Maybe it’s because I just returned home from a morning swim with a friend, but this post on The Fresh Exchange really resonated with me. I’m looking forward to heeding Megan’s advice and plan on taking full advantage of what is supposed to be a perfect summer weekend.
I’ve always wanted to visit Montauk, but until we’re able to plan a trip of our own, I’ll have to live vicariously through others – like Savvy Home.
We try (and love!) many recipes from A House in the Hills (like this delicious salad), but I’m particularly excited about giving this cauliflower crust pizza Sarah shared on the West Elm blog this week a try.
Happy Friday! Hopefully you all have something fun and/or relaxing planned for the next few days? We’re hoping to spend as much time as possible outside and look forward to catching up with a few friends along the way.
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Last week, we spent an amazing day on one of the most delightful places we’ve visited in Maine – Isle of Springs. Over the past few years, Meredith has had multiple photo shoots on and around the island, but until our friends from North Carolina, John and Emily, invited us to their family home on the island, I’d never had the chance to see what all the fuss was about. Simply put, it was amazing.
The weather was gorgeous and the island was more Maine-ly picturesque than one could imagine. Our hosts were both welcoming & accommodating, taking us on a guided walk around the island and boat ride through Sheepscot Bay and into Boothbay Harbor, and spending the evening entertaining us with great stories and tasty food. By the time we pulled back into our driveway late that evening, we were completely spent from the day we’d left behind, and collapsed into bed, dreaming about future trips to the island.
A special thanks goes out to Emily, John, and the rest of the Ayer family for the unmatched memories.
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We unfortunately didn’t have the time to visit any vineyards during our spring trip to Charlottesville, but we made sure to grab a few bottles to enjoy post-trip.
It’s only taken a year, but Michael & I finally have the opportunity to take advantage of his pretty amazing work travel schedule. (This year, he’s already been to Hawaii and Italy, and will make it to Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and London before 2013 is over!) In September we’re squeezing a trip to Sonoma in the week between his travels to Seattle & San Francisco! It will my first trip to Northern California and our very first wine country experience, and we’re clearly very excited about it. After finishing this book the other night, I stayed up way past my bedtime researching vineyards, and my dreams that night were filled with all kinds of wine-related adventures.
So far, we’re hoping to visit a number of these Sonoma wineries:
Ridge Vineyards – Recommended to me by the father of a recent bride (who lives in Northern California and visits Sonoma often) as his favorite! Ridge is also mentioned a few times in Eric Asimov’s book, How to Love Wine.
Copain Wines – Another recommendation from Rebecca (the bride from above who happens to be a Map & Menu reader!) who is spending her honeymoon in Sonoma this week!
Peay Vineyards – Mentioned in Asimov’s book, I love the private nature of the winery, which is only open to mailing list members who make purchases.
Arnot-Roberts – Another mention in How to Love Wine. I’m really not ashamed to admit that their branding is one of the main reasons this winery is on our list.
Are we missing any must-visit Sonoma wineries? Do you all have any tips for first time wine country goers? Do we have our sights set on too many? We’d absolutely love to hear about your past trips to Sonoma County or any vineyards you’re dying to visit someday.1 Comment - Leave a comment
A perfect pace for a lovely weekend. The two of us enjoyed a leisurely Saturday morning with a delicious Small Axe breakfast (this is quickly becoming our Saturday morning ‘thing’), and a trip to the farmer’s market where the fruits, vegetables, and flowers were a colorful delight. On Saturday evening, our already amazing meal with Orvis at The Well was made even more enjoyable by the new friends with whom we shared a picnic table, some stories, and a few glasses of wine. We completed the evening with an ice cream dessert and a (somewhat competitive) game of Rummikub with neighbors. Sunday was spent on blankets in the yard, hiking with Orvis, and enjoying the spoils of our farmer’s market trip. Just the perfect way to spend a late summer’s weekend.
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We’re fiercely loyal to our neighborhood bakery, Scratch Baking Co., but we do love popping into Portland’s Standard Baking Co. (as evidenced above) every now and then too. (You can never have too many favorite bakeries, right?) After seeing a glimpse of the bakery’s rebranding by More & Co. online, I’m hoping we get a chance to swing by Standard soon and see everything in person.
“Excited” doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about the various accolades Eventide continues to rack up. A big congrats to them and the 49 others for being named one of Bon Appetit‘s Best New Restaurant Nominees!
Michael is headed to London for work this fall and while we’re not sure if I’ll be able to join him yet, I hope at least one of us gets to visit this adorable cafe – Hally’s Parsons Green.
We just pulled the trigger on a new painting for our house by an artist I’ve admired for quite some time – Henry Isaacs. While the piece is of a landscape outside of Charlottesville, an area we absolutely adore, the cottages depicted in the painting remind us of the fishing shacks at Willard Beach.
As someone who is just a tad bit obsessed with Instagram, I love Domaine’s recurring “We Know What You Did Last Weekend” post featuring some of their favorite Instagram feeds.
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Last week, after we returned from Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, Michael admitted that he had incorrectly thought I was being a little melodramatic when I came home raving about my first visit to the farm last spring. I think I recall touting it as “pretty much the most amazing place ever”, to which Michael smiled but took with a grain of salt. (If you’ve read this blog for more than a few posts, you know that I can get a little excited about some of the places we visit.) I must admit though, it was exceptionally nice to hear Michael show almost the same enthusiasm after he’d had a chance to experience the farm last week on our day trip down the coast.
Snug Harbor Farm is far from your average nursery. Perhaps it’s the rows upon rows of beautiful topiaries, or the seemingly endless supply of the most gorgeous and unique succulent arrangements (a number of which can now be found around our house). Maybe it’s the delightful collection of home & garden goods in the shop, the wonderfully kept old farmhouse property, the gorgeous terra cotta pots (yes, even the pots are awesome), or even the adorable farm dogs that might just follow you around while you browse – believe me when I say that there is just something special about this farm.
Contact Information - Snug Harbor Farm
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
While I managed to take a few thousand photos over the weekend (at two weddings), I didn’t have a chance to snap any personal photos for this weekend’s recap! I ran in the Beach to Beacon 10K on Saturday morning before heading off to my first wedding of the weekend. Running that race brings me such happiness – you don’t run more than ten yards at a time without passing a smiling, enthusiastic spectator on the course. It’s incredible to see the town of Cape Elizabeth (and the surrounding communities) come together for such an event.
After such a tiring weekend, I’m looking forward to enjoying a low-key Monday (complete with a massage!) and spending some time with our friends, Emily & John, tomorrow on one of the prettiest islands in all of Maine. (I took the photo above there just a few weeks ago and fell in love with this dog, Dodger.)
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