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For the love of rosé, is it ever going to be consistently nice out? These crazy temperature fluctuations and dark-as-night rainy days are getting me down!

This weekend in Maine was a gorgeous one, and I discovered a new favorite pink wine, just in time for boat season. I chose the Cuvée PIGOUDET Première from Provence for its ballet slipper pink color. For years I tried to pretend I didn’t love pink; I grew up in the era of grunge, after all! But truly it’s my favorite color, and I am happy to say that loud and proud!

Cuvée Pigoudet Première I tweeted that I was having this wine by the sea while wearing Lilly, a pretty happy moment in my life and one that gave hope for the season to come. The wine is gorgeous; fruity but dry, with a nice acidity, nectarine and lemon notes, and a slight effervescence making it ideal for a picnic celebration or beach day. It’s super refreshing and pairs well with the ocean and seafood but would also be awesome with things like grilled chicken and asparagus with lemon.

Memorial Day isn’t too far off now, but if you love to drink pink year-round, this one is a keeper and definitely worth stocking up on. And at $14/bottle, it’s a great value for the exquisite flavor you get.

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I say it all the time, just how lucky we are in Boston to have access to so many beautiful New England locations for weekend getaways. There are SO many beautiful areas to explore, and I want to see them all.

This past weekend we did a getaway in Camden, Maine with some friends, and I can’t recommend it enough. On the way up we stopped at the outlets in Freeport, Maine for some L.L. Bean action (and Sperry and Bass and Vineyard Vines. . . ). I had never been to the Freeport outlets and was overwhelmed by great stores and deals. The outlets are an easy two hour ride from Boston and totally doable for a day trip.

LL Bean

The friends we traveled with visit Camden every year and have their own set of stops they make, including Red’s Eats, a lobster shack in Wiscasset, Maine. It’s cash only, with a few outdoor tables and a long line, but it is so worth it!

Red's Eats Maine

Lobster rolls are served naked, an entire lobster stuffed into a buttered, toasted roll, and served with butter and mayo on the side, just the way I like it. We also shared fried scallops, the best I have ever had.

Red's Eats lobster roll

Camden was a short drive away; breaking it up with a few stops made the drive more bearable and definitely more delicious! We stayed at the Hartstone Inn in Camden, which I will cover in a separate post.

Our first order of business, after some wine and snacks, was a walk down to the harbor, which is quintessential New England.

Camden, MaineWe got some gorgeous weather over the weekend, and it felt SO good to wear flip flops and a dress. Being outdoors and by the sea makes me positively giddy, especially with the whole summer stretching out ahead.

Camden, Maine

  Because the weather was so nice, we got to spend a lot of time outdoors, including a hike up to the top of Mt. Battie. It was a fairly easy 1.4 mile hike up, and the views were outstanding. Having a mountain that close to the sea is just about perfection for me. Hike in the morning, and boat in the afternoon!

Mt. Battie Mt. Battie  Camden, Maine

Mt. Battie Isn’t it stunning?

 

The Drouthy Bear, Camden

Post-hike, we did some wandering around Camden, including some shopping and indulging in deliciousness offered by local pubs. The Drouthy Bear was just across from our inn and the perfect place for a Pimm’s Cup, hand cut fries, sausage rolls, bacon butties, and live Celtic music, which brought my husband back home for a couple of hours. Such a sweet bar!

 Vintage Lounge Camden Maine

Our wandering also included the newly opened Vintage Lounge at 16 Bayview, a new luxury hotel right on Camden harbor. Cocktails and local smoked salmon filled us up, while the lounge vibe made us cozy and relaxed. 16 Bayview, Camden Maine

Half of our group works in hospitality, and we ended up taking a site tour of the hotel, including checking out the stunning roof deck, which I could sit on for days, just staring out at all that blue. Seriously, I may have some mermaid in me.

16 Bayview Camden

Camden Harbor

The suites at 16 Bayview were gorgeous and so impressive. I especially loved the giant soaking tubs in them! We definitely are bookmarking the hotel for a future stay!

16 Bayview

All in all, Camden is a place you could easily fill a weekend, with cute boutiques, plenty of restaurants, spas, outdoor activities, and more. I could even see spending a week and exploring other neighboring towns like Rockport.

Stay tuned for my review of the Hartstone Inn, coming soon!

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Looking Back

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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