Nay, SS. The rain in Maine is normally in March (sorry I couldn't get it to rhyme.) Normally the worst month of the year for cold, rain and ice, when even Boston is springlike. But this March (except for the snowstorm) has been amazing -- it's possible we'll reach 85 by Thursday.
Y'all come on up! While it took a lot of getting used to after living in Boston or Providence for nearly two decades, I've know lived in Maine 18 years. You can even get the supermarkets to steam your lobsters for you, which at the times when they're about 4.99 a pound (alas, not right now) is quite a deal.
But seriously people are out wearing shorts. And it is supposed to be even warmer the next two days.
We are, TEF -- but it's a little like living in a parallel universe. When you live in Maine in late winter/early spring, and it's been mild, you always wait for the other shoe to drop. Except with these temps and the ground warming up so much it's hard to see how a snowstorm could make headway (even though I think the latest on record was June). What a lovely thought...
I've been hovering around the Great State of Maine for the last few weeks. Haven't crossed the border.....NH one week, Boston one week, back to NH, now back in Southie. The CY in Southie is of a different ilk. Not sure if this an original build or one of those brand changeovers.
The weather, as you mentioned Prof, has been pristine. All the beautiful people come outside during the day when the weather is nice.
Two weeks back, the snow in NH was just being cleaned up. I took in Hart's Turkey Farm for an evening meal....I think it was tef that tipped me off for that one.
It's a wonderful area, Tryt. While much of Maine has been trying for decades to deal with an economic downturn because of logging, the paper industry, loss of shirt factories, and a general decline, Portland has really become a major attraction where lots of cruise ships even stop. Beautiful lighthouses and historic sites and on summer days like today you can sit out on the restaurant patios and take it all in.
Let me know when you're back in Maine!
Including the biggest city name! I once missed a flight to BOS that had landed from Europe at JFK and asked if they could get me on a flight to Portland (I did say PWM), and the woman did so and rechecked my baggage. Thank heavens I looked at the screen as I was exiting the post-customs rechecking area and found they had scheduled me to go to Oregon. They had to do a manhunt quickly for my suitcase. Obviously geography is not a subject well studied in US schools these days...
Last time I was there (South Boston Courtyard, just to be sure) I had a reservation that included breakfast in the price. When checking in I was told that Plat's get free breakfast at that CY and she changed my reservation to a lower rate that didn't have breakfast attached to it....and I got the free breakfast. Nice gesture!
This post brings back a lot of great memories. Used to dine a place in Waterville, called Three Sister's, it was a classy place. Likewise, in Portland, there were places, not fancy, that you could get two lobster tales for $10. There is also something "Magical" about seeing Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park. Visited LL Bean and bought some items, but I don't remember what city they were located in.
Wish I had some photo's to share, but memories are still great to share!
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (did you know it's the only national park in the northeast) are my favorite places in Maine. Alas, in Waterville, Three Sisters is no longer around, but the town itself has been picking up over the past decade after being in a real decline the first several years I was here (not because of me). The closest Marriott is still in Augusta, but the only one I ever stay at in Maine is in Portland when I'm flying out of there. But I'll settle for improvements in the local economy and somewhat better dining and cultural offerings.