Michael and I took an unintentional couple of months off from blogging toward the end of 2015. In fact, our posting for the entire year was a bit light compared to years past. That’s not to say that 2015 wasn’t anything to write home about – in fact, it was quite the opposite. We both remarked at various points throughout the year that 2015 really was the best year yet for our little family of three. In addition to the fantastic trips we took and the delicious meals we ate, we made so many memories together. As Orvis gets older, we continue to get even more sentimental about the time we spend with him (Read: we become crazier and crazier about him.), so twice daily walks and mornings at the beach became the standard, and in doing so, we made the happiest memories together. For me, there couldn’t be a better real life example of finding true joy through the simplicity.

2015 might not have been our most adventurous or glamorous, but it sure was one of the happiest. Here’s to recreating that same feeling year after year!

And because our “best of” posts are always my favorites to compile, we’ll be back on Friday with a combined Best of 2015 Food + Hotels post!




Meredith and Orvis

Boston Travel Guide


Kettle Cove Maine


Mt. Tom Woodstock Vermont

Sunset in Provincetown


Sheepscot River ME






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Sheepscot River ME

Michael and I love going up to my family’s farm up in Wiscasset in the winter to explore the area with Orvis when everything is covered in the snow, but during a recent trip this fall, we realized that we hadn’t really taken advantage of the farm and much of the surrounding area in the fall season. The color, the slightly chilly but not too cold walks, and the early morning fall light are all things that we’ve missed in years past, so we’re trying to remedy that before the first snowfall.

With that in mind, we made the trip north on Saturday with the intention of visiting a new trail and revisiting a favorite midcoast restaurant. After walks through the woods and around the farm we had dinner in Rockland at Suzuki’s Sushi. Every part of our meal lived up to our memories from our first visit in 2013, and it was amazing to see how much downtown Rockland has grown in such a short amount of time.

Sunday began with a stop at Crissy’s, our go-to breakfast spot in the area, and then we explored the beautiful tree-lined paths and open shoreline of Dodge Point with Orvis. Although we missed peak foliage at this lovely preserve, returning during the height of the season is high on our list for next fall. A comforting meal from Treats and a trip to Rock Paper Scissors was just what we needed before heading back home to ready ourselves for the work week.

Marianmade Farm Orvis

Suzuki's Sushi

Marianmade Farm in the Fall

Orvis at Marianmade Farm

Marianmade Farm Fall

Treats Wiscasset

Dodge Point

Dodge Point Maine

Photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu. 

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Last year we had more than a few people reach out to us about the missing jack-o-lanterns on the site. Although we love this yearly tradition, we had something slightly more important on our minds – like getting married the day after Halloween! We still managed to carve the pumpkins above, we just never had time to share them.

For you jack-o-lantern fans out there, have no fear – Michael is sharpening the knives and I’m making our go-to apple cider bourbon cocktails. We’ll be carving this week and cannot wait to share our 2015 pumpkins with you soon!

Our pumpkins from years past: 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. Fun fact: Michael takes credit for all of the really great ones. Mine are the super awkward ones! 

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Mt. Kearsarge Auto Road

Over the weekend Michael, Orvis, and I traveled to New Hampshire to shoot a collaboration with the state tourism board. We took one of the wooden kayaks Michael built with the help of his father and friend along with us for some paddling shots around Little Lake Sunapee. The photos of Michael kayaking make me think of the Your L.L. Bean Boyfriend Tumblr – real people surely do not smile that much while partaking in adventurous activities, right?

The following are a few outtakes from our shoot. Michael and Orvis were wonderful models for me, and as you’ll see, I even hopped in the boat for a few paddling shots myself. The leaves in New Hampshire around Little Lake Sunapee and up Mt. Kearsarge are just gorgeous right now!

Orvis in Little Lake Sunapee

Michael Kayaking

Meredith Kayaking

Kayaking Lake Sunapee

Kayaking in Little Lake Sunapee

Leaf Peeping in NH

Dog Friendly Mt. Kearsarge

New Hampshire Foliage

Mt. Kearsarge NH Hike

Photos taken by Meredith Perdue (and Michael Cain) for Map & Menu. 

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A few Saturdays ago we crossed off a very fun item on our Summer Bucket List when we rented paddleboards for the first time from Soposup and spent the afternoon paddling around Casco Bay. For the last few summers, we’ve had every intention of popping into our neighborhood paddleboard shop to rent a couple of boards, but time has always gotten away from us and before we know it, we’re preparing for fall and trading in our sandals for our Bean Boots. This summer, however, we moved paddleboarding to the top of our list, and strategically chose a warm day to do so, in case we took an unexpected dip in the ocean.

Having grown accustomed to the steady security of our kayaks, we were a little unsure of ourselves when we first got on our boards at Willard Beach, but after paddling down to a beach in Cape Elizabeth and crossing the wake of various boats along the way, we quickly got the hang of it. We found paddleboarding to be a welcome alternative to the sitting that is required when we kayak, but we’re still not quite sure we’d run out and sign up for a paddleboard-yoga class without mentally preparing ourselves for a fall in the water!




Photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu. 

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Summer! Wow, that happened fast. It seems like just yesterday, we were dreaming about warmer weather, stocked farmers’ markets, and day trips up and down the coast. Then in the blink of an eye, summer was here, and we were taking advantage of every last thing a typical summer in Maine has to offer… while completely neglecting our little blog over here. That’s about to change though, as we have quite a few posts and photos to share over the upcoming days. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you’ve seen teasers of our trips to Boston and Rhode Island, meals at a few of our favorites restaurants, adventures paddle boarding and kayaking, visits with friends, and no shortage of summer flowers, recipes, beach trips, and swims. So stay tuned, and as always, let us know if we missed anything – we’ll see if we can squeeze it in before the leaves start to turn!

Tomato Mozzarella

Orvis and Perry

Tomato Cucumber Toast

Watermelon Cocktail

Tandem Bakery Loaded Biscuit

Orvis and his pool

Garden Roses

Portland Maine Farmers Market Flowers


Michael at the farmer's market

Tandem Bakery

Boothbay Harbor ME

Isle of Springs


The Boat Bar

Meredith and Michael

Boothbay Harbor

Marianmade Farm Dahlias

Photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu. 

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Kettle Cove Maine

By far, our favorite date night in the summer involves a quick trip over to Cape Elizabeth for dinner at The Well, followed by a visit out to Kettle Cove to watch the sunset. (On nights that we don’t happen to indulge in one of the tasty desserts at The Well, we’ll even complete the evening with an ice cream cone from the Kettle Cove Ice Cream.)

As we began thinking about dinner after work one evening last week we realized that the weather was too perfect not to enjoy our little date night in Cape Elizabeth, so we ditched the quinoa salad we planned on preparing, grabbed a bottle of rose from the fridge, and jumped in the car with Orvis. Thankfully, we got to The Well just in time to snag the last available picnic table for awhile. Although we’ve been to The Well three other times this summer, this was our first visit of the season with Orvis and per usual, he settled in quite nicely and made friends with all of the other families dining outside at the picnic tables.

After our fantastic meal, we took the scenic route to Kettle Cove, where we spent the remainder of the evening on a blanket with Orvis watching the sun go down. Kettle Cove is one of the very first places we visited when we moved to Maine seven years ago and we think it’s just as beautiful and special all these years later. Living so close to places like The Well and Kettle Cove are two of the reasons we love living where we do.

Orvis at The Well

Michael Cain at The Well

Halibut at The Well

BYOB The Well

Chocolate Cake at The Well

Dog Friendly Maine Restaurants

Kettle Cove

Orvis at Kettle Cove

Kettle Cove Cape Elizabeth

All photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Orvis Abby Rocky

Michael and I spent the last month dog sitting for my family’s dogs, Abby (the adorable King Charles) and Rocky (the sweetest rescue pup in the world). We made sure to spoil each of them rotten while they were here – trips to the beach, twice daily walks, and all kinds of fun treats, including strawberry softserve ice cream! Being a three dog family was quite a lot at times, but we’d take these two for another month in a heartbeat.





Abby watching Orvis

Swimming Orvis

King Charles Spaniel


Trundy Point

Orvis at Trundy Point

Abby at Trundy Point

Rocky at Trundy Point

All photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu. 

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Willard Beach

Over breakfast this morning, Michael and I sat down and made our Summer Bucket List. Like many New Englanders, we spend our winters counting down the days until summer, but seemingly by the time this precious season arrives, we blink and it’s over. In years past we’ve always kept our list of hopeful summer to-dos on our refrigerator, but I’m hoping that by sharing them on the site, you’ll help us with some accountability and we’ll be able to actually check (most of) them off.

  • Host our annual rosé party
  • Road trip to Rhode Island for Del’s
  • See Van Gogh and Nature at The Clark
  • Attend our first Red Sox game at Fenway
  • Paddle to Richmond Island
  • Plan a day hike in New Hampshire
  • Catch a Sea Dogs game
  • Take a dip at the Alna swimming hole
  • See Alex Katz in 1950s at Colby College Museum of Art
  • Day trip to a new island in Casco Bay
  • Rent stand up paddleboard
  • Head to Vermont for our annual August getaway

What’s on your summer list? We’d love to hear what you’ve all got planned in the comments below! 

Mt. Major

Marianmade Farm Lavender

Petite Jacqueline Maine

Rose Party


Rhineback NY Farmer's Market

Bingham Falls

Isle of Springs Maine


Orvis at Trundy Point

Fisherman's Point

Isle of Springs

Donuts at The Well

Sailing to Chebeague

All photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Map & Menu Kitchen Update
If you’ve ever visited our old 18th century Cape, you already know that space is at a premium. So when our old wooden countertops started to look like they needed replacing, we sought to make as few layout changes to our already optimized kitchen as possible. (See before photos here and here.) The open kitchen and dining room also serve as a focal point in the floor plan, where we entertain guests and spend a good deal of our own time, so we wanted to give the room a consistent, put-together feeling. Not having the budget for a complete overhaul, we decided that updating our existing Ikea cabinetry with a fresh coat of paint would allow us to find a nice Carrara marble for our counters and backsplash. Thanks to a very generous wedding/Christmas gift from our family, we were also able to update our old, mismatched refrigerator in the process.

The new, cool blue/grey color palette gives the kitchen a classic, minimal feel, and when combined with replacing the microwave with an over-the-range hood, opens the room up a great deal. (Yes – we’ve actually lived without a microwave for over six months now, and surprisingly haven’t missed it yet.) I love the way the cabinet’s deep blue color changes with the day’s light, while providing a strong contrast with the walls and counters. All in all, we’re very pleased that just a few changes (countertops, paint, and updated refrigerator/faucet) went such a long way toward improving a room where we love to spend so much time.


Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White
Upper cabinet paint: Benjamin Moore Super White
Lower cabinet paint: Benjamin Moore Gentleman’s Gray
Marble: Midcoast Marble & Granite (adored them!)
Faucet: Delta
Refrigerator: Fisher Paykel
Art: Calligraphy “ABC’s of Cocktails” print by Li Ward & Popham Beach photograph from the print shop

Li Ward Calligraphy

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

Map & Menu Kitchen Update

All photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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