Thursday, July 14, 2016

A Day Trip to the Southern Maine Coast

Yesterday, I took a drive up to the southern coast of Maine with two friends. The first stop was at Knight's Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick. Since my two friends are not quilters, I dropped them off at Stonewall Kitchen, and then headed down the road for a quick visit to the shop. This shop's row for the "Row by Row Experience" this year features Betsy Ross and two log cabin blocks. Though I am not collecting kits and patterns this year, I did pick up the pattern from this shop. I was also drawn to a wallhanging on display and, of course, I had to order the pattern. I won't describe it as hopefully you will see it made up as soon as the back-ordered pattern arrives.

By now it was time for lunch, so we found Hobbs Harborside Restaurant in Wells where we each had a delicious meal. The fried clams, my choice, were awesome! The lobster trap scene above was photographed on the pier beside the restaurant, and that is also where I spotted this gorgeous purple rope. 

On the way to our next stop we passed through Kennebunk and photographed The Wedding Cake House built by shipbuilder George W. Bourne in 1825. If you would like to read more about the true story of this house, please check out this link.

We continued on to Kennebunkport where we visited a few of the shops.

There were flowers everywhere including these little dories that lined the sidewalks.

Here is a lock covered post on the bridge. I first saw this phenomenon in Florence, Italy,  where lovers wrote their initials and a significant date on a lock which was then fastened on to a railing. When the weight of the locks becomes too heavy, in Florence at least, they are cut off with bolt cutters.

A trip to Kennebunkport wouldn't be complete without a drive out Ocean Avenue to view the Bush family compound at Walker's Point. What a gorgeous spot for a summer retreat . . .

Along the road where you can pull in to take a picture you will see this anchor and sign. If you click on the second photo, you should be able to read the inscription.

Our last stop before heading home was at Nubble Light in Cape Neddick.

It was a full, fun day!

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