My little guy turned 3 recently. What?! We had an awesome week hanging with family, traveling to Niagara Falls, and a semi-homemade interactive birthday cake.
We had a great visit with Grandpa and Grandma this past October. It is always such a blessing when family comes to visit! This particular outing took us to Lititz Springs Park and afterward, the Tomato Pie Cafe – Yum!
This is Little B deciding that he would rather eat the bread himself than share with the ducks. 🙂
I always have an interesting time picking fruit with B. With the strawberry picking, he would throw the strawberries in the containers back into the plants. Now with the peach picking, he liked to find the most rotted, disgusting peaches off the ground and add them to our basket. Thanks, B. Gotta love ya. 🙂
Day 8 – Driving down the coast of Maine, Boston-bound, we stopped at several lighthouses. This first one is my favorite. Marshall Point Lighthouse.
We found out while we were there it was actually the lighthouse that Forrest Gump ran to in the movie.
So after this stop, we continued down the coast and stopped at a VERY famous (1-hour line wait) roadside stand called Red’s Eats. They put more than one whole lobster on each of their lobster rolls and they only take cash…so you know it’s good. 🙂
Here’s the Portland Head Light.
Here is the Cape Neddick lighthouse.
I didn’t get any pictures, but that night we stayed in Portsmouth, NH. What a neat city with such an old downtown feel! Would have loved to spend more time here, but we needed to get to our last stop…
Day 6 – Hiking up Dorr Mountain
After our hike, we rewarded ourselves with a fresh lobster roll and Maine blueberry beer in Bar Harbor. I wish I could find or remember the name of the restaurant we ate at, but can’t for the life of me! It was a place just south of the park (Village Green) with lots of outdoor seating.
Back at the campground, Brandon decided to buy a lobster to cook over the campfire. Our campground office had a tank full of lobsters for sale and all the equipment needed to cook it up. Here’s Mr. Lobster.
Day 5 – After leaving Lancaster, NH we made our way further east on Hwy. 2. Along this road in Jefferson, NH is a restaurant not to be missed…the Water Wheel Restaurant. I mean, these pancakes are bigger than your face! The pure maple syrup is awesome too. Thanks, Grandma, for the recommendation!
So, our next stop on our trek was Acadia National Park in Maine. We camped near the park at Smuggler’s Den Campground. Little B enjoyed this campground quite a bit because there was a playground that he could play at right across from the campsite. I think he could have played there all day if we would have let him.
After we arrived and got settled into the campground, we decided to go explore Mount Desert Island (the big island where most of Acadia Nat’l Park is located) by car. We drove over to Bar Harbor for some ice cream, stopped to get a few pics of the coast, and visited the Bass Harbor lighthouse…our first official siting of a Maine lighthouse.
Day 4 – We started making our way east, stopping at several places along the way that could be found in my 1000 Places to See Before You Die book. The first stop was Shelburne Farms, a very neat farm with lots of acreage, several animals to be petted, and supposedly a really cool inn on the property. We didn’t have enough time to tour the inn ourselves, but Patricia Schultz raves about it in her book.
When we got to Shelburne Farms, we purchased a ticket to the Children’s farm and hopped aboard the wagon shuttle to get there.
Next, we drove north to South Burlington, VT and stopped by the famous Al’s French Frys there. IT WAS GOOD! Then, we stopped for some more health food; the AMAZING Ben & Jerry’s. I have steered clear of this ice cream in the past because of its price, but let me tell you…no more…this stuff is the best of the best. And the ice cream sample from the tour, fresh from the factory….YUM.
After a fun day of petting animals and tasting fries and ice cream, we were tired! Eating is hard work, people. We ended Day 4 at our hotel in Lancaster, NH. Coos Motor Inn – a very clean and surprisingly inexpensive hotel.
To be continued… 🙂