After almost two weeks of being on the road, I was really excited to spend some time relaxing with Meredith and Orvis this past weekend. So after a lunch with friends at Zapoteca on Saturday, we ventured up to Wiscasset to spend a couple of nights on the farm. Sometimes, one of the best ways to decompress and reset is to cook a fun meal and open a bottle of wine, so we did just that on Saturday night. After a tasty breakfast at Crissy’s the next morning, we decided to hike a new trail outside of Alna that had yet to be walked on after last week’s snow. Letting Orvis run along as we explored trail blaze to blaze was definitely a highlight of the weekend. After we warmed back up, we headed north to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, and then shared a cozy dinner at Shepherd’s Pie in Rockport.
I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend my first weekend back, and hope that you were able to spend yours just the way you wanted, also.
Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.
As I mentioned last week, I wasn’t sure any winter weekend could live up to the first weekend of 2014, but I stand corrected! We took it very easy on a rainy Saturday, leaving the couch little beyond walking Orvis and picking up takeout from Empire. The next day we met our friends, Darcy & Carolyn, for a long overdue, tasty brunch at Piccolo. (More on their delicious brunches coming soon!) After filling ourselves with plenty of zeppoli and good conversation, we hopped in the car and headed to my family’s farm in Wiscasset once again. The weather was ideal for taking a few long walks with Orvis around the property and experiencing a breathtaking sunrise this morning before we departed.
We’re excited to see what else our winter weekends amount to, as they’re already off to a great start. Hopefully you all have enjoyed a similar beginning to 2014!
Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.
We sure set the bar high for winter weekends during this first one of 2014 – it’ll be a tough one to beat! On Friday afternoon, after Thursday’s snowstorm, the fun began when we met one of my college roommates and her boyfriend for a long, laughter-filled lunch at Duckfat. Fantastic fries & fun friends are always a wanted distraction from the coldest of winter days.
The following morning, Michael and I packed our snowshoes, Orvis, and some snacks, and headed north to my family’s cottage in Wiscasset. We had two picture perfect days to snowshoe around the farm and even ventured out onto the beautiful, frozen Sheepscot River for the first time. Taking a break from the snowshoeing, we found that sipping milk punches, reading, and napping by the fire were every bit as enjoyable for us as our adventures in the snow.
Yesterday evening we decided to take advantage of our location and Primo‘s last dinner service until April, and enjoyed another fantastic meal at the renowned midcoast restaurant – this time at the walk-in counter. After a deliciously filling meal of brussels sprouts, meatballs, cassoulet, polenta with roasted vegetables, and a caramelized banana cream pie, we headed home to watch the Downton Abbey premiere by the fire – a delightful end to a delightful weekend. It’s back to work for now, but you can bet that this week will be filled with plenty of winter weather getaway day-dreaming!
There was just so much to love about this past weekend! Wild blueberry season is here, which, for me, is the highlight of my entire summer! Over the weekend we ate an entire pint and started in on our second this morning.
Our Coral & Tusk donkey from Furbish arrived on Friday and seems to bring a smile to both of our faces every time we pass it. We spent Sunday in Wiscasset where the lavender on the farm is still at its peak! My mother took us to one of her favorite antique stores in Nobleboro and we walked out with a lovely pair of Asian-inspired teak chairs, whose cushions are already set to be recovered in the next couple of weeks.
Another highlight of the weekend was brunch at one of our favorite food trucks in town – Small Axe. When I read that they’d be serving a Lowcountry brunch at Portland Flea-for-All on Sunday, I pretty much mapped out the entire weekend around that one meal. Michael and I were easily two of the happiest southern transplants in New England yesterday morning with our feast – succotash with cheesy grits & an egg, zucchini hush puppies, and a fried chicken biscuit.
Last night’s lobster dinner at my family’s farm was definitely the highlight of this past weekend! My sister & her adorable family were up from North Carolina and were more than anxious to partake in a lobster feast! The weather was perfect yesterday and we enjoyed a beautiful dinner outside on the patio. Our nephew, Pax, and each of the five (!) dogs kept us very entertained. In celebration of National Ice Cream Day, we walked into town with the dogs for a post-dinner treat at Lears. I couldn’t imagine a better family dinner!
Michael, Orvis, and I survived another Maine heat wave this weekend by escaping up to my family’s farm in Wiscasset and sleeping in the air-conditioned Airstream camper. After spending a few nights in our 87 degree bedroom, a night in the cool camper was absolute bliss! Plus, Orvis got to take a dip on the river and run wild with his pal, Mason.
Saturday night we ventured out to Muscongus Bay Lobster Company in Round Pond for dinner where I might have just found my new favorite lobster roll in Maine! We stuck around for a bit on Sunday to hear the Wiscasset Fiddle Fest at the farm before heading back to have dinner on the patio with some friends and their pups – another amazing summer weekend in the books!
Like the rest of New England, Michael & I were slightly less than pleased about this week’s snowstorm, set to hit Maine the day before the first day of spring. Once we came to terms with the fact that we’d have to shovel our driveway for what seemed like the 43rd time this year, we decided to embrace our situation and enjoy what we hoped was the final storm of the year. Late Monday night we decided to head back up to my family’s farm in Wiscasset so we could get snowed in the little cottage there. We packed food for the next day’s meals, our computers, our snowshoes, and of course, our dog, Orvis. We woke up to little more than a dusting on Tuesday morning, which allowed us to take Orvis on plenty of romps through the field sans snowshoes. Luckily the snow kept up through the night on Tuesday so we were able to put our snowshoes to good use one last time this morning.
Snowshoeing with Orvis has to be one of our all-time favorite activities. Whenever there is as much as a single snowflake on the ground, we notice Orvis begin to bounce around like a giant bunny. We love racing with him in the open fields (he always wins) and exploring the nooks & crannies of the woods alongside him. Watching him bound gleefully through the snow, often carrying an extra long stick or branch in his mouth, always makes us laugh uncontrollably. We’re so fortunate that we had the chance to enjoy the wintry weather one last time before spring (truly) arrives.
Last week, Meredith mentioned one of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat in Wiscasset, and this week, I’m delighted to follow that post with quite possibly one of our favorite shops in the entire Midcoast region – Rock Paper Scissors (sorry, no website).
If you’re ever driving through, or staying in Wiscasset, and don’t take the time to get lost in this fantastic shop of cards, stationery, gifts, and just general awesome miscellany, you’re completely missing out. The collection of products that owner Erika Soule has curated is simply fantastic, and every nook and cranny of the shop is covered with it (she consolidated her other store, Smitten, into the space). Every time we visit the shop, I see Mere’s eyes grow with each item we see, and this past visit, I made-out like a birthday bandit with an excellent Green Moss candle from Izola and a Lamy Scribble pencil. We even added some matching, recycled glass wine glasses to our collection. You’ll find everything you didn’t know you needed, and a cooler version of so many things you already have. I challenge you to drop in and not find something you want to leave with.
Meredith and I are headed up the coast again soon, and I guarantee that we’ll be dropping in to both Rock Paper Scissors and Treats on our way – it’s become a Midcoast tradition.
My family purchased a farm in the charming town of Wiscasset a year or so ago, and since then Michael & I have thoroughly enjoyed using it as a home base to further explore parts of mid-coast Maine we haven’t yet experienced, or are looking to revisit. Wiscasset itself has a couple of darling (and tasty!) establishments that most people visiting the area might not even know about, as it seems as though nearly everyone who passes through Wiscasset as a tourist is intent on solely stopping for a lobster roll at the famous Red’s Eats right in the middle of town.
Just up the block from the seemingly endless line of lobster-seeking tourists at Red’s is the most delightful specialty foods shop and cafe in town, Treats. In the last couple of years, we haven’t been to visit my family’s home without stopping by Treats at least once during our trip. It’s the perfect place in town to pick up a cup of coffee or tea and a pastry or muffin in the morning, but the lunches (and their accompanying desserts!) are definitely my favorite. Treats has a case full of delicious daily sandwiches and various quiches, tarts, and salads. Of course, you simply have to grab a sweet treat while you’re at Treats, and there are a wide variety of cookies, pies, cakes, and other delectable goodies from which you may select!
While our order is being prepared, I always find myself gazing at the jars filled with colorful candies or browsing the selection of kitchen accessories. Michael, on the other hand, makes a beeline for their beer case in the adjacent wine store. According to him, they have a great selection of local craft brews, and what trip to the river would be complete without some adirondack-sitting, beer-sipping relaxation?
As the weather continues to warm up, we’ll be traveling up the coast more often, and look forward to plenty more stops at the aptly-named Treats. If you find yourself passing through town on your mid-coast adventures, you should do the same!