It’s crazy to think that Meredith and I spent four school years in a town renown for its culinary offerings, but because of our stereotypical college food budgets (read: none) and even more stereotypical college food tastes (read: burritos and pizza), we hardly scratched the surface of all the amazing cuisine Chapel Hill had to offer. Over time however, we’re slowly remedying this oversight with each trip back to our alma mater, and for Meredith’s birthday we were fortunate enough to pack two amazing meals into one afternoon – Durham’s Mateo Tapas and Chapel Hill’s Lantern.
Lantern is a restaurant that needs little introduction. It’s consistently on any must-try list for North Carolina and the southeast. It’s chef and owner, Andrea Reusing, was the 2011 James Beard winner for the Southeast’s Best Chef and is a powerful advocate for sustainable agriculture practices. Her farm-to-table menus are packed with the freshest of seasonal ingredients and Meredith has been dying to try some of the recipes from her book, Cooking in the Moment.
Our meal on Meredith’s birthday was simply unbelievable, and we can’t wait to revisit Lantern the next time we’re in town.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516
What a weekend! Michael & I enjoyed a low-key evening at home on Friday night with Orvis, sipping wine and reading on the blanket in our backyard. The next day while I was in Camden for a wedding, Michael met his college roommate and her husband who were visiting Maine from North Carolina for brunch at Local. Drinks on the patio with friends from the neighborhood became necessary in order to survive the weekend’s heat wave… or so I’m told. Meanwhile, I managed to stop by a new cafe in Rockport (more to come very soon!) on the way to my wedding. The next day two of our friends brought their dog over for a puppy play date with Orvis while we all enjoyed some ice cream from Scoops.
We capped off an already wonderful weekend with one of the most extraordinary ways to spend a summer weekend in Maine – on a boat! Our friends, Brook and Daniel, were so kind to invite us to spend the evening with them on Brook’s father’s boat. We made our way over to the Chebeague Island Inn (read more about the inn from our 2012 stay there!) for drinks & appetizers on the inn’s cozy wraparound porch, and as if the day wasn’t perfect enough, we were treated to an extra lovely sunset on the ride back over to the mainland. The whole experience was just incredible!
I’m pretty sure the next few weekends are going to pale in comparison to this one – we were completely spoiled to be treated to such a fun-filled, adventurous few days. We hope you all had a chance to partake in something extra enjoyable this weekend!
Photo from our lunch at Petit Pois in Charlottesville!
Design*Sponge released their Charlottesville, VA City Guide this week which highlights some of the places we fell in love with during our visit last month, including Mas, Petit Pois, Feast, Roxie Daisy, and Feast.
I can already tell that this recipe for Caramelized Banana & Peanut Butter “Ice Cream” (complete with almond flour waffle cones!) from Roost will be a staple in our house this summer.
How darling does the town of Rockport, MA look in these photos from Dear Friend?
These tips for ‘everyday adventures’ from Em for Marvelous are fantastic. We were more than a little excited to see her mention Map & Menu in her list!
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned! I’m headed up the coast for a wedding tomorrow but I have no doubt that Michael, Orvis, and I will be out in the backyard as much as possible this weekend.1 Comment
Last week on our way down to North Carolina, Orvis and I decided to break up our trip a bit by staying at one of our favorite places along the route – Hotel Fauchère in Milford, PA. While I love traveling with both of my boys, I do enjoy my occasional solo road trips with my pal, Orvis. (See photos from my September trip to Stowe with Orvis.) I think there’s something extra special about experiencing a hotel alongside your dog, since they bring so much joy to our lives, it only makes sense to want to take them everywhere with us.
Rather than share more photos of Hotel Fauchère (see the posts from our 2012 stays in March, July, and October), I thought it might be nice to (share) a few images of Orvis around the property. After all, an adventure like this with Orvis is basically just an excuse for me to take way too many photos of him.
Milford, Pennsylvania 18337
I don’t really remember when I first fell in love with the Shelby Cobra, but for much longer than I’ve known Meredith, this vehicle has been my absolute dream car. Something about its perfect mix of 1960′s sports car style and power leaves me daydreaming about being behind the wheel of my own one day, like an 8 year-old running around with his arms out, grabbing at an invisible steering wheel, and making engine revving noises with his mouth.
When we stumbled upon this one in Pinehurst, NC on a recent trip, I think I made an audible squeal. It’s an amazing-enough car on film and in google image searches, but seeing one up close in person – having the chance to notice the smallest of details – is simply amazing. One day.
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Our family of three has been reunited. Michael spent last week outside of Florence, Italy for work, and Orvis and I made a trip to North Carolina for a lovely shoot and a beautiful wedding. The weekend was spent laughing and smiling with friends and then making the long drive back to Maine. Riding down the highway, I can’t help but smile now that the three of us are back together.
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Photo of our fall meal at Sea Glass at the Inn by the Sea!
One of these classic sangria recipes from Smitten Kitchen might be the perfect thing to serve at your next summer cookout, no? Although, this simple Pink Gin I spotted on A Crimson Kiss looks just as tasty. You choose!
After seeing a photo of Le Domaine aux Quat Saisons on Habitually Chic this morning, I promptly googled the hotel and ended up at photographer, Polly Alexandre’s blog. It looks like the most charming place to stay in Rieux Minervois… especially with three dachshunds running around the property.
Have you seen this list of summer rental properties from New York Magazine yet? The lakeside hideaway in CT isn’t quite in the travel budget, but the Balinese House in the Hudson Valley or The William Brown Cabin in Hankins, NY might be!
Designer/photographer, Jennifer Chong spent a quick 36 hours in New York City recently and managed to squeeze in so many sites, shops, and good food while she was there. I’m keeping her list in mind for our trip down next month!
The Boston Globe released this list of 19 of the best places for summertime food in New England. More than a few Maine restaurants made the cut, including one of our favorites, Sea Glass at the Inn by the Sea!
We hope you all have a lovely long weekend!1 Comment