Adventure-ing: Maine in Photos

…. Annnnnd we’re back! From blog vacation and real life vacation!

Thank you for indulging my need to take a step back for a hot second (two weeks? What?!) and spend some evenings not frantically writing and spend my weekends not frantically stealing moments to write. But I missed it and of course I made a giant schedule for the next month of all the posts I want to publish so it is officially ON.

So we went to Maine. 98% of all people I told of our plans had the reaction of, “WHY?!” And first, I don’t understand this question because New England! Kennebunkport! Craft Beers! Beautiful beaches! History! But, if you need more of a reason here are mine:

  • When I was in 3rd grade I did my state report on Maine. At the time their biggest export was Toothpicks, even above lobster! I’ve had a pull towards Maine ever since and I have romanticized the shit out of it in my mind.
  • Kamel has traveled very little in the US and while everyone else seems to be big on going overseas (I mean, I am too) for a variety of reasons (With children and without), I didn’t really feel like spending the emotional and financial capital doing a semi-quicky vacation elsewhere. There are so many amazing places to see here! And why aren’t I seeing them!
  • Maine seems insanely far away and remote. It seems like a pretend land. I wanted in.
  • Beaches + Adventure. It was the best of both worlds.

So how did it stack up to my dreams? It stacked up just fine. The beaches were better and more interesting than I thought they would be (So many hermit crabs scampering around!) and the beer was fantastic. The weather was chilly when we got there but then blazing hot by the time we left. The hotel (a large converted house that you will see in several photos) was even better than I expected, though I did spend a lot of the time having an out of body experience because I had looked at photos of the place online so often for so long it felt surreal.

Mostly, the entire time we were there we schemed how to move there full time and then when that didn’t work we schemed on how to one day own a summer home. Also a pipe dream, but maybe a teensy bit possible when I’m, like, 50? Maybe?

If you follow or Kamel on Instagram, then you’ve seen a solid handful of photos from our adventure. But here are the rest. Happy end of summer to everyone!!

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22 thoughts on “Adventure-ing: Maine in Photos”

  1. Yay, Maine! I didn’t know they had sandy beaches!! You guys look the total opposite of how you did in the redeye photos – relaxed, joyful, and having fun!

    So, we are thinking we’ll skip the whole primary home ownership thing and just save up and buy a vacation home and rent for our normal life. Because, obviously.

  2. Gorgeous! I love Gabe in his little Maine sweatshirt on the boat. I also love that while you and Kamel are taking photos in the mirror he seems to be back there inspecting the nightstand, contemplating what he can take and throw in the trash for you. 😉

    Now I want to go on an(other) adventure with YOU GUYS!

    1. Ha!! Thanks! I wear them so rarely because I don’t like things on my forehead. It makes me twingy.

      And YES!!! One of our travel goals in the next few years is a fly-into-DC and road trip to NYC. 🙂

  3. I love all your pictures! I have been dying to go to Maine so I totally get it! 🙂 Also, I did my 5th grade state report on Kentucky and I was dying to go there.. until I ended up commuting through it (back and forth to see Peter) during law school. Got over it reeeeeeeeeeeeeeel quick. 😉 Looks like you did a great mix of relaxing and adventure. I hope we can do the same on Orcas next week!

  4. Lovely photos – I love a beach holiday and I have always loved Maine. Portland is right up there as somewhere I would happily live, and I love the Wyeth museum, and lobster, and the sea. I need to go back.

    Would you mind sharing the name of your hotel? It looks perfect for the kind of baby friendly beach holiday which is now my life for ever more.

    1. We stayed at the Tides Beach Club (http://www.tidesbeachclubmaine.com/) and I HIGHLY recommend. It is not right downtown which is the only downside (But also an upside) so you do need to get in your car for meals out of the hotel. But it is beach front and the rooms were very comfortable and the staff was incredibly kind, always getting us free whole milk from the kitchen. And we even booked a babysitter through them.

      There are also rental properties all over, if you’d prefer that route. We generally try to do the cheapest possible for most of our travel, but I just didn’t feel like it for this one. So, it isn’t the cheapest hotel, but it was such a great vacation experience.

  5. LOOOOVE!!!! Maine looks gooood on you guys!! And I totally agree – there are so many wonderful places to see in the states!!! We’ve started making a list of states we’d like to visit and hope to make it to most of the country by the time we’re gray! 😉 (Well, we’ll probably skip most of that south part… ahem.)

  6. It looks like you guys had a blast! I hope it was a good refresh for all of you. 🙂 I especially love the photo of Gabe latched on to Kamel. Was he afraid of the water? Also, you look fabulous!! Next time, pit stop through Kentucky/Cincinnati.

    1. The very first day he was not afraid of the water, but teensy waves kept knocking him off balance onto his rump. So he then became absolutely terrified of the water. And not always keen on the sand either. Aww babies.

  7. I’m pretty sure anything I knew about Maine up until this point has come from Judy Bloom books (Sheila Tubman’s house!). Certainly wouldn’t have been a place I’d have normally included on a visit to the US, but New England is starting to look like it’s worth it. Those are gorgeous family pictures.

  8. Maine is great!!! I love Maine. My brother and sis in law live in Bath, and I have visited them in every season – including winter, twice! – and it’s just so wonderful. Glad you had such a good time.

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