One of the perks of being a teacher is the time off that we have! The past couple of Aprils, Andrew and I have gone to Europe, but between bachelorette parties, weddings and visits with friends out of state we decided that we didn’t need to go abroad this year *sigh*. I made the best of my week off though and had a fabulous staycation!
When you live in a state that is known as “Vacationland” there is never a lack of things to do. I was a total townie this week and did things that I wouldn’t normally do in my state.
First off was a drive down to Kennebunkport. It’s only about 40 minutes away so it’s an easy drive and there are a ton of cute shops. My favorites are Daytrip Society and Daytrip Jr, they are great for presents and things that you didn’t know that you needed! Kennebunkport is such a pretty town that I love just walking around and soaking in that coastal Maine town vibe.
Later in the week I made the drive up to the midcoast of Maine. A few months ago, I read A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, it’s a novel that explores the back story of the painting Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth. The story takes place in the small town of Cushing, which just happens to be where my husband’s family is from, there’s a street named after their family so they’re kind of a big deal in these parts! I wanted to visit the famous Olson homestead that is depicted in the painted and the setting of the novel, but it was closed for the season. I still drove out there to check it out and will be back in the summer months to explore the inside.
It also happened to be Andrew Wyeth’s 100th anniversary, so the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland was having a special exhibit. That was my next stop. There was plenty of Wyeth art on display but I also enjoyed the Norman Rockwell and Grandma Moses. There was a also a portrait of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, who is related to Andrew.
I had heard about a baby goat snugglefest that had happened on Easter at Sunflower Farm and Creamery in Cumberland. I went to their webpage and saw that they were having more snuggle sessions during the week and I added that to my list of staycation activities. The Baby Nigerian Dwarf goats were free to snuggle and were too cute for words. This was a wonderful event and I’m so glad that I went, I may even go again if I can! If you have kids or even if you don’t (like me) you should jump at the chance to snuggle baby goats!
While enjoying my staycation I made sure that I had some yummy food while out and about! In Rockland I enjoyed a ham and gruyere croissant at Atlantic Baking Co. The guy who was working behind the counter knew everyone’s name who came in, so I threw him for a loop. I love that small town feel and the conversations that can start when you are spotted as a “tourist”. When he heard that I was from the Portland area he couldn’t stop talking about the beer down here. I stopped at The Newcastle Publick House on my way home from Rockland and had a delicious seafood chowder. The staff there were equally as friendly and I enjoyed my perch at the bar for the hour I was there.
Another night I met up with some friends at Foulmouthed for a corndog and a tasty brew. Later in the week Andrew and I had a fancy date night at The Cumberland Club. I only took a picture of my cocktail that night because The Cumberland Club is not the type of place for food porn pictures, no matter how good it is.
All in all I had a pretty nice week off, I’d still rather take a trip to Europe though! Next year 🙂 If else anyone has taken a staycation I’d love to hear what you’ve done!