Travel Talk: Part II With Miss Scrambled Egg
Summer is absolutely the time for fireworks, cookouts, and relaxation. There’s nothing better than kicking back on an inflatable raft and lounging in the pool all afternoon; however, for me, the summer also means picking up hours at Starbucks and slaving away over the cold beverage station (aka keeping the Frappuccino crazed civilians at bay).
So, before I jumped straight from my teaching job to tying up my apron strings at Starbucks, Joshua and I decided to take a week’s vacation to Maine. Wondering why I was M.I.A. this week? You might have seen a few of my posts on Instagram, which revolved around wine, beer, and salad. Balanced diet, right? Another reason for my absence on the blog was a combination of no internet at my family’s house in Maine and being without a camera. That’s right. I went a whole week with only my iPhone camera while anxiously waiting to hear if my new one had arrived at home in Connecticut. Luckily, I arrived home last night to see a giant package and my new camera inside. I really cannot wait to start using it.
Penobscot Bay, Camden, ME
When I told my students my summer plans to go to Maine, their responses were something along the lines of, “Miss, you always go to Maine”. It’s true, we do frequent Maine often, but it’s because we’re lucky enough to have a place to stay for practically no cost. We have a lot of family in Vacationland, and this state has many adventures to offer. Did you know that Maine has 21 wineries and 54 breweries? It’s incredible how unique each company is and their products truly inspire me to hone in on my own creativity! Maine is also home to several beaches, hiking trails, and small towns with locally owned boutiques and specialty stores.
Maine Beer Company in Freeport, ME
Because my boyfriend wanted to see Jim Jefferies perform in Portland, we planned the majority of our trip around this show. Props to Joshua who actually created an organization itinerary for each leg of our trip. He really is awesome at making Excel spreadsheets. Some of the highlights of the week involved climbing a mountain with Joshua and my grandmother, Toppy, riding on a Duck Boat around Portland (aye, quack, quack!), touring wineries and breweries while meeting some wonderful folks who love what they do, and eating some delicious food at Hot Suppa! and Marcy’s Diner.
Falafel Greek Salad at Hot Suppa!
Amazing Cornbread at Hot Suppa!
Our trip was the perfect way to start the summer. We spent time together and enjoyed the peaceful nature of Maine. Joshua and I also made it up to where my sister lives. She went with us to Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery and afterwards we enjoyed dinner with her and her boyfriend, Travis.
On Saturday, we ventured back down to Portland for the Allagash Street Fair, which was a celebration of twenty years of brewery at the Allagash Brewery. There was music, games, food trucks, and delicious beer. We decided to take a shuttle to Allagash because we did not want to have to worry about parking at the venue; however, our bus driver got confused and was in the wrong location to pick us up for an hour and a half. There were over one hundred people waiting on the side of the road for the bus! Anyhow, we made it to the fair and were offered a free drink ticket as well as a t-shirt for our inconvenience.
The only opportunity we did not get on our trip was to go kayaking, but we’re hoping to make it back to Maine before the leaves turn gold and orange. Although we were quite busy on this vacation, we made many memories and had several laughs along the way.
Casco Bay, Portland
Despite the fact that I’m back at home after a week of delicious food and exploration, I look forward to getting back into a routine. My brain is chock-full of new recipes to share with you and I cannot wait to play with my new camera. I’ll be heading off to Florida at the end of July to see my best friend, but other than another short vacation, I’ll be working hard to serve my community coffee!
What’re your summer plans? Have you ever been to Maine? Have I convinced you to visit?