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Hello from Portland, Maine! I am working here today before heading north for a little weekend getaway. Stay tuned to this spot for a full recap!

We headed up to Portland after work yesterday and visited two favorites, Central Provisions and The Porthole, and every step, bite, and smell reminded me of our last visit here when I started working with Nova Star, just about 11 months ago.

Nova Star was the first freelance client I had in my soon-to-be-new adventure at the time.  I had given my two weeks notice and had a fresh start ahead. It was a beautiful, misty Portland evening, and my heart was full of excitement and anticipation of taking the leap back to self-employment. Last night when we were walking the cobblestone streets, I felt that same excitement, remembering the journey this year has been, soaking up the sea air and the feeling absolutely giddy that summer is coming.

I guess I am writing this post as a reminder that possibility is around every corner. If there’s something big you’ve been wanting to accomplish, go for it. Whether you chip away at it bit-by-bit or take a huge leap, you never know until you try.

Have a great weekend!

Past trips to Maine:

Scenes from a Coastal New England Weekend

Eating in Portland, Maine

Central Provisions,, Portland

Central Provisions,, Portland

Portland, Maine

The Porthole, Portland    


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One of my goals this summer was to really embrace New England during its best season, and while the Solstice hasn’t even arrived yet, I am loving that we have done just that. We’ve already spent a beautiful weekend in Newport and had another weekend in Mystic, along with a Sunday wander to New Bedford.

This past weekend, we made the most of our trip to Maine to check out Nova Star. My original plan was to leave Portland to get home early to work, but it was so warm and sunny that we stayed out to play a little more.

We started the day with beautiful views from the ship and then went on to breakfast in the sun at The Porthole, which served us up some hearty fare to wake our foggy brains from a fun night before.

Portland, Maine

I was still hungry after breakfast, and I really wanted to try Eventide Oyster, so we made a quick stop there for briny Maine bivalves before we left Portland for Kennebunkport.

Eventide Oyster

I could have stayed at Eventide and eaten oysters all day. They were cold, cleanly shucked, and the perfect size.

oysters at Eventide

Next up, we found ourselves at the beautiful Colony Hotel for a walk on the grounds and across the street to the beach.

Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport

I could easily see us spending a leisurely summer day by the pool at the Colony Hotel, overlooking the ocean and waiting on the sunset. What a special space this is!

Colony Hotel Kennebunkport

Hunger struck again, and we went to downtown Kennebunkport to David’s KPT for lobster rolls. They serve their lobster roll with drawn butter AND mayo so we didn’t have to choose. I switched it up, dipping the lobster in butter at times and in the mayo at others. Pure heaven.

lobster roll, David's KPTThe rest of the afternoon was spent driving slowly down the coast, taking in the coastal farmland of Massachusetts and enjoying the sunshine and perfect blue skies.


As the day headed toward sunset, we picked up a bottle of bubbles from Mumm Napa and went to Crane Beach, a favorite Massachusetts spot, for splashing in the very cold waves and watching as the sun dipped down below the trees. Crane BeachCrane Beach Crane Beach sunset

It was a pretty spectacular way to end the day of coastal New England sightseeing. There are so many cute towns and beautiful beaches along the way, I don’t think I could ever tire of spending a day like this.

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Today Nova Star Cruises kicks of its second season sailing between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. This weekend we had the opportunity to tour the ship and to spend the night on board in Portland, which was really cool.

Nova Star Cruises

Nova Star is enormous! It’s a 528 foot ship with 162 passenger cabins, two hoistable vehicle decks, a casino, a spa, three restaurants, four bars, and an area especially for kids. And there’s so much more! Our tour took us all around the ship, including up to the bridge where the ship is piloted. Even though it was a foggy gray night, it was really cool to be up in the bridge looking out over the sea.

Nova Star Cruises

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dining on Nova Star Cruises    Nova Star Cruises

The ship’s many features include a buffet restaurant, fine dining restaurant, pub, and a shop that sells gift items, duty free items, and local offerings such as Nova Scotia wine. Nova Scotia is a rapidly growing wine region that has its own Tidal Bay wine, which reflects the coastal terroir.

Nova Scotia wine

Nova Star Cruises

While it is traveling between ports, the ship also features all sorts of entertainment, from ice cream socials, to wine and beer tastings, chef events, bingo, live music, art lessons and more, depending on the schedule.

We spent the night in one of the exterior cabins, so we had a nice big window overlooking the Portland Harbor. Cabins are all equipped with private bathrooms with showers, and everything was absolutely spotless. The beds were super comfortable too! I had a great night’s sleep in the cabin, and we woke up to a beautiful morning.

Nova Star Cruises cabin


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Nova Star connects two beautiful coastal locations, both with exquisite natural beauty, excellent food, and maritime culture. Getting to Nova Scotia from New England has never been more fun. We’re hoping to plan a trip to Halifax sometime this summer, using Nova Star to kick off our vacation from the second we drive aboard. For more information on the ship, things to do on board, and Nova Scotia as a destination, please visit novastarcruises.com


*I am doing some work for Nova Star Cruises. All opinions are my own.

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