Beautiful Maine!

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Brennan Family

Last week, we got back from the most glorious trip to Maine! None of us had ever been and since I’m getting close to delivering our 4th baby, I have been on the lookout for simple, east coast vacations that weren’t too far or hard to get to. After asking on Instagram as to where we should go, SO many of you suggested Maine and I can now understand why you did. Nearby, low-key, great weather and charming as ever. We all were pretty darn smitten.

We stayed at Cliff House Maine, a lovely resort in Ogunquit  with a room that was large enough for 8! Normally, the battle is trying to find enough space in a hotel suite, not having too much! The two older kids shared bunk beds and Eddie had a king bed all to himself. It was amazing! We did a few different excursions outside of staying at the resort (see below) but when we were there, we were all in the pool. It was a heated saltwater pool and it could not be beat. Plus since Blake got his goggles, he’s been unstoppable in the water. Jumping in willingly in the deep end and fully enjoying swimming. Eddie didn’t want anything to do with any goggles, but after the first day in his puddle jumper and me casually letting go of him without him noticing several times, he got the hang of kicking and zipping all around the pool. His favorite thing to do was swim over to the ramp until he could touch the bottom, walk all the way up the ramp, then turn around and come back. I could see the gears switching in his mind from being able to touch the bottom of the pool walking down the ramp to reaching a spot he couldn’t touch and starting to swim.

Eddie with floaties on his arms

Brooke

Gordon and the kids swimming
Yes, that’s the ocean (and a storm) behind us!
Gordon and the kids swimming
Brooke, avoiding pictures. Haha! Also, Blake’s goggles!!! If water stays out of his eyes, he’s a happy camper.

A child swimming in a pool of water

A chair sitting in front of a building
cutest little spots around the pool.

Eddie

A sign on the side of a building

Food

A close up of a person holding a sandwich

 

A group of people standing in front of a window

At the resort, we also spent quite a bit of time on their grounds eating at Nubb’s Lobster Shack (omg the lobster roll and grilled cheese!!!) staying around the fire pit and playing chess on the lawn. Blake learned chess is Kindergarten this past year and schooled us all. He walked Gordon and I through the pieces again as a refresher and then killed us at several games. That boy surprises us every day. I think he’ll be doing more chess this year too as part of the first grade curriculum. Totally random, but he seems to love it!

Hotel fire pit

Gordon and the kids with a giant chess set

Gordon and the kids playing with the giant chess set

Blake holding a giant knight piece

Kids walking on a path

Gordon throwing Eddie up in the air
Typical dad shot

A group of people standing in front of a building

Perkins Cove

One morning, we explored Perkins Cove (in Ogunquit) and had breakfast at Cove Cafe. It was fabulous! I got the pancakes (pictured below) and couldn’t finish them. It’s a really great, breakfast spot that came highly recommended. We got there around 9am and only waited 15 minutes. It’s a small place. Gordon got the lobster benedict (when in Rome) and the kids got a variety of eggs, french toast and bacon.

Ogunquit also has cute shopping areas, other great restaurants and ice cream shops we didn’t get a chance to try which was a real bummer because our trip was on the shorter side. Next year!

A group of people standing in front of a building

A plate of pancakes and eggs

Boats docked next to a body of water
Fishing boats in Perkins Cove

Gordon and the kids climbing on rocks

 

Blake and Eddie looking into the water off of a dock

The kids looking at the water from a dock

The kids looking at the water from a dock

Gordon and the kids looking out to the water

Lobstah!

The Lobster Bake we attended was on the property of Cliff House, but run through a different company. It was really fascinating and fun…even if my boys preferred the hot dogs and chips. Haha!  (I had had a prenatal massage that afternoon and could care less….sure boys. Eat all the chips you want.) Brooke remembers loving crab when we went crabbing in Rockaway Beach, OR (when I was barely pregnant with Eddie and so so sick), so super similar to crab, she loved lobster as well.  I don’t remember having to dig so hard for lobster, but it was so fresh and tasty! The corn chowder and blueberry cake were my favorites.

It was after this dinner that Gordon and I both were sick of Lobster. Haha!

A vase of flowers sitting on top of a wooden table

A person cooking lobsters and corn

Lauren and Brooke sitting at a table eating

Lobster with butter, lemon and corn on a plate

Blake eating lobster

Blake eating lobster
Blake enjoyed destroying the carcass and pulling out the meat, but that’s about it. Haha!

A group of people on a rocky beach next to the ocean

Nubble Lighthouse

One morning, we headed out to York, ME to see Nubble Lighthouse and the kids were able to explore all the rocks with Gordon while I sat on a nearby bench and just took pictures. Sometimes pregnancy doesn’t allow me to do things and this was one of them. Oh well! I got some cute shots. Also, there was a volunteer walking around answering questions and handing out stickers which was just so nice, hospitable and small-town. Something you don’t get in the city.

There were also cute shops and restaurants nearby.

Beach with a lighthouse in the background

The kids at the beach with a lighthouse in the background

Lauren and the kids at the beach with a lighthouse in the background
Proof I was there!
Eddie and Blake on rocks
I have no idea why they’re jumping, but they sure are cute.

Blake and Eddie pointing

A group of people on a beach
Such a good Dad letting them explore and explaining things to them. They ended up finding a small crab in between some rocks!

Shoes on the sand with people in the background

Main Beach

Of course we had to explore the ocean before we left and after dinner one night in Ogunquit (we all got pasta at Caffe Prego and it was glorious because it wasn’t Lobster).  Our kids objected at first because that’s just what the theme seems to be, but once we got there they didn’t want to leave. An observation we definitely pointed out to them as we were leaving. Haha!

Gordon, a born and raised Oregonian decided that the Atlantic ocean was slightly warmer than the one in Oregon, but not by much. I just avoided the water all together and encouraged my kids to do the same. Both oceans are freaking cold.

Gordon running on the beach
I love this man.

The kids looking out into the ocean

Lauren and Blake at the beach
34 weeks pregnant here with baby #4!

The kids looking out at the ocean

Gordon playing with the boys at the beach

Eddie running at the beach

Gordon and the kids at the beach

Gordon and the kids running at the beach
Probably one of my favorite photos I took the entire trip.

Gordon and the kids drawing in the sand

Blueberry Picking

On our way out of town, we went blueberry picking because that is another essential Maine thing to do. Plus our kids love blueberries. It was such a hot morning, so we didn’t stay long, but for 15 minutes of picking we did pretty well! I’d recommend heading to the blueberry patches earlier than later because they were mostly picked out. We still found some decent berries, but a lot of the bigger, juicy ones were taken.

Blake and Eddie at a berry farm

Picking blueberries

A close up of a bucket of blueberries
Brooke was the most efficient picker.
Berry Farm with kid sitting
Blake was over it 5 minutes in.

Blueberry branch

Overall, we loved our extended weekend stay in Maine and would love to be back for more fun next summer! Besides Ogunquit and York, where are your favorite spots to go in Maine? Have you ever been? One of my old college roommates (and bridesmaids from my wedding) is from Boothbay Harbor and I’d love to head up further north to check out that small town for sure. We just didn’t have time.

Recommendations

Cliff House Maine – in Ogunquit. This resort is a little higher end but oh so lovely! Right on the ocean with tons of amenities and things to do. We loved the pool and things to do on the property. I had a prenatal massage which was the bomb and we were able to attend the Lobster Bake there as well. Lots of little restaurants on the property too, like Nubb’s.

Cove Cafe – in Perkins Cove. Cutest little breakfast spot with boats and the ocean nearby to explore. Pancakes and french toast were great!

Nubble Lighthouse – in York. Came highly recommended because it was nearby. A fun stop in the morning before it gets too warm. Enjoyed lunch and shopping in downtown York and hit up a cute little candy store and Hawaiian shaved ice store right next door!

Caffe Prego – in Ogunquit. When you’re sick of lobster, head here for Italian! Haha! We got in right away on a Monday night.

The Friendly Blueberry Patch – in York. Run by really nice people…just get there early to make sure they aren’t all picked out.

Shopping Outlets – in Kittery. SO many good ones here! Hanna Andersson, Crate and Barrel, Nike, New Balance, Baby Gap, the list goes on. Also, there’s a McDonalds here which was a dream come true for our kids who literally haven’t had McDonalds since we left Idaho nearly 3 years ago!

These goggles were the ones we got for Blake that have been such a life saver. And these puddle jumpers are also quintessential for our boys.

Polaroid photo of granola bars

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45 Responses
  1. Susan Crawford

    That pool is amazing! We have never been to Maine, we are leaving Vancouver ,Wa about June 16, 2020 for a three month trip across the USA , we will be pulling our trailer. Maine has been on my bucket list…want to drive the coast line all the way to PEI…can’t wait. NYC is also going to get to know me! Your family is adorable and I can’t wait to see pics of your little #4

    1. Ryann

      Thank you for sharing all of these beautiful pictures from your trip! Maine is a place that my family has never visited but my husband I have talked about going.

  2. Krystal

    Lauren, I just love your photos! You did a tremendous job capturing all the details and candid moments of your family vacation. I love how light and clean your photos are. I would be really interested in a photography tips and tricks blog post as well as what settings you use to take pictures of kids on the go and how you edit them to look so crisp and clear! Looks like you all had a great time!

    1. Lauren

      I use a Canon 5D mark iv on manual settings with a 50mm lens and then edit in lightroom. I’d have to write a long blog post to explain the why’s, but maybe I’ll do that in the near future! Great idea!

      1. Krystal

        I shoot with a mirrorless camera but also have a 50mm lens and love it! I don’t use it as often as I would like because it isn’t that versatile but should. Might be a good blog post for your maternity leave!

  3. Mary Morris

    Loved seeing your pictures, and your family is just beautiful! Looks like you all had a fabulous time there! Lots of blessings for the new baby!

  4. Pamela Gauthier

    We’re originally from New England and our favorite place to go in Maine is Boothbay Harbor. It’s a sweet little town and lots of fun over the 4th of July…fireworks in the harbor! You really should go! Good luck with the impending birth of baby #4! Love your blog!

  5. Lynn Bocek

    So happy you were all able to get away before the arrival of gorgeous Porter.
    Great pics. Such a beautiful family.
    Thanks so much for sharing..

  6. Maggie Herron

    We have spent many vacations, mostly camping, in Maine when our children were young. Have loved each trip and town we stayed. Much time in Bar Harbor, York Beach, Acadia Mountain, Wells Beach, Camden, Kennebunkport. You really should return again. There is so much to see. So glad you all got away for this quick fun trip.

  7. Lezlie Hunt

    We are from Kentucky and took our 25th wedding anniversary vacation in Maine and we have been wanting to go back. We spent an afternoon in Ogunquit but travelled up the coast stopping in Bar Harbor and visiting Acadia National Park. Such beautiful scenery! We made our way all the way up to Lubec which is the easternmost point of land in the lower 48. It’s so nice seeing your pictures and it makes me eager for next year when we plan our return.

  8. Judy

    We used to live near Buffalo, NY, and went up to Maine every year right after Labor Day. Crowds were smaller and the weather was still beautiful. We loved Kennebunk Port and always had to get a lobstah roll at the Lobster Shack right in the heart of Kennebunk Port. You brought back wonderful memories with you photo’s. Now we’re out in AZ, and while we love the climate and wouldn’t move back, sure do miss Maine. Hope you do get to go there again next year with #4 in stroller.

  9. Julie Taylor

    I loved the photos and the resort is beautiful. Gives me an idea to go. Wishing you the best delivery for baby boy, healthy and safe.

  10. Judy Renko

    So Happy you all had a Wonderful time. I miss New England! So much to see and do!! Photo’s are so Beautiful!! Family Fun!! God Bless with the next baby coming!!!

  11. Regina Anthony

    Hi Lauren. I loved the pics and everything you were able to do. And yes, I have been to Maine. My husband and I went in 1990, our 25th wedding anniversary. We left Oklahoma one week and went to Niagara Falls NY and from there we went across New York all the way to Maine! We only went as far as Kennebunk Port and the lighthouse there, but we had a lot of fun. We were home in 2 weeks and our kids were really glad to see us! I think Brook and Blake look like their dad and the little one looks just like you. Can’t wait to see the 4th one! Good luck! Regina xo

  12. Gina B.

    Hi Lauren, Love your pictures of you trip to Maine. I am happy to see you and the family take a trip before #4 arrives. I live on the west coast and travel to Boston every so often. Love the east coast.. I have been to Kennebunkport and had lobster. The New England states are so beautiful. I would like to visit Maine and spend some time there. I was happy to see the family having such a good time. Take care and keep blogging.

  13. Mary Lotempio/Garner

    Thanks for sharing those wonderful memories of the Maine vacation of your lovely family.
    All photos are beautiful , and the weather was just beautiful. The pictures of the food looked so good, that it made me hungry
    now at 7 a,m in the morning! Glad you all had a wonderful time! Looking forward to seeing new baby !

  14. Shelli Bender

    Lauren, I can’t say thank you enough!! We recently were relocated to Vermont, fleeing the wildfires of Northern California. I have been looking for something to do for a lovely day out with hubby!! This is like 2 1/2 hrs from us!! I am so planning a date day with him (maybe talk him into an overnight) With all that lobster, he’ll flip!!
    Thank you
    Thank you!
    Thank you!!!!!
    Blessings,
    Shelli

  15. Scarlet

    Maine is so gorgeous. We went last year as part of our big northeastern road trip. We loved it and hope to go back. That was a fabulous infinity pool at the Cliff House Maine!

  16. Christy Boswell

    Lauren this post will absolutely be our travel guide when my husband and I finally get to visit Maine! FANTASTIC info! Thanks so much !

  17. Stacey Shaw

    Thanks for all the tips for vacationing in Maine! We are trying to visit all 50 states before our daughter graduates from high school! She is 10 and we are over halfway there; however, NYC is as far North as we have been in the northeast corner of the states. We look forward to making it soon!

  18. STEPHANIE WESTBERG

    Loved reading this post. Hubby and I are looking for somewhere to visit this year for our 25th wedding anniversary and to celebrate his military retirement after 26 years. Maine is at the top of our list and of course if Maine ends up being the winner, we will wait until the spring when it is warmer. I love the rocky shorelines and just the quaintness of Maine. It also helps that I love collecting sea glass and there are many beaches in Maine with it. Looks like you and your family had a fabulous time there.

  19. Karen

    I have your Maine Guide bookmarked for reference for a future trip to that gorgeous state. Just reading about your family’s experiences and adventures there has me wanting to go even more than I did before! Congratulations on baby Porter, he’s an adorable addition to your family.

  20. Jennifer Crosslin

    I would love to visit Maine someday. My father’s family is from there but I have never been. Looks like a wonderful place to check out!!

  21. Stacey

    I love all your pictures! They are so bright and clean! My family has not been to Maine, but it is on our bucket list. We would love to visit Acadia National Park. I love lobster so I can’t wait to try fresh!

  22. Afida Hussain

    I love Maine. My husband and I along with our 17 months old visited Maine this summer it was beautiful and very relaxing. Also everyone was so nice and friendly.

  23. Skye S.

    I love following along with your family, Lauren! When I saw you were up in Maine this summer, I was so excited to see you exploring the area where I’m from. Your family and work life is such an inspiration to me! 💞

  24. Andrea Hogland

    This trip looks amazing! I have always wanted to visit the north east coast. I appreciate all of your recommendations 🙂

  25. Traci West

    We just love Maine! We went two weeks ago and visited Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Perfect fall trip. A favorite for our family of 5 this time of year!

  26. Sarah

    Hi, Lauren! My husband and I enjoy a September weekend in Ogunquit almost every year for our anniversary (celebrated 18 this year!). Thank you for recommending Cove Cafe. That is a spot we had not hit yet. For your next New England trip, check out Lake Winnipesaukee in NH!

  27. Susan Gorecki

    Your time in Maine looked like the perfect family vacation and I hope that my husband and I will get to travel there soon.

  28. Daisha

    I have never been to Maine! The photos are so pretty and makes me want to go. My kiddos would love that pool. It looks so fun. I might have to make a little mental note to visit Maine one day.

  29. Christine Ford

    Old Orchard Beach, Maine is our annual vacation destination. So much for kids and families to do there and if you stay on East or West Grand Ave, you are walking distance to just about everything! Lots of fantastic restaurants and shops, beautiful beaches and even an amusement park for kids, The Palace Playland. We have never been to Ogunquit, but your post makes we want to go there. If you try Old Orchard Beach, you will have to do a post on that! But make sure you stop in for some pizza at Rocco’s….he is from NYC and he has real NYC thin crust pizza! The best!