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A Week in Maine 2017

a week in maine allagash

Earlier this month, we dedicated an entire week to the beauty of Maine. Because there’s no way to hit every spot we love, we tried to fit in as many uniquely Maine spots as we could. Below is a visual recap of “A Week in Maine,” day by day, experience by experience.

DAY 1

Our week started at Hot Suppa!, a Portland brunch staple. We then made our way to the Five Islands area of Georgetown, perched on one of the many rocky tendrils hanging from the southeastern coast of Maine. Our paddle around the area (led by Scott and Rebecca of Seaspray Kayaking) was followed by a feast at Five Islands Lobster Co. Absolutely delicious.

A week in Maine Allagash Hot Suppa
A week in Maine Allagash Kayaking
A week in Maine Allagash Kayaking
A week in Maine Allagash Kayaking
A week in Maine Allagash Five Islands Lobster Co.
A week in Maine Allagash Five Islands Lobster Co.
A week in Maine Allagash Five Islands Lobster Co.

DAY 2

Our second day started out bright and early at Palace Diner in Biddeford. We then traveled to Winter Hill Farms where Sarah and Steve gave us an in-depth tour which included a tasting of various hand-made cheeses. In fact, one of their cheeses is washed in our Tripel. After lunch at Royal River Grill, we made our way out to Bumbleroot Farm, a local organic farm co-owned by Abby from HR. While there, we were taken on a culinary journey led by Sean and Lee, two Allagash employees.

A week in Maine Allagash Palace Diner
A week in Maine Allagash Winter Hill Farm
A week in Maine Allagash Winter Hill Farm
A week in Maine Allagash Winter Hill Farm
A week in Maine Allagash Royal River Grill

This image gallery contains all the incredible courses that Sean and Lee prepared.

DAY 3:

To the beach we went on this third day and then off to a “cupping” with Matt from Speckled Ax coffee. After that it was Eventide Oyster Co. with Chef Mike for fresh fish, expertly prepared. To continue the oyster trend, we headed out to Scarborough Marsh with Kim from Nonesuch Oysters to look at their beds (and sample some oysters fresh out of the water). The seafood-filled day was capped with a trip to Scales, in Portland.

A week in Maine allagash speckled ax
A week in Maine allagash eventide
A week in maine allagash eventide
A week in maine allagash nonesuch
A week in maine allagash nonesuch
A week in maine allagash nonesuch

DAY 4:

After a brief stop at Architectural salvage to search for serving platters, we went blueberry picking at Doles Orchard. We then took the blueberries to Standard Baking Co. where Natasha helped us turn them into flaky and sweet blueberry galettes. Back at the brewery, Zach, the head of our lab, guided us through a barrel tasting in the Allagash wild beer cellar. To finish the day we headed out on the sailboat of Chris, from our maintenance department for a sunset sail of Casco bay.

A week in maine allagash architectural salvage
A week in maine allagash doles orchard
A week in maine allagash Standard baking co
A Week In Maine Allagash Standard Baking Co.
A week in maine allagash
A week in maine allagash sailing casco bay
A week in Maine Allagash Casco Bay

DAY 5:

A morning drive up to Southwest Harbor (not ironically just southwest of Acadia National Park) saw us on an early water taxi out to Little Cranberry Island. Once there, Bruce, of Little Cranberry Lobster, showed us how to pull up traps, rubber band claws, and identify lobsters that were ready for the market. After a trip back to Bruce’s family’s 100-year-old home—which happens to be perched right on the water overlooking the lazy hills of Acadia National park—he boiled up the catch in a pot of seawater over a fire of driftwood. In our eyes, it was about as authentically Maine as it gets.

lobsters by traci page

An illustration by Traci Page, the artist behind our Fluxus 2017 and Hibernal Fluxus 2017 labels.

A week in Maine Allagash little cranberry lobsters

DAY 6:   

After camping the last night in Acadia, we set our alarms for a foggy, early morning hike. Still beautiful despite the fog, the hike got us ready for some warm popovers and lobster stew at the Jordan Pond House. We ended the week of adventures in the best way possible: with full bellies and a whole lot of memories. Thanks again for following our trip, we can’t wait for a whole new set of adventures in the year to come.

A week in Maine Allagash acadia
A week in Maine Allagash jordan pond house
A week in Maine Allagash jordan pond house
A week in Maine Allagash acadia night stars

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