Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sweet and Simple


I am currently sitting on my bed, coffee in hand, staring blankly at my laptop and listening to Freckles snore as she naps. This scene has come to define my weekends and many of my weekdays lately. Adventures are few and far between. School is far too overwhelming, work is far too constricting and my health is far too unpredictable to really do much exploring.


Christopher and I's date nights are uncomplicated. We make dinner together. We watch a random documentary. We snack on a homemade dessert or hot chocolate. Our dates are not terribly exciting, but they are just what we need to rejuvenate and enjoy each others company. There is a certain amount of tranquility in this simplicity. This might make for a boring blog, especially now that I have finished writing our honeymoon posts. After our whirlwind of a wedding season however, this seems to be just what the doctor ordered.


Freckles loves long naps, but she also adores long walks. There photos were taken at one of our old haunts, Prentiss Woods. This is a very dog-friendly forest and offers quite a refreshing walk. Once again, just what the doctor ordered.


I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First Snow of the Season


Bangor recently was attacked by about a foot of snow. There were power outages throughout the areas and it was nearly impossible to drive anywhere.

Oh well, at least Freckles was happy. 




It is amazing watching the seasons change before your eyes. In California any seasonal changes are incredibly subtle and often short-lived. I was recently told that it rained Halloween weekend but the temperature was back in the 80's by the middle of the week. It is much harder to get rid of a foot of snow in Maine. I am in complete awe whenever the seasons change.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hermon Ecotat and Arboretum


Christopher and I were on our way to Dover-Foxcroft this past June, when we passed by the Hermon Ecotat and Arboretum. We did not stop to explore at the time, but the sign piqued my interest. We finally got to visiting it a few weeks ago and enjoyed wandering through the grounds and trails.


The garden is open daily from dawn to dusk and is free to the public. The Ecotat contains 91 acres of land, 280 varieties of trees and 1500 varieties of perennials. The Mary Blethen Memorial Library is open three days a week in season and offers books on gardening and nature.


This was a nice place to visit in the autumn, but I have a feeling it is even lovelier in the the spring and summer. Most of the perennials were dead and the actual gardens were a little brown. This is a definitely a place we plan on checking out again next year!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Best of Plymouth: Where to Visit

If you visit Plymouth, it kind of goes without saying that you should visit Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II and Plimouth Plantation. Today I would like to share with you some other lesser-known but fantastic locations in Plymouth.

For the historian:

Jenney Grist Mill
This place is great for older children, especially if they are interested in history and science.  I have been on this tour twice and have learned something new each time.

Courtesy of bostonprivatetours.com

Jabez Howland House
This home is the only one surviving from the seventeenth century. This a definite treat for the eyes.



Burial Hill
I have a confession: I love cemeteries. This happens to be one of the oldest in the country and is wonderful to explore.


For the liquor snob:

Dirty Water Distillery
During the summer, take a tour of Mayflower Brewing Company. During the rest of the year, hit up Dirty Water Distillery. Pro-Tip: Email the owners beforehand to schedule a tour.

Courtesy of foodiepilgrim.com



For the stroller: 

Brewster Gardens
Brewster Gardens is lovely. It is a great place to take a walk, admire the statues and squeal over ducklings.


For the ghost hunter:

Dead of Night Ghost Tour
I have never done this, but I have heard good things about this tour. Check out this website for more details.

Courtesy of http://www.deadofnightghosttours.com/


I hope that this post has encouraged you to not only explore lesser known sites in Plymouth,but wherever you go. I feel that whenever one visits a new place or even their hometown, there is so much pressure to visit the super-touristy sites. While a number of these sites are popular for a reason, there are so many hidden treasures worth digging for. I charge you with finding some place new and creating your own unique memories!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Best of Plymouth: Where to Shop

One does not generally associate Plymouth with shopping, however there are several adorable shops within the town that are definitely worth the visit.

Something For Your Dust
This store is a great mixture of new and vintage. There seems in particular to be an abundance of vintage typewriters and cameras. There was a portrait of a Saint Bernard that I was in love with!

Courtesy of http://www.somethingforyourdust.com/

Main Street Marketplace and Main Street Antiques
These stores were incredibly similar both in name, pricing and merchandise. There was a great selection for antiques for a pretty fair price. There was on section in Main Street Marketplace dedicated to just vintage maps! I was also tempted to visit Dillon & Company, but this store looked a little out my price range.

Setting the Space
This store. THIS STORE. This store is an interior decorator's dream. There were so many goodies I wanted to snatch up, but alas my bank account rebelled against me. This store is definitely worth walking through even if you have a mutinous wallet like I do.

Courtesy of yelp.com

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Best of Plymouth:Where to Eat

Although our breakfast was complimentary, Christopher and I were left to ourselves for lunch and dinner. We got to try a lot of fantastic restaurants on our honeymoon. Here are some of the highlights. 

Best Coffee Shop: Blue Blind's Bakery 
Blue Blind's Bakery was our go to coffee shop while in Plymouth. It was not only a hop, skip and a jump away from our inn, but it also served absolutely delicious coffee. Christopher and I were huge fans of their caramel lattes. They also had some baked goods which we did not try, but looked wonderful. Do keep in mind that this family is run by the sweetest Jewish family, so the shop will be closed on Jewish holidays. We happened to be there around Shmini Atzeret, so we were unable to get coffee there later in the week. 



Best Lunch Spot: Luigi's
Luigi's has some seriously awesome paninis and sandwiches. My chicken salad sandwich and pasta salad were delicious, but I was seriously tempted to steal Christopher's panini. 



Best Gastropub: Nosh Food Tavern
Nosh was a great place to grab dinner. They had an excellent selection of beers and unique and tasty food. We were happy to see that they served several microbrews and local liquors. Christopher and I loved their salt and vinegar fries. 

Courtesy of http://www.noshfoodgroup.com/

Best Hole-In-The-Wall: Asia Tasty
Christopher and I ate here THREE times. Asia Tasty was fast, cheap and their food did not have a ton of MSG. We were particular fans of their crab ragoons and fried spring rolls. We would definitely recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers to share. 

Best of Fine Dining: Patrizia Italy Trattoria 
Christopher and I celebrated the last night of our honeymoon at Patrizia Italy Trattoria. This was an excellent restaurant. There are several Italian classics with a modern twist and an extensive wine list. I loved my Tortelli di Ricotta e Spinaci con Burro e Salvia (Fresh spinach and artisan ricotta hand-made ravioli in sage-butter sauce, shaved Parmigiano Reggian) and Christopher enjoyed his Orecchiette alla Barese con Salsiccia e Broccoli (Hand rolled “little ears” shaped pasta in garlic, sausage, broccoli rabe and roasted tomatoes).

Do you have any Plymouth recommendations?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Shipping Up to Boston

Christopher had never had a chance to visit Boston, so this city was definitely on our go-to list. The weather and our lack of time limited what we could do and see, nevertheless we had a good time.

Our first stop in Boston was the North End. I have a particular attachment to the North End, because my great, great-grandmother once lived there.



Paul Revere's House was a must see. Pro-tip: This site is cash-only. Be prepared.


We also visited Mike's Pastries. Oh, Mike's Pastries. This is what Italian dessert dreams are made of. I have wanted to return here after I first visited ten years ago. TEN YEARS. That is how long the memories of their cannolis have lasted me. Another Pro-tip: If you ever want to earn brownie points with me, bring me a cannoli. Or ice cream. Or dark chocolate. I am not picky.


We could not go to Boston without visiting Quincey Market. This place is intense and rather overwhelming. There was a two-story store of just Christmas ornaments.


We ended our time in Boston with a few stops along the Freedom Trail. Many of the Freedom Trail tours and museums are on the pricy side, so we contented ourselves with taking pictures of the outside of buildings and exploring the Granary Burial Ground.



A proper Boston weekend is definitely in the works. Perhaps our one year anniversary!