Southern Maine

Destination: Boothbay Harbor, but weather aborted that mission so we went inland

Best of Show: A Sazerac and creative cuisine at the Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick, ME, across from Sarah Orne Jewett's house.

With honorable mention to Becky's Diner (nothin' finer!) in Portland


The Tip of the Cape

Destination: Provincetown, MA

Best of Show: the mussels at Bubala's in P-Town

Study choreography here.

Billy and Sonya the bartenders know their stuff, too.

The Champlain Valley, VT

Destination: The Champlain Valley

Best of Show: Dinner at the Black Sheep Bistro, Vergennes, VT

Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth

Western Connecticut

Destination: Farmington, Ct

Best of Show: Hard Cider at a farmstand in Litchfield, a Greylock Martini at Sullivan Station in Lee, MA

We went to Hillstead House in Farmington, CT.

When you are planning a fancy dinner for friends or family, there's nothing like a visit to one of the many preserved mansions around New England to inspire you to reach for something special. I look at the grand dining room, the dishes, the kitchen, and I think "What could I do with this kitchen and a handful of servants? What would I set on that table?"

After leaving the house/museum, we headed west and made an adventure of it, including finding farm-fresh Strawberries that ended up in a Frozen Strawberry Cream Torte for Richmond's birthday!

Cherry Grove Farm, NJ

Destination: Trenton NJ Amtrak Station

Best of Show: Cherry Grove Farm bacon and cheeses

Lorna's roadtrip done, I retrieved her at the Trenton Amtrak station and took a long, leisurely drive to New Hope, PA, up the Delaware Water Gap, across NY and CT (with dinner at Elizabeth's in Tarriffville, CT) then RI and finally home to Plymouth!

Artisanal Ales at Armsby Abbey

Destination: Worcester, MA
Best of Show: Armsby Abbey

I had just set Lorna and Melissa off on a roadtrip to Florida (Lorna can tell you about those adventures) and I was at loose ends in Worcester. Of course, there's no shortage of fine foodie adventuring to be had in Worcester, but loading up the car had been thirsty work so I met my old pal Bill at Armsby Abbey.


Destination: Mid-Coast Maine

Best of Show: Boynton-McKay Coffeehouse, Camden, ME

retro look, great local coffee, people-watching in a great location

Gypsy Sweethearts

Destination: The lower Maine coast, southwest of Portland.

Best of Show: Gypsy Sweethearts restaurant, Ogunquit, ME

Lobster Taco, for starters... people watching, too.

The Shore Acres Inn

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North Hero, VT
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Excellent dinner at the Shore Acres Inn

the view from Shore Acres to StowWe went to North Hero, VT, on an island in Lake Champlain beyond Burlington, on the NY state and Canadian borders.

It doesn't get any better than a Tanqueray 10 Martini in an Adirondack chair looking across Lake Champlain to Mount Mansfield and Stow. For dinner, a burger of local grass-fed Canamak Farms beef. The coffee is excellent too, which is a good thing when it's 280 miles home to Plymouth!

Antiquing in Central Vermont

Woodstock, VT
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The Farmer's Table, Quechee Gorge

Farmers DinerThe Farmer's Diner in Quechee, VT is a great place for me to sit and work while Lorna shops in the huge nearby antiques co-op. The diner is devoted to local farmers and their fare, even proudly posting lists of their suppliers for almost everything on the menu.

I like to sit at the end of the counter by the window with a bottomless cup of locally-roasted coffee. When Lorna comes to fetch me, we eat and then press on with our adventure.

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