Day Trip to Kittery Maine

Day Trip to Maine

March is here and cabin fever hit so Lisa and I needed a day trip. We decided that a run up the coast to Kittery, Maine was just the ticket.

Kittery, Maine is a great spot because our favorite store, The Kittery Trading Post is there. I love to make a trip there to buy my Merrell shoes and Northface fleece shirts and everything outdoorsy that you could ever want. It’s right on Route 1, just off exit 3.

Kittery trading post from Google Maps

Kittery Trading Post from Google Maps

After shopping, we decided to get lunch and while there are several places to eat in Kittery, we decided to drive up a short way on Route 1 to York, Maine. We thought we might be too early for the Golden Rod, or too many other places to be open, and we were right.

I talked to a passer-by who had a take out container and she let us know that across the street and down by the water, the Union Bluff Hotel had a restaurant that was open.  We had a chance to visit a place we would otherwise pass up.

Union Bluff Hotel

Union Bluff hotel, york Maine

Union Bluff Hotel

The Union Bluff Hotel has been on this part of York Beach (8 Beach Street) since 1868. It appears to be in great shape and they have been remodeling when we stopped in. Our goal was “The Pub”. We had about a 15 minute wait and we took our flashing, vibrating thingy outside to sit in some Adirondack chairs by the beach.

Union Bluff hotel, The Pub menu

Union Bluff Hotel, The Pub menu

The day was bright but the wind off the water made us glad to head back inside when  we were buzzed.  We picked a table that had a view of the water.

Union Bluff hotel, The Pub menu

Union Bluff Pub, Blue cheese burger

The menu tells the story of the hotel in a few short words and we poured over the menu.  Lisa chose the fried haddock sandwich with sweet potato fries and I had a Blue Cheese burger with the onion fries.

It took a while, but given that they were packed, I’ll give them a break on this. The sandwiches were decently sized and I first tried my “onion fries”. They sent my mouth into orbit, providing a mild (for me) mayo and horseradish sauce to accompany the onion fries (rings cut in quarters and deep fried that way).

Union Bluff pub, Haddock sandwich

Union Bluff Pub, Haddock sandwich

They were superb and I sunk my teeth into the medium rare burger with chunk blue cheese (I prefer mine a a generous slice so the chunks don’t fall out, but the blue was nicely flavored. The burger was very juicy so don’t sit back to enjoy or you’ll take a bath in the juices.

Lisa also highly enjoyed her fried haddock sandwich. It was generous in it’s cut and thickness. Her sweet potato fries were also, as she says, tasty.

My only problem was that it was so good, I couldn’t stop. I wiped up all the rings, the sandwich and of course, the pickle and had to waddle out. I shouldn’t eat so much, but I guess that is a good mark for the place when I’m not willing to quit!

Union Bluff public beach

Short Sands Beach

We paid and walked out along the beach to the parking lot, and then the ride home. I wish I’d had the energy to stop at Nubble  (Cape Neddick) Lighthouse which is only a mile and a half down the road. (just follow the signs) but we were too stuffed.

Maybe next time.

Jeff and Lisa Folger
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Halloween Wasn’t Invented in New England, but We Do It Right

We have the best of times at Halloween here in New England. With crunching leaves underfoot and wicked history to entertain, it can’t be any better.

Jeff and I traveled to Providence RI a couple of weeks ago to take in the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park and Zoo.  It was something we always talked about doing, so when we were invited to meet up with friends in Providence, we jumped at the chance!

At the beginning of the attraction, we were a little underwhelmed with the kiosks full of glowing, whirling light wands and items to attract the kiddos, and the food to fill their faces.  Wondered how long we would walk before we saw anything of quality.

We passed the elephant, which was the only animal we saw. So if you think you will see some of the zoo animals at this event, no, you won’t.

Elephant at Roger Williams Park and Zoo

Elephant at Roger Williams Park and Zoo

After that it got better, with themed displays of carved and painted pumpkins.

It's Only the Beginning

It’s Only the Beginning

Totems of Pumpkins

Totems of Pumpkins

Pumpkins in the Pond

Pumpkins in the Pond

Pumpkin Trees

Pumpkin Trees

Yea, that was pretty cool.

Alien Pumpkins

Alien Pumpkins

Pirate Pumpkins

Pirate Pumpkins

Not in Kansas, That's for Sure

Not in Kansas, That’s for Sure

But best of all are the laughing pumpkins. Gets me every time.

The event continues until November 1, so you have time to see it for yourself!

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!  Have fun, be careful, and be safe!

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~Lisa

The Last of Summer Holding On, and the Lunar Event-Pt 2

I wanted to tell you about a covered bridge on Route 15 in Vermont Jeff and I saw on our trip we took on the last weekend of September. It is not in the Vermont Gazetteer and we wondered why.  Well, the funny coincidence is that I found a little booklet at the Stark Village Inn in Stark NH, that had some info about this Vermont covered bridge!  Serendipity!  The place has tons of magazines and pamphlets about all of New England!  More about that later.

Gates Farm Covered Bridge

Gates Farm Covered Bridge

The Gates Covered Bridge (originally the Little Bridge) on Route 15 in Jeffersonville, VT, but is shortly after the town of Cambridge at a bend in the road.  You can see it from the road and there is a slight pull off if you want to snap a photo.  But be respectful since it is now on private property which is why you won’t find it in the Vermont Gazetteer.

The pamphlet we found says the bridge was built in 1897, and originally spanned the Seymour River on the eastern edge of the village.  It moved 20 feet off it’s foundation during the Great Flood of 1927 and stayed there until 1950 when the new bridge was built.  It was moved to its present location on the Gates Farm so that farmers could access their fields.  It received flood damage again in 1995, and so, it has undergone restoration. Also, the bridge originally had a pedestrian walkway which is no longer part of the bridge.

 

Otter have a good time here!

Otter have a good time here!

We meandered our way through the Vermont and New Hampshire countryside to Stark NH.  Nancy Spaulding had just had a full house all weekend, but we had the place to ourselves on a Sunday night.    She gave us a tour of the old rambling farm house.  We loved that the house was filled with old New England memorabilia, family mementos and little oddities hidden here and there. The old farmhouse has vintage charm, but each room has a private bath.

Our Bedroom at the Stark Village Inn

Our Bedroom at the Stark Village Inn

If you want to get away from everything, this is the place–no WIFI and iffy on the cell service.  But if you want peace and quiet and the beauty of small town New England, this is THE place,  the river in the back yard and the covered bridge right there with it, and right across the river is the little white church.

Back yard view from the Stark Village Inn

Backyard view from Stark Village Inn

 

Mrs. Spaulding (a semi-retired school teacher so I can’t help but be respectful) does not take credit cards and there is no website, so the only way you can make a reservation is to call her directly at (603) 636-2644.

After a dinner at the North Country Family Restaurant in nearby Groveton, filled with locals, tourists and bear hunters, we settled in on the backyard patio to watch the amazing lunar eclipse.  As the shadow fell across the moon, and the landscape darkened, the stars filled the sky.  What a light show!

Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

Thank you for reading!~Lisa