Charlottesville Spring

Last night Michael and I sat down, over hot fudge ice cream sundaes, and made a list of activities we’re looking forward to completing this spring season. Sometimes we’re so focused on our favorite summer pastimes – yard games, beach visits, making “grown-up” popsicles, and trips to the farmer’s market – that we almost let spring pass us by without taking advantage of its unique offerings. (Truthfully, part of our overlooking the spring season could be blamed on our southern heritage – springtime in the South is a much longer (and warmer!) season than it is here in Maine, but I’d say we’re slowly getting used to making the most of these chillier springs here in New England.)

Our hopes in sharing the list on Map & Menu is that we’ll have a bit of accountability and actually partake in these springtime activities we don’t always get to enjoy. (Our friend Emily does a similar thing by sharing monthly progress on her her 101 in 1001!) If you have any suggestions for our list, we’d love to hear them below. Happy spring, friends!

Play a few games of tennis!
Plant our annual Easter plant, a tradition we’ve had since becoming homeowners.
A lunchtime picnic on the Eastern Promenade.
Open one of our Scribe rosé bottles. (I always jump the gun and start drinking rosé in the spring.)
Celebrate our birthdays!
Polish our julep cups in preparation for many mint juleps – our favorite spring cocktail.
Attend a Portland Sea Dogs game.
Eat our weight in fiddleheads!
Plant our baby bath with herbs.

Monticello Tulips

Spring

Fearrington House

Eastern-Promenade-Picnic

Lilacs

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Tangerine Margarita

This weekend was filled with many of the things we love most in life – lots of good food, cute dogs, and laughter! Friday was just gorgeous, so we decided to cut out of work a bit early that afternoon so that Orvis could stretch his legs on the farm. The next morning we enjoyed another delicious breakfast at Crissy’s in Damariscotta and swung by one of our favorite shops in Maine, Rock Paper Scissors. Abby the shop dog was there that day which, of course, became one of the highlights of our quick trip up the coast.

Back home in South Portland, we decided to pick up a pizza from 158 Pickett Street for a movie night on the couch. The next day was spent working in the yard and playing on the beach with Orvis, soaking up as much sun as possible.

Last night we were treated to an extraordinarily special evening at the home of our friends, Darcy & Carolyn. These two have honestly never prepared anything that wasn’t restaurant quality, and last night’s tangerine margaritas and pulled pork carnitas were certainly no exception. We had a wonderful time with our dear friends and their adorable pups, Hughie & Enzo, and although it was our last meal at their place before they move to Hudson, we left feeling quite optimistic about our future shared adventures between Maine, New York, and beyond.

We hope you all had just as splendid of a weekend!

Rock Paper Scissors Wiscasset Abby

Rock Paper Scissors Maine

Crissy's Damariscotta

158 Pickett Street

Margaritas and Chips

Hughie

Enzo

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Baby Lamb

This past weekend seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye! On Friday night we cheered on the Tarheels with our friend Julia, a fellow Carolina alum living in Maine, and eagerly made plans for the following NCAA tournament game on Sunday. The following morning we attended our first spinning class at Rêve which proved to be a great workout and made us feel not nearly as guilty for ordering popcorn at that afternoon’s showing of The Monuments Men. Sunday morning was spent reading the paper and indulging in treats from our neighborhood bakery before I left for Freeport with Orvis and our friend Betsy, to go visit the lambs at Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Watching them gnaw on the wood of the barn and sleep with each other in a pile was too much fun, but seeing Orvis share nose kisses with both a lamb and a sheep was definitely the highlight of our visit! Plenty more college basketball was watched on Sunday evening and after the Tarheels sadly lost their second round game, we decided to drown our sorrows in our favorite takeout from Empire – kale noodles & dumplings.

We hope you all had a wonderful first weekend of spring… even if the weather was less than spring-like for some of us!

Lazy Sunday Morning

Wolfe's Neck

Orvis and a Sheep

Lambs at Wolfes Neck

Wolfe's Neck Farm Lambs

Wolfe's Neck Sheep

Hark the Sound Old Try

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Fetch-with-Orvis

The very best part of returning home from any trip – no matter the length – is picking up Orvis from camp. Traveling without him is never easy on us – we’re constantly wondering what he’s up to while we’re away, but seeing his face after a weekend (or week!) away is easily the highlight of the entire trip. I returned home a day early from our trip to Atlanta (where Michael spoke at WordCamp ATL!) and picked up Orvis by myself. After his first bath experience at the dog shop down the street from our house, I started the post-travel spoil routine: lots & lots of treats, some dog yogurt, and plenty of time outside. There might have even been some Sunday morning cuddling on the bed, which is technically not allowed at our house, but something I couldn’t resist after admiring how clean he was… oops!

We have lots more to share about our time in Atlanta, including a peek at one of our newest favorite bed & breakfasts and the low-down on the very best (!) hushpuppies I’ve ever tasted… Check back tomorrow for the first of our Atlanta posts and don’t forget that you can keep up with our adventures on instagram!

Orvis-at-Little-Beach

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More & Co

This Is Love. The motto of More & Co.’s current collection rang especially true to me when I walked through the door. It’s plain to see that this is a special collection for the partners of this Portland-based creative studio – the goods they’ve personally fallen in love with since opening their storefront last year, the products in which they wholeheartedly believe and want to share with their loved ones… except they’re sharing it with anyone and everyone who drops into the shop. It does kind of feel as though you’ve walked into a friend’s home (your friend with the very best taste, that is), with the expectation that there is a remarkable story behind each item you see.

The handmade polka dot mug from which I’m currently drinking, the bright Jenny Pennywood textiles, the Maine-made ANK Ceramics, and the colorful Grimms wooden block sets – all fit perfectly together and convey that sense of happy, minimal, creative style that Michael and I have come to appreciate and admire from More & Co, having followed their blog and watched their branding projects for years.

You can always take a peek at the collection online, but if you have the time, I highly recommend stopping by the shop to see these objects in person - This Is Love is available through the end of May.

Mast Brothers Chocolate at More & Co

More & Co Portland Maine

More and Co Portland ME

More and Co Maine

More & Co Portland

This is Love More & Co

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Contact Information - More & Co.: This Is Love

112 High Street
Portland, Maine 04101
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2 Note Opus 1

This past weekend was kind of all over the place, emotionally, for Michael and I. We laughed and we cried, we had meaningful conversations and we felt inspired. It wasn’t our typical few days off from work, but I’m certainly thankful the weekend took the course it did.

We capped off a productive week by meeting two of our favorite neighborhood families for pizza at 158 on Friday night. Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend began with sharing delicious pizza with friends and laughing so hard it hurts?

Saturday was all too bittersweet. Two of our dearest friends, Darcy & Carolyn, closed the doors to their shop, 2 Note, on upper Exchange Street, in preparation for a big move to Hudson, New York. We have the store to thank for the fact that we’ve become friends with two of Portland’s most beloved individuals – five years ago, frequent visits to the old 2 Note location on Moulton Street turned into shared meals, which then progressed to all kinds of hilarious adventures and a friendship we couldn’t possibly value more. It wasn’t easy to walk through the doors of 2 Note on its final day, and it certainly wasn’t an easy farewell to what was our very favorite store in town, but we know that our friends and their shop are destined for big things in New York + beyond. (2 Note fans, fear not – their entire collection is still available online!)

We needed a bit of a pick me up after the tearful goodbye, and in true Meredith & Michael fashion, we found it in food - milkshakes and sweet potato fries at Silly’s. My Hippy Hippy Shake (a chocolate peanut butter milkshake with pretzels on top) didn’t whisk all of my blues away, but it sure was a tasty start. A walk with Orvis helped to bring up our spirits even more that afternoon, and once we finished the movie, About Time later that evening, we fell asleep with the happiest feeling of gratitude in our hearts. What a day!

After a blissfully lazy Sunday morning of eating goodies from Scratch on the couch while reading blogs (me) and watching This Old House (Michael), we took Orvis to the beach – something we hadn’t done as a family in a few weeks. Ideas were flowing after a smoked salmon salad lunch (thanks to a generous delivery by our friend, Betsy), so we spent the rest of the day working and brainstorming before trying a new recipe for dinner.

What did you all do this weekend? We hope whatever it was, you enjoyed yourselves immensely! Have a great week, friends!

2 Note Perfumery

2 Note Botanical Perfumery

Hippy Hippy Shake Milkshake

Sillys Sweet Potato Fries

Little Beach South Portland

Orvis at Little Beach

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Portland Hunt & Alpine Popcorn

Michael and I tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a low-key manner. We prefer to cook a fun meal, open a bottle of wine, and spend the evening without the normal distractions of life. This year, we added something new to the usual routine – drinks and snacks at Hunt & Alpine! We spent Friday evening sampling some delicious drinks, snacking on our favorite popcorn and deviled eggs, and chatting with our friend, Anestes, who ended up taking us to the opening of the Sweetgrass Farm Winery tasting room around the corner. After sampling some of their wines & Back River Gin (yum!) we walked out with a bottle of their Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract and headed home to continue our traditional laid-back Valentine’s celebration with Orvis.

After hearing about the weekend pizza nights at 158 from several friends, we couldn’t wait to give it a shot on Saturday evening. Armed with the remainder of our bottle of Scribe we’d opened the night before, we ventured out in the snow eager to eat some delicious pizza. (More on that coming soon!)

We spent the rest of the weekend catching up on work, reading, cooking chili, and taking long walks with Orvis – an ordinary weekend at home that was still rather extraordinary.

Portland Hunt & Alpine

Sweetgrass Winery Vanilla Extract

Map & Menu Weekend

158 Pickett Street

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Orvis at Marianmade Farm

After almost two weeks of being on the road, I was really excited to spend some time relaxing with Meredith and Orvis this past weekend. So after a lunch with friends at Zapoteca on Saturday, we ventured up to Wiscasset to spend a couple of nights on the farm. Sometimes, one of the best ways to decompress and reset is to cook a fun meal and open a bottle of wine, so we did just that on Saturday night. After a tasty breakfast at Crissy’s the next morning, we decided to hike a new trail outside of Alna that had yet to be walked on after last week’s snow. Letting Orvis run along as we explored trail blaze to blaze was definitely a highlight of the weekend. After we warmed back up, we headed north to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, and then shared a cozy dinner at Shepherd’s Pie in Rockport.

I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend my first weekend back, and hope that you were able to spend yours just the way you wanted, also.

Zapoteca Brunch

Trout Brook Preserve Alna Maine

Alna Maine Trout Brook

Crissy's Damariscotta

Duck PB&J Shepherd's Pie

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Orvis

Michael was traveling again for work last week, so Orvis and I stuck close to home for the majority of the week. I finally ventured out on Friday to take some photos at Central Provisions (which, for the record, is going to be amazing and opens tomorrow!) and to meet friends, Brook & Daniel, for drinks at Hunt & Alpine. I spent the remainder of the weekend catching up on a bit of work, playing on the beach with Orvis, sprucing up the house with some bright blue anemones, and finishing a book that consumed my every thought when I wasn’t reading it – The Goldfinch. A truly captivating novel that I highly recommend!

Hope your week is off to a great start, friends!

Central Provisions

Keiler's Fortune Hunt & Alpine

Blue Anemone  Fetch

Orvis and Meredith

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Big Sky Bread Cookies

This past weekend was one of those weekends where you struggle just to get out from under the blanket(s) on the couch. Although Meredith and I would’ve probably preferred to stay right there, Orvis was able to convince us to go on a few brisk trips to the beach for some fetch. On Saturday we opted to escape the cold at a movie in town, followed by a comforting, delicious meal at Empire. After Sunday’s all too chilly beach trip, we ventured over to Big Sky Bread Company and warmed up with some tasty lentil soup & mac & cheese. Of course, no lunch at Big Sky is complete without a cookie or two! The remainder of the afternoon was filled with more couch lounging and lots of reading, but this time with a new cocktail in hand – woodfoord + cardamom clove syrup.

Hopefully y’all managed to keep warm over the weekend, too!

Cardamom Clove Bourbon

Spinach Dumplings at Empire

Orvis

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