|This postcard was the work of our host, an artist|
Back near the beginning of February, Mr. T and I felt the need for a short getaway. It had been several months since we had any time away, and it was really feeling necessary. We did some looking and found a wonderful, reasonably priced Airbnb in Bridgton, Maine -- a place we had never been, but no matter. We enjoy visiting new places. This was such a great price that we could afford to stay three nights!
As we looked at the map, we realized that we would not be too far from our blog friend Vee of A Haven for Vee. So of course I got in touch with Vee to see if she would be game for getting together. We compared calendars and weather reports and made a plan for breakfast on Monday morning.
Mr. T and I traveled to Bridgton on the Sunday afternoon in a snowstorm. It was a bit of a hair-raising trip, as there was quite a bit of traffic, but we had our truck with its trusty four-wheel drive and got there with no problems, just a bit later than planned. We were relieved when we reached Pebble Cottage!
This sweet and cozy little cottage is the product of lots of love and hard work on the part of its owners, who purchased it from the bank. Built in 1916, it had once been the guest cottage for their own yellow house, but had fallen on hard times when they decided to renovate it. A photo book on the living room coffee table documents all that they did.
After a tremendous amount of hard work, the cottage transformation was complete, and in February 2021 it received its first Airbnb guests.
I'm not going to show a whole bunch of photos of the cottage, but will just share a couple of the special touches. One is the lovely electric fireplace below. Complete with its own brick hearth, it lent such a cozy atmosphere to the living room!
I loved seeing the vintage linens used as dresser scarves, table mats, and so on in the various rooms. The one below really caught my eye -- it was part of a matching set with several pieces. Someone back in the day put a great deal of love and care into embroidering these sweet linens. How pleased they would be that their beautiful creations are still being used and appreciated!
Pebble Cottage turned out to be a wonderful base for our adventures and the perfect place to invite Vee and her sister Kim for breakfast. We served the now-famous Pumpkin Crunch Sheet Pancakes along with bacon and some grapes. And coffee, of course. It was such a blessing to spend time with Vee again and to meet Kim, who is every bit as delightful as Vee. We enjoyed every bite of that scrumptious breakfast, and the conversation that accompanied it. It is always such a joy to fellowship with like-minded people, and we are so thankful for the opportunity.
Bridgton is a lovely little town. We so enjoyed seeing the gorgeous old houses as we walked about the town. The three houses below are all on the same street as Pebble Cottage. You can't see it in this photo, and we didn't get a nighttime one that did it justice, but the green house below had a pretty lighted Christmas tree in its cupola.
The mural below shows some lovely features of the town. The mural was on the side of a building, hence the propane tank.
It was an easy walk to Highland Lake. I can only imagine how beautiful this is in the summer and fall!
Another wonderful feature of Bridgton is Pondicherry Park, 66 beautiful acres of woodland and stream in the heart of downtown. The covered bridge below is on one of the trails. We were able to follow trails and actually come from downtown all the way to Pebble Cottage on one of them. In addition to walking on a number of the trails, Mr. T took his snowshoes out on Tuesday and enjoyed an invigorating snowshoe hike as well.
We were charmed that so many houses in Bridgton still had their Christmas trees and lights up in early February. To me, it feels like an effort to drive back that dark winter we heard so much about. On our last evening there, we went out walking after dark and got a few photos. The house and barn in the top two photos were so beautifully lit. The photos cannot do them justice.