Hey, everyone! I haven’t written in about a week since I’ve been on vacation with Mike for our anniversary- 3 years, can you believe it?
I’m not going to lie to you, I am writing this the night before it’s scheduled since I’ve been super lazy, just being really slow to get back into the swing of things (the sweet taste of freedom will do that to ya). That said, I want to share my adventure, since I was so excited to be able to pick my dream vacation out of that east coast vacation list I shared a little while ago. And I’m even more excited to tell you all about it!
Without further ado, here was our itinerary!
Thursday, June 14
We left our house in Central New York around 6am, and arrived in Ogunquit a little past 2 pm. Check in wasn’t until 3, so we stopped by The Lobster Shack, where we indulged in our first “Maine-style” meal- a crab roll for Mike, and a fresh burger for me. (let me tell you, that burger was the size of my entire face, and I finished it in about 2 minutes flat). All in all, our first meal only cost around $24 for both of us!
Afterwards, we walked around downtown Perkin’s Cove, a quaint little village filled with touristy shops, seafood places, and an incredible manual drawbridge overseeing the beautiful harbor. Walking over the bridge, it really sunk in that we were here, on our dream vacation.
We checked into our hotel, the charming Black Boar Inn, and got settled in our room, the King James II Suite. The house was built in the 1600s, and maintains its original charm. The owner, Dwayne (nicest man I’ve ever met), handed us our breakfast menu for the next day, and gave us a binder full of maps and recommendations for places to eat and shop.
It turns out the famous Ogunquit Beach was only a five minute walk from our hotel (I know!!), so we slipped into our suits and hit the beach. Let me tell you, guys, that water was COLD. After sunbathing for about 40 minutes, we headed back for dinner at Bandito’s, a Mexican restauraunt near the shops lining the beachfront. We were treated with mouthwatering fish tacos, curious birds on an outside patio, authentic music, and a fireplace with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Tuckered out, we headed to bed, thinking can it get any better than this?
Friday, June 15
Plot twist… it did 🙂
Even though the rain kept us from enjoying the beach on Friday, it was our anniversary finally! We decided to enjoy the town and do some shopping. After the literal best breakfast I’ve ever had- Claudine, the hotel’s Jamaican chef, served up a pesto and Canadian bacon omelette, homefries, and citrus glazed roasted fruit- we hit up the neighboring shops and took the famed Marginal Way walking path along the shore to Perkin’s Cove again, and stopped for coffee on our way back for lunch, lugging tons of goodies for friends and family (and some for ourselves, obviously).
I enjoyed a fancy kale, quinoa, and grapefruit salad at the Cornerstone for lunch (I’ve actually modified the recipe and taken it for lunch this week- maybe I should post it!) We ended up being so tired we took a quick nap before getting ready for our anniversary dinner.
On the hotel owner’s recommendation, we headed over to The Front Porch, an upscale restaurant with an adjoining piano bar. Even though we were the youngest there by about 30 years, we so enjoyed the talented musician performing classic Broadway tunes- and the scotch egg we split wasn’t half bad either!
*I think it’s important to note that we didn’t get any pics of the food this time around, but then again I was deep into a large glass of Chardonnay at the time, fully enjoying my first time in a gay bar, during Pride Month, no less! The energy and atmosphere was so contagious, and I completely lost all track of time. Also, the Sound of Music is my favorite musical of all time, and I was convinced he was playing it just for me. Although that probably was the Chardonnay talking.
Needless to say, we were out like lights when we got back to the room, anniversary a success.
Saturday, June 16
Sadly, the sun rose on our last morning in Ogunquit. It seemed like the time had gone by so quickly!
We headed to the kitchen for our final breakfast, and finding the weather extremely pleasant, ended up eating our meal- scrambled eggs with arugula and salami, accompanied by strawberries and crème fraîche- on the porch. It seemed so magical, with the birds chirping and the smell of fresh flowers in the air.
Dwayne, the owner, gave us a bottle of wine as an anniversary gift as we checked out, and we packed up the car and made our way through Ogunquit, past Cape Neddick, and through to the New Hampshire exit onto the Massachusetts Turnpike. The whole way, we couldn’t stop talking about what a great time we’d had, and how we couldn’t wait to come back!
Even though it was just for a weekend, I feel so connected to Ogunquit, and I don’t regret taking that time off. I came back to work on Monday feeling relaxed and recharged, and I owe it all to our great decision to visit what is truly one of the most beautiful beach towns I’ve ever seen.
I can’t wait to go on another adventure!
Keep it real,