The Staycation

Most Mainers vacation in the tropics…you know, places with warm, sandy beaches and drinks with those little umbrellas in them. The Bahamas. Hawaii. Florida.

Jessie and Emma Deans? They decided to adventure a little closer to home. To be more precise, ahem, right across the bridge in good ‘ol Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Fact: Portland Head Light, located in Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park, is the oldest headlight in Maine.

Fact: Portland Head Light is one of the most photographed lighthouses in America.

Fact: If you visit on a cold February day when the museum is closed, the sky is gray, and the waves are tumultuous…there won’t be too many folks around.

(However, there will be a group of young men in some sort of band from Ohio who scramble around the rocks, VERY stoked to see the ocean and use the phrase “dude” and “epic” approximately 225 times.)

We decided to take advantage of all the offerings of this seaside community, including leisurely strolls beside the rocky Atlantic and through Robinson Woods. Admittedly, we crossed the border to South Portland for bagels from Scratch Baking Co., and to peruse Nonesuch Books (I finished Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, which is an action-packed story about former Olympian and World War II survivor Louis Zamperini. I also read a dystopian young adult novel called Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and a collection of short stories by Pam Houston called Cowboys Are My Weakness. We all have our guilty reading choices…).

At David’s 388 we enjoyed a positive dining experience with friendly ambiance and prompt service.  Unfortunately, the night took a turn for the worse when I ate an entire clove of garlic, mistaking it for a French fry! Suffice to say, no vampires are coming around these parts anytime soon.

All in all, there’s nothing like indulging in a few treats. Just take it from Pepper, pictured in the gallery below, eyeing salmon-flavored Temptations.

We followed her lead and stopped by The Cookie Jar for a whoopie pie and cream puff.

Maine can, after all, be a fun place to enjoy…even in February…even if you’re a year-round resident…even if you have to make your “fancy” drinks with tap water and a couple lemon slices.