I’ve mentioned a few times the big road trip I took with my dad last summer. We hit a lot of states between Washington, D.C. and North Carolina. Technically, there’s only one — Virginia; however, Dad insisted on “swinging by” Vermont, his last state to visit east of the Mississippi River. When I was younger, we took a similar family trip through New England to look at colleges with my older sister. I couldn’t recall visiting many of the states on that trip, so while Dad and I were “swinging by” Vermont, I insisted we take a detour through New Hampshire and Maine as well.
We drove up to Portland, Maine just for one night. And I am so glad we did. We ate dinner at Eventide Oyster Co., where I tried my first-ever oysters and a brown butter lobster roll. And I got to pair it with one of my favorite beers from Allagash Brewing Company. (I can usually find it in North Carolina, but I was pretty excited to drink it local for once!) On the way home the next morning, we stopped in Kennebunkport, which is just the sweetest little vacation town. I am still getting hankerings for that lobster roll. I’ll be back, Maine. And it will be even more wonderful. // susannah
Click below to see the Maine gift guide!
1. No. 9901 by Kari Herer* ($30) // 2. Al Mather Biscuit Cutter* ($24 to $28) // 3. “Whoopie Pies : Dozens of Mix ’em, Match ’em, Eat ’em Up Recipes” cookbook by Sarah Billingsley ($16.95) // 4. Maine Farmed Sea Salt* ($18) // 5. Roostic iPad Stand* ($37) // 6. Sea Salt and Pepper Pistachios by Gilded Nut Snack Co. ($7) // 7. Cherie Giampietro Ceramic Bowl* ($35) // 8. Honeymaker Blueberry Mead // 9. Mussel Napkins by Madderroot* ($40 for four) // 10. BeeRaw Maine Blueberry Honey* ($15)
*Made or designed in Maine
(Photo // Susannah Brinkley)