Happy Tuesday friends! As many of you know if you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, last week we got back from a whirlwind tour of Maine. Neither of us had ever been before, so we decided to escape the Florida heat in between weddings for a little northern adventure before the crazy of summer picked back up. We have so, SO many favorite things to share from this trip, and today we’re starting with some pictures of our things we saw along the way. You won’t see a ton of Sarah & Ben selfies because we have special plans for those to come (spoiler alert, we bought a SELFIE STICK) but we are so very in love with these portraits of Maine and are beyond excited for you to see them! Let us just say, Maine is STUNNING. It is a place where the water seems to melt into the sky and the air is crisp in that “you just can’t get enough of it” way. It’s officially one of our most favorite places on this planet, and we’re so excited to share it with you!
We began our trip by renting a car, and driving to the adorable town of Ogunquit in southern Maine. We spent an afternoon in Perkins Cove which was full of cute bridges, adorable row boats and delicious food everywhere you looked.
Maine was off to a good start in our books already. . . . .
We ate our fair share of lobster AND ice cream on this trip (and even tried lobster ice cream!)
But the best thing about Maine this time of year is that there is SO much lobster everywhere, signs like this are necessary:
We spent the next day exploring, which included walking the Marginal Way and exploring all the little nooks of the town . ..
Then, once sunset came and the tide was out, we rolled up our pants, carried our shoes, and trekked across this inlet in the sludge to go watch some Fourth of July fireworks.
The walk was just a bit nippy, but the view from the beach made it TOTALLY worth it. . .
The next morning it was time to say goodbye to Ogunquit, so we packed the car to head up to Portland.
On our way out of town we made a quick detour to see the Nubble Light and the gorgeous Sohier Park.
It was the sweetest little place, where people came to just sit, watch the water, and simply BE.
Then came PORTLAND.
I am going to warn you that what happened in Portland was pretty chubby, but oh so delicious. This place is most DEFINITELY not getting tons of acclaim as a foodie city for nothing, because it is full of some truly awesome spots!
Which we HAAAAD to try.
Not because we like eating that much, but because it’s rude not to try the foods of a new place.
And if there is ONE thing we didn’t want to be, it was rude.
Because that’s just plain not nice.
Are you buying this yet?
We sampled a
few half dozen of potato donuts from The Holy Donut.
And stopped by Vena’s Fizz House for some homemade sodas . . .
Not only is this place adorable and full of the best handcrafted drinks EVER, the owner is the most welcoming human on the planet.
If you are in Portland this is one not to miss!
Then there may have been some pies.. . .
Of both the traditional and whoopie varieties. . . .
And after a few more meals we feel shameful to show you (but honestly, go try Duckfat in Portland!) we hit the road to continue North.
We stopped in Freeport, JUST so we could see the giant Bean Boot!
And spent a few hours in Boothbay Harbor to see the sights and have some more lobster . .
Guys. This was just SO GOOD.
But it’s also probably a good thing we don’t have access to it all the time, because I think Ben may be able to single-handedly wipe out the lobster population.
With full bellies we hopped into the car to head to one of our most FAVORITE places of the trip.
Friends, meet Camden, ME.
We probably spent about an hour in this little park, just watching the birds and the boats come and go.
Life here felt slow in the good “why don’t I ever noticed these things” kind of way.
But that slow pace didn’t last long, because the next morning we woke up nice and early to go start the first hike of the trip!
We hiked up to the top of Mt. Battie (which overlooks all of downtown Camden) and ate a few wild blueberries on the way . . . .
We stopped for some “we did it!” pictures . . .
And then headed down when the fog rolled in.
One of the craziest things about Maine is a completely sunny day can all of a sudden become fog filled in an instant.
There’s something kind of moody and romantic we loved about it. . . .
One more lighthouse because Maine is just chalk full of ‘em. . . .
And then we began the last leg of our Maine journey up to Mt. Desert Island.
Mt. Desert Island is home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (which has been on Ben’s bucket list for quite a while!)
There was seal watching and lobstering tours . . . .
Hiking out to some seriously stunning rock beaches . . . .
And amazing little hidden paths everywhere we looked. . . .
. . .And there was also still some pretty killer food. . .
Maine blueberry muffins for breakfast that are the size of your face?! YES PLEASE.
We walked the Jordan Pond trail (and of course stopped for popovers at the Jordan Pond House) . .
And then halfway around the trail saw a sign for a little mountain to climb.
We thought to ourselves, “we’re fit, we can climb a little mountain”.
But then the trail turned into less of a trail, and more of a vertical scramble over boulders.
We sweat, laughed, and slipped our fair share up this mountain, but it felt oh so good to reach the top. . . .
After mountain climbing you get to refuel.
You know, because you’re body HAS to eat. Like, for medical reasons.
So we found ourselves with a lobster feast once again . . .
On our last day in Acadia we had a picnic at a waterfall. . . .
And Ben had to do the hike in his business casual attire because he was out of clean clothes. . .
He was the best dressed man in the whole forest.
There was one last evening in Bar Harbor, with boats and lobster traps and all of the charm we had come to love about a Maine summer crammed into one little place. . .
And then just like that, it was time to head home.
So with happy hearts and lobster filled bellies, we started the journey back to the place we call home.
We have SO much more to share from this awesome trip, including a whole bunch of ussies (or multi-person selfies for you un-cool people like us!) and a pretty sweet video. So stay tuned!
And if you have been to Maine, are going and want some recommendations, or just plain love it, we would love to hear from you!
Love + Laughs,
Sarah & Ben