Hey guys! I’m back with part 2 of my weekend adventures in Maine for my friend Lu’s wedding. If you missed part 1, please check that post out first: Out of the Oven.
Where I last left off, we had just had a delicious brunch on Saturday.
Our next stop? A hike!
Matt found a spot nearby called “Oven’s Mouth” – appropriate given how hot it was outside – that sounded like a nice, low key jaunt, so we headed over mid day to take a stroll with friends Turner and Will.
It was a pretty trail – not strenuous and with nice views of the water, which we reeeeally wanted to jump into but there was a ton of seaweed/grass by the shore that didn’t look super inviting. Boo!
Since it was so hot we kept it low key and were out there about an hour.
When we got back to the car, I was determined to find somewhere for us to swim and cool off!
Luckily in my google searching I stumbled upon Barrett’s Park, a short drive away in adorable Boothbay Harbor.
We were thrilled to see the following scene when we arrived:
Forget the swimsuit or towel…
JUST GET ME IN THE WATER!
We swam around for about half an hour before needing to head back to get ready for the wedding and it felt amaaaaaaaazing. The water was perfect – cold but so refreshing.
A short while later, and we were wedding ready!
Aren’t the flowers beautiful? Loved the mason jars!
The wedding was short and very sweet – it was a beautiful outdoor ceremony with the bride’s brother officiating which was a nice touch.
The reception was casual and held in a pretty barn right next to where the ceremony took place.
Sidenote: wearing flats to a wedding was soooo amazing. Three cheers to my feet not hurting!
We enjoyed drinks and appetizers while the happy couple took some photos.
These watermelon + feta skewers were so good!
They had wood-fired pizza for dinner which I was super pumped about!
Everyone helped themselves before making their way to their seats.
I went back for more pizza. 🙂 The one with kale on top was my fave – it was like kale chips, really crispy!
The only photo I managed to get of the bride and groom all night is this blurry shot of their first dance, but I’m so happy for them! <3
Dessert was awesome – the cupcakes were very lemon-y.
And the strawberry ice cream hit the spot on such a hot night!
In between dancing up a storm in the barn, a few of us snuck off to grab a quick album photo cover.
(We were walking around exploring the area and I was like you guys… if we had a band this is definitely where we would take our emo album cover. And so we had to do it, obviously. Lol.)
Such a fun night celebrating Lu and Connor – congrats again you two!
On Sunday, we slept in (glorious) and then Matt and I headed out for a run with Turner and Will.
We decided to drive back over to Barrett’s Park so we could end our run with a dip in the water. 😉
We did a short out and back with a pit stop at the turnaround point, which was a beautiful waterside area.
It was sooooo hot out already at 9 a.m. – oof. I think we ran about 2 miles and that was perfect. I definitely wasn’t feeling anything extra!
Remember the rock I jumped off of the day before? Well, we hadn’t thought about low tide – we were able to walk right up to the rock this time, and the water was really shallow. Fail!
We ended up just wading in and cooling off our legs before heading back to quickly check out of our AirBnb and head to the post-wedding brunch, which was back at the barn where the reception was held.
Grabbed a blueberry muffin + latte for the drive back, obviously:
And then an hour and a half later we finished brunch-ing at the post-wedding event with fruit, egg-filled pastries, and scones. Yum.
Matt and I rode back to Portland with Turner and Will, but their flight was earlier than ours so we checked our bags and then hopped in a cab to Portland to grab a late lunch before leaving town.
We wanted to explore a bit, but the heat index was in the 100’s by this point in the day (what the heck, Maine), so instead we quickly found an air conditioned spot down by the water to grab a bite to eat.
We ended up at Old Port Sea Grill which I’d recommend if you’re in the area – it was really delicious!
Had to get more oysters, of course, to start:
And for lunch I had the fish tacos with a side salad.
I loved the vinaigrette on the salad – really bright and refreshing – and the fish for the tacos was perfectly cooked with a slightly crispy outside and a tender inside. So good!
We were sad to say goodbye to Maine, but not to the crazy hot weather! I want to go back to Boothbay Harbor in particular sometime – such a cute little town and I think it’d be fun to bring Riese to explore and swim next time, too.
We arrived home on Sunday evening around 8, so sadly just missed Riese (she goes to sleep between 7 and 7:30), but Matt’s parents had dinner ready to go for us, which was really kind of them!
We enjoyed some grilled tuna, grilled asparagus with parmesan, savory sweet potatoes with feta, and a veggie-packed salad. Everything was delicious.
Another huge thank you to Matt’s parents for taking such good care of our little one while we were away – sounds like they had a blast together!
Do you have any trips planned this summer? Where are you off to?
I have two more trips coming up: one to Monterey, California for a press trip in August, and the other is a local trip with Matt and Riese for Labor Day weekend. Should be fun!