The Maine Reason

Tucked away on the upper northeast corner of the United States lies the beautiful state of Maine, admitted to the union in 1820 after a near annexation to Canada by British forces during the American Revolution! I had the opportunity to visit the state for the first time on a vacation and it was a tremendous pleasure. Traveling up the coastline by Amtrak, the train ride through the countryside was peaceful and relaxing.

I stayed in Ogunquit (which translates as “a beautiful place by the sea” in the Abenaki language) at the Trellis House Bed and Breakfast Blue Shutters Studios which was recently selected as a 2021 Dream Destination. It was easy to understand this distinction as the accommodations were contemporary and comfortable, the entire staff was warm and friendly and each day a full gourmet breakfast was artfully presented. They also served cocktails and light appetizers each day at 5:00pm. They really put forth every effort to make sure you’re enjoying your stay. And the best part—all guests are kindly attended to by Bentley, the resident dog!

Trellis House French Toast
After breakfast with Bentley

The inn’s property conveniently connects to a footpath called Marginal Way which is a stunning mile long walk along the shore line to Perkins Cove, a charming little enclave of shops, restaurants, galleries, boat tours and other outdoor activities.

Just one of the viewpoints along Marginal Way to Perkins Cove
Lazy boats in the harbor at Perkins Cove
Cape Neddick Lightstation, fondly known as Nubble LIghthouse, is the second most photographed lighthouse in the United States
Sandpipers frollicking on the shore in Ogunquit

Ogunquit is equally charming with a lot to offer, whether you want a busy itinerary or to just simply relax in serenity. I prefer to be active so participated in a day long arts workshop at the Barn Gallery, under the tutelage of a local painter. The town also has a lot of entertainment options, including the Ogunquit Playhouse, a cabaret and a very popular piano bar where the singing raucously spills from the upstairs windows, streaming out into the skies.

The outdoor sculpture garden at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Both of these towns have a rich history of artist residencies and it’s easy to see how artists of all types have been enchanted by this area with its lush vistas, salt air and stunning skies.

A single sailboat on the horizon just waiting to be painted
Mr. Longfellow immortalized complete with visiting bird

Portland is a small city and easily pedestrian but retains a cosmopolitan feeling. Laid back and unobtrusive, it boasts a large and well known art museum and was home to one of our foremost men of letters, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

A sculpture installation along Harborwalk Trail on the way to Bug Light Park
Dinner at the popular Chaval where they serve a daily changing menu of French and Spanish inspired cuisine
Marinated cucumbers with a bright basil coulis

I was thoroughly delighted by my time away and highly recommend visiting Maine. The people, the terrain, the food and the general vibe were a pleasure and I returned refreshed and inspired!

A downtown view of Portland from the historic Eastland Park Hotel