I was instructed to pack a bag. Hints were dropped via Twitter that the location was north of home, and there was a restaurant where we were going that had a fireplace and a famous chef. Blackberries and laptops were strictly verboten. NJS had promised me a weekend with just the two of us, so we decided rather than try to hit all of the Halloween parties our friends were having on one night, we’d go to none of them and we would… well, I didn’t know. I left all of the planning entirely up to him. I’m so glad I did!
NJS chose York, Maine as our getaway. Neither of us had stayed in or explored York before, so it was a great choice for our first official vacation together. The leaves were still beautiful but by Halloween the leaf-peepers and tourists had given up, so we had the place to ourselves! We checked into the Bittersweet Bed & Breakfast and were promptly and so warmly welcomed by Victor. Neither NJS nor I had been to a B&B before, and we were both a little intrigued and weirded out by the idea. NJS had called a few places and it was the friendly and helpful conversation he had with Victor that helped him make his choice. Excellent choice! The house was elegant and cozy without being froofy. Nary a doily.
The first thing we did was head to Perkins Cove to grab some lunch and walk along Marginal Way. We got sandwiches at Chowders, one of the few places open. I got a lobster roll overflowing with claw meat, and NJS got a wicked tasty roast beef panini on garlic bread. Since it was cloudy and windy, we got some tea to keep us warm and headed off on our walk.
What a beautiful afternoon. Grey and romantic and beautiful. We walked around Ogunquit for a little bit, then drove over to the Nubble Lighthouse. It felt like we’d be out for hours and hours, so we were surprised when we found ourselves with plenty of time to kill before dinner. We walked into the center of York (Bittersweet is only about a 12 minute walk from everything) and went into the first bar we found open, which was Inn on the Blues. They were wrapping up their last day of the season with a Halloween party and $2 beers. Sweet! Everyone there was so nice we thought about skipping our dinner plans, but I’m so glad we didn’t. Our dinner at Blue Sky was incredible. The service was outstanding and the food was crazy good. I reviewed it in detail on Yelp if you want to read me rambling about foie gras.
The next morning we started with fresh, delicious muffins made by Victor. There were eggs and bacon and all kinds of stuff, too, but I still crave those muffins. So. Good. We walked around Ogunquit, bought some fun souvenirs (wine), and sadly headed home in the early afternoon, enjoying a bright sunny day and a stop at Stonewall Kitchen to eat lots of jam on tasteless little crackers. Perfection in a weekend.