Lucky Duck enjoys the view at The Portland Head Light.
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in the Pine Tree State, thanks to my amazing host, who went out of his way to make sure that I had a blast.
Beautiful views at Cape Elizabeth
Cape Elizabeth was the perfect way to begin my very special weekend in Maine. When I pictured a Maine lighthouse in my head, this is exactly what I pictured. The real thing didn’t disappoint.
The grounds were truly spectacular, and the duck sandwich at Food & Wine Mag noted, Duck Fat, was delish!
A real fireside chat
My wonderful host chopped firewood in advance of my visit and bought me ingredients to make smores – all in the name of giving me, for the very first time, an authentic fireside chat! Here, he serves as my cameraman, while my friend and I chat fireside.
Fresh Maine lobstahs, straight from the lobster pound
Everything on my bucket list was coming true, left, right and center – and Maine lobsters really are as good as I’ve heard. We went to a lobster pound and picked our lobsters out of a huge tank.
Huevos Rancheros for breakfast before we go shopping
Anyone who will cook with me is awesome, in my book. After some serious grocery shopping and recipe searching, look at what I got on my first morning waking up in Maine! Lucky me.
Following a happy plate, I was taken shopping in L.L. Bean’s flagship and outlet mall. I bought a super hot North Face black jacket and some other odds and ends.
My favorite souvenir is from The Salty Lobster
As I mentioned, Maine lobsters have been on my bucket list for years, so you can imagine my pure delight when I wandered into The Salty Lobster and found this bracelet, photographed in my selfie below, all decked out in maritime garb. It is made from legitimate nautical rope, lobster rubber bands, and marine grade hardware. It came in a bait bag used in lobstering. Made in Maine. Yes! If you’re interested in finding a piece like this for yourself, check out their website (www.thesaltylobster.com) or shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cumberland Country Fair
My timing couldn’t have been better. I was able to attend the Cumberland County Fair!
I visited livestock, saw a 500 pound pumpkin, ate a huge pickle, and won the horse racing stand. Sadly, I didn’t win the raffle for the freezer-ready pig.
A surprise in my bag
When I got home the next morning, I was fishing some items out of my oversized carryall, and look at what was slipped in there to surprise me. On the back was a very thoughtful note.
A big thank you, from the bottom of my heart
It was an incredible weekend, and I am deeply touched that somebody went through so much trouble to make sure that I had an amazing vacation in Maine. My bucket list was not disappointed, and this was truly the greatest way to end an incredible month overall.