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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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:
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 ;)
Mini Golf in Old Orchard Beach at Pirate’s Cove was a must after we met up with some friends for a nice dinner.
We ate a TON of salt water taffy. The ones from the Goldenrod are the best.
I had some very tasty lobster mac & cheese for dinner one night in Portsmouth, NH.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh little cottage, you were the perfect home away from home for a week. Hopefully we will be back next summer :)