JB and I drove up to Boothbay Harbor, Maine from my parents’ house in New Jersey this past weekend to attend our friends’ destination wedding. Not only was it my first time in Maine, it was actually the first time both of us were away from Levi simultaneously since he was born. There may have been a tiny lump in my throat as we waved goodbye, but knowing that he would be safe and happy with my parents allowed us to relax and enjoy some much-needed alone time.
The last time I slept in a cabin was when I was 19 and a counselor at the sleep-away camp I had also attended as a child. The simple design of the lodges and cabanas at the Linekin Bay Resort, where the wedding was held, brought back memories. Structurally, our room was not much different from the cabins of my childhood (minus the graffiti on the walls!), but the amenities were a bit nicer than metal camp cots and open clothing cubbies.
Although the bride and groom made sure to explain that the accommodations were rustic, I suppose JB and I thought it would be more like staying at a resort and less like camping. Once we managed our expectations (and killed some large creepy crawlies), we grew to enjoy the simple charm of Linekin Bay.
At the recommendation of our friends, we brought bathing suits but didn’t take a kayak or sailboat out on the water. We didn’t even take a dip in the pool. Instead, we drove down to Freeport, Maine the morning of the wedding to visit the massive L.L. Bean flagship store.
We may love the sun, fresh air, and water, but shopping at L.L. Bean is about as outdoorsy as we get.
Our goal over the weekend was to eat lobster at every meal, and I had just enjoyed my first lobster roll Friday night. Shopping bags in tow, JB and I stopped for a quick lunch at Sprague’s Lobster in Wiscasset on our way back to Boothbay Harbor for the wedding. Although Red’s Eats across the street had a longer line, we thought it was quaint that Sprague’s was on a pier with picnic tables that gave it character. (Later we learned that the locals actually prefer Sprague’s.)
We shared a lobster roll and a cup of seafood chowder — both were ridiculously good. I’m not even sure there was any butter or mayo on the lobster roll. Just huge chunks of lobster meat. (There was also a lobster bake at the wedding that evening, but nothing can really compare to the fresh flavors of a simply prepared lobster roll!)
Tomorrow I’ll share some photos from the wedding. Nearly all of the details were D.I.Y. and just wait until you see what was for dessert!
P.S. – I’m excited to be attending Alt Summit in NYC on Thursday. Alt SLC was such a wonderfully exhausting experience in January, so I’m curious how a one-day event will compare. Let me know if you’ll also be there — I’d love to meet you in person!