Monday, August 08, 2016

Coastal getaway, part 3

I took this on Friday morning after breakfast.
As promised, here's the third installment of our "coastal getaway" posts.  This one will detail Friday morning and our trip back.  Early in the morning, Mr. T took the camera and went out to get some photos.   He just snapped whatever he found interesting.

On a railing at Harbour Towne Inn
 Then I took a few pictures of the room so I wouldn't forget.  These ground-floor rooms are decorated in a really nice coastal style that we enjoyed so much, with a touch of shabby chic here and there.  The patio colors echo those in the room for a nice coordinating effect.
I apologize that this is so blurry.  You can't tell in this photo, but the pillowcases in back are pure white, dripping with pretty lace. 
Loved this little bird lamp
Postcards on a tray.  Again, blurry, but the lace on the tray is part of it and is three-dimensional.

The sink.  Gorgeous, but again, blurry. so I will show a better pic below.

The floors in this room are done with a unique surface that looks like sand (and feels a bit like it, too).  Perfect for these rooms, and I loved the colors in the area rugs.
When breakfast was ready, we enjoyed a sumptuous meal prepared by our hostess Stefanie and her aunt Mabel. It included a fruit crumble, several different types of quiche, home fries which included sweet potatoes, fresh fruit, marvelous English muffin bread made by Aunt Mabel, and much more.  I neglected to take a picture of our meal, which we ate outdoors under the trees, surrounded by flowers.  Stefanie came out with a silver coffee pot for refills.  So elegant!

There were others eating out there, and I just didn't think to take a picture until afterward, so I did snap some of the trees and flowers.

After breakfast we headed home, but first we made a quick stop at a place that had been intriguing us from across the water: Head of the Harbor Gallery.  Ever since our previous visit here in 2014 we had been noticing this building that has the words "Art Gallery" visible from the water. Sorry the pictures are so small.  I  cropped them out of some larger ones we had taken.
The gallery is the brown building at the left with the American-flag buntings on the railing.

This year my friend Lynne (who is also an artist) suggested a quick visit to this gallery on our way out of town.  Were we glad we had stopped!  We were able to meet the owner and artist, Roger Milinowski, and we became instant admirers of his work.  Below is a screen shot of his site.  I regret that I didn't get a picture of the front of the gallery (on the street, rather than the water, side).

We will definitely return to Head of the Harbor Gallery next time we are in Boothbay Harbor. Mr. Milinowski is a talented and prolific artist and my hubby and I would love to buy one of his prints.  The hard part will be deciding which one!

We had a nice trip home and stopped at Bay Haven Lobster Pound in Cornish for a late lunch. Mr. T and I shared a fishermen's platter.  In my limited experience, many restaurants do not allow sharing of a platter, but this one is very accommodating.  One can choose two sides as well, and those servings were both plenty large for us to share.
This picture does not do the serving size justice.  The fries were on a separate platter and the coleslaw in a separate bowl. 
It was fantastic and we finished the coleslaw and fries at the restaurant, but had enough haddock, clams, scallops and shrimp to bring home for supper on another day.  Scrumptious!

We got home around five in the afternoon, thoroughly refreshed.    We had fresh air, lots of walking, fantastic food, a good night's rest and some serious pampering at breakfast, as well as some good downtime.  Even though we were gone less than thirty-six hours, we felt relaxed and ready to tackle the next things on our schedules.  We are so thankful that God gave us this good time away!


  1. I so enjoyed reading about your getaway! It's always nice to take some time to relax from our usual cares and duties. I'm glad you had a refreshing time!

    1. Susan, I am so happy you enjoyed reading the posts! Yes, it was a very refreshing time, though very short. We are trying to plan for a three-day getaway this fall.

  2. What a lovely getaway you had. Thank you for including the links because I like to keep a list of places that have been recommended. It's been a long time since we traveled down the Eastern Seaboard, but it will happen again, the next time we go home to Nova Scotia.

    1. It was indeed a lovely getaway! I like to include links when I can, as I like to allow readers to access more details about the places. And it seems like a small favor to the owners/managers of places we enjoyed, to share them with others. Hope you are able to enjoy visiting some of these places, in time.

  3. Oh, I am so very glad that you had a blessed time away, Mrs T! I loved hearing about the sweet place you stayed at...and how lovely to have been served a delightful homemade meal!
    It is so wonderful to come home refreshed, isn't it?
    Blessings and love...

    1. Yes, indeed it is wonderful to come home refreshed, Kelly-Anne! When we stayed at Harbour Towne Inn in 2014, it was our first time ever at a bed and breakfast. We really didn't know what to expect, but we loved it.

      Blessings to you; lovely to see you here at my kitchen table!

  4. I have always wanted to try a lobster roll. My good friend, Candie, went to Maine last year for her 25th anniversary and she said that they were amazing. I love to find different places to stay other than Hampton Inn, which is our go to hotel.

    1. Mmmmm, yes, lobster rolls are amazing. (Sometimes, up here in the summer, McDonalds has even been known to serve lobster rolls!) But the ones at the seafood places are, of course, much nicer.

      We most often stay at Best Western or Comfort Inn, but this B&B is a wonderful, though pricier, place to stay. Really worth it for a night or two for the pampered feeling one gets!

      Hope you can get to Maine sometime soon. New England is glorious in the fall!

  5. Oh you did have yourselves a good time. I enjoyed seeing the artist's work and the fisherman's is making me hungry!

    1. We did indeed have a good time, Vee! I hope that sometime we can browse more of the local art galleries when we are up there.

      And oh, the fisherman's platter! I haven't had breakfast yet and it is making me hungry too. It was delicious -- but quite bad for us, I am sure, being breaded and fried! Still, I doubt that will keep us from ordering one another time!

  6. It is so lovely there! I have not visited this area of the country, but it is on my bucket list! I enjoyed catching up with all three parts of the tour. Thank you for sharing it, and for your visit to my blog, as well!

    1. Isn't New England beautiful, Linda? Summer and fall are definitely the best times to visit. Spring is ugly and muddy. Winter is pretty, but the weather makes travel iffy at times.

      The coastal parts of New England are especially beautiful, but our lakes are amazing also. I am partial to the Lakes Region near where we live.

      Hope you get to visit our lovely area in the not-too-distant future!

      I enjoyed your blog, so much so that I subscribed by email. Now I won't miss anything!

  7. Hello, sweet friend! I so enjoyed getting caught up on your trip. What a beautiful area you stayed in - everything is so quaint and charming :)

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. I hope everyone enjoys the ice box cake. You and I were thinking alike as the strawberry ice box cake was taken to a potluck that my church had 2 weeks ago :) I can see why you have made several of these as they are VERY good!

    Have a blessed Sunday. Hugs to you!

  8. It was indeed quaint and charming, Stephanie. I hope you can visit sometime. You would love New England. Whenever we visit the West, I am always struck by how comparatively new things are. For example, in my daughter's town in Nevada, I think the oldest house in town was built in the 1840s or so. Here in our New England town we have much older buildings. Our town was incorporated in 1763, and a number of the houses are older than that.

    Yes, everyone did enjoy the icebox cake! It was delicious! To avoid temptation, I gave the leftovers away to friends who have family visiting (including two teenagers). They will make good use of it!

    I made a strawberry lemonade icebox cake several weeks ago. It's made with lemon whipped cream. Amazing!


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