Mr. T and I were invited to attend a wedding in Maine on the Saturday, on behalf of our daughter and son-in-law who live in Nevada. It was their former pastor's son who was getting married, and the whole church from Elko was invited provided they could get to Maine. Our daughter asked if we could attend in their place, and the answer was a gracious yes.
When she broached the idea to me, our daughter also suggested, "I know it's a ways up in Maine, so I thought you and Dad might turn your trip north into a getaway." Of course she had barely suggested the idea when we began to run with it. We love getaways!
(This makes it sound as if we are taking getaways very frequently indeed. Not really ... the last one -- to Stowe, Vermont -- was in May! And these are overnight getaways, just long enough to get a bit refreshed.)
So we headed out early Friday afternoon, knowing it would take us at least 5 hours to get to Brewer, where we had a room reservation here:
|A frozen strawberry lemonade for Mr. T; iced coffee for me.|
From there, we headed north and arrived at our hotel a few minutes after 6 pm.
This hotel has two buildings, the Maine Woods building, with an outdoorsy lodgy theme as in the lobby photo below, and the Maine Coast building, with a pretty coastal theme.
We ended up having fish and chips at a nearby restaurant. Although not as scrumptious as the fish we would enjoy the next day, it was good, and the price and location (walking distance!) were right.
If you look at the small photo to the right of "Free Deluxe Breakfast" on the business card above, that is one area of the breakfast room. One really neat feature of that room is the old cookstove (not in use as a stove) just to the left of the woman in the photo. We sat in the second area.
|Sign on the wall above our table|
|Another part of the breakfast area -- the "windows" here are mirrors.|
I loved how they combined these gorgeous colored roses with the rustic look of old wood. Touches of both were everywhere throughout the decorating.
After saying our goodbyes to the bride and groom and our friends (the groom's parents and grandparents), we headed south on I-95 en route to a meet-up with my blog friend Vee. We were a tad early, which was a good thing, because we drove right by the rendezvous at the first pass.
We had made arrangements to meet at one of Vee's favorite places and we very much enjoyed the delicious seafood and the wonderful fellowship. We are kindred spirits in many ways and it truly was just like meeting up with an old friend. Vee is warm and genuine, a delight to spend time with.
|You can just catch a glimpse of the deck (look for the umbrellas) at the upper right.|
Vee had also told us about an ice cream place not far away ... so we all drove there for dessert. It has mini golf and a driving range with a view of Mt. Washington. And delicious ice cream. The veranda had plenty of seating and no mosquitoes, so we continued to chat as we enjoyed dessert -- Campfire S'mores ice cream for Mr. T and myself (it's our new favorite) and Maine Deer Tracks for Vee.
Curious about the flavors? Campfire S'mores is described as graham ice cream oozing with marshmallow ripple and crunchy chocolate chips. Maine Deer Tracks is described as "rich espresso ice cream with crunchy toffee pieces and tracks of thick chocolate fudge." Now I wish I'd had that one!
To learn more about the flavors of Gifford's Ice Cream, go here: Gifford’s Ice Cream and click on "Flavors". Although Gifford's is a Maine company, several of our favorite ice cream places in New Hampshire serve their ice cream.
Another book was a recipe binder, to write my own recipes in. I'm planning to use this to copy down all of those random, often-used recipes that are floating around my kitchen on scraps of paper or on recipe cards so stained they can barely be read. It has a number of cute divider pages to divide the various sections of recipes. One of them is pictured below. How true it is!
Rhubarb Custard Pie, cut in neat pieces. I was tickled to see that Vee packs things in tins lined with waxed paper just as I do. I guess it's the New England girl in us!
Meeting Vee was something I'd wanted to do for a long time. Now that we've done that, Mr. T and I are hoping we can get together with this dear friend again at some point. We don't live that far away, and we do travel to Maine occasionally.
The whirlwind weekend held even more fun and surprises, including the hike pictured at the top of this post. But the post is getting rather long and unwieldy, and besides, the hike deserves its own post. So that will have to wait for another day!