In case you were wondering, our recent road trip to the Maine coast wasn't ALL about food. I didn't even make a menu for the camping part of things--and I think that is a first. OK, I have to admit part of me was hoping we'd encounter so many local good eats, that cooking over an open fire would take a backseat.
Sure enough we did, like the absolutely perfect lobster roll pictured above from Percy's Store on Popham beach. Oh and you already heard about our lobster feast, complete with a hatchet to open the claws.
Yes, there was great food, but most of our time, though, was spent enjoying this:
You won't find much information online about the Popham Beach area, or the small, family run campground we stayed in. It was the perfect, non-touristy, off-the-grid kind of place that we like to hang out at.
Most of the time we had the beach nearly to ourselves, especially in the early mornings and late evenings, my two favorite times to stroll the beach. And on a cloudy day? The 3 kilometer stretch was ours!
These little dudes acted like they owned the beach, especially the one in the middle.
Popham Beach was SO ideal for small children, with it's gentle surf and miles of sand. Even the big kids had their fun.
Choosing to spend the maximum time at the beach, we kept the food really simple. Well,with the exception of this chocolate cake that I made the day before the trip...
I somehow had the feeling that we were going to need some comfort food, but I had NO idea how badly...
Maybe you heard about our
storm tornado from my tweets, but you didn't hear about the power outage on the entire point. The trees down. The flooding of our tent. The terror of my children. The tornado touchdown not far away and The. Most. Intense. lightning storm I have ever witnessed.
And, at about 10 pm, our retreat to Comfort Inn.
I consider myself a seasoned camper; I've canoe-camped, winter-camped, and slept under the stars by glacial streams. Never in my 31 years of camping have I ever taken a hotel. Seriously though, those coastal storms are somthin' else.
And so chocolate cake was consumed, our tent dried, camp set up and the next day looked like this: perfectly peaceful.
Some of the local sites included a magnificent old fort, which Noah was convinced was a castle, and ripped around the place with tireless energy.
Another hit with the whole family was the Maine Maritime Museum, where we played pirate on a almost-to-scale 'real' pirates ship, toured the extensive and interesting shipbuilding grounds, and went aboard a real wooden fishing vessel.
Our morning in Portland flew by (OK, so maybe stops at the L.L.Bean empire and J. Crew outlet store on the way cut into that precious time) but we saw enough to vow to return. And possibly even move there.
Highlights were The Standard Baking Company, which Travel & Leisure calls the best bakery in Maine, and this place:
We took our sweet time on the drive from Montreal to Maine, making sure the road trip was about the journey just as much as the destination. Stops along the way included this one, of course, for a full factory tour.
Aaaand this place,
which will now be on our not-to-be-missed list. (Psst! Free WiFi on the terrace!)
How nice are the folks at Green Mountain Coffee? They supplied us (no charge) with more than enough of their French Roast to last our camping trip. Thanks, Green Mountain Coffee!
Rolling Vermont hills, dotted with farms. I never get tired of the drive.
And a good time was had by all...