We awoke to a wonderful breakfast provided by the women at the Merrill Farm Resort and headed on our longest drive of the trip to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Almost as soon as we crossed the border the terrain began to flatten out a bit. After a recommendation to stop in Freeport, ME we thought what the heck...let's check out the LL Bean megastore and other outlets. We also stopped to eat at Gritty McDuff's (delicious-thanks Kelly!), a local brewery.
We checked into our B&B, The Thistle Inn
Sherman Zwicker: Name of our room and an old ship that is in the area.
Then we walked around town. I would definitely recommend this small town to anyone heading up to Maine. Quaint little town with fantastic seafood, and the people are very nice.
View from the other side of the bay. Sitting at the Lobster Dock restaurant.
A 4 pounder (that's bigger than the baby right now)!
After a wonderful evening at the Lobster Dock, eating ice cream and walking around town we ended our night at our B&B in the bar/restaurant area watching basketball and chatting with locals.
The next day we headed out on a hike/walk (Mark ran) in Ocean Point, ME. What a beautiful view from the winding road! Great spot for a vacation home.
After the hike/walk we made it back to the hotel for a fabulous breakfast of homemade granola, muffins and breads along with a fruit plate. Delicious! Next and last stop was to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. This is the first day that we go stuck in traffic due to Memorial Day parades and the New Englanders heading back home from the holiday weekend. We also made a quick stop in Portland, ME to walk around and check out the area. Finally, we arrived at our destination (to our dismay). It was sunny, but chilly due to the wind. I would say it was around 55-60degrees on the beach with the windchill, but there were plenty of people out there lying on the beach in their bikinis trying to get some sun. Mark and I couldn't believe it! We were wearing winter fleece coats and jeans and they were wearing bathing suits?!?!? Unbelieveable. And yes, we put our feet in the water, and yes it was freezing, and one more yes...people were swimming!Old Orchard Beach wasn't at all what we thought it would be. We had heard that Canadians come down to spend time vacationing on this beach. Interesting. So we went to eat and I asked the waitress, "Are the carnival rides here for the Memorial weekend?" She said, "oh no, they are here year round." OK, so Old Orchard Beach is full of Carnies, Carnie rides and fried goodness. You can imagine the view... this is a picture of town, notice the ferris wheel in the distance.
Take note: this picture was taken on Tues morning while we were on our way out of town. unfortunately you cannot see all the motorcyles, weirdos and with their tatoos and exposed skin. Our baby is never going to this place.
Old Orchard Beach Inn (our B&B)
Enjoying breakfast on the patio at our B&B.
Our last day was spent driving down the coast of Maine, stopping in small towns and enjoying the scenary. We stopped in Kittery, Kennebunkport (but did not see the Bush family) and Portsmouth, NH for lunch.
Saying farewell to our travel friend at the Manchester airport. Farewell, Kia Rondo.
We had such a fabulous trip and were happy to get away for a little bit before the baby is here. Definitely recommend a trip up this way to anyone!