Sunday, September 11, 2016

Portland Weekend

For Labor Day - we decided to get out of town. The beginning of September is such a cluster in Boston. So many college students moving in, and 80% of the city leases are up so it is moving day all over the place!
 It starts around 8/25 and is still going today - 9/11! 

We booked a condo on VRBO and left Saturday morning. Our first stop was Elsmere BBQ for lunch. Scott had gone with his bros when they were in Maine for his bach party, and he couldn't wait to go back. I got the Chicken Tacos, which were DELICIOUS! Everything was so good, and they had great local beers to drink too! Next, we stopped at Trader Joe's for breakfast food, dinner to grill, and essentials for a cheese plate. Then - we headed to the condo to drop our stuff. 

A quick uber to downtown Portland got us right in the center of the action without having to bother with parking, or worry about a DD. 

Portland was busy! We wanted to listen to some live music, but it was down near the water where it smelled like dead fish so I couldn't make that work. Luckily - the Thirsty Pig had some live music by local band Gunther Brown that was pretty good. We hung around town for a few drinks, then headed back to grill and hang on the deck. 

Sunday! Such a gorgeous day, but a little muggy. We checked out Fort Williams Park which had some cool old buildings, a lighthouse and great paths to walk around. 

Of course our adventures made us thirsty, so we went to Fore River Brewing Co. as recommended by Jen! It was in a very residential area so we were half expecting to end up in someones garage!

The space was really clean and nice - they had a good outdoor area with Cornhole and picnic tables too. 

 We went back to the condo for lunch, which was our leftover BBQ from Elsmere! I can't wait to get back up there for more!  Portland has recently redone a whole area called Thompson's Point, which used to just be abandoned / empty buildings and lots. It was a few miles from the condo, so we got on our bikes for a nice afternoon ride. 

We found Portland to be cyclist friendly, with lots of bike paths and courteous drivers. 
Thompson's Point had some cool places to check out: 

Stroudwater Distillery: 

I had a Ward 8, and Scott sampled the Vodka, Bourbon and Gin. 

Cool space, funky decor, and great wines! They had a reserve Rose open for tasting which isn't very common - so we were lucky to be able to sample it! 

We biked back to the condo to drop off the bikes and head back downtown. We walked around and checked out a few local spots before deciding on dinner at the Grill Room.  Unfortunately, dinner wasn't great there. The French onion soup was bland, and our food wasn't cooked right. The waitress was less than attentive, and clearly other customers were getting better service after arriving and ordering after us. Oh well. 

The next day, we drank coffee and relaxed before packing up our stuff and heading out of town. Hoping to beat some traffic, we left Portland by 11:30a. 

In a heavy traffic area near the tolls they had a moose waving at cars. 
We toyed with the idea of stopping at our other fave spot - Portsmouth, and in retrospect wish we had! We opted to check out Rockport, MA which I hadn't been to since college and Scott has never seen. It's a small town on the north shore with beautiful views. Lots of shops and little cafes, but not a lot of restaurant life. It used to be a dry town, and is slowly getting more places to eat and drink. We had lunch and shopped around. 

The water was a bit rough due to the hurricane/tropical storm in the Atlantic. It was so windy, and the waves were so high! The pics below don't quite do it justice. 

One place we definitely want to check out is the Stalin Liu Performance Center - Look at the backdrop for concerts! 

The views during shows must be amazing!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Weekend Recap | Swim, Gym, and Pliny

Thursday AM, Scott dropped me at the airport for my trip to CA!! I had a quick flight to JFK on a tiny puddle jumper. Per usual - it was horrible. You are up and down so quick, it's a small plane so any wind makes it super bumpy, and by the time we land - I feel sick. Luckily, I had about an hour layover so I was able to walk around a bit and grab a sandwich for lunch. 

Next up - the flight to SFO! 

I took the pic above on snapchat, but couldn't post until I landed. I love the filters that tell you how fast you're going! 

I flew Delta, and we were on a huge plane. It was so long! The seats were pretty roomy, and the TVs were similar to Virgin or Jet Blue - direct TV and some free shows available, plus some movies for purchase. I watched some episodes of Parks and Rec, Angie Tribeca, Law and Order SVU, and The Mindy Project. 

When I got in, I met Heather at the train station and we rode home together. That night we ordered some dinner, played with EGL and hung around. 

Crazy Erik got up early and went with his Hockey buds to Russian River to taste some Pliny the Younger. This beer is rare and delicious (I hear), and they left at 4:45AM to get in line! They hung around until 11 to get in, had 3 beers in 3 hours and headed back. It would have been good to taste Pliny the Younger, but -- it wasn't worth getting up that early! 
Instead, I stayed home with H & E. I had a little bit of work to do, so Heather and Ethan went for a walk. When they came back, I was all done and Heather had to get on a call and do some work so EGL and I went to the park. 

EGL loves to dance to Uptown Funk! He'll turn on the TV and say: 

Later, we practiced saying "Uncle Scott" but only got "Uncle Pots" or "Sot". You'll get it in time, little buddy - Scotty's nieces and nephews still call him Uncle Cott! 

 EGL is such a helper! He took this lantern off the table and dragged it around for a bit. Luckily he didn't break it, and was such a good boy to bring it back where it belongs! 

We hung around that afternoon, took a walk with Evie and had a low key night. Erik was nice enough to bring back some Pliny the Elder for me! WOOT! 

In the AM - Ethan had swimming. We grabbed some juices and walked through the farmers market on the way home. 
We played outside with bubbles in the warm weather. 

Heather and I went out to lunch when EGL went down for a nap, but he was NOT having it! He ended up not napping and going a little cuckoo later that night. 

Finally the little guy went to bed and we hung out on the couch until we all fell asleep by 10. 

Cuddling with the original fur - neice, Evie May! 

Early AM trains. Erik and Ethan put the table together on no - nap afternoon. Later we shuffled the track around to get the bridge up. 

Next, we hit up the usual breakfast hotspot: Sam's Log Cabin! 
Erik treated his girls (Heather and baby girl!), me and Ethan to breakfast. Then, it was off to gymnastics! 

Playing in the blocks after hanging on the rings. 

Working on his somersault. EGL was done with the gym with a few min left to class. He wanted to get his hand stamped and move on with the day! 

Little dude has a runny nose, and when he rubbed his nose with his stamped hand, his face turned blue!! 
After nap, we went to Berkeley Marina for a walk. 

We drove up to Pt. Reyes, and it was quite eventful! EGL did not handle the windy roads in the backseat well and we had to pull over for an outfit change after he got carsick. I feel for him, since that used to be me when I was a kid! 

We poked around town while his stomach settled. It was so nice and warm! 

We picked up sandwiches, had some coffee and headed back. 
These two didn't make it home without a nap! 

Back home, we dug out the water table since it was so nice out. 

SOMEONE got all wet so I wrapped him up to dry.
We walked downtown for pizza before bath and bed for Ethan and an Uber to the airport for Titi! 

We had a GREAT visit, and I was sad to leave! 
See you soon Luna's!