Sharing a few Highlights from our family trip to Maine, including the best takeout lobster rolls, blueberry pancakes, and how to plan the easiest end of summer lobster dinner party!
Last week, we finally took a trip to my parents’ house on the coast in Maine, and though this vacation was unlike any other (mainly, we pretty much stayed close to home for the week), it was still so incredibly nice to get away.
While I love, love, love living in a big city, it’s definitely harder not having a backyard, a swimming pool, etc. during a pandemic. Goodness, did I ever envy people with swimming pools this summer. 🤣
Luckily, we have this perfect spot in Maine to escape to when we can, and goodness was it ever awesome.
A Few Highlights From Our Trip to Maine + An End of Summer Lobster Dinner Party
At the house in Maine, the girls were able to run around outside every day, we took walks on the beach, we ate on the deck, and we really enjoyed and relaxed. Even Mike had work off that week, which is super rare; as in, I can’t remember the last time he had a full week off of work without needing to check in, make phone calls, etc. since well before residency. Okay, maybe he checked in by email a few times And worked on a few papers; but you know, it was still way less than normal. 🙈
We also took a lot of drives up and down the coast. As we drove, I researched on my phone for the best lobster rolls and seafood takeout and we found so many local gems. I tried to find places that had takeout windows, or super covid-safe order pickups, and it worked like a charm.
Back at the house, we played in the backyard, walked down to the beach, collecting sticks and rocks and shells, and I took plenty of photos along the way.
We also bought this amazing foldable pool on Amazon and brought that with us.
It folds up surprisingly small, but is really big when opened, and has an easy drain, so we were able to set up the pool easily on the days it was warm enough to play outside in the water.
Oh, and because apparently I’m a glutton for punishment, we dove right in and potty trained Emme, 2. It was … loooong. But a week later, things are going pretty well, so all in all, I’m glad we tackled it while on vacation, when the girls could have both parents’ undivided attention. (And I could get a hand from hubby!)
An End of Summer Lobster Dinner Party
In years past, we’ve had lobster at home and we’ve gone to traditional lobster boils – this clambake on Cabbage Island in Boothbay Harbor is our favorite – but this year, with the pandemic, things were definitely different. Most notably, we did all of our eating at home! (Plus a few lobster rolls outside or sitting in the car between drives.)
But I was determined to make our lobster eating special, so we had this impromptu end of summer lobster dinner on the deck one night and it was exactly what we needed.
You can get lobster basically everywhere in Maine. Both the local grocery store and lobster shacks in our area have fresh lobster for super cheap. Aaaaand, you can ask them to steam it for you; most places will steam lobster for you at no charge; which typically makes those end-of-summer lobsters something like $4.99 a pound. Um, yes!!!
I’m a big fan of getting the lobster steamed both because I don’t have to deal with live lobsters (😬) and to “make” dinner once we’re home, all I really have to do is melt some butter and maybe steam a few corn on the cob or, you know, open a bag of potato chips. Minimum effort vacation dinners are the way to go!
For this lobster dinner, we had fresh steamed lobster, salty potato chips, and cider.
Basically, heaven, and almost no work for me, other than being an Instagram mom and feeling the need to snap a million photos of the food and the girls.
By the way, we also steamed up a few hot dogs for the kids because I still haven’t quite figured out how to convince them that lobster is AMAZING!
They had a grand old time running back and forth on the deck, climbing the deck chairs, and calling to the seagulls.
They’ve decided the seagulls are laughing and that they laugh, “ha ha ha” through the sky. ☀️
Meanwhile, I’ll be laughing and squealing over Emmeline’s adorable “running face.”
Mom and Dad sipped cider and cracked open fresh lobster tails and claws as the sun set.
Ummm, is it time to go back yet?
You guys, these views. 😍
It’s seriously easy to fall in love with this place.
Have you ever been to Maine? Do you love it as much as we do?
Love this laidback end of summer lobster dinner? Check out all of our celebrations here; and if you put together your own lobster boil to ring out the season, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your festive dinners!
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