Recapping most of our honeymoon today, because we had so much fun that I want to lock it in time! We chose to go Maine mostly for three reasons: 1. it was affordable; 2. it’s a beautiful coast; and 3. it was far enough to feel like we were away, but close enough that we could both drive and easily come home if there was an emergency. Not that we really took the third reason into account when we booked it, but it was definitely a plus by the time July came around and we were still monitoring Gracie’s IVDD closely. Picture heavy post coming up!
We were so excited to have a few days away to ourselves, and Maine did not disappoint! We stayed in Kennebunkport, and made a few stops along the way.
On our drive up, we first stopped in York to see the Nubble Light House (my choice) and to get ice cream at Dunne’s (Joe’s choice!). It was a crystal clear, blue-skied dream of a day and perfect weather for me to see the Cape Neddick Lighthouse for the first time. Aunt Sharon has told me about it for years, and it’s just so picturesque and quaint that I was excited to see it in person for the first time. It’s just as cute as the postcard she sent me years ago. We drove down Nubble Road along the coast and parked in a visitor center at Sohier Park to look out at the island (called The Nubble) that holds the lighthouse and keeper’s lodging.
It was built in 1879 and is still used today. Just look how cute and pretty that is. Like a literal postcard, isn’t it?
After Nubble Light, we headed to Dunne’s Ice Cream. It juuuuust so happened to be National Ice Cream Day, so I took a picture before I dove into my ice cream cone…you know, for the gram.
Ps, my nail polish color is called “Salt Water Happy” by Essie, because it was too perfect not to paint my nails that color for our Maine honeymoon!
From York, we drove through Ogunquit and Wells to get to Kennebunkport. I’ve been to Ogunquit before, and it’s just as charming as I remember. This was a from-the-car photo of the local post office that I snapped, because Aunt Sharon and I have an affinity for quaint or particularly charming post offices. Ogunquit and Kennebunkport (the second photo) both pass the test!
Look at that bin! It says Happiness!!
We stayed in Kennebunkport at the Captain Fairfield Inn, which is the cutest little place EVER. The location is perfect (about a 5 minute walk from the downtown area which was loaded with shops and restaurants) and the inn itself is adorable and beautifully maintained.
We stayed in the Lark Suite, which had a gorgeous marble bathroom, huuuuge soaking tub and private patio.
Every morning, the innkeepers Marianne and Rodolfo make breakfast out of small, locally sourced, curated small plates. Everything was delicious and just steps from our room. The last two days we were there, we loaded up a tray with everything that looked good and brought it back to our patio to eat outside. Breakfast was different everyday, and Joe even snuck out to the dining area late at night a couple times to see if they had put out the labels early yet, so he could get a jump on what he might want to beeline for the next morning!
I think my favorite dishes were the cheese scones and pound cake (I’m a cheese and carb girl!) and Joe was tied on the strawberry parfait and overnight oats with fresh blueberries. Not only was everything fresh and delicious, but the presentation was ON POINT. Also, it’s important for me to note that Marianne and Rodolfo made fresh chocolate chip cookies which were put out every day at 4pm, warm from the oven and topped with sea salt. Very, very important.
Our first night, we ate an early dinner at David’s KPT so we could get back to our room in time for the premiere of Game of Thrones. Life Pro Tip: marry someone who understands how important GoT is. We both did 😉 David’s is right on the water and the food was great. In fact, it was good enough that we went back on our third night!
When we woke up on our second day, we walked to town and explored the shops and restaurants a little more. The streets were lined with cute buildings right on top of each other, painted pretty colors and all had perfect flower boxes overflowing with colors and blooms.
At one point while we were strolling the sidewalks, Joe referred to Kennebunkport as “coastal Stars Hollow.” And here he is walking to town with me, holding my purse because he’s a husband now!
My favorite store was Daytrip Society, which was filled with non-cheesy gifts and fun things. I even found what I’ve been scouring the internet for – Saltwater Sandals in rose gold!! One left in my size, so I chalk it up to fate.
It was the exact kind of gift shop that I look for on vacation, and reminded me of a preppier version of Jackson + Polk in San Francisco.
So I left with a pair of sandals I didn’t really need but am so happy to have, some great cards to add to my ridiculous collection, and a little fan that plugs into your phone that absolutely delights me for some reason.
We went back to the inn to get the car, I put on my best coastal attire and we headed to two of the BEST stores in the entire world. I have not been to that many stores considering the amount of stores the world must hold, and I am very dramatic…but I can only assume that these are two of the best. Farm + Table was a 7 minute drive from the inn, and was located in a big old red barn.
We got a few great things to take home, including a couple of sea salt blends from this fun company.
The next shop we visited is too expansive and impressive to include in this already-too-long post, so I’m going to post that one tomorrow. But it’s called Snug Harbor Farm, and it’s incredible. More to come.
We stayed local that whole day because we had a harbor sail booked on the Schooner Eleanor. It was perfect sailing weather, and the sailboat even has a dog mascot who greeted us when we arrived!
I love when the sun sparkles off the waves.
I’ve decided that while the ride was mostly calm and certainly beautiful, boat life is not for me. I’d rather look at the ocean from land.
Joe, however, was in his element.
The following series of pictures is called: Joe spots a dead shark carcass.
A funny thing about a couple’s vacation is how hard it is to get a great picture of both people. Whenever we took a selfie in a public place, someone would inevitably (albeit kindly!) ask if we wanted them to take a photo of the both of us. We can’t say no when someone offers because that seems awkward. But most of the time, they don’t know how to work a DSLR camera (zero in focus shots of the two of us) or there’s an awkward amount of negative space or they didn’t tap the iPhone screen to adjust white balance so the background is invisible. I’m not complaining, mainly because it’s super sweet that so many people tried to take photos of us, but it’s funny that we ended up with only ONE decent photo of us both the entire weekend after so many attempts. Bless that sweet soul at Nubble Light who just pressed the button after I got the shot in focus for her. And when I say it’s funny, I mean literally laughable. You’ll see why at the end of the post.
But at least I got a lot of great pictures of Joe!
Selfies aren’t the worst, but they’re not my favorite. HOWEVER! The selfie game is now upped, thanks to my new iPhone 7 Plus. Let me telllllll you that phone camera is so bomb. I didn’t have it in Maine but I wish I did. Quick veer away from honeymoon to tell you how that came to be: my old 6 was going on 4 years old and starting to become unreliable. The battery would die at 70-something % and it had recently started making a rattling noise when it vibrated. The front facing camera was also slightly blurry because from one of the many times I dropped it (oops), the lens had shifted inside. I took it to the Genius Bar and they fixed the vibration and the camera, but I’d have had to pay $80 for a battery replacement. That seemed silly when I planned on getting the 8 in the fall when it debuts, so my mom suggested that I’d get the 7+ now and give it to her (she’s also in the market for a new phone) when the 8 comes out, then get the 8 myself. I’m SO excited that I don’t have to carry around a portable battery charger with me everywhere I go anymore. My mom is the best. The 7’s camera has so many cool features that my 6 wasn’t capable of, like the depth effect in portrait mode! I never thought I’d like the bigger size of the Plus, but I don’t want to go back now. It’s big in my hand but so nice to have a big screen!
Okay okay, back to Maine.
After our sailboat ride, Marianne and Rodolfo had made reservations at one of their favorite local restaurants, Hurricane. We had no idea what to expect but it was amazing! We were seated at the best table, a corner in front of the windows that overlooked the Kennebunkport River.
We watched the sunset while we waited for our dinner, and I think it was the best meal I’ve ever had. I was starving, so I ordered the pan roasted chicken breast, with orzo pecorino macaroni and cheese and a prosciutto-herb pan sauce, with a side of butter whipped mashed potatoes. Joe says to waiter “she’s not going to eat all that, so I’ll have the garlic parmesan shrimp, a Caesar salad, and pick off her dinner.” Whoops, I ate it all 🙂 I gave him a bite or two because it would have been SO mean not to let him taste the mac and cheese, but I cleaned my plate, and I never do that!
Our third full day, we went to Portland. We walked up and down the small sidewalks wishing we had the dogs with us…Portland is so dog-friendly!
We had lunch at a pub and came home to walk around town a bit more. We got fresh squeezed lemonade at a little booth on the side of the street, and popped in and out of all the shops along our route.
We had dinner again at David’s. After a little break, we walked to Rococo Ice Cream and had some of the yummiest cones I can remember in all my life. Joe had the goat cheese blackberry chambord, and I had a salty sweet cream. We walked home in the dark eating our cones and holding hands. It was a stupid, adorably quintessential honeymoon moment, and one I’ll keep tucked in my heart for years to come.
On our last morning, we headed home and stopped at a few more places along the way. Ogunquit first to pop into a few shops, then back to York to grab some candy and popcorn from Sweet Josie’s and the Kettle Boys. We went back to Nubble Light House too, to see it one last time before we left the coast. The weather was super foggy, so I’m glad we saw it on such a bright and clear day at the beginning of the trip.
This is where you’ll understand what I mean about it being funny that there are no good pictures of us. This sweet lady saw me taking pictures of just Joe, and him of just me…
and she said “would you like me to take a pictures of you both?” Here we go again, “sure!” I said. I began explaining to her that I would center and focus the shot, and all she had to do was press the button. She stopped me and said that she has three DSLR’s at home, so I was thinking “great!! Finally a good pictures of both of us!”
This is what we got:
I kid you not, that is unedited and straight from the camera. I’m not entirely sure she wasn’t pranking us….because, really? All I could do was laugh.
We watched taffy being made and wrapped in the window at Goldenrod, and the whole street smelled sweet.
Then we got in the car and drove the three hours home. We had such a wonderful trip. Joe didn’t want to come home, and he ALWAYS wants to be home. We stayed for three nights and I thought it was the exact right amount of time to be away from the dogs. It felt like the perfect getaway and I’m happy that since it’s now a special place of ours, we can return for years to come, even just for long weekends and someday with the dogs!
One last honeymoon hurrah after Maine was a night in Boston. As a wedding gift to me, my sweet Yankee-loving husband gave me Red Sox tickets and a stay overnight. Incredibly, the Red Sox walked off in extra innings, and thought Joe didn’t clap once all day…he did admit that Fenway has a particular charm about it and it was more fun than he thought it would be. Ha! We saw a beautiful cotton candy sky over the best baseball diamond in the world, and came back to our room to chocolate covered strawberries and refreshments from my bestie. It was the best.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more about Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunkport, my new favorite place!!!