So glad you enjoyed my post recapping the Great British Bake Off Themed Bachelorette Weekend. It was as fun as it sounds. 🙂
And now, to recap the second part of the trip!
When I discovered we’d be in rural Maine (an hour+ north of Portland) for the bachelorette festivities, I immediately looked up the address and saw that we were actually staying super close to where one of my best friends from college lives! What are the odds, right?! Such a nice coincidence! So I knew I’d want to extend the trip a day to get to spend some time with her.
Let’s back up a minute, though.
After the bachelorette baking challenge finished on Saturday evening, we all headed to our cabin for a cozy night!
We enjoyed chili and salad and all hung out and relaxed after our big day.
On Sunday morning, we woke up to gorgeous blue skies and sunshine – and warmer temps, too.
It looked so pretty with the fresh snow that had fallen the day before while we baked!
After having a super random breakfast (leftover chili, oatmeal, yogurt, berries, and a few bites of leftover cake), everyone gathered their things and headed out. Can’t wait to see everyone again in a month for the wedding!
I hitched a ride with a couple of the ladies to the town of Bath, which was on the way back towards Portland and was where my friend Lu would be meeting me!
I was so excited to see her! We walked around town with some hot tea and caught up. We hadn’t seen each other since 2016 – WAY too long!
After strolling around a bit, we headed back to Lu and her fiance Connor’s house. They moved to Maine from California a couple years ago and I’ve been dying to see their place. They’ve been renovating it themselves – super impressive!
Their living room/kitchen area are just about finished on the renovations front, and came out so gorgeous – very bright and open. I love all the big floor to ceiling windows – they live right on a lake and the views are stunning.
After I got the tour, we sat down to some lunch – grilled cheese and tomato plus big salads topped with hummus.
Hit the spot!
And then we all got ready for a hike!
Had to take advantage of the warmer weather – and all the trails that Lu and Connor can walk to from their house!
We had such a blast out on the trails. We were planning to do a short loop, but everyone was enjoying it so much we kept going!
We were hiking around a lake, so the views were lovely.
At one point we stopped and walked a little ways out onto the lake – frozen solid this time of year!
By the time we finished we realized we had hiked about 6 miles – whoa!
Felt so good to get some movement and fresh air.
When we got back to the house, we enjoyed some snacks and wine with a view:
And for dinner a bit later we made a homemade veggie ramen!
It was delicious – apparently it was a CookSmarts recipe.
On Monday morning, we kicked off the day with lattes and a veggie quiche.
It was snowing like crazy outside and had been for hours, so we decided that called for a little cross country skiing!
We were able to go out on the frozen lake right by their house – so cool.
It was perfect for cross country skiing since it was so wide open – and flat!
I’d only been cross country skiing once before (on a trip to Breckenridge with friends in 2015), so I was especially glad that our skiing surface was nice and flat. 😉
As you can see, their dog joined us for the adventure and also enjoyed herself!
Our post-cross country ski adventure lunch was a re-do of the yumminess from the day before: salad + grilled cheese (with avocado this time as well).
The dressing for the salad was one of my homemade creations: orange juice (so good in salad dressing) + olive oil + apple cider vinegar + a little lemon juice + dijon mustard.
I was so sad to say goodbye to Lu and Connor later that afternoon – what a nice treat to get to see them. I can’t wait to go back to Maine in July for their wedding!
The only bummer of the weekend? I came home sick! I felt a little off on Monday morning (bad headache and lower energy, although I was able to rally for cross country skiing) but I honestly thought it was just from the wine the night before. (Although in retrospect, my tolerance is lame but not THAT lame…)
Well, by the time I got on the plane Monday evening I was feeling way worse – and sure enough by the time I arrived home I discovered I had a fever. Fail! I hope I didn’t get everyone on the plane sick. 🙁 I’ve spent most of the week trying to balance catching up on work while also getting enough rest to get better. Getting there!
Have a great weekend friends, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Have you ever been cross country skiing?