Ogunquit Maine

While Michael was just getting back from a week in DC for work, I spent a good part of this weekend working myself. Saturday’s shoot took me to a new part of Maine I’d not yet seen before – Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. As it was a rather chilly day in November, I practically had the charming fishing village to myself. It’s easy to imagine how bustling and busy this area of Maine’s coast must be in the summertime, but I was pleased to experience it for the first time on a much quieter day.

After wrapping Sunday’s shoot in Portland, Michael met me in town for drinks at our favorite bar, Hunt & Alpine, where we were excited to meet Peter, half of the duo behind Maine & Loire – an extremely promising wine shop opening on Washington St. next year.

Having had to fend for myself in the kitchen all week, I was looking forward to properly capping the weekend off with a  delicious meal cooked by Michael, the real culinary talent at our house. He prepared this tasty butternut risotto recipe, as I happily resumed my place as sous chef… and resident pistachio snacker. Curled up on the couch with a bowl of my favorite comfort food and Michael by my side was the perfect cozy ending to the weekend.

Perkins Cove Maine

Perkins Cove Ogunquit Maine

Hunt and Alpine

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Pine Hanover NH

After the busy few weeks that preceded our wedding, Michael and I were more than happy about our plans for a low-key weekend spent (mostly) at home, but only after we took a little detour to Hanover, NH on our way back from Vermont, to walk around Dartmouth with Orvis. We were immediately charmed with the darling downtown and after a delicious lunch at Pine, we vowed to plan a return trip to Hanover as soon as possible.

Once we returned home, much of our weekend was spent making plans for and working in the kitchen. Two days after we were married, our new marble countertops were installed, which involved quite a bit of prep work the day before and a little more touch-up sanding on the walls after. Thankfully, we’ve now moved on to selecting paint colors for the walls, trim, and upper & lower cabinets  – who would’ve guess that Benjamin Moore offered 150+ variations of white paint?

In between the trips to the paint and hardware stores we made time to swing by More & Co.‘s autumn party, where they were celebrating the final day of their fall collection with Tandem pies, Field Florist flowers, and rosé. We enjoyed catching up with a few More & Co folks, as well as Ariela of ANK Ceramics, and came home with the most lovely vase from her beautiful collection.

Later that evening we met my family, visiting Maine from North Carolina for the weekend, out for their first dim sum experience at Empire. Sadly our two year-old nephew wasn’t nearly as into the tasty duck buns or spinach dumplings as the adults were, but he did enjoy seeing the new Robert Indiana “Seven” sculpture lit up in front of the museum during our post-dinner walk.

By Sunday, we were back to our normal routine with breakfast from Scratch, followed by a day around the house, working in the kitchen, making cozy meals, and catching up on missed shows… a perfect end to a hectic few weeks.

Orvis goes to Dartmouth

More & Co

More & Co Autumn Collection

More and Co ANK Ceramics

Robert Indiana 7 Portland Museum of Art

Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

Emily Carter Floral Designs

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Orvis at Woodstock Inn

So, we pretty much disappeared from the site for these last few weeks, but I promise we have a really great excuse…

Michael and I got married last weekend, on the day of our ninth anniversary as a couple, and in the middle of a nor’easter! It might not be the newest of news to those of you who follow us on Instagram, but we couldn’t possibly be any happier, and will certainly be sharing more details with you all once we have some photos. The ceremony was very small – there were only five people (including us) and Orvis (obviously) – and not many people beyond our families and close friends knew beforehand. The secret nature of the whole thing made it almost feel even more exciting, if that makes any sense.

A week later, we’re still overwhelmed by all the love and support we were shown from our family and friends last week, and can’t stop ourselves from smiling every time we take a look at our wedding bands. Now that the cat’s out of the bag, stay tuned as we have quite a bit of content lined up for the next few weeks – including photos from our impromptu post-wedding getaway to Woodstock, VT!

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Apple Picking at Hansels Orchard North Yarmouth, Maine

Almost every fall since moving to Maine, Meredith and I have found the time to do a little apple picking of our own, and almost every fall, we’ve chosen a new orchard to try, but after our trip to Hansel’s Apple Orchard this year, we might have found the orchard that will become as much a part of our tradition as the flannel shirts and bean boots we wear.

Hansel’s is a smaller, family-owned orchard in North Yarmouth that is somewhat unlike the other orchards we’ve visited in the past few years. Without the pumpkin patch, barn store, tour bus turn-around, or long lines, Hansel’s is refreshingly all about the apples. Nestled on a cozy patch of land, you can walk up, grab a real basket (from quarter-peck to full bushel), and get to picking your McIntosh, Cortlands, Macouns, Jonagolds, a Honeycrisp or two, and even a mystery varietal of their own. Meredith and I filled our peck in no time, snapped a few photos, and returned home to days of apple snacks, crisps, and homemade applesauce.

If you’re looking for a new orchard to try this year or next, we highly recommend checking out Hansel’s – we think you’ll really enjoy the change of pace.

Apple Picking at Hansels Orchard North Yarmouth, Maine

Apple Picking at Hansels Orchard North Yarmouth, Maine

Apple Picking at Hansels Orchard North Yarmouth, Maine

Apple Picking at Hansels Orchard North Yarmouth, Maine

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Maiden Cliff Camden Maine

Eager to take advantage of a wedding-free weekend, Michael and I headed up the coast on Friday evening after work to spend a night at my family’s home in Wiscasset. Whenever our schedules slow down in the fall and winter, we love using this spot as a jumping-off point to explore other parts of Maine.

Saturday’s destination was a tried & true favorite day trip – Camden. While I’ve been sneaking in work-related trips to Long Grain since our first visit in 2012, Michael on the other hand, hadn’t been as fortunate, so we set our sights tastebuds on a lunch at the wonderful establishment. After our fill of some delicious pork belly pad kee mao, a tasty crab fried rice bowl, and “the spring rolls that ruined all other spring rolls for us”, we were anxious to stretch our legs, so we ventured up Maiden’s Cliff, eager to take in the colorful foliage and the beautiful view of Megunticook Lake. Even Orvis, whose tail is always happily spinning in search of the next adventure, seemed to be taken with the stunning vista before our eyes, and laid down for a bit at the top.

On Sunday we enjoyed a slow morning around the house – made complete with breakfast from Scratch – before meeting some friends for a hike at Wolfe’s Neck. Spending time outdoors both days this weekend reminded us how thankful we are to live in such a richly beautiful state, and even though our hikes will soon lack the vibrant fall color of October (and will require many more layers), it’ll be enjoyable to welcome all of the new fun that the next season brings.

Orvis in the Subaru

Treats Wiscasset Scones

Orvis in Wiscasset

Camden Maine in the fall

Long Grain Spring Rolls

Long Grain Camden Maine

Camden Maine

Camden ME

Maine Fall Foliage

Maiden Cliff Lake Megunticook

Megunticook Lake Maine

Maiden-Cliff-Trail

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Folk Shop and Gallery

On Sunday, Meredith and I were thinking that it’d be nice to change up our normal routine and maybe have lunch somewhere we hadn’t been in a while, so we loaded Orvis in the car and headed to Kittery. Our plans were to take Orvis for a short stroll around town (he can’t go too far while he’s recovering from a little procedure on his foot), and then have lunch at Tulsi, but after passing by Lil’s, MEat, Folk, and Anju – an entire stretch of shops and restaurants we’re pretty sure didn’t exist the last time we were in Kittery – we changed the game plan and decided to stay in Wallingford Square.

When Meredith first ducked inside Folk – a neat shop and gallery with a fun collection of print good, clothes, art and jewelry – I could hear her immediately hitting it off with Emily, the employee running the shop. On Emily’s excellent suggestion, we decided to try Anju, the noodle bar next door for lunch, and after a delicious meal that included some awesomely refreshing pork buns and duck confit rice cakes that should not be missed, we found ourselves starting to contemplate the logistics of a move to Kittery. We followed lunch with some Tandem coffee and a cider crueller from Lil’s, and even had the chance to briefly pop into MEat, where I strongly regretted not always traveling with a cooler in the back of the Subaru. When you add places like The Black Birch and Tulsi, it’s hard to ignore Kittery’s quickly-growing culinary scene, and after taking a drive along Whipple Road to explore Kittery Point with Orvis, it’s also hard to ignore how beautiful the coastal town is.

For an unplanned Sunday road trip, I think we did pretty well. Do you have any recommendations for similar towns that we might be able to add to our radar?

Anju Kittery Maine

Anju Kittery ME

Anju Kittery

Anju Pork Buns

Folk Shop Kittery

Lil's Coffee Shop

Kittery Maine

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Popham Beach State Park

We’ve heard so many great things about Popham Beach over the years, but we’d never really made the time to visit this lovely stretch of sandy beach in Phippsburg. Crowded shores in the summertime really aren’t our thing, and it’s hard to pass up the smaller beaches within walking distance to our home, but last Sunday when we noticed how nice the fall weather was going to be, we decided that there would be no better way to spend an early fall evening than picnicking on a beach! We packed up our picnic basket with a few favorite items from Scratch, prepped Orvis for the adventure, and headed up the road to Popham Beach State Park.

The expansive beach was surprisingly empty when we first arrived and by the time the sun set and the park closed, we were essentially the only people in the park. From the time we stepped onto the beach, we were completely captivated by Popham’s naturally beautiful setting, stretching as far as we could see on either side. The sun was making its way down over the wooded hills to the west and because the tide was just right, we could see a handful of people walking around Fox Island (a mere 45 minutes later, the tide had shifted and the island was no longer accessible – thank goodness we didn’t choose the island for our picnic spot!). Orvis was mesmerized by the six or so galloping horses who came down to Popham to stretch their legs, and watching them run on the beach in the golden light of the setting sun only added to the dreamlike setting.

The sun continued to drop while we enjoyed a lovely dinner, stretched out on our favorite blanket, watching Orvis dig a gigantic hole in the sand to protect his pint-sized bone. We hadn’t anticipated such a memorable and beautiful evening when we set out earlier in the day, but we found it almost impossible to leave as the sun finally disappeared. Hopefully we can return to Popham often in the coming years.

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park

Picnic at Popham Beach

Popham-Beach-Sunset

Popham Beach State Park

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Popham Beach

This past weekend has me so excited about our future fall adventures! It was just the right balance of work, relaxing, and because it’s us, eating, all capped off with a beautiful night on a beach.

After taking a few days off mid-week to travel to North Haven, we took advantage of the rainy weather on Saturday and got some work done before we made the quick trip down to Biddeford for lunch at Palace. We finally tried the Tuna Melt that our friends (and others) have been raving about for months now and also the double cheeseburger ‘royale’ that is equally amazing. No trip to Biddeford is complete without a stop by Rabelais, which is always accompanied by a fascinating and enlightening conversation with the owner, Don. We picked up a couple of new books on his recommendation and headed back home to settle in for an afternoon of reading on the couch.

We had every intention of visiting Popham Beach this summer, but time got the best of us, and we just never got around to it. Waiting proved to be beneficial for us though, as dogs are now allowed back on the state park beaches. Yesterday was much too lovely to be spent doing anything but soaking up the sunshine, so we packed a picnic dinner and headed up to Phippsburg with Orvis. How we’ve lived in Maine six years and not visited Popham until yesterday is beyond me – it might be a new favorite of ours, especially in the quieter off-season. More to come on that in a future post!

Hopefully you all had a splendid fall weekend as well. And thank you, all of you, so much for your sweet support over last week’s print shop announcement. It means so much to us!

Palace Diner Biddeford

Palace Diner Tuna Melt

Rabelais

Rabelais-Biddeford

Orvis

Picnic at Popham Beach

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Fall in South Portland

I guess it’s officially time to say farewell to summer, pull out our flannel & bean boots, and welcome fall. This is a gorgeous season in New England and if you don’t mind the chill, there are plenty of things to do – here are a few activities we’re looking forward to this fall!

Plan a few hiking day trips.

We had such great fall hikes last year at Tumbledown, Sabbattus, and Bradbury, that this might be the fall activity I’m looking forward to the most this year… besides eating apple pie, of course!

Pick apples.

One of our very favorite fall traditions that we’ve done every year since moving to Maine is picking apples. I’m really excited about trying new apple recipes this year, but I think that the donuts that many farms sell are one of the bigger draws for Michael.

Carve pumpkins.

Just this morning a lady stopped me as I was heading up our driveway to tell me that all of the neighborhood kids are looking forward to seeing what we (read: Michael) carve for our pumpkins this year. The pressure is on, friends! See our previous pumpkins from 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.

Brunch.

We hardly ever go to brunch in the summer, but come fall, it’s all I think about on Sunday mornings. Bring on the pancakes, please!

Run 5Ks.

Once our travel and wedding seasons slow down in the fall, there are a few 5K races I always look forward to running – the Bayside Trail 5K (with Orvis!) and the Turkey Trot.

Take a daytrip.

It’s always fun to take a few more small trips each fall after the crowds start to disappear. Last year’s trips to Tamworth and Newburyport were two of our highlights, so we can’t wait to try out a few more places this fall.

Attend a cooking class.

This is an item on our “30 by 30″ list, and after taking a look at the new culinary arts courses offered at MECA this year, we can’t wait to pick one out.

Surely there are fall activities we’ve missed – if you have any favorites of your own, we’d love to hear them!

Michael and Orvis

Bradbury Mountain State Park

Orvis Meredith and Michael at Tumbledown

Sabattus Mountain View

Orchard Hill Farm

Moustached Pumpkin

Piccolo Maine Brunch

Bayside Trail 5K

MTC Turkey Trot

Sheepscot River

Plum Island

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2 Note Storefront

When our dear friends, Darcy & Carolyn, announced that they would be moving their shop from Portland to Hudson, NY, I don’t think any of us would have anticipated how much we’ve been able to see them since the move. Earlier this month I made my third trip of the summer down to Hudson for a shoot and had yet another remarkable time!

This blog post could more accurately be titled, “Dogs of Warren Street,” seeing as Finn, Enzo, and Hughie take up nearly half of the photos here – I simply couldn’t help myself. These three (and their humans, of course) were easily some of the highlights of my few days in Hudson.

Per usual, when I wasn’t shooting, I was either eating or exploring! It appears that no trip to Hudson for me is complete without a pain au chocolat from Cafe Le Perche, dinner at Hudson Food Studio, and ice cream from Lick – we visited all three spots in June, and I was thrilled to sample each one again this time around. It didn’t take me long to learn that lunch from Bruno’s is a Hudson-must, as is a visit to both Hudson Mercantile locations. A few other shops on Warren Street have opened since my last day trip in August, including Hawkins New York, an amazing design store where I easily could have spent the remainder of my day.

Of course, the real highlight of the trip was spending time with Darcy & Carolyn (and their dogs, clearly) and meeting the new friends they’ve made since moving to Hudson. The design and aesthetic of their new shop and home continue to impress me after each visit. We’re so lucky that these great friends of ours give us the perfect excuse to make repeat trips to the Hudson River Valley. Any guesses as to how many more times we make the trip before 2014 comes to an end? I’m holding out for at least one more!

Cafe Le Perche

Hudson New York

Finn

Finn

Hudson Food Studio

Hudson Food Studio

Hudson Food Studio

Hudson Food Studio

Huggles

Enzo

Hughbert

Enzo

Hughie

Hudson NY Shop

Hudson NY Shopping

Hudson NY Shops

Hudson NY

2 Note Perfumery

2 Note Perfumery Hudson

All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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