Chebeague Island, ME

Sometimes, you just need to throw some things in a bag, find somewhere within easy driving distance, and get away for a mini-vacation. It’s a rare weekend during the summer that both Meredith and my schedules allow it, but with a little bit of flexibility and just the right location, we were able to enjoy a short getaway to Chebeague Island, one Sunday night a couple of weeks ago. Looking back now, I’m so glad we did. Continue reading Chebeague Island, ME

Chebeague Island Inn

You might have noticed Chebeague Island Inn on our list of ‘Hopeful Reservations’ in the Map & Menu sidebar – we’ve been wanting to stay at the inn for ages! As soon as I saw it come on sale via Jetsetter earlier this summer, I decided to book a night on the island as a reward after a particularly busy week (shooting four weddings and a rehearsal dinner in 8 days!) I knew it would be the perfect quick getaway, and it really turned out to be just that. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th … Continue reading Chebeague Island Inn

Q&A: Todd Phillips, Palmetto Bluff

Earlier this spring when Michael and I shared our fantastic experience at Palmetto Bluff on Map & Menu, we were floored when Todd Phillips, the outlet manager, sommelier, and the creator of the cocktails we raved about in this post, reached out to us! He kindly offered his expertise on cocktail creation or pairings if we ever needed any advice. Of course, this got us thinking about beginning a Q&A series with all of the inspiring people with whom we’ve connected since beginning Map & Menu. We’re thrilled to introduce this new series for the blog with Todd Phillips, the … Continue reading Q&A: Todd Phillips, Palmetto Bluff

A Map & Menu Weekend: 07.13 – 07.15

Even though we didn’t spend this weekend traveling to some beautiful new destination or trying out some exciting restaurant, this was the very best weekend we’ve had in a long time! This weekend was my last free weekend (completely wedding free!) until the month of November, so we decided to make the most of it, by partaking in the most ordinary, but lovely, weekend pleasures – having brunch at a favorite restaurant, visiting the farmer’s market, shopping in the Old Port, doing yard work, taking walks with Orvis, and having friends over for meals on the patio. We really did … Continue reading A Map & Menu Weekend: 07.13 – 07.15

Newport, RI

Meredith and I had the fantastic chance to visit Newport this month for a wedding (at the mansion from The Great Gatsby, no less), and after a weekend of frozen lemonade, beautiful boats, a dramatic coastline, stunning mansions, a spectacular sunset, and of course delicious food and a great place to stay, I’d say we covered our bases – especially given the fact that we were there for less than 36 hours! Newport is one of those towns where American history literally surrounds you everywhere you look. Colonial areas of the downtown are rife with historical landmarks from around the … Continue reading Newport, RI


When researching where we should go for dinner while we were in Newport, I needed to look no further than the new england book our dear friend Chelsey gave us when we launched Map & Menu earlier this year. This was going to be a very special dinner for Michael & I, as he had just accepted a job with his dream (!) company, Automattic, the company who manages WordPress! We thought that a celebration dinner in Newport would make the trip even more special, and Fluke turned out to be the perfect setting for our festive meal! We … Continue reading Fluke

Mill Street Inn

I came across the website for Mill Street Inn a few years ago while reading the Design*Sponge city guide on Newport. The hotel clearly made an impression, and years later, while booking accommodations for our trip to Newport during one of the busiest weekends of the year in Newport (the America’s Cup was in town!), I was able to get a room at this charming inn, a former 19th century mill. We loved every single aspect of our stay at Mill Street Inn – the juxtaposition of old & new throughout the building, the minimalist/modern feel of the room & … Continue reading Mill Street Inn

Flo’s Clam Shack

There’s something hard to beat about a good local seafood establishment. Nothing over the top and standoff-ish – just an old fixed menu on the wall, some paper plates, a few picnic tables, and some delicious food. Flo’s Clam Shack in Middletown, RI is one of those places with all the history and heritage a good seafood shack should have, and on our way into Newport, Meredith and I dropped in to see what all the hubbub was about. Plain and simple, the answer is in the clams. Fresh (so fresh the sign on the wall barely makes apologies for … Continue reading Flo’s Clam Shack