Saturday, August 23, 2014

Our New England Adventure: Maine It Is! Day 5

Our last few days in New England, we stayed in Maine.  We stopped off at a little motel on the main (and only!) highway in Ogunquit.  Surrounding it were several other hotels and motels, but we had a nice view from the balcony of our second story room.

Our first day, we spent exploring the beaches.  Unlike the beaches in the south, the sand was smooth and cool to walk on and the sun didn't seem as hot.  We spent one full day on the beach and it was pretty crowded, so much more than the beaches we had been on in Florida.  During the evenings, we would take the kids and walk along the ocean as the waves would wash up and hit our legs like ice water.  We would stop at a bench and listen as the water hit the rocks, spraying water everywhere. It was very relaxing and peaceful.

Beautiful, but rocky, beach of Maine.

Rain caught us by surprise one day, so we drove to Kennebunkport, Maine.  You guessed it, the home of President George H.W. Bush.  It was so quaint, with pastel colored shops along the strip and people lounging outside of small restaurants and coffee shops.  The drive through the town was exceptionally pretty.

President George H.W. Bush's home in
 Kennenbunkport, Maine. 

Memorial off the road, across from the President's home.

Twice, we ate at Annie's Irish Pub, it was just that good!  We had some of the best Irish cuisine I've ever tasted!  Not only were they friendly, but it was the best service we've had in a long time.  I had a dish with scallops, shrimp, and haddock in a cream sauce served with vegetables one night and shepherd's pie the next.  YUM!!!

Annie's Irish Pub

Irish cuisine at it's finest!

Later, after a long day of driving, walking, and exploring, we would stop at an ice cream shop across the street from our motel, Flavors Ice Cream and Candy.  There, we became fast friends with Tony and his wife (we never asked her name!).  The topic of the day was always football!  (Both men were FANATICS when it came to talking about their teams!)

Though we enjoyed our few days in Maine, we were ready for our last day of vacation, visiting a few other states, before heading back to Boston to get our girl.

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