Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Christmas Photo Shoot.

I made an advent calendar for Christopher this year. It has a mixture of candy and holiday activities. I tried to choose activities that I knew Christopher would enjoy. So far we have gone to a brewery, had a game night with Christmas music and watched a Christmas movie (The Holiday Inn). Today we did a photo shoot because Christopher and I both love fiddling with the camera.

 We are not going home for Christmas so we have made a real effort to do festive activities. The holidays can often be a quite depressing time of year, so I think it is important to have fun and remember what the season is really about.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monks and Beer

In case you had not noticed, Christopher and I love beer. We love tasting new beers, going on beer tours, and showing our love for our local breweries. We could not resist when we heard that Friar's Brewhouse was doing an open house.

Friar's Brewhouse is run by the monks of the St. Elizabeth Monastery in Bucksport, Maine. Their Whoopie Pie beer one an award at the Bangor Beer Festival this summer. This was their first open house and they plan on hosting one each season.

Christopher and I loved talking to the monks. They were incredibly friendly and were willing to talk about anything and everything. Their Saint Nicholas Ale was simply delicious and we purchased a bottle to crack open on Christmas Day.

It doesn't hurt that their monastery is absolutely peaceful and beautiful.

We are looking forward to trying out what else they have in store!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We tried participating in the Turkey Trek in Bangor City Forest, but arrived too late to catch up to everyone. We ended up doing our own hike through the woods.

The night before we received about a foot and a half of snow. The forest looked like something from a fairytale. It was completely mesmerizing.

Freckles had a BLAST.

Stay safe and warm!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!