Orvis at Marianmade Farm

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.

Zapoteca Brunch

Trout Brook Preserve Alna Maine

Alna Maine Trout Brook

Crissy's Damariscotta

Duck PB&J Shepherd's Pie

Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Sheepscot River Wiscasset Maine

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!

Zeppoli at Piccolo Maine

Piccolo Instagram Photos

Orvis and Michael

Michael Cain

Winter Sky

Michael and Orvis

Wiscasset Maine

Marianmade Farm Wiscasset Maine

Photos taken by Meredith Perdue for Map & Menu.

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Marianmade Farm

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!

Winter Sheepscot River Maine

Snowshoeing in Maine

Michael and Orvis

Sheepscot River

Marianmade Farm Wiscasset

Orvis at Marianmade Farm

Skookum Dog Collar

Frozen Sheepscot River Maine

Orvis's Shadow

Sheepscot River Wiscasset

Primo Rockland Maine

Caramelized Banana Cream Pie Primo

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Summer Fruit

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.

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Marianmade Farm Lavender

Small Axe Brunch

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Pax and Mack

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!

Maine Lobster Dinner

Lobster at Marianmade Farm

Lears Ice Cream Wiscasset

Wiscasset Dog Parade

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Muscongus Bay

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!

Airstream Camper

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Marianmade Farm Wiscasset

Muscongus Bay Lobster

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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.











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