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Summer Vacation 2011: A Photo Tour Of Our Seven Days in Southern Maine


From Kittery to Portland and everywhere in between…

If you want life to slow down a bit, you need to take a break from your usual routine and try something new. This applies to all aspects of life, i.e. work, home, hobbies, vacations, etc..

For five out of the past six years, we have spent our week long summer vacation in Ocean City, NJ. We always have a great time, and the kids love every minute of it, but since we’ve been there so many times, and since we are so familiar with the area, those seven days now feel like just three or four.

Rather than doing the same old same old this summer, Mrs. G-LO and I decided to change things up. This year’s week long vacation was spent in a place called Camp Ellis, a small seaside community just outside of Saco, Maine. This would be our third trip to Maine, but our first with the boys.

Since “a picture is worth a thousand words“, I thought it would be easier to give you a visual presentation of what we did all week. Here goes…

Explored Camp Ellis

Our rental house was behind the house on the left. A 300 ft. walk to the beach.

Camp Ellis beach at low tide. Hermit crab heaven!

The 4,000+ Feet Long “Camp Ellis Jetty”

The Marina at Camp Ellis

The boat launch at the Camp Ellis Marina

More of the Camp Ellis Marina

Even more of the Camp Ellis Marina

Ate lots of lobster!

This is where we bought our lobsters. He even lent us a pot to cook them in.

Say hello to our little friends!

Now say hello to dinner! We had 10 of these beauties for a total cost of $85!

Attended the Mainely Grillin’ & Chillin’ BBQ Festival and Woodsman Competition

BBQ Competition!

Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, BBQ Baked Beans, and Coleslaw… OH MY!

The Woodsman Competition

Bought Some Hard To Find Beers From New England. Like You Didn’t See That Coming!

Downeast Beverage Company in Portland, Maine

Vic & Whit’s in Saco, Maine

I picked up the following beers at Vic & Whit’s and at Downeast Beverage Company:

A fuzzy photo of the purchased beers

Went On A Sunset Sail In Portland Harbor

The Wendameen

Sailing aboard The Bagheera

Found Many Great Places To Eat!

The bar at When Pigs Fly Pizzeria in Kittery, Maine

The beer list at When Pigs Fly

Grilled Pineapple Pizza: San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Chopped Jalapeno, Speck, Sea Salt, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. DELICIOUS!

Huot’s in Camp Ellis, Maine. We had the fried clams and shrimp on several occasions. And we don’t usually like fried fish!

Dinner at the Maine Diner in Wells, Maine. Chicken Pot Pie for the Wife. Pancakes for the Kids. The Eddie Andelman for Me: Mac + Cheese, Grilled Kountry Klub Franks, Coleslaw, and a Corn Muffin.

Ice Cream at Garside’s in Saco, Maine

I hope you enjoyed this photo tour of our Summer Vacation! If you’ve been to any of the same places, free to tell us about your experiences in the comments below.

Here is a complete list of links in case you plan on following in our footsteps:

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    • Yo Rufus!

      It was a great trip. Had only one bad meal. A burger with a fried egg, bacon, cheese, lettuce, and tomato at Sebago Brewing Company in Downtown Portland. The egg was over hard instead of over easy (it should ooze and intermingle with the beef and other toppings). The burger was way overcooked (I asked for medium well). The bun felt like it was just pulled out of the fridge. Bad bad bad! Of course it was the only place we ate that more or less a chain, so I guess I deserve crap food for a crap decision.

      Cheers!
      G-LO

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    • I couldn’t agree more! We picked the perfect week and the perfect time of year. If I were wealthy and wanted a summer home, it would be in Coastal Maine.

      Thanks for stopping by and the kind words!

      Cheers!
      G-LO

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  1. It looks like you had a great trip! Back when I lived on the East Coast, I used to go up to the Portland area every year. Thanks for bringing back some of those memories!

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  2. First things first… that looks like an amazing trip. I’ve never really been to Maine (I crossed the state line once just to say I’d been there, and instantly turned back around) but I’m 100% positive that it’s the type of place I’d want to live. If I lived anywhere near the east coast, I’m sure I’d visit all the time, or just move there.

    Second, and I have to do this… how good could Maine BBQ be?!?! (sorry, I’m a BBQ snob)

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    • We had a great time! Speaking of living there year round… I was talking to this guy that works at the University of New England which is close to where we rented our house. The guy was originally from Vermont but now lives in Maine year round. During the summers he runs charter fishing trips out of Saco. So we were chatting a bit while his son and my sons attempted crabbing on the dock, and of course had to ask him what the winters are like in Maine. In a nutshell, he said they suck. But, he also said that early Fall, late Spring, and the Summer are fantastic, so I guess you have to take the good with the bad. It’s an interesting state that I hope to revisit again very very soon. Just not in the winter. And besides the fabulous seafood, they have some pretty great beers too.

      And as far as the BBQ, given that you live in the heart of American BBQ, I can understand your perspective (I feel the same way about Philly style roast pork and hoagies, i.e. you can’t get a decent one outside of Philly). The BBQ festival we attended had people from all over, not just Maine. They had some pretty serious equipment, and given their team names/banners and RV/camping setups, I suspect that those people were pretty hardcore about BBQ. The BBQ we ate (pulled pork and BBQ’d beef brisket) was made by an African American family from Brooklyn. Everything was delicious! Basically, it wasn’t really MAINE BBQ. It was a BBQ Festival IN Maine. 🙂

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  3. Great post! Seeing the “lobbies” as my wife calls them, is getting me in the mood for when we go up the week after GABF. We’ll be hitting Bangor to see the in-laws and then spend a few days down in Camden. Already doing some research for breweries in that area.

    Thanks for pics!

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    • Wow! GABF AND a trip to Maine!

      We spent a week in Camden back in 1997. We did a 5 day sail on the Grace Bailey (A late 1800s Schooner) and roamed around the Penobscot Bay (as a pasenger, not a sailor). Such a beautiful area. There was an ice cream place on the main street that was simply amazing (where I learned the difference between a Frappe and a Milkshake). Also, had my first Dark ‘n’ Stormy with a lobster dinner at Cappy’s Chowder house. Fond fond memories.

      Have a great trip!

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  4. Hello,

    My name is Jocelyn and I am with Dwellable. I am looking for fun and authentic blogs about the southern coast of Maine and yours happened to catch my eye. If you’re open to it, shoot me an e-mail at jocelyn(at)dwellable(dot)com.

    Hope to hear from you soon!
    – Jocelyn

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