Travel Talk: Part II With Miss Scrambled Egg

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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Falafel Greek Salad at Hot Suppa!

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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.

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Allagash Fluxis

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.

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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.

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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?

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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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16 Comments
  • MirNo Gravatar says:
    Glad you had a great vacation, Erin! It’s definitely good to get a break before you get back to making venti soy chai lattes. That’s my husband’s drink, and he’s addicted. 😉 But it looks seriously beautiful up there!
    • You’re absolutely right, Mir. I think I made about 120 Frappuccinos today. I’m not even exaggerating. Being a barista is a whole different type of exhausting. 🙂 If you ever stop by CT on your adventures, I’ll hook you and your family up with some chais!
  • I love your vacation posts! There’s nothing like travel to invigorate our senses! Thanks for sharing!
    • Thank you, Annie! I totally agree. My sister said to us, “I wish I got to travel as much as you and Joshua do.” We like to experience new places together. It’s a fantastic way to find inspiration and to stay sane. 🙂
  • Been to Maine many years ago and absolutely loved it!~ Was sipping coffee over some rocks that were really hot after basting in the sun all day and it was a wonderful experience! So I’m sold on Maine =) Congrats on the new camera, how exciting!!!
    • That sounds absolutely perfect. 🙂 The home that we stay in on our trips to Maine overlooks a lake that has breathtaking sunsets. I’m loving the new camera, Laura. I just wish that I had more time to play with it.
  • It sounds like you had a fantastic time in Maine, Erin! It’s definitely on my list of places to visit. I would love to go there in the fall when the colors are changing! I love the pictures that you shared with us. Sounds like you had some great food and wonderful beer!
    • Gayle, I miss it already. My grandfather recently built a large barn in Maine and last October he threw a barn party. Talk about the perfect fall activity. During that trip, my sister and her boyfriend invited us to a pig roast/beer tasting event called Swine and Stein. You have to visit New England in the fall. You will not be disappointed. 🙂
  • I’ve never really been to any states on the east coast (besides New York and Maryland), but I’m thinking of visiting this year (or California). I’m torn between the two a they seem equally enjoyable!
    • I want to go to California really badly. I’m in awe at all of the wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley as well as the Sequoia trees in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As for New England, it’s beautiful especially in the fall. If you love apple picking, pumpkin carving, cider, hiking, or American History then New England is the place for you. 😀
  • I have not been but you definitely have me interested in going there now! Looks beautiful. 🙂
  • Hey Erin – I sure love Maine too! So glad you get to visit often, it’s such a wonderful state and always more to see. I guess you know I’m partial to Ogunquit, but I need to widen my horizons and spread my wings. So glad you had a great trip. The food looks excellent and you have lots of great memories. Had no idea how many wineries and breweries there are….awesome. The Duck Boat tour must have been so fun. My Charlie wanted to do a Duck Boat tour at the Cape last week but we didn’t get to that….maybe next time.
    • Allie, how’re you doing this week? I still have to visit Ogunquit. We were so busy with day trips during this vacation that we had very little time left to explore or just relax at the place that we were staying. We really did make the most of our trip though. Isn’t it crazy how many craft breweries and wineries there are? I was surprised, too. They even have two meaderies. We had a blast on the duck boat. It was the perfect weather for cruising around town. 🙂 I definitely would recommend it.
  • I absolutely love Maine. I haven’t been for around 8 years, but it is high on my list of places to go back to. The coast is just beautiful.
    • Dannii, I couldn’t agree more. We frequent Maine more than any other state because we have family to visit and stay with. I fell in love with it’s beauty many years ago. A lot of my childhood memories are on the shores of the lake that we stay near.
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