Coastal · House

House Tour- Upstairs Guest Bathroom

Last week, my mom and I got our upstairs guest bathroom painted. I was honestly dreading it because the bathroom has full beadboard paneling, and I knew it would all need to be hand-brushed.

The paneling is very rough in some places too so we weren’t sure how easily it would be to brush the paint on.

After a couple years of looking at this dingy yellowish/tan color, I was beyond ready for a change though.

The before:

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Thankfully, we sped through the painting, and it took no time at all (Leaving us plenty of time to goof off, shop, and drink mojitos 🙂 ).

I chose the color Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, and because we have terrible lighting in this bathroom, it came out a little different than I expected. It looks very baby-bluish, and I thought it would be more of a light seafoam green. It’s cute, but doesn’t blend as well with my accent decor as I thought.

My mom offered to repaint it if I wanted, but I told her I would learn to love it. I was not up for redoing it :). It is growing on me now…after some time, and I still think that color would be perfect in other rooms with more natural light (I’m not giving up on you, Sea Salt!).

The after:

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Sorry for the glare. I have one my favorite quotes by Emerson framed. I was so excited to find a buoy in Maine that matched the color of it perfectly!

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I think my last project with this room will be to paint the frame around the mirror white to make it look a little more crisp and clean!

Sources

Paint- Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Shower curtain- Target

Bath mat- Bed, Bath, & Beyond

Crab picture- Tuesday Morning

White frame- Ikea

Quote art- Etsy

Buoy- Bar Harbor, Maine

Blue frame and candle holders- Marshalls and/or gifts

 

Enjoy your day! 🙂

 

Coastal · Daily Life · Friday

Friday Favorites- Bar Harbor, Maine Edition

Happy Friday! This week has flown by!

My mom came down in the middle of the week to help me paint my upstairs guest bathroom and to do a little goofing off! We also bought mint plants and made mojitos and since then I’ve been putting mint in my water and trying to find allllll the mint recipes. It’s so refreshing!

I know I said yesterday that it was my last daily recap of Maine. And I know, this week has been Maine overkill already, so… I thought I’d make a full week out of it and do one last one today. 🙂

Also, I forgot to mention in my other posts the easiest way to say “Bar Harbor” and sound like you’re from the East coast: “Baa Ha Ba.”

We saw so many shirts that had sheep on them and said that. Too funny!

Today, I’m sharing (and linking) some of our favorite things that we did and places we ate in Bar Harbor, Maine should you ever want to go there (as it should be on everyone’s bucket list!!). 😉

*These are in no specific order. Also, I realize that our trip was fairly short and we missed out on many other great activities and restaurants. I am just basing this list on what we experienced.

If you missed my daily recaps, you can check them out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Days 4 & 5.BaaHaaBaa

A * denotes items that are in downtown Bar Harbor.

Things to Do

Places to Eat

Hope this list helps if you have any interest in visiting Bar Harbor, Maine! 🙂

Have a super weekend!

Question of the Day: Any special Father’s Day plans this weekend?

Coastal · Daily Life

Maine- Days 4 & 5

Today is my last daily recap of our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. I’d be lying if I said I’m ready to be done writing these. It feels like I’m reliving each part of the trip as I write and sort through pictures, and I’m excited to have these to look back on!

If you missed any of the other daily recaps, you can click the links to check them out: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

The night before, we had seen several new couples checking into The Holland Inn. I remember jokingly saying to Travis, “But, this is our house. We like having it to ourselves!”

Day 4

As we got to breakfast the next morning, we saw two tables set and a lady was sitting at our usual table. She struck up a conversation with us and her husband soon joined too.

This couple was probably in their fifties/sixties and were visiting from Washington state. They had flown into New York and were spending a few days in Bar Harbor before going back to New York and then home.

As we got to talking about the trails we had hiked, the couple had a moment of realization and said, “OH! You’re the couple without a car.”

Apparently it’s uncommon to not rent a car here to get to everything. Thus, Evin had been telling other people about us and how much we had walked.

That made us laugh, and we started calling ourselves “The couple without a car” for the rest of the trip.

The husband really took a liking to Travis, so much so that Travis could hardly eat his breakfast because the guy kept turning around and talking some more. At one point, the guy even offered his personal email to Travis just in case we ever wanted to visit Washington, and he would give us some hiking/fishing tips.

After hiking so much the last couple days, I was ravenous at breakfast and ate about half of my plate before Travis said, “Aren’t you going to get a picture of it?”

Oops! Good thing he’s here to remind me! #BlogHusband 😉

Our final breakfast (*tear*) was nutty French toast, fresh veggie frittata, and nectarines with raisins. Evin knew that Travis and I loved the Fiddleheads so she snuck some more into our frittatas as well!

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Our goals for the day were to hike down to Sand Beach and then on to Thunder Hole. It would mean a lot of walking but the trails there all looked like they were flat and smooth so we figured we could handle it.

We left town and started for Sand Beach, a 4.9 mile walk via Schooner Head Trail. The trail kept close to the road, but it was such a relief to not be forced to walking the shoulder!

Through most of our hikes, we rarely ran into other people, and this trail was the same. We felt like we had it to ourselves until we got to the more touristy places.

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Walking to all of our destinations really allowed Travis and I to have good conversations that we wouldn’t have had if we had just driven there.

Along the way, the trail passed along the ocean for some incredible views!

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We veered off to another trail that went to Compass Harbor. There, we passed the old ruins of George Dorr’s old farm estate. Dorr is known as “The Father of Acadia” because of his help in creating Acadia National Park.

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I loved the herringbone floor pattern at the ruins!

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The sand at Sand Beach is mostly shell fragments from the pounding surf.

I was hoping to find some sea glass there, but after scouring for awhile, we came up empty handed. I did put some sand in a water bottle to bring back home with me though. I always collect sand from the beaches we go to and put it in cute bottles as decorations in our house.

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Here Travis caught me scrounging for shells and looking for sea glass.

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Sand Beach was by far the chilliest beach I have been to. It is nestled in a little inlet and the water temperature rarely gets above 55 degrees!

Below, you can see how Sand Beach is tucked away.

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Sand Beach was getting pretty busy so we headed onward to Thunder Hole, another mile away.

Thunder Hole is an inlet where waves roll into a small cavern and splash out, creating a thunderous sound.

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When we went, it was pretty calm and the splashes weren’t too grand or loud.

Here, you can see where the water is forced in the cavern and splashes back out.

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Thunder Hole was packed. I’m talking several tour buses, tons of cars, etc. so we decided to head back and take a breather in a beautiful spot we had noticed along the way.

I packed a ton of Larabars, my favorite snack, and since we knew it would be a long time before lunch, we each enjoyed one with the view.

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We had a Seagull land near us and hang out for awhile. I think he was eyeing our snacks.

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Then, it was time to head back towards town, a six mile hike.

We were able to go nice and slow and stop as much as we wanted/needed since we didn’t have much planned for the rest of the day.

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Even the roads in Bar Harbor are so gorgeous and serene!

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As we got closer to town, we realized how starving we were. We nearly walked 13 miles round trip that morning!

It was past the usual lunch time, and we really wanted to try a restaurant called Peekytoes. As we got into town, we saw a sign on Peekytoes’ door saying they are closed on Tuesdays.

Dang it! It was our last day too so we were bummed to miss out on it.

We trudged back through the rest of town, looking for a good lunch spot.

Here was our problem though. We were hungry and exhausted so we just wanted to find somewhere to eat, but it was our last day so we wanted to be picky and get just the right place.

As we got to the end of town and still hadn’t decided on anything, we saw a bunch of people going into a restaurant called “Route 66.” It looked like it had tasty specials so we gave it a go.

That restaurant is my one regret from this trip.

The inside felt so tacky (tons of old decorations) and dirty. I ordered a crab cake sandwich and Travis got a Haddock sandwich, and both tasted like they had been frozen.

We still ate it all, as we were ravenous, but we were greatly disappointed that that was the place for our last lunch in Bar Harbor.

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After walking so much and then stuffing ourselves with carbs, we needed some down time so we headed back to The Holland Inn for our afternoon coffee/tea time and took a quick nap.

The last item on our list to complete was walking out to Bar Island.

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There is a half mile path to get to Bar Island, but it is only accessible during low tide. You have an hour and a half before and after low tide to get across, but you have to be back by high tide or you will be stranded. The path goes from walkable during low tide to having 11 feet of water at high tide.

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Evin had warned us about getting back in time, and there were even many signs posted. She said that often tourists ignore the signs and park their cars on the path before hiking to the top of the island. They get a rude awakening and have to call special towing services, who are put-off about helping (understandably so!).

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Once across the path, you go another half mile or so to reach the top of Bar Island.

The top had such pretty views looking back at Bar Harbor.

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Our last “summit” picture.

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We took our time coming back across the path, and I collected some pretty blueish/purple shells to bring home.

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Then, we got cleaned up again for our last dinner in Bar Harbor.

We chose Finback Alehouse for dinner, and it definitely made up for our sub-par lunch.

I ordered a cup of lobster bisque and a whole lobster. Travis ordered a fried seafood platter.

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That lobster didn’t stand a chance.

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One last picture of part of downtown before it was time to leave.

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I had really wanted to make it to 40,000 steps, because let’s face it, I’m most likely not ever going to get this many again (and I’m not planning on running a marathon…ever.) However, when we got back to our room, I thought “37,000 looks pretty good…and my bed looks even better!”

We quickly packed and set our alarms for 4 a.m.

Day 5

Because of the road construction in Bar Harbor, we needed to allow extra time to get to the airport for our 6 a.m. flight.

Our taxi driver arrived at 4:30 a.m. and as we were driving, we saw the most vivid sunrise. He saw that we had plenty of time, and stopped for us to snap a few pictures.

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We got to the airport, had our bags weighed, and only two other passengers came in for the flight: a four person flight!

We loaded back up on the little plane and got our last glimpses of the island.

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I didn’t want to be leaving!

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Unfortunately, United changed our flights and seats on us (and it was a full flight), which meant that Travis and I had to sit apart from each other from Boston to Chicago. They put us both in middle seats, to boot. I had been spoiled and had all window seats for the flights getting there.

When we got to Chicago, the flight wasn’t near as full so we were able to get seats together, but they were in the last row, right in front of the bathrooms.

I swear that it smelled like stale pee that whole flight, but at least we got to talk to one another!

We got home in good time to unpack and regroup (aka crash).

Maine far exceeded our expectations, and we both agree that it is the best trip we have ever been on. There were so many active things to do and such wonderful food. I’m truly jealous of the people who get to call Bar Harbor home (Travis told me that I might take that back if I was there in the winter though!).

They call Maine “Vacationland,” and it is truly dreamy!

Until next time, Bar Harbor!

Question of the Day: Lobster Fan? Yes or No?

YES, all the way, as I’m sure you figured out! 🙂

 

Coastal · Daily Life

Maine- Day 3

Today, I’m talking about Day 3 of our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. It was the most strenuous day, by far. If you missed my previous recaps, click the links to read about Day 1 and Day 2.

Our day started out, like usual, with a gourmet breakfast!

We were greeted this time with coffee at Travis’ spot and a teapot at mine! Evin is good, real good!

Breakfast was panini toast with Bumbleberry jam, baked egg with ham and Havarti, and baked pear stuffed with homemade granola.

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We knew we needed lots of energy for our mountain climbing so we snarfed down our food, stuffed again!

We went right out to hike, all bundled up. It was chilly and only in the mid-fifties!

Our main goal was to hike Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on Mount Desert Island. To do so, we decided to first climb Dorr Mountain and then go over to Cadillac. It seemed like the most direct route from our B&B.

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As the Dorr Mountain Trail kept getting steeper and steeper, I had to stop and take a few breathers. My sore legs from yesterday’s walking were catching up to me.

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Dorr Mountain had great open views along the way. In the picture below, downtown Bar Harbor is at the top center point. (It was a long hike!)

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Eventually, we got to a point where we would have a steep incline and then just as we thought we couldn’t go further, it would flatten out with each switchback. I needed those breaks!

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The trails at Acadia National Park are so well maintained and marked, if you’re observant. Sometimes it was confusing to tell if we were on the right path or not, but we just had to keep watch for little blue marks along the way and cairns (man-made stacks of rocks) to make sure we stayed on track.

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We passed many little brooks and small caves. I wanted a picture in one of the caves, but the lighting wasn’t cooperating so Travis stepped in it so I could test my camera.

Let’s just say, I caught him off guard and now I laugh every time I look at this picture. He looks enthused and, dare I say, styling with the windbreaker he borrowed from Evin. 😉

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Hey, we got the lighting figured out though. 😉

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We even passed over Tarn Lake that we had found the day before.

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We finally made it to the summit of Dorr Mountain, stopped for a quick photo op, and trudged on.

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The trail from Dorr Mountain to the summit of Cadillac Mountain was labeled advanced and now I see why.

It started with a steep decline of just huge boulders, some loose. If you slipped during this part, it wouldn’t end well, as it was basically straight down.

We clearly needed hiking shoes as both of our tennis shoes were slipping at points.

I definitely had a hold on Travis’ hand, helping me to make each step, for awhile. It was slow moving.

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It was getting colder and windier (which I didn’t think was possible by this point). As we emerged from the abyss of the trail, we saw people who had driven to the summit of Cadillac, and I couldn’t tell if they looked at us like they were impressed we had hiked it or like we were the biggest idiots ever for hiking it.

The fog was rolling in fast, so we snapped another summit picture and left.

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Cadillac Mountain is supposed to be one of the first places in the United States to see the sun rise each morning. While we weren’t going to get up that early to see it, we were at least hoping to see a little sun up there. It was completely overcast by this point though.

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I wanted a picture with my “muscles” flexed at the top of this mountain, but due to exhaustion and being freezing, my muscles looked rather sad and weak!

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Another goal that we had was to visit Jordan Pond and see the Bubbles Mountains, which our B&B room was named after.

It was somewhat close to Cadillac Mountain so we figured we would just hike over to it as well.

If you look at the map below, Jordan Pond isn’t even on the picture. Cadillac Mountain is at the very top and Jordan Pond is down off the map, to the left, about four miles away.

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That walk to Jordan Pond was far from enjoyable.

We had our hoods up to block out the strong winds and we silently trudged on for what felt like forever. We didn’t see people for awhile and I began to question if we were just wandering aimlessly. (Travis was kind and took my backpack for me!)

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As we got about halfway there, we saw many more people coming from Jordan Pond and even heard one couple talking about what a beautiful hike it was.

We warned them that the rest of their hike to Cadillac was a little more bleak.

The rest of the hike was very rocky but at least we were sheltered in the trees!

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Seeing Jordan Pond was the best sight, if only because our hike felt interminable.

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We headed up to Jordan Pond House for a late lunch, ravenous at this point. The restaurant is famous for their popovers, hot from the oven with butter and jam.

I ordered a cup of seafood chowder and a popover, and I basically licked my dishes clean.

The popover was fluffy and soft, a definite “must try” if you are in that area.

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After lunch, we walked back down to Jordan Pond to get some pictures of the infamous Bubbles Mountains. (A bra store in downtown Bar Harbor even has the Bubbles Mountains on their sign with a bra over it called “Bra Harbor” 🙂 ).

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At this point, we decided that we didn’t have it in us to walk all the way back to town, going back through some of those tough trails (at least another six miles). However, when we tried to call a cab, we got a rude awakening that we didn’t have cell service.

We moved around to several areas trying to get service, but we were still getting zilch.

We decided to walk back along the road because it would be smoother and an easier walk. Our legs were spent, but we had to get back somehow and we weren’t going to hitchhike, though I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind after we started walking.

To make matters worse, roads in Bar Harbor are all so narrow. Jordan Pond House is a busy area, which meant there were quite a few cars passing on both sides of the road, making us walk in the shoulder.

Since it had rained the day before, the shoulder was slick and muddy. Add that to the fact that the shoulder was rocky and uneven, and it was not desirable. We felt like we were getting judged by passing cars too, but Travis told me, “Everyone’s done this at some point in their lives.” More wise words from “The Mountain Goat,” as he called himself this trip. 😉

After I stepped in a mud puddle in the shoulder, I asked Travis how much longer we would have to be walking like this. When he replied that it would be about two hours, I called it.

We finally reached the parking lot of another trail, saw that my phone had service, and called an Uber. I told Travis that it was the best money I’ve ever spent, very worth it!

We sat (Hallelujah!) and waited about twenty minutes for our ride to arrive.

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We had an interesting driver who was a man in his sixties. He told us all about the woes of working for Uber (very professional!) and Travis had to help him with directions several times. He even showed us a package of dried stripe fish that he had in his console, taking it home as a treat for his wife- ha! The things you hear in Ubers!

We got home, ready for our afternoon coffee/tea time and just wanting to lie down. Then…the highlight of the day happened. We saw Evin and she said she would go get her Italian Greyhound, Layla, for me to see!

The day was looking up!

I was shocked when I saw Layla because she was huge. My past Italian Greyhound, Maggie, was eight pounds full grown. Layla was twenty-five pounds, and it was tough to hold her. She was a porker! She was so calm too, unlike my hyper, squirrely little Maggie was!

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We played for a little bit, and it was fun to talk to Evin about Italian Greyhounds. Finally I found someone else who loves them as much as me!

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After that, we regrouped and headed out to do a little shopping before going to dinner at The Thirsty Whale, a local pub. (My favorite souvenir: a hand-painted buoy made in Maine that perfectly matches colors in our guest bathroom!)

Thank goodness we packed enough warm clothes. The evenings especially were crisp! (I packed the sweatshirt below only expecting to wear it on the lobster boat, but I wore it nearly everyday for hiking and sometimes to dinner too, a lifesaver!)

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Layers, layers, layers!

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I got a lobster roll, and it was delicious! Travis had a Freuben, which was a Reuben with a Haddock fillet inside.

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We decided after dinner that we weren’t ready to head home yet, and that we deserved many liquid calories after our hiking adventures.

I really wanted to try Atlantic Brewery’s Blueberry Ale, made locally in Bar Harbor. It is a staple to try, but the couple bars we went to were all out of it. We were determined (Ok, more like Travis was) that I was going to try it, and we finally found it at a bar called Beerworks.

I’m usually not a beer drinker, but after burning so many calories on the trails, I felt like I could have drank anything!

I couldn’t taste the blueberry flavor too much, but it was tasty: light and refreshing!

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Travis, being the finance-minded guy that he is, wanted to go into the local grocery store and compare prices to our stores back home. (I gave him some grief for this, don’t worry!) We were shocked that their beef was very cheap while their chicken was almost double what we pay for it! The more you know…

We finished the day with over 35,000 steps, way more than I have ever gotten before and were surprised to beat our steps from the day before even!

That concludes Day 3!

Come back tomorrow for the last recap of our trip, Days 4 & 5.

Question of the Day: Do you have a Fitbit or other fitness tracker?

Ever since I’ve had a Fitbit, I feel like steps or workouts don’t count unless I have it on. I’ve even taken walks with Travis while it is charging and complained that it’s pointless without my Fitbit when it doesn’t count. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal · Daily Life

Maine- Day 2

Today, I’m covering Day 2 of our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine and it’s a long one! If you missed yesterday’s post about Day 1, you can check it out here!

When we left off yesterday, Travis and I had spent a long day of flying and finally made it to Bar Harbor, just in time for a late dinner. We went to bed early to gear up for our first full day.

On Sunday, we woke up to our 7 a.m. alarms. Travis set his alarm for 7:00, on the dot, and he laughed at me when I set mine for 7:02. Those extra two minutes of sleep make a difference. 😉

When deciding a time to visit Maine, we were very conscious of booking our trip in early June. This would mean that we would miss the rush of the tourist season, which doesn’t start until mid-late June. The only downfall was that we would be too early for the free shuttle service around the island, which started a couple weeks later. We figured the benefits of going during a slow time would make it worth it though (plus we got in a lot of extra walking since we didn’t have the shuttle!).

Also, because of this “low tourist” time, we were one of the only couples staying at The Holland Inn during our stay, and we had our 7:30 breakfast time all to ourselves for a couple of the days.

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We walked downstairs for breakfast and were pleasantly surprised at our table already set, waiting for us.

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Evin soon popped out of the kitchen to announce that breakfast would be ready in a few minutes and to check on our coffee/tea preferences (coffee for Trav, tea for me).

We talked and looked around for a few minutes before we were served our breakfast.

Let me stop here to emphasize just how delicious our breakfasts were. They were always a mix of savory and sweet and were packed with protein that kept us full way past lunchtime. (I’m a snack every couple of hours girl, so I was impressed to be full so long!)

Travis and I are still raving about those breakfast meals too (and we want to cry now when we pour our cereal for breakfast at home!). 😉

Our first breakfast was our favorite from our stay. It was blueberry cream cheese stuffed French toast, smoked sausage, herb scrambled eggs with Fiddleheads, and watermelon/honeydew with mint garnish.

Talk about picking the best B&B! Yum! We had no clue our breakfasts would be so delectable!

DSC01660We both got about 3/4 of the way through our plates and were stuffed, but it was so good that we pushed on. We couldn’t let it go to waste!

Travis and I hadn’t ever had Fiddleheads and now we can’t stop talking about them either! Evin told us they are actually from the top part of a young fern and are very nutritious. They have a little crunch and are similar in taste and texture to asparagus.

During breakfast, Evin stayed and talked with us about our day ahead. In the sun room, she has a huge map on the wall with trail markings so she showed us the best routes to take.

Sidenote: Before our trip, I did a lot of research into the best restaurants to hit and the daily activities to do. Well, when I found The Holland Inn’s Facebook page, I saw pictures of Italian Greyhounds and quickly discovered that Evin had two (one recently passed away in March though). I told Travis and he rolled his eyes at my ever-present obsession.

I mean, what are the odds? It was the best coincidence. Finding IG (Italian Greyhound) lovers is rare!

During breakfast, we brought up to Evin that we saw she has an Italian Greyhound. I was hoping to get to meet her, and Evin told me she would bring her (Layla) by some afternoon. Thus began me worriedly telling Travis every couple of hours that I hoped we wouldn’t miss her coming by! (Don’t worry; we got to, but that’s another day!)

We had an activity planned for early afternoon so decided to do some hiking nearby that morning.

The entrance to Acadia National Park was only about a mile from our B&B so we set out, eager to explore.

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We started by taking the Great Meadow Trail and then hopped over to Jesup Trail. Both are very flat and easy. We even ran into a couple groups on bird watching trails. Travis and I laughed when we heard one man say, “Wow, the way that bird flies really looks like the Nuthatch, doesn’t it?” They were so serious.

Jesup Trail has a beautiful boardwalk through the trees.

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From Jesup Trail, we hiked to the Acadia National Gardens to see the Sieur De Monts Spring.

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We had some time still so we went further past Sieur De Monts Spring and found a gorgeous little lake called Tarn Lake.

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So, funny story about the mountain behind me in this picture. I had thought I heard someone calling it Champagne Mountain so that’s what I called it the whole trip. Travis thought it was Champlain Mountain. I kept making fun of him for saying it like that…and then I realized he was right. It made me laugh everytime because it sounded like he was trying to say Champagne with a hick tone. 🙂 Champlain.

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We then needed to hoof it back to our B&B, change clothes, and eat lunch before our 1 p.m. lobster boat tour! By this point it was about 10:30 a.m. and we already had our daily goal of 10,000 steps. Cheers for being active!

Along our way back, we spotted some Fiddleheads off of a trail!

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I was amazed by the amount of ferns growing too! They were everywhere, so simple and pretty!

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Once we had changed, we walked downtown and popped in a couple shops. There were a multitude of stores to look in, and Travis eventually reminded me that our goal was finding a quick lunch, not shopping. We couldn’t miss our boat!

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Neither of us were very hungry (that breakfast, I’m telling you!) so we split a lobster roll sack lunch from Downeast Deli. We found a spot on the grass down by the pier and watched the boats come in as we ate.

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My first bites of lobster in Maine, and it was worth the wait! Look how big those lobster chunks are!

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After walking the pier, we checked into the Lulu Lobster Boat, got our tickets and were one of the first groups in line. I wanted an upfront seat!

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As we stood and waited for our tour, we were amazed by the high tide water lines on the docks. It’s still hard to me to grasp how much the water level changes between low and high tide.

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As I was researching, everyone said the Lulu Lobster Boat Tour was a must. It’s a two-hour boat ride that covers everything from seeing a lighthouse, animals, and pulling up lobster traps (and endless lobster facts!).

When we boarded the boat, I went for the seat right up front, beside the driver, where they pull in the lobsters. I wanted to be as close as possible. 🙂

A few “celebrities” have houses on Bar Harbor, among them being the Kellogg’s cereal family, the Campbell’s soup family, and Martha Stewart.

Here is the Kelloggs’ house.

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We first went out to Egg Rock Island and saw about a hundred seals laying up on the rocks sunning themselves.

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The seals are so lazy and our guide said that they rarely move all day. We did see a couple babies moving around and they just flop their body everywhere. Graceful creatures, they are not!

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We circled around to the other side of the lighthouse. We weren’t able to go inside it though since it is still in use.

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After that, it was time to find some lobsters!

Each lobsterman designs their own buoy colors and pattern and has to register it so that no two are the same.

Our boat’s buoys were solid green with a purple stripe at the top.

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Once our captain got the buoy hooked, it was time to reel it in and see what we had.

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Our first catch!

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Lobstermen must measure each lobster to make sure that it is the correct size.

If it is too small, you have to throw it back. If it is too large, you have to throw it back also.

Here, our guide was showing us how they measure, from head to the top of the tail. This one was a little too small so it went back.

They do this because lobsters only mate with lobsters the same size as them. Thus, if you keep everything, you will have some lobsters still in the ocean with no one to mate with. (Cue the tears; they would be all alone 😦 ).

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As we pulled up more traps, we started to get quite the collection on our boat. We even got a Jonah Crab!

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This tour was so fun, but man, was it chilly. They warned us to bring warm layers, but that cool ocean air is no joke! One of the guides took a look at me early on and said, “I’m going to get you a blanket.” Ha!

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Once off the boat, we decided to have a mid-afternoon ice-cream snack. Travis got a scoop of chocolate malt and I got…lobster ice-cream! It had a sweet, buttery flavor with chunks of real lobster: the perfect pick-me-up!

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After that, it was only around 3:30 p.m. so we went back to the B&B to change again and grab some coffee/tea. After regrouping ourselves, we headed back out to hike Kebo Mountain and the surrounding trails. It sprinkled on us at first, but let up shortly after.

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We made our way home, showered, and headed to dinner at Stewman’s Lobster Pound.

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Stewman’s makes me want to decorate a wall of my house with buoys! 🙂 I love that look!

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We got to the restaurant kind of late, and saw a large group leaving. Because it was so late (and a Sunday), it was just us and one other couple in the bottom part of the restaurant, which made it feel like we had it to ourselves!

I ordered a blueberry mojito (with Maine blueberries and blueberry jam- omg!).

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Stewman’s was pricy, but Travis got all inspirational and told me to order whatever I wanted because, “You don’t remember bills; you remember meals.” Deep. 😉

For dinner, Travis got the Northeastern Lobster Dinner, and I got the wild-caught Halibut with lobster and corn succotash. It was easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

I had planned on getting lobster, but the Halibut sounded too good to pass up. Travis told me, fine, but “You’ve gotta get a whole lobster soon. You are The Lush Lobster after all.” (He’s on a roll with these quotes, am I right?)

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Travis’ dinner came with blueberry pie, so we got it to go and finished our evening eating it in our cozy little room.

IMG_4020.jpgWe ended the day with over 30,000 steps! We were exhausted and thrilled at how much we had packed in, and it was only our first full day!

We went to bed, eager to hike a few more mountains the next day!

That’s it for Day 2! I’m impressed if you made it this far; I just don’t want to leave anything out!

Have a good day!

Question of the DayWhat is the best meal you have eaten?

While this dinner at Stewman’s was delicious, my favorite ever might still be the Red Coconut Curry Grouper I got on our honeymoon in Turks and Caicos!

Coastal · Daily Life

Maine- Day 1

I’m too excited to talk about our recent trip to Maine to do a Weekend Recap post. So, today, I’m diving right into talking about Day 1 of our trip to Bar Harbor, Maine.

We had such a blast on this vacation, and packed so much into each day. We joked that with all of the hiking that we did, we came home more fit than when we left. That’s pretty unusual for a vacation! Don’t worry though; we ate our weight in seafood too!

The questions that we seem to have gotten a lot are, “Why Maine?” and “How did you pick Bar Harbor?” Well, as I briefly talked about in last Monday’s post, going to Maine has always been a bucket list item for me.

Once Travis and I decided that we wanted to take a vacation this summer, he asked me where I would want to go. My answer was always, “Maine!” The New England lifestyle, the seafood, the pretty views…swoon! We did some research last fall on towns to visit in Maine. Travis actually found Bar Harbor and instantly had me sold on all that it offers. We weren’t going to rent a car on this vacation, and loved that Bar Harbor had so much to do, all in walking distance.

Our trip was fairly short. We spent four nights in Bar Harbor, and I can honestly say that I could have stayed for months and not gotten sick of it. It was the perfect spot, as you’ll hopefully see through these posts!

Last Saturday, we set our alarms for 4 a.m. and headed to the Kansas City International Airport for our 8 a.m. flight. From Kansas City, we flew to Chicago and then on to Boston.

When traveling somewhere, I like to wear either a K-State shirt or something related to Kansas because I usually get some comments, which is always cool to see when you are far from home.

For these flights, I wore my shirt that says, “Kansas- It’s not that bad!”

I got many comments from people throughout the day who thought it was pretty funny! 🙂

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When booking flights, we had seen an option to fly into Bangor, Maine on a normal, large jet, but it would mean taking a cab for over an hour to drive from there to Bar Harbor. The other option was a little more expensive but much more convenient. We could fly directly into Bar Harbor, but it would be on a small plane. We opted for the second one, and didn’t give it much more thought until we were in Boston, getting ready to board our last flight.

As we got to our gate, a worker called us up front so that she could weigh our luggage and get Travis and I’s weights. She told us that since the plane was so small, they had to figure out how to distribute the weight of everything on board for a smooth flight.

At this point, Travis and I looked at each other and asked the lady, “How big exactly is this plane?”

We figured it was small but assumed that meant maybe 20 people or so.

She told us that it would have only nine passengers (a full flight!) and the pilot on board.

A ten seater plane!

Since I have been flying with my dad in his small plane before, I was excited for this little “adventure.” Travis hadn’t ever been on a small plane so he was eager for it as well!

As we walked out to the tarmac to load, we, along with all of the other passengers, laughed at the plane we were about to board. It was tiny!

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It’s one thing to hear that the plane only holds ten people, but it’s another to actually see it in person. A worker called each of our names to make sure we were all there and told us we would just have to wait a few minutes for the pilot.

We crammed into the plane and kept snickering about how close we were to the pilot. It was a personal experience, that’s for sure!

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See how close we were to our pilot?

It was a quick one-hour flight to Bar Harbor with great views (everyone had their own window seat, obviously 😉 ) When we took-off and when we were above land, the plane was a little shaky, but it smoothed out when we were over water, which we were for most of the flight.

The little plane added to the “island experience” and really made us feel like we were going coastal!

Once we landed, the other passengers either rented cars or took the available taxis at the airport. We decided to try Uber, but after waiting for over 20 minutes and the Uber was not responding, we called for a taxi. (Looking back, if only we would have just jumped right into a taxi after getting off the plane.)

Bar Harbor has a lot of road construction going on right now, and on a small island, that greatly impacts a driver’s ability to get around. Instead of being able to take the direct route from town to pick up us (about 20 minutes), drivers have to circle the entire island to get back to the airport (a 45 minute drive).

Thus, our first hour in Bar Harbor was spent sitting at the airport, exhausted, hungry, and at the mercy of a taxi driver getting to us. (The other passengers had taken the only two available taxis so we had to wait for them to return.) Essentially, it felt like we were stranded for awhile.

Once out of the taxi (finally), we checked into our Bed & Breakfast, The Holland Inn. The owner, Evin showed us around, gave us some advice about hiking trails, and handed us our room keys.

She also let us choose our preferred breakfast time (7:30, 8:30, or 9:30). Since we wanted to make the most of our short trip, we both agreed on 7:30. (I like to sleep in, so Travis gave me a questioning look but quickly agreed before I changed my mind. 😉 )

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You’re going to hear me talk about Evin many times throughout these recap posts, and that is because she made our trip. Without her constant advice and guidance about restaurants and hiking, we would not have squeezed in as much as we did. She was a Godsend, and booking our stay at The Holland Inn was the best decision we could have made regarding this vacation!

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Stairway up to our room

All of the rooms at The Holland Inn are named after trails in Acadia National Park. Ours was the smallest and coziest room, according to Evin, and it was named Bubbles, after the Bubbles Mountains at Jordan Pond. It definitely was tiny, but that just added to the charm. It felt quaint and homey and had just enough room for us.

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Our bathroom was just to the right of the sink.

We settled into our room, and headed out for our first dinner. Downtown was only about a four minute walk from our inn, which was perfect! We headed to Geddys for our first meal in Bar Harbor. It was everything you’d expect out of a coastal restaurant: loud, tons of nautical decor, and smelled delicious.

It was our personal goal to eat seafood for every meal during our stay, so I ordered the Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl (amazing!) and Travis got a breaded Haddock meal with Jonah crab on top. He ordered Haddock as much as possible on our trip and now talks about it all the time. Thank you, Geddys, for starting this obsession. 🙂

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The owner came back and talked to us, which was a nice personal touch. When we told her that we were from Kansas, she said she had seen several people from Kansas already this spring!

While at Geddys, Travis ordered a local beer, and the server just asked, “How old are you?” After Travis said, “Twenty-five,” the server said “Ok” and got it. This made me laugh, no asking for IDs, just taking the customer by their word.

After dinner, we walked the pier a little, but it was too dark to do much more exploring, and we were spent after being up since 4 a.m.

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We headed back to the inn and set our alarms for 7 a.m., ready to hit the hiking trails!

That’s it for Day 1. Check back in tomorrow for a recap of Day 2, one of my favorites!

Question of the Day: What is your favorite type of seafood? How would you have reacted to the ten-seater plane?

Coastal · Friday

Friday Fun!

Yay! It’s already Friday! It’s been a fast week here since we got back from Maine on Wednesday.

Today’s post is going to be nice and short. I’m planning on posting about each day from our trip, and those will be up on the blog, starting next week! Get ready for lots of pictures of our hiking adventures and the cute town we stayed in, Bar Harbor. Think: nautical scenery (lobsters, buoys, boats) everywhere. It was my kind of place!

Now, I am going through the tedious process of sorting pictures from our trip. Between my digital camera, Travis’ phone, and my phone we had something like 790 pictures from Maine. Does that tell you how beautiful we thought it was?! We wanted to capture everything!

I’ll leave you with a preview from one of our trail hikes. Gorgeous, right? (And that’s just the beginning!)

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We’re taking it easy this weekend with some more house projects. Hope you have a great day!

Question of the Day: What is one thing you are looking forward to doing this weekend?