Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New England Vacation Day Six

When we decided to vacation in New England I told my husband that I wanted to eat lobster at least three times in the week we would be there. Now it's day six of our vacation and I have only had one lobster roll which was just okay, not as good as it should have been. So today we are driving to the coast in search of lobster.

We are staying at Mountain Edge Resort and Spa at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, NH. That's pretty much on the other side of the state from the coast, but we're from Texas, so it didn't seem very far at all. It took less than two hours, which is closer than from our house to San Antonio.

We drove to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and drove around the city's waterfront. There were several very nice places to eat, but they were also a little more expensive than we wanted so we kept looking.

I'm going to take a break from the story right here to tell you that the only frustration we experienced on our vacation was coffee. Every place we went in both New Hampshire and Vermont had Green Mountain Coffee. I like Green Mountain Coffee. I use their K-Cups in my Keurig brewer at home. The complaint we have was that it was almost never hot. It was brewed and kept in pump-top thermoses on the coffee bar. It wasn't fresh and it wasn't hot.

While driving through Portsmouth, we happened upon a Starbucks. It didn't take us but a nanosecond to decide to stop for coffee. While there, we asked the baristas about where we might find a reasonably priced lobster meal. They recommended a couple of places nearby on the waterfront. Neither place was what we were looking for so we decided to drive up the coast. Before we knew what had happened, we were crossing into Maine.

Maine has a beautiful visitor information center located at Kittery, ME. We stopped there to see what was nearby and the very helpful volunteer suggested several places we should visit and several restaurants where we could get lobster.

After driving around checking out a few places, we decided on Lobster Cove who had two one pound lobsters for $19.99. As you can see, we were very happy to have our lobster dinner. It was delicious and fun. The waitress offered to take our picture but said no photos were allowed until we had our bibs on.

We asked her what we should see and do while we were there for the day. She directed us to the lighthouse which we could see in the distance and to Ogunquit, Perkins Cove, and a walk called the Marginal Way. I must say, this area of Maine is spectacularly beautiful. It is home to the old grand hotels and million dollar homes.

We did not walk The Marginal Way because it was getting late in the afternoon and the temperature was beginning to drop. We walked around the shops at Perkins Cove while sipping hot apple cider. I found the cutest sweaters to take home to Our Little Princesses. Here they are trying them on for the first time.

On the way back to the resort, we saw some beautiful autumnal decorations, huge pumpkins, and a gorgeous sunset over the mountains.

We only saw a tiny corner of Maine, but it was really beautiful. I think we're going to plan a trip to Maine in the next few years. I've got to say, I could really love at least three of the seasons in New England. Winter is a whole different story.


  1. I must admit I had to chuckle at your lobster-eating pics. Useful or not, bibs on adults always make me smile.

    I'm loving the recap of your wondrous trip...and continually grateful that you finished it up before Sandy arrived.

  2. I have just loved your trip and all of the spontaneous things you've done! And it is a good thing dinner is in the oven as those lobsters just look wonderful and have made me very hungry! Oh -- the trees next to the lodge in the first picture -- beautiful! Thank you again for sharing it all!