Sunday, December 4, 2005

Christmas Prelude in Maine

What a FAB-U-LOUS time we had at Christmas Prelude!! It was my first visit to the Kennebunkport area and I LOVED was the quintessential Maine I imagined.

Lobsters and Bouys are popular decorations for the holidays in Maine.

We got to town around 11:30 and drove to Cape Porpoise to see the Lobster Trap Tree...definitely the first lobster trap tree I've ever seen.

Then we headed back in to Kennebunkport and put our name on the list for Hurricane...only had a 45 minute wait so we hit a couple shops. YUM YUM YUM doesn't even begin to describe the meal. As usual, the 3 of us ended up doing the communal meal because we all had delicious food - Maine Lobster Chowder, Five Onion Soup and Fall Harvest Soup (pumpkin, squash, cinnamon, nutmeg and cream was like eating pumpkin pie), Fresh Maine Lobster Roll, Grilled Crabmeat and Havarti Sandwich and Pan-fried Haddock with garlic mashed potatoes and for dessert, we split a Liquid Center Chocolate Cake with Homemade Coffee Ice Cream and Bailey's Anglaise. Put a fork in us, we were done!

Fortunately we had a lot of walking to do to walk off the meal. After visiting a few shops, we got the scoop on the tree lighting in the Lower Village and walked over that way. We had a little time before the lighting and popped into Port Bakery for hot apple cider and heat (can anyone say burrrr).

Just before the lighting, we headed over to the tree and were entertained by the Kennebunk High Chamber Choir. They were TERRIFIC! After the lighting, we headed back into Kennebunkport for more shopping and then headed back to Salem, NH (where my friends live). There was a caroling procession to the monestary but it was a bit too cold for my friends (and they're the Yankees and I'm the Southerner!!) but I would have loved to seen it as I hear it is beautiful.

If you are ever near Kennebunkport the first two weekends of December, I highly recommend checking out Christmas Prelude.

On the way home, we drove through Portsmouth, NH to look at lights...we were 30 minutes late for taking the candlelight tour of historic Portsmouth trip. We went to Newburyport, NH on Friday night for coffee and dessert at Cafe Di Sienna...again, yum yum. I feel like I ate my way through New Hampshire and Maine on this short trip!

This trip really made me miss living in New England during the winter...but then again, I don't miss shoveling 2 feet of snow so I think I'll stick with the visits!