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{Silent Sunday: Maine}

Last month, Eric and I took a trip to Maine, where we ate some fantastic meals in Portland (Duckfat and Two Fat Cats) and stayed at the charming Hartstone Inn, in Camden.  On our way out, we had the chance to stop off at an award winning alpaca farm.



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  • MaureenMarch 11, 2012 - 7:45 am

    I was talking with an old high school friend yesterday and we were talking about a school trip we went on where we stopped in Camden and got into lots of mischief. (innocent mischief!)

    Then I see your blog post. I’m homesick now. :)ReplyCancel

  • AmandaMarch 11, 2012 - 10:08 am

    You should start Sunday Tours with Brian. I would totally pay to have you take me around and show me all the fabulous things you know! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lori @ RecipeGirlMarch 11, 2012 - 10:25 am

    Loved your tour… brought back delicious memories of Duckfat and Two Fat Cats Bakery! Nice way to start my Sunday morning :)ReplyCancel

  • SteffanyFMarch 11, 2012 - 11:08 am

    ALPACA!! Alpaca yarn is the best, most softest thing ever. Also, now I want to eat those fries something fierce. Road trip!ReplyCancel

  • Anita at Hungry CoupleMarch 11, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Love the photo tour and it made me nostalgic. We stayed in Maine two summers ago and fell completely in love with it. We’re heading back this summer and I can’t wait! I’ll have to remember to check out these places.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren at Keep It SweetMarch 11, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I loved Maine when I was there years ago and really would love to plan a trip there if for nothing else but some great lobster rolls:-)ReplyCancel

  • Kiri W.March 11, 2012 - 3:10 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous day! And I love that alpaca :)ReplyCancel

  • SippitysupMarch 11, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    I am sitting “silently” across from you on this Sunday at the Columbus, Ohio airport. Fun weekend. Safe travels. See you soon I hope. GREGReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Life on FoodMarch 11, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Looks like you had a marvelous time. Your photos are gorgeous. I love that little block in Portland.ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKMarch 11, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    Lovely B. Sounds like a wonderful trip to Maine. Perfect for a getaway and some good eats.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryMarch 11, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    I fear if I say this my secret will be out but oh well…it is what it is. I think I love animals more than food. Or at least as much. The alpaca…SO cute. I want to own some. I just know the HOA where I would live would have a cow…and then I would get some chickens! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.March 11, 2012 - 9:29 pm

    looks awesome! I have never been to MaineReplyCancel

  • JeanetteMarch 11, 2012 - 10:38 pm

    I always enjoy your Silent Sunday posts – just photos to fully appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie @ SweetapolitaMarch 12, 2012 - 9:19 am

    You know I adore all of your Silent Sunday posts, but, oh oh oh, Maine! I’ve always wanted to go, and, like I mentioned on twitter, I’ve always had a fascination with it. It really calls my name. These photos truly bring me there–so gorgeous. The bakery looks incredible too! And the Alpaca? Dying. xoReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMarch 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

    Mnnn. . . I LOVES me some fries, especially when they are from Duck Fat.

    Un aspecto inusual de mi comentario anterior es que se basa en la realidad. . . De hecho, me he comido papas fritas de “Fat Duck” antes y que eran peligrosamente delicioso.ReplyCancel

  • Chez UsMarch 12, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Yep – confirmed I love silent Sunday and now I must get to Maine! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Russell van KraayenburgMarch 12, 2012 - 6:47 pm

    So many pretty, yummy foods! Is that a fry being dipped in a milkshake?! Want. Actually I changed my mind. I want the alpaca. cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessMarch 12, 2012 - 9:29 pm

    Your gorgeous photos takes us on a peaceful tour of one of our prettiest states. The food looks fantastic…I need a bite of that sandwich. Sweet alpacas…I bet Barb will get some and a chicken. :)ReplyCancel

  • MonetMarch 12, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    Isn’t Maine incredible? We try to go every summer. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend Such pretty pictures to end my day with. Hugs and love from ATX!ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Spoon and ShutterMarch 12, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    I thought we were the only people crazy enough to go to Maine in the winter – and love it! Nothing like sitting at J’s Oyster Bar slurping down a couple dozen Glidden Points, then heading over to Duck Fat for fries as the “second course!” Portland is an amazing food town and you hit on a couple of the high points. Lovely photos – as always.ReplyCancel

  • amazing place! this is my kind of vacation!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne @ CookSister!March 13, 2012 - 4:27 am

    I want an alpaca! Now!! ;o) Gorgeous pics :)ReplyCancel

  • chutneyandspiceMarch 13, 2012 - 10:44 am

    wow I want to get me some of those french fries! What beautiful photos.ReplyCancel

  • Julia {the roasted root}March 13, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    Your photographs are gorgeous…I haven’t been to Maine for over 10 years and seeing your photographs makes me want to take a trip out there. I live all the way on the West side of the country, so East Coast scenery and ocean is like another world for me, I love it! Thanks for quite the visually pleasing experience!ReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.comMarch 13, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos — I’ve always wanted to visit an Alpeca’s farm. They are cute 😀

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog, Brian :)ReplyCancel

  • Cucina49March 13, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    I want those fries and that sandwich, plus a chance to pet an alpaca, please. Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey FrancesMarch 13, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    love weekend trips to Portland. These are fantastic photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveMarch 13, 2012 - 10:24 pm

    Oh. My. Word. Those fries in duck fat! Heavenly.ReplyCancel

  • CaitlinMarch 14, 2012 - 1:40 am

    I love that this post is mostly photos… I’m new to blogging and will keep that in mind in the future! Based on the photos your trip was nothing but wonderful. The only Portland I’ve been to is in Oregon, also a very fun place with lots of good food but it may be lacking the alpaca. Thanks for sharing :-)ReplyCancel

  • naomiMarch 14, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    I want to take a Silent Sunday trip with you! :) Love these pictures.ReplyCancel

  • meeshMarch 14, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    duckfat is the best!!!

    and those alpacas are ADORBS

    great photos :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather GregoireMarch 15, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Maple syrup Sunday is March 25 in Maine, you don’t want to miss it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca @ All-American VegetarianMarch 21, 2012 - 11:25 pm

    We have spent lots of time in Maine – my inlaws live in the Portland area. Have had baked goods from Two Fat Cats, yum! Have you ever been to their Farmer’s Market in Portland – love it. I am always so relaxed when we go there…looks like you were, too :)
    I love alpacas!

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  • Mary SchwanerOctober 27, 2013 - 6:03 pm

    If I ever get to this area I shall make Duckfat and Two Fat Cats Bakery ” MUST STOPS !”
    Thanks for magnificent photos !

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