In a town of Portland’s size, it’s rare to have an art museum that is as well curated as the Portland Museum of Art. We find ourselves continually impressed with both the exhibitions and the events the museum sponsors. In the last month alone, we’ve been wowed by the photorealist paintings of Richard Estes and even had the chance to hear Alex Katz speak in person.
Coming off the heels of last night’s fantastic midsummer party with the museum’s Contemporaries group, we thought we’d share another PMA summer highlight – Third Thursdays. We attended last month’s Third Thursday garden party and took advantage of the museum’s extended hours by roaming the galleries, which we essentially had to ourselves. Tonight’s festivities will feature bluegrass music by Darlin’ Corey and a lecture by director, Mark Bessire, on the role of the museum in the 21st century.
If you’re looking for a slight change of pace from your typical Thursday evenings, or haven’t had the opportunity to visit the museum and see its newest collections, we highly recommend that you take advantage of tonight’s event and keep an eye open for the upcoming Third Thursdays this summer!
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Meredith and I took last week off from Map & Menu in an attempt to try to pay attention to the beautiful days of summer while we still have them. Instead of evenings prepping photos and writing posts, we opted for home-cooked dinners on the patio and books in the hammock until the sun went down. We worked in the yard. We went for beach walks with Orvis. We did just about anything to minimize the non-requisite time spent in front of a screen… and it was delightful.
On Friday, we headed to the first Flea Bites of the season at the Portland Flea-for-All, where a number of the growing family of Portland food trucks were gathered together. We used the opportunity to sample the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s truck – one that’s on our radar since just after we wrote our last Portland food truck post. With a special guest chef like Damian Sansonetti of Piccolo, it’s hard imagine a better choice for dinner that evening, and we can’t wait to see more of the Good Shepherd truck around town in the future!
To cap an excellent week, Meredith and I threw what’s becoming an annual get together in our backyard to celebrate one of our favorite warm weather libations – rosé (or summer water as it’s quickly becoming known around these parts). A number of old friends and new gathered at our place to enjoy some laughs, some music, some World Cup soccer, some small bites, and plenty of that sweet summer water. Sadly, we didn’t take nearly enough photos of the party, but given the way the week started – somewhat free of Map & Menu – we could help but set the camera down and just enjoy ourselves.
Now we’re back, and ready to share some more trips, meals, and stories as we watch the rest of summer unfold. We hope you’ll follow along and share some of your own summer stories too!
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Due to our work and travel schedules, this past weekend was the first one that we’ve spent at home together since early April, so we set out to take full advantage of what turned out to be a beautiful summer weekend. We kicked things off with a delicious dinner at our favorite farm, The Well, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing in our new hammock. Armed with breakfast from Scratch the next morning, we visited the Portland farmer’s market for the first time this season, where we happened to run into a few friends while picking up some of our favorite early season produce. Over the course of the day we spent plenty more time in the hammock and Michael worked in the yard while I snuck out for a bike ride. That evening we packed up a few more provisions from Scratch (that oh so delicious pulled pork sandwich), a bottle of wine, and Orvis for a picnic dinner by the water at Fisherman’s Point – one of our favorite ways to spend a summer night.
In an attempt to work our way through our summer to-do list, we decided to hit the road Sunday morning and go for a hike in the lakes region of New Hampshire. The views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding area from the top of Mt. Major were stunning, and had us planning a return trip in the fall while we hiked back down. Afterwards, we wandered around Wolfeboro for awhile and took our to-go BLT sandwiches for a picnic by the lake. On the way back to Maine we spotted the perfect place for an impromptu swim in Lake Wentworth with Orvis, which was clearly the very best way to cap off one of the most enjoyable weekends we’ve experienced in New England thus far.
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Naturally, we were quite sad when our dear friends, Darcy & Carolyn, told us that they were packing up their darling shop and sweet pups and moving down to Hudson, NY, but we knew that our friendship with the four of them was far from over - in fact, it’s arguably even better, now that they live in a fun new town with amazing shops & restaurants. If this past weekend that we spent with them in Hudson is any indication, the future of our friendship is looking bright, with all kinds of adventure, laughs, and of course, great food!
When we weren’t catching up with them in their stunning new apartment (see below for proof!) or walking our three dogs around town, we were falling in love with the quirky charm of Hudson. Some of our favorite food highlights from the weekend included takeout from Hudson Food Studio, a relaxed brunch at Cafe Le Perche, and the most delicious ice cream sundaes at LICK. The selection at Hudson Wine Merchants was also spot-on, and we’re already busy planning our next visit to include a stop at Bonfiglio & Bread, which was unfortunately closed this weekend.
The drive down to Rhinebeck for the Sunday farmer’s market was gorgeous and only made us more excited for future trips to explore the charming towns of the Hudson River Valley. Needless to say, there will be plenty of Map & Menu posts highlighting this beautiful area of New York (including one on Great Barrington in the very near future). And of course, we cannot wait to share some photos of the new 2 Note shop, opening at 255 Warren Street in mid-July. Until then, we’d love to hear any recommendations you might have for the Hudson area… because we simply can’t wait to go back!
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Right after we returned to the states from Scotland, Michael and I had to pack our bags once again – this time for a road trip down to North Carolina with Orvis. We broke up the drive by spending a night at our go-to spot, Hotel Fauchere. (Read more about our past trips to this darling Milford, PA inn here.) One of the best parts about staying at Hotel Fauchere is having a tasty dinner at Bar Louis, located just downstairs. After years of hearing about the restaurant’s famed sushi pizza, we finally sampled it, and it definitely lived up to the hype! The next morning before we had to spend the day in the car, we went for a run and enjoyed what is probably our favorite hotel breakfast.
Between visiting both of our families and shooting a wedding, our days in North Carolina were a blur. We had the chance to spend some time with both our families and some very dear friends, and it even worked out for us to attend our nephew’s second birthday right before we left to start the drive back up to Maine. We bade farewell to the South with full hearts and big smiles on our faces after getting to see so many loved ones in such a short amount of time.
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What a beautiful couple of days it has been in Maine! I’m not sure how long this lovely weather will last, but we’ve been making the most of it lately by spending as much time in the yard as possible. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to be as active outside with Orvis as we usually are, as he developed an infection from a toe injury and has been sporting a heartbreakingly adorable bandaged paw for the past few days. Fingers crossed it heals quickly and he’ll be back to his crazy self in no time!
Over the weekend we had the chance to celebrate a few birthdays, some a little early and one a bit late. Michael will be in Scotland during his actual birthday so we opened his present and had cake on Saturday night, and then the next morning we had our friends, Darcy & Carolyn, over for a joint birthday brunch in honor of Carolyn & Michael’s May birthdays and my April birthday. We picked up some goodies from Scratch, whipped up a blueberry skillet pancake, sipped orange juice mimosas on the patio, and laughed for hours while Orvis slept at our feet. In keeping with the weekend’s festive vibe, we met my mother at Frontier Cafe in Brunswick for a Mother’s Day dinner later that evening and continued laughing the day away.
This weekend’s dose of spring weather surely has us excited for more days such as these. We hope you all had a wonderful few days as well!
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Work took me on a solo trip this weekend through a beautiful region of New York I’d never visited before – Delaware County & Cooperstown. While spring hasn’t quite graced upstate New York with its presence yet, the countryside I drove through was absolutely gorgeous! I would love to someday come back and make the same drive with Orvis and Michael, perhaps spending a little time hiking in the Catskills. After checking out of the charming inn & restaurant where I stayed on Friday night (more on that this week!), I drove right through Meredith, New York on my way to Cooperstown. I couldn’t help but stop and take a photo of the darling town sign!
Back in Maine, Michael spent most of his weekend working in the yard before heading up to Newcastle to visit Oxbow’s tasting room for the first time with my stepfather – an activity that comes highly recommended from both of them!
I made the long drive home on Saturday night so that I could spend a relaxing Sunday with Michael and Orvis before I head back to New York later this week. After a lazy morning on the couch with breakfast from Scratch, we spent some time outside with Orvis and then made our way to Tiki Sunday at Hunt & Alpine.
I feel like the weekend passed in the blink of an eye, but when I look back, I’m so thankful for how much we both got to see and do.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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