Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maine Part 1 - Portland! {New England Vacation}

Once we left Portsmouth, it was time to head to Maine!  We only had about an hour drive to Portland (where we were staying), so we decided to drive along the coast and take our time getting there.  There were so many beautiful places to stop!

Along the coast of Maine...


Stumbled upon a lighthouse!
Nubble Light...


And while staying in Portland, there was so much to see and do.  We were there for 4 nights and did so much in that amount of time.  We explored nearby islands and towns (separate posts coming for those!), visited a famous lighthouse, wandered around the cute little downtown area, and indulged in plenty of delicious eats and drinks!

Portland Head Light...


Scenes from around town...


So many delicious foods, restaurants, breweries, and treats!


What a great town!  We had a lot of fun in Portland, especially with all of their delicious restaurants.  We stayed at the Inn at St. John, which was a cute little historic victorian bed and breakfast.  They had great rates and a delicious breakfast spread every morning (along with fresh cookies all day long!).  It was a bit outside of the downtown area, but we had no problem driving down each day.  I'd definitely recommend these accommodations!  (Though, be ready to hike up 3 flights of stairs to your room because there is no elevator!)  :)

Up next: Peaks Island!
(Where we spent Brett's 30th birthday!)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Portsmouth, New Hampshire! {New England Vacation}

Hello and happy Wednesday!*  What do ya say we jump right into a few recaps of our wonderful New England vacation?  We just got back about a week and a half ago and I have finally had some time to sit down and recount our great trip!  So here we go...

We broke the trip up into a couple different places that we planned to visit: Portsmouth, NH, Portland, ME, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, and Woodstock, NY!  On the Friday that we left, we drove straight to Scanton, PA (with a stop in State College for dinner) since it was a good mid-way point on the way to Portsmouth.

On Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early ready to start our first full day of vacation!
Portsmouth, here we come...

Of course, not without a Dunkin Donuts stop for some road trip fuel first... ;)

On the drive up to Portsmouth, we started looking for fun stops along the way.  And oh what do ya know, we were really close to a brewery (Smuttynose Brewing Company) and of course decided to stop!


We took a really great brewery tour which ended with a tasting and lots of beer talk.  Really cool brewery!  And obviously we couldn't leave without a 6 pack of delicious Smuttynose beer!

Then it was time to hit the road again to Portsmouth.  We arrived in the afternoon and spent a lot of time walking around the cute little town.  There was a lot going on, with live music and little arts festivals, and we just strolled around and took it all in.


Before dinner, we decided to stopped for a beer at Portsmouth Brewery because the fine people at Smuttynose gave us vouchers for a free beer there.  Score!


Then it was time for dinner!  We ate at the River House which was located right on the water.  We dined on their deck overlooking the harbor and timed it perfectly to witness a beautiful sunset.


After dinner, we roamed around the town a little more and even stopped at a cute ice cream shop (called Annabelle's!) along the way!  Yum!


And oh oops, we ended up back at Portsmouth Brewery for another beer before calling it a night...


Great start to vacation!

Up next... Portland, Maine!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend

Homemade iced coffee by the husband

Finally set up our patio furniture!
Now we just need to figure out our shade situation: sun sails, awning... decisions, decisions

Brett set up our hammock!!
And I took full advantage ;)

He also picked me a sweet little flower, what a guy :)

A stop at our local farm for some fresh veggies to use for dinners

And tons of yard work got done this weekend, including planting a few new things...
Peppers, basil, oregano, and some pretty flowers!

Fresh homemade salsa, always a good idea!

And to end the weekend, Brett made carnitas burritos using slow roasted pork, yum!

This was our first weekend spent at home since moving back into our house and it was much needed.  We still have a ton of work to do with more unpacking and organizing, but we definitely accomplished a lot this weekend.  Ahh, it is so good to be HOME!*

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Home Sweet Home...

We are back from vacation!
While I compile all the pictures from my real camera, here are some of my instagrams from the trip...


We had such a great time exploring the North East coast and everywhere in between!
Definitely a trip to remember.  Be back soon with some real recaps! :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Vacation!!*

I'd say it's about time for a nice long vacation...


to Maine!!*

Ahh, I'm so excited!  Brett and I will be spending the next 10 days road tripping up the north east coast, checking out everything there is to see!  I've never been to Maine or this part of the country for that matter, so I'm extra pumped for this vacation.  We will also be celebrating Brett's big 30th birthday on our trip, which makes it all the more fun!  Ahh, travel... what would we do without you!

Time to hit the road!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Edinboro Lake

A few more photos from our weekend at Edinboro Lake...


Boat rides, leisurely walks, lakeside bagels, watching the kids fish, uncle charley's pizza, corn hole games, campfire chats, birthday celebrations, and lots of great time spent with family -- It was so nice to be able to visit the lake this year.  We were living in California last year at this time so we obviously weren't able to visit.  So glad we could make it out this summer!  Any weekend spent on a lake is a good weekend to me!*