Despite growing up on the east coast, I had never been to Maine. Last weekend though, I finally took the drive up and had a wonderful time. We visited Kennebunkport, a popular vacation spot made famous by the Bush's compound and other wealthy summer home owners. It reminded me of Martha's Vineyard and other idyllic picture-perfect sea-towns on the east coast that I've sailed to in the past.
If visiting the area, below are some of my top picks
The best part for me was the lobster. I literally ate lobster in some form or another every day while I was there. I'm lucky I didn't get gout. For an informal taste, we ordered a 1 1/2 pound lobster at the Cape Pier Chowder House and ate it on the dock as we watched the sunset. It was beautiful.
I've always wanted to go strawberry picking, but had never been. Luckily, we made it just in time for the end of the strawberry season, but just before the start of raspberry season though. Several local farms offer a U Pick option of the latest in-season fruit. We went to the nearby Spiller Farm at 85 Spiller Farm Lane, Wells, ME 04090.
There were rows and rows of strawberry plants for the grabs. We were pretty choosy though and didn't over do it since strawberries never last for too long. We also probably ate more than we ended up going home with while picking ;) Note: if you decide to go picking, bring your own tupperware or container, otherwise they charge you for one and we were the only ones there not prepared with our own.
We stayed at the uber romantic and luxurious White Barn Inn, which has been a landmark in Kennebunk, Maine for 150 years. Condé Nast Traveler described the hotel as “One of the great places to stay and eat in the world.”
It was decadent to say the least. We stayed in a beautiful garden cottage with a fireplace and breakfast/reading nook. We were even welcomed to the room with a bottle of champagne chilling for us. We were there for only two nights and I did NOT want to leave. *sigh*
The White Barn Inn is also famous due to its celebrated restaurant offering an unforgettable AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star dining experience. My friend actually used to be the pastry chef there, but I never got to visit while she was still working there :(
And now, thanks to this visit, I've been to every state on the east coast from Maine down to Florida :)