12 States. 7 Days. And we only got mistaken for sisters twice. Continued.
Day Four// Maine. Kennebunkport and Lobster were the top two things that came to mind when I thought about Maine. My mom and I knew when we started the trip we wanted to spend the majority of our time in Maine. Partly, because we both had romantic views of riding horses along a breezy shore all day and then having a lobster dinner on blankets by an open fire with the Bush clan. Or at least that’s how I had always envisioned Maine. And partly because we felt that it would be the best place to ‘vacation within our vacation.’
However, our time in Maine was quite enjoyable even if we didn’t have a lobster dinner with George and Laura. The first day we were in Portland we walked around the area where we were staying and got a feel for the city. It was more rugged than I had pictured, which was a nice change from all of the cities we had visited the last few days.
We ate a late brunch at a local restaurant, with southern flare, interestingly enough, called Hot Suppa. We talked to the waiter who said the owners had lived in the South for a few years and loved our food so much they incorporated our flavors with traditional Maine dishes. Then we walked over to the wharf and watched the fishermen for a little while. And, of course, had to stop in a few local bookstores along the way. After a long day of walking and eating, we headed back to the hotel or another movie night.
Day Five// We woke up to a chilly, rainy, kind of gloomy day our second morning in Maine. Everyone at the hotel said we got here as soon as their weather was changing over to winter. Although it was rather yucky outside, we enjoyed walking around watching the last few fall leaves swirl around the brick sidewalks.
After a quick bite to eat we headed toward Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s house, one of the Fireside Poets from New England. Unfortunately, we found out his house had closed for the winter the day before we were there, but we walked around the outside and took pictures. The Wadsworth-Longfellow House was where Henry had been born and grew up. You may remember some of his most famous works including “Paul Revere’s Ride” and The Song of Hiawatha. Little known fact is that he was the first American to translate Dante’s Divine Comedy.
After wondering around Portland for the day, we decided to eat somewhere close to the water for our final supper in Maine. We found an amazing place, The Flatbread Company, right on Casco Bay, that had the most delicious pizza. All natural, wood-fired, clay oven pizza that makes me want to fly there tonight just thinking about it. After we were full we stopped in a few shops on our walk back to the hotel and enjoyed our last night getting room service for desert and watching a movie.
Day Six// We started our long drive home today. Vermont was the only state we hadn’t visited so we decided to take the scenic route for a couple of hours to add the last state to our list. After all we thought, “Vermont must be beautiful this time of year, with all that snow.” Although it wasn’t snowing yet, we were both glad we took the extra time to check out the The Green Mountain State. After a long morning and afternoon of driving , we stayed one more night on the road, which happened to be Hartford. It was great to finally to relax another night before our last leg of the journey home.
Day Seven// We were excited to get up early our last day to check out the Mark Twain House. I grew up reading Mark Twain and he his still one of our favorite authors of all time. The great thing about Mr. Twain is that he has a quote for every occasion. The weather? “Everyone seems to complain about it, but nobody seems to do anything about it. Fashion? “Clothes make the man. A naked man has little or no influence in society.”
His house was beautiful and we enjoyed walking the grounds. Then we hit the road again. After a long, long drive we finally arrived home. Our week-long exploration of New England came to an end, but the memories did not.
After the trip I checked one item off of my 101 goals in 1001 days list. If you have not read my post about my goal list, check it out here.