Saturday, August 28, 2021
A quick sidetrip to Somersworth, NH took us to TeaTotaller, a funky, colorful cafe and tea shop where everyone is welcome, the staff is friendly, and service efficient. Cheerful and bright, this breakfast and lunch spot offers a chance to grab and go or to sit and dine in among the unique seating areas. Mixing and matching color is the theme here, and the possibilities are endless.
Friday, August 20, 2021
Vacation travels always afford the opportunity to enjoy Afternoon Tea at a new-to-us location. A recent summer trip to New Hampshire included Afternoon Tea at the Silver Fountain Inn and Tea Parlor. This large stately Victorian home, built in 1871, houses a B & B and a very busy tea room on the main floor. Well manicured outside and elegant inside, we were looking forward to this special afternoon tea.
The menu offers a variety of options including The Duchess, The Hummingbird, or even The Chandelier which is an amazing presentation of twelve miniature desserts. You could also order sandwiches, wraps, soup and scones off an extensive menu. This option always works best for our family. The elegant place setting sets the scene for what is about to be enjoyed.
Cedar always has a smile on his face when hot chocolate is an option instead of tea. A turkey and cheese sandwich completed his selection.
A blueberry lavender scone with cream and curd was featured on the July menu along with a medley of desserts. Their menu changes monthly, all the more reason to return.
The Duchess tiered tray was a feast. including sandwiches, scones, and assorted little desserts. The tea list is extensive with a wide variety of options.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Jordon Pond House, there's something for everyone. Early in the morning the kid's hiked the Beehive Trail, billed as a thrilling Acadia classic with challenging rungs and ladders but majestic views. Let's just say, don't read the reviews before the hike. Angelica and Cedar seemed to think it was a breeze, the reviews leave you trembling in your boots before you even attempt this must-do hike. They returned triumphant and hungry. Our next stop was at the only restaurant in Acadia National Park, the Jordan Pond House, where they are famous for their Popovers and Tea. With seating inside or outside overlooking the vast pond, we were excited to sit down to a plate of popovers. Nellie McIntire, the original proprietor started serving her now-famous popovers in 1893 and they never stopped. Served on a first-come-first-served basis, we were thrilled to be seated inside and equally as thrilled to find a parking spot. Acadia is one of the ten most visited National Parks, and attendance was high the day we were there.
Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern seaboard with its 1,530 foot peak.
Sunday, August 8, 2021
A journey to Boothbay, ME included a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. With over 300 acres of gardens and natural spaces; including a butterfly garden, the mammoth Guardians of the Seeds, a Children's Garden, and sculpture art throughout, it was an adventure to explore.
As we walked through the various gardens in search of the trolls, we happened upon the Fairy House Village. This delightful fairy village is nestled upon a hilly expanse in the forest where children young and old can gather materials from the forest floor and create unique fairy dwellings. Birch bark, pinecones, stones and other treasures found are put together to create a welcoming habitat for the fairy folk. It's quite an amazing compilation of buildings, limited only by imagination. Tucked at the base of a tree, or standing alone, creativity abounds at this magical location. It is hard to capture the expanse of this fairy house village, but we're happy to share a few of the fairyland creations!
There is no doubt that we walked among the fairies on this warm summer day in late July!