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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Farmhouse Pottery Woodstock VT

On our way back from a spectacular few days in Vermont’s Mad River Valley (so much to share soon), we passed through Woodstock to revisit parts of our post-wedding getaway. Our first stop was the beautiful Farmhouse Pottery studio and shop – always an absolute delight for your eyes – and as part of a new tradition for trips to Vermont, we picked up another piece to add to our growing collection. Afterwards, we walked Orvis through town to see how it looked in the winter while reliving memories of our fall visit. Vermont is becoming such a very special place to the three of us and we can’t wait for our next return to the state.

Woodstock Vermont Farmhouse Pottery

Farmhouse Pottery Vermont

Woodstock Vermont



Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Winter in Maine

One of the best parts of all the snow we had this winter was the amount of time it afforded us to spend at my family’s farm in Wiscasset. While the farm is shut down for the season, it becomes our snowy getaway. A short drive up Route 1 and we’re settled in Wiscasset, ready for a weekend of cozy dinners by the fire, snacks from Treats, brunches at Crissy’s, and so much snowshoeing with Orvis on the farm and around the river. As the weather warms up and the melt begins, we love looking back at some of the memories made at the farm this season.

Wiscasset Woods

Michael Cain

Marianmade Farm Wiscasset

Wiscasset Maine

Mason and Orvis

Mason at Marianmade Farm

Dogs at Marianmade Farm

Skookum Collars

Frozen Sheepscot River ME

Sheepscot River Maine

Sheepscot River in Winter Maine

Orvis in Wiscasset

Frozen Sheepscot

Orvis Cain

Marianmade Farm

Orvis at the Farm

Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Snowshoeing at Marianmade Farm

This weekend was a pleasant mixture of work and play. We spent most of Saturday re-plastering and repainting our upstairs bathroom, and then Sunday morning, after a filling breakfast of Michael’s delicious pancakes, we were right back at it.

Needing a little break from the work, we decided to head up to Wiscasset to go snowshoeing with Orvis on Sunday afternoon. Our friend, Julia, joined us and together we explored the land around my family’s farm, attempted (and failed) to make our own sledding trails, and swapped stories by the fireplace. Since Julia had run a race that morning, we made sure to bring along a special treat for her from Scratch – a cupcake inspired by the Samoa (or Caramel deLite if you’re like Michael) Girl Scout cookie!

Girl Scout Cookie Samoa Cupcake

Wiscasset Maine

Snow Tracks

Sheepscot River Maine

Snowshoeing in Maine


All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

While seemingly the entirety of the blogging universe is in a post-New Year’s calorie-cutting frenzy, Meredith and I rocked this past weekend as we typically prefer to do – with good food and drink, and a few Orvis snuggles. After a dim sum brunch at Empire and a little wine perusing at Browne Trading Co. on Saturday, we spent a good chunk of the rest of the weekend in the kitchen, making new batches of sea salt chocolate chip cookies, buttermilk pancakes, chicken marbella, and buttermilk ice cream. With the changes we’ve been making to the kitchen and the warmth of the oven, it’s tough to drag ourselves to another room, but at least we were able to share some of our creations with friends at dinner last night.

Map and Menu Prints

Browne Trading Co

Empire Chinese Kitchen

Empire Chinese Kitchen

Sea Salt Chocoalte Chip Cookies  Orvis

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