An Overall House Update


I can hardly believe we have been in the house for five and a half years! We’ve finally reached a good (ahem, healthy) place with our project load. While our to-do list is still about seven pages long (Yes, really. We wrote one out.) for the first time we have been able to really step away from projects. We knew with the arrival of our daughter last fall that the amount of time for projects was about to take a significant cut, so we tried to get as much as we could finished last summer.

(When we reached 1 week within my due date I called off all projects and made my husband put all the tools away. I was dreaming about coming from the hospital with my new baby and all the floors were covered in drop cloths and drill bits and paint cans. Of course, I went 17 days late, so that was almost a whole month we still had. We ended up finishing up some lingering projects last December.)

In case I don’t get to fully post on everything we’ve done since I took a blogging break, here’s what we did in the last year. (“We” used liberally as I spent most of it on the couch eating ice cream.)


Refinished the Upstairs Floors

The upstairs floors desperately needed refinishing, so we hired professionals to come in and do that for us. We kept the original floor color, as it matches the rest of the house. It looks SO MUCH BETTER!!



New Baseboard and Door Trim

When we re-did the floors we tore out all of the baseboard molding upstairs. Replacing these ended up being a tremendous job. While adding in baseboard molding in a newer home is relatively easy, our walls are not square and our floors are not level. Plus, the old baseboard molding was not a standard size so it was thicker than what is currently available. This means that when a new baseboard trim was installed there was a gap without any floorboards! So my husband ended up having to pad all of the baseboards with a second, thinner board behind the molding so the gap was covered. It was quite the job. Then all the baseboards needed the nailholes to be filled and sanded, the edges caulked, and everything had to be primed and painted.



New Interior Doors

We also bought new doors for the whole house. We picked these lovely shaker-style ones and these stainless door knobs. The new doors all needed to be painted (Valspar, Swiss Coffee, like all the trim in our house). We had a contractor remove the old doors and door moldings, and install the new doorframes. Then we had to re-trim all the doors. That is 11 doorframes, meaning 22 trim-jobs for the front and the back of the door. Like the baseboard molding, these all needed nailholes filled and sanded, edges caulked, and everything needed to be painted. But, I finally have closet doors instead of a curtain, so I was happy to get my paint on. (We used all no-VOC paint, I used a mask, and we made sure everything was well ventilated whenever I helped to paint.)


Painting, Painting, Painting

The ceilings in the upstairs hallway and our bedroom were re-plastered, sanded, primed and painted. We painted the hallway the same color as our living room – bye bye Martha Stewart’s Rice Paper and Hello Valspar’s Shoreline Haze. While the rooms were empty both the guest room and the baby’s room got fresh coats on the ceilings and walls too. (Which means the only room left now is the guestroom/office. That will be a bigger project down the road.) I think I’ve finally learned that, although yellow is my favorite color, painting a room yellow is very challenging. I’ve painted four rooms yellow and none of them stuck. Yellow accessories are where it’s at!

Our bedroom got a long overdue update!! When we bought the house our bedroom ended up being a nightmare of a wallpaper removal job, so the walls were looking a little nicked up despite all our initial efforts. We had plasterers come in and fix our ceilings and several spots on the walls. Then I chose to repaint the room a darker gray. We ditched the IKEA light and got a nice light fixture, and installed oil rubbed bronze curtain rods. Now we just need to build a radiator cover (for this room, and a few others!).

Obviously the guestroom-to-nursery got a total transformation – I’ll talk about that in another post! Too much to share here in this summary.

Board and Batten Installation

We added board and batten to the upstairs bathroom and downstairs hallway. We have been talking about doing this for a few years and I love it! It makes our narrow hall feel much larger.


Finishing Touches on the Deck

We trimmed out the deck faceboards with azac trim. (Not quite finished here – still need to do the staircase.) We hired out to have a concrete slab poured under our deck (for better storage) and that old trainwreck of a staircase was encased in concrete. Bye bye problem child! We also installed a plastic ceiling underneath the deck to redirect rainwater and protect anything under the deck. Now it’s a great place for lawn furniture storage and we have a baby swing underneath there. I foresee a kids picnic table or playhouse living there next summer.

The Garage

We had our garage insulated and the walls plastered (hired this one out), and installed recessed lighting, and then we primed and painted everything.


The Backyard

We had a fence installed in the backyard. But the BIGGEST thing we did last year was with our yard!! We have been through the gamut with our backyard, but the great news is that it is finally finished! We have glorious grass for the first time ever!!! We had to cut down another 30 or so trees, stump-grind them, and chop up all the lumber. We gave quite a bit of it to friends and neighbors, and there was still plenty left for us. Moving these logs was my prenatal yoga.

For the yard – it’s honestly impossible to convey how much work actually went into this project – but it was huge. After putting new pipes across our whole backyard to help with drainage, the whole yard was regraded. Over the years we kept all kinds of rocks and broken concrete to use as fill, and we were able to really extend the useable yard space. Then we brought in truckload after truckload of dirt. Watching this happen was amazing!! Once everything was evened out we hired a team to have the lawn hydroseeded and patiently waited and watered. Our patience paid off – as we now have a backyard for the first summer!

Also, we got a shed! Finally a place to keep all our tools. Just in time too as we are hoping to finish our basement in the next few months. Those kid toys really add up quickly and we need a little more space to dedicate to all things play.


Phew, I am tired just reading all of that! When we hit the 5 year mark I thought it would be fun to do a “then and now” photo post. In a moment of kismet, the house was clean and the baby was napping so I snapped a bunch of photos last week. Hopefully I can get that up soon!

My Men’s Dress Shirt Quilt

I’m excited to share the finished results of a side project I’ve been working on for quite a while – a quilt made of my husband’s dress shirts! This post is not sponsored by Brooks Brothers. :p


A few years ago I started saving my husband’s dress shirts whenever he wore out the elbows, and they added up rather quickly. I hated to toss the shirt due to a small tear. My crafty brain took over and I knew I would use the fabric for something eventually. After my dress shirt inventory grew to a dozen shirts (I added one of my own), I decided that I wanted to make a quilt. And how fun would it be for the pieces to be identifiable as dress shirts?

I gave all the shirts a final wash and began to cut them into pieces of usable fabric. First I cut along all the seams. I saved the two front panels, two sleeves, and the back panel. I threw away the collars because they were too stiff to be used for anything. And although I did save all of the cuffs, I never ended up using them. Next I ironed everything. At first I used iron-on interfacing on the first small batch because I was concerned about the the fabric being so fine, but found that it wasn’t necessary to continue. (Perhaps if I was quilting in smaller pieces I would have found the added heft helpful.)



Because I wanted the fabric to be identifiable as dress shirts, I decided to keep the rows of buttons intact instead of breaking them up into smaller pieces. To achieve this I began to cut long rectangular pieces and randomly piece them together. All the pieces are the same width and different lengths. Although I’ve put together two t-shirt quilts before, this was my first attempt at making a quilt, so I figured the less precise I needed to be, the better.

To keep the width of the rows consistent, I used my handy-dandy clear ruler as a guide. I cut all my fabric into long strips (varying between 12″-24″ long, which I would cut down later as desired).


Next, I arranged the pieces on the floor randomly alternating patterns and colors, as well as pieces with visual interest like buttons, buttonholes, pockets, or pleats. Since I wanted to make an over-sized lap quilt and wasn’t aiming for a specific size, I added rows and length until I was satisfied (accounting in my mind the size with a .25″ seam on each piece).

Working from the top down, I moved each row into a pile so I would sew the pieces in the order I intended. Then I began sewing the rows of fabric. As I came across pieces with a pocket or sleeve, I would sew them shut. Then I sewed all the rows of fabric together – and there was my topside.

While I planned on doing just a simple solid backing, I had enough fabric left over to do several more rows. So I bought a blue gingham fabric that matched the colors and style of the shirt fabrics in the quilt to go in between and I ended with a long white row on each end.

I mentioned earlier that I kept all the cuffs. I really wanted to incorporate them somehow – but I couldn’t figure out how without it looking sloppy or forced. I ended up ditching all of the cuffs, with the exception of one. My husband had a shirts with monogrammed cuffs for our wedding, so I kept the cuff with his monogram on it and stitched it on to a corner of the backing.


Next I ironed the top and the back, and put quilt batting in-between. I bought over-sized safety pins to pin everything into place.

For the topstitching, I met a Mennonite woman who lives near my parents in New York. She hand-quilted it for me and she did a beautiful job!! It really brought the quilt to life.




After the topstitching was completed, I put on the binding. Throughout the course of this project, my husband ended up “retiring” the suit he wore at our wedding. It was navy with a very small white pinstripe, and to keep going with the theme of this quilt I thought it would be fun to use the fabric from the suit pants for the binding. I cut the pants into long strips 2″ wide and sewed all the strips together. I used that to make the binding.





Although I have made two t-shirt quilts before, this was my first “real” quilt project and it was a lot of fun. I am already planning my next one! I haven’t decided where it will live yet, but I’ve had a good time moving it from place to place to stare at it! (Insert heart-eyes emoji.)




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Brimfield Antique Fair – Tips for First-Timers





I have had the Brimfield Antique Fair earmarked on my list of things to do for years and this past spring I finally went! It was both huge and amazing, and I definitely plan to go again. Being so big, I found the fair intimidating when I read about it.

Since round two of the famous fair starts this week (July 12-17, 2016), I thought I’d share my top tips for Brimfield first-timers:

1. Go early. 
My friend Eva and I drove there on a sunny Saturday around 10am… when everyone else in the world was going. It took us 1.5 hours to go the last 3 miles. If you can’t make a midweek trip work, plan to go early and save yourself the headache! (Parking was easy. We parked directly next to the fair in a church lot for $10 all day.)

2. Bring water and a large tote bag. Like most festivals, the food prices are marked up. Bring your own water bottle and a granola bar. Also bring a large tote for carrying your goodies across the grounds. Should you happen across a glorious find that is large/heavy you can hire someone to help bring it back to your car.

3. Get the app. Download the app Flea Finders on your phone and you’ll have a map of the entire fair at your fingertips. This is handy if you need to find a specific vendor, food, or need a bathroom!

4. Determine your shopping strategy. If you’re on the hunt for specific items it would be best to plan ahead. The app lets you search vendors by topic (ex: “vintage posters”) so you can pin down a shopping route if needed. Brimfield has everything you can imagine, so if you are on a mission versus browsing, plan ahead! We went to explore and aimlessly enjoy, which was also fun!

5. For Moms with babies: the Brimfield website says they are stroller-friendly. And they are, sort of. Some shopping areas are gravel, so the wheels can get stuck. (Using a rugged stroller like a BOB would be better. Using a regular umbrella stroller with small wheels may prove to be painful in certain areas.) Most booths can accommodate a stroller, but some can’t. And nobody wants you knocking your stroller into their valuable antique goods! But, bringing a stroller means not having to haul around your loot in a bag (score!). As for diaper changing and nursing, I didn’t see any good areas to stop at for this. I snuck behind the tents and sat down in the vendor parking lot to take care of my little one. The vendors all loved having a baby around though, so you’ll make lots of friends!

6. Ask around! Vendors might know where to look if you are shopping for something specific. If you see another shopper with something you love, ask where they got it! After I saw two people with some awesome Maine Blueberry pickers boxes, I asked where one had got them and it turned out the vendor had brought a whole stash of them so I was able to snag one too! People were very friendly.

And, as always when thrifting, bring cash (small bills – no one wants to make change for you after negotiating down a price) and keep your money in a safe place. Check out the tips for first-timers on the Brimfield Fair site as well.

Happy Hunting!!


Babymooning on Prince Edward Island


Prince Edward Island – the land of mussels and that Anne girl.

While we considered a few different options for a babymoon destination, Price Edward Island (PEI) quickly rose to the top of the list. We figured once we had a baby in tow we may never have the guts to make the 13 hour drive. (Now that we have a little one, I can certainly say that we were right.) Plus, was there ever a little girl who read the Anne of Green Gables series and then didn’t dream of exploring that beautiful place?

I mean, just look at these views:









PEI was naturally beautiful, quiet (so quiet! even in the height of their tourism season!), relaxing, and laid-back. The beaches were gorgeous, the seafood delicious, and the people friendly. Unfortunately, we arrived with some foggy weather that just wouldn’t go away and squashed our dreams of bathing in the sun!

What to Do on PEI:

We spent most of our time on the northern coast between North Rustico and Dalvay by the Sea in Prince Edward Island National Park. The beaches are gorgeous. There are great bike sidewalks along the beaches too – flat and easy – keep in mind I was 30 weeks pregnant! You’ll need a Parks Canada pass to get into the park. You can purchase them on-site, or maybe your lodgings will lend them out to customers for free (ours did!).


You simply can’t be on PEI and ignore the presence of Anne of Green Gables. It’s everywhere. Head to the Anne of Green Gables Museum – this is a 110 acre estate with a family home that inspired L.M. Montgomery to create Green Gables. The “real” Lake of Shining Waters is here as well. If you are feeling particularly cheesy you can even take one of “Matthew’s Carriage Rides” around the lake. 🙂


Anne of Green Gables Museum


Anne of Green Gables Museum



The “real” Lake of Shining Waters

The other main Anne-site is the Green Gables Heritage Place – another family home that L.M. Montgomery spent time at that inspired Green Gables. Here you can explore the wood that inspired the “Haunted Wood”, although it’s now next to the Green Gables Golf Course, so not exactly the secluded forest you find in the book!


Green Gables Heritage Place

You can also visit L.M. Montgomery’s birthplace, her Cavendish home, or the Avonlea Village (new modern shops designed to look like Avonlea town – they also moved L.M. Montgomery’s original church building to the premises). Another fun place to stop is the Dalvay by the Sea Hotel (as seen in Anne of Avonlea, when Anne’s papers fly everywhere on the beach and she meets the handsome Morgan).


Dalvay by the Sea – they also offer a delicious looking brunch!



Avonlea Village


While I am a huge fan of the novels and the movie, I wasn’t too interested in visiting any of the sites inside. We drove by all of these things, sometimes popping out to walk the grounds, and that was enough to make this Anne-fan satisfied. The PEI Anne-tourism is a little kitschy, so I’d recommend getting out there are enjoying the beautiful red roads and sand beaches, quiet countryside, and windy bluffs that are the true inspiration of the setting behind the books.


Where to Eat on PEI:

Every New Year’s Eve we answer a few questions, and one of them is always “what is the best meal we ate in the last year?” The answer for both of us this last year was The Blue Mussel Cafe in North Rustico, PEI! The Blue Mussel is a laid back cafe with a gorgeous view and seasonal seafood dishes. We ended up eating here multiple times! PEI is well-known in the culinary world for both their mussels and their potatoes. Memorable highlights were the steamed mussels, the potato salad, the chocolate potato cake, and the carrot cake.




Lobster Suppers are a “thing” on PEI and we went to Fisherman’s Wharf to experience one. I ordered the Lobster Supper and it was SO much food – Lobster, Steamed Mussels, Potato Salad, chowder, rolls, dessert… it never ended! And our waitress happily brought over more baskets of mussels and bowls of chowder. While the food was fresh and bountiful, the ambiance left something to be desired. Ditch the tour bus crowds by skipping the Lobster Supper Dining Room and opt for the family restaurant next store – it’s much more intimate. Overall, I’m not sure I get the draw of the Lobster Supper, but it could be because we are from New England and there’s no novelty factor for us.


The Prince Edward Island Preserves Company was a cute spot to grab lunch as well as taste-test a lot of jam!

Island Chocolates is another great spot to tuck away for a rainy afternoon.





What we missed – we were hoping to eat at The Pearl Eatery but couldn’t get a reservation time that worked. We stopped by and it looked beautiful though. If we are ever back we will definitely return! We also never made it to the famous COWS Ice Creamery. How did that happen!?

Where to Stay on PEI:

I whole-heartedly recommend the North Rustico Cottages and B&B.

Dwight and his family were so kind. We booked our trip very last minute and, because we were trying to visit during their busiest season, all the cottages everywhere were booked! (Apparently cottages are a big thing there. Cottage options were much more prevalent than hotels – and it was super fun!) Dwight allowed us to come and move to whichever cabin was empty that night so we could stay! When we ended up cutting our trip a day short due to the bad weather, he even offered to refund us our money for the night. He was also very helpful with local recommendations and tips for parks, restaurants, and walking trails.

The cabins and the grounds were simple, but clean. Most cottages offered a kitchenette and a deck with a small grill.



Unfortunately, we spent the majority of our time in PEI with some rainy, foggy, dreary weather which put a damper on a lot of our plans. If you’ve followed any of our other trips you will know we like to pack a lot in and this trip was very scaled back for us. We did have quite a bit more planned out, but weren’t able to get to it all due to the weather. The Cavendish golf courses and beaches are supposed to be lovely, but there was no swimming that week for us. We walked the beaches whenever we had a spot of good weather. Charlottetown is the city on the island, and looked very cool! We had plans to explore and try some awesome looking restaurants, but sadly some very rainy weather kept us away. We ended up cutting our trip short and heading home two days early, as the Boston beaches were getting beautiful weather and we were ready for some sunshine and wanted to spend some of our previous vacation time at the beach!

How to Get to PEI:

We drove from Boston to PEI. There is now an 8 mile bridge that connects PEI with New Brunswick, so no need to worry about dealing with a ferry! The drive from Boston took about 13 hours. On our way up we stopped in Maine for a night. I had intended on exploring the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick for a day on our way back down the coast, but we ended up skipping it all and driving back in one day due to, yep, you guessed it – that darn rain!

I’d love to return to PEI for another trip someday. PEI feels relatively untouched by tourism, with the exception of a few areas of Cavendish. We drove around about half of the island, and it was dreamily peaceful.

For those of you considering a babymoon road trip:

I was 30 weeks pregnant when we took our babymoon. I discussed the trip with my doctor and there were no concerns about heading up to PEI. The drive was long – 13 hours. We broke up the drive by stopping in Bar Harbor, Maine on our way up, and we made frequent stops along the way so I wasn’t cramped or sitting for too long. I brought along a coccyx pillow to sit on, as well as a pillow to stuff behind my back/side/wherever I needed it to get myself comfortable. While there were certainly uncomfortable moments, I really don’t think it was much worse than the discomfort I feel while sitting in the car for long periods of time while not pregnant. And a babymoon road trip might be easier than flying somewhere – I was able to bring along all my creature comforts (like the 5 different pillows I needed to sleep comfortably!). (Tip: I researched  locations and contact information for several local hospitals just in case!)

PEI – I feel like we didn’t do you justice, but we will be back someday!



Eating our Way Through Portland, Maine

If Virginia is for lovers, Portland, Maine is for foodies. A while back we headed up to Maine for a weekend away. Being
my first time to Portland, the industrial coastal city was larger than I had anticipated and surprisingly chock full of culinary goodness. When I started researching for things to do in Portland, it immediately became apparent this was going to be a food-centric trip.
Where to Eat in Portland?
Portland, Maine, the Holy Donut, Potato Donut
The Holy Donut
These donuts are pretty darn good. (Yes, even compared to my recent enlightenment discovery of Union Square Donuts). The interesting twist with The Holy Donut is that all the donuts are made from mashed potatoes (!!) and use local Maine ingredients. We ran off with a half dozen and enjoyed them throughout the weekend. Favorites (who are we kidding – they were all favorites) include the dark chocolate sea salt donut, followed by the sweet potato donut with a ginger glaze. Although you couldn’t go wrong with the maple, cinnamon sugar, pomegranate, or cannoli versions either. There are two locations in Portland and donuts are sold on a first come-first serve basis, so don’t dawdle!
Portland, Maine
Duckfat is a local hot spot. Chef Rob Evans started this casual sandwich shop, known for their belgian fries fried in duck fat, just down the street from his well-known former restaurant, Hugo’s. This place was hoppin. And fantastic. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait. We tried in vain to get a table at 1pm, but there was a 90 min wait. We came back at 4pm and had a 30 minute wait (which is probably the best you can do there on a Saturday). Quarters are tight, but the menu is simple and delectable. We split the meatloaf panini, the large poutine (belgian fries with gravy and cheese curd) and the salted caramel milkshake (yes, also made with duck fat). Six months later, we still talk about that milkshake.
Micucci Grocery
Known for their slab of Sicilian pizza, this Italian imports market was loaded with goodies and had me yearning to back back on a plane to Italia. While the internet foodies say the original pizza chef has recently left and started his own place, SLAB, Micucci’s still offers a good piece of pizza. It was $5 for one slab and large enough to split. Although delicious, given all the other amazing places to eat in Portland, I wouldn’t make this a destination.
Street & Co

After being shut out of reservations at the popular Fore Street, we managed to snag one of the last dinner reservations at Street & Co, a rustic American seafood restaurant in Old Port. (Note: call ahead for reservations when visiting Portland!) We tried the two of the pan seafood dishes – sole francaise and the scallops in pernod and cream. And, my-oh-my, if I’m returning to Portland for anything it’s for this meal again. Simple, fresh and local. These are dishes aren’t trying too hard and not so decadent that you leave with a brick in your stomach.

Restaurants for next time? I’ve already got them picked out: breakfast at Hot Suppa, oysters at Eventide, and dinner at Fore Street.

Portland, Maine

What to do in Portland?

When we weren’t eating (which admittedly wasn’t often) we spent some time in the touristy section of Old Port and the Pearl District. The Old Port neighborhood is a neat, historic area to walk around and shop in stores filled with pottery, artwork, and the usual smatterings of touristy shopping areas. One gorgeous store, K. Collette, is a must to visit for any decorating freaks like myself. My only disappointment is that the port is quite industrial and the town lacks a great waterfront area. (Unless we missed something – if any locals are reading please point me in the right direction for our next trip!)

Portland, Maine

Going hand-in-hand with the food scene in Portland, the area is also well known for their breweries. There are a number of organized brewery tours, including the popular Allagash and Shipyard breweries. For something a little more unique, consider going to a Fermentory to try cider and kombucha tasting.
Portland, Maine Urban Farm Fermentory Kombucha Tasting
Portland, Maine
Urban Farm Fermentory
We visited Urban Farm Fermentory. We tried their ciders (very dry, not sweet like most ciders), mead, and kombucha in flavors like coffee, sweet green, blueberry, and ginger. Kombucha is fermented tea and it was my first time trying it. I’ve read quite a bit about kombucha on many of the health blogs I read, so I was interested to try it. They were a bit understaffed for the crowds so there was a wait, but friendly and excited to share their passion and knowledge about their products.
Randomly, outside of Urban Farm Fermentory I saw a car with a bumper sticker featuring a logo I designed many years ago!! It’s always a fun surprise to see my work out in the world when I least expected it. In fact, it’s been so many years I had totally lost track of how it was going and had totally forgotten it was in Maine. Matt’s Coffee is organic wood-roasted coffee beans and delicious! (In fact, I’m going to see if I can order some more, it’s been a long time!) *Enter my DOH moment*. Matt, of Matt’s Coffee has opened up a Coffee Shop in Portland, The Speckled Ax. Unfortunately I only learned this after we got home and I was looking up buying some beans. But the reviews look great and next time I’m definitely going!
Portland, Maine
Lighthouse Tours
New England is famous for their lighthouses, and Portland doesn’t disappoint – there are six in Portland alone! Ditch the bus/trolley tours and drive it yourself (see directions here). Head on over to Fort Williams park (preferably with your leftover donuts, a hot cocoa, and a windbreaker).
Portland, Maine, the Holy Donut, Potato Donut
Portland, Maine
Walk the brief trail over to the famous Portland Head Light. With it’s classic red roof, and waterfront location, It’s one of the more magnificent lighthouses I’ve ever seen. The rocky Maine coastline is gorgeous (or “mean-looking” as a nearby tourist commented) and has me inspired to take a trip up to Acadia National Park again soon. On our way back to Boston we also stopped at the Cape Neddick lighthouse in York, Maine, about an hour south of Portland.
Portland, Maine
L.L. Bean and the Outlets
About 20 minutes north of Portland is the town of Freeport, mainely known (pun intended) for their shopping outlets and the flagship L.L. Bean store. I’ve been here before, but it’s usually a fun side-trip. The L.L. Bean flagship store is actually a campus of stores – different buildings for clothing, hunting and fishing, home, bikes and boats, and outlets, etc. Obviously, the L.L. Bean Home store is always a favorite for me. The staff always have something going on – whether it’s sampling apple cinnamon pancakes, fly fishing lessons on the lawn, or learning about trout in one of their indoor ponds. There’s also loads of taxidermy on display (best to avoid the hunting building if that freaks you out), but make sure to see the famous and rare “Locked Moose” display. I don’t particularly like taxidermy, but to see such large and beautiful wild animals up close is truly an amazing sight.
Where to Stay in Portland?
We stayed at the Downtown Portland Westin in the Pearl District. The hotel recently underwent a $6.5 million renovation and it’s beautiful. We were on the twelfth floor and had great harbor views, and could even see Mount Washington from our window. We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant – I’d recommend finding something around town instead.
Portland is a quick two hours from Boston, and it’s a shame how few times I’ve been up to Maine! If you have a long weekend to spend, you’ll drive right by Portsmouth and Newburyport on your way up. (A recipe for success if you ask me!)

Have you been to Portland? Which amazing foodie experience did I miss?