrod are the best.

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I had some very tasty lobster mac & cheese for dinner one night in Portsmouth, NH.

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We spent a night in Ogonquit with our parents who came to visit us for a few days.  Marginal Way and Perkins Cove are beautiful and I highly recommend stopping there when visiting southern Maine.

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Our last night in Maine we headed up the coast to Kennebunkport to check out some of the shops – the sun was setting just as we were about to leave.

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On the way back to York, we made a pit stop in Wells and found a great ice cream shop called Scoop Deck with an overwhelming amount of flavors to choose from.  I went with the Candy Bar explosion.

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And then we ended the week with stopping in Portsmouth again on the way home for a late lunch at Redhook Brewery.  Can’t go wrong with a beer sampler.

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Oh little cottage, you were the perfect home away from home for a week.  Hopefully we will be back next summer :)

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