Michael and I love going up to my family’s farm up in Wiscasset in the winter to explore the area with Orvis when everything is covered in the snow, but during a recent trip this fall, we realized that we hadn’t really taken advantage of the farm and much of the surrounding area in the fall season. The color, the slightly chilly but not too cold walks, and the early morning fall light are all things that we’ve missed in years past, so we’re trying to remedy that before the first snowfall.
With that in mind, we made the trip north on Saturday with the intention of visiting a new trail and revisiting a favorite midcoast restaurant. After walks through the woods and around the farm we had dinner in Rockland at Suzuki’s Sushi. Every part of our meal lived up to our memories from our first visit in 2013, and it was amazing to see how much downtown Rockland has grown in such a short amount of time.
Sunday began with a stop at Crissy’s, our go-to breakfast spot in the area, and then we explored the beautiful tree-lined paths and open shoreline of Dodge Point with Orvis. Although we missed peak foliage at this lovely preserve, returning during the height of the season is high on our list for next fall. A comforting meal from Treats and a trip to Rock Paper Scissors was just what we needed before heading back home to ready ourselves for the work week.
Photos by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.
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.
Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.
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!
All photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.
Our Christmas celebrations this year were just as we prefer – low key & delicious. We took the opportunity to enjoy some tasty meals and catch up with some of our favorite people, but the highlight of our week was celebrating Orvis’s 8th birthday the day after Christmas. We began the festivities with a family run that ended at the beach and then hopped in the car to head up to the birthday boy’s favorite spot – our family’s farm in Wiscasset. We spent the rest of the day walking the property with Orvis and playing fetch with him, before taking a stroll around town.
With each year that passes, we realize how absolutely amazing our time has been with Orvis, and become sadly more aware of the finite amount of time that remains. Taking a full day to celebrate him – doing the things he loves most – fills our hearts with happiness, and we have to admit that after watching him gallop around the farm, he seemed more like an 8-month old puppy than the adult dog he is.
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!