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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude

New England knows how to do Christmas! The first two weeks of December mark the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude, there are Christmas sales, tree lightings, parades, and lots of holiday cheer! This year we headed up to Kennebunkport Maine the first weekend of Prelude, the drive from Boston isn’t bad, just 1.5-2 hours. We left early Saturday morning, once we got up there we check out the shops and did a little shopping. Next we hopped on board a lobster boat and went for a ride around the harbor. 8C491A4C-2B34-4DE4-88DA-2D02AF9DA62BE4E03180-DB4D-467B-A348-BCAF333355DC6AD3EA85-58D2-4B93-ACA4-849DAA0A37CE2ED56EE9-3079-4218-9C84-80ADA4560D8CB3853127-0AB9-448A-8853-2B060567F04D0544253D-C15D-4A5E-9322-5A36767C37DB7AAB42EF-8413-4249-9E82-0282336BE374E44C6D31-2531-4578-9178-80A1FD29F726

After the boat ride we were super hungry so we headed to Pedro’s for margaritas and lunch. Pedro’s margaritas are incredible; I had the Margarita en Fuego, it was super spicy, just the way I like it! After a quick lunch we headed to grab a spot along the parade route for the annual Hat Parade. I was amazed how creative some people were, it was a little chilly for a parade but it was a ton of fun. We decided to grab some cocktails after the parade and then headed to the Franciscan Monastery for the annual Candlelight Caroling. That was definitely the highlight of the weekend for me.

We spent the night but Sunday was rainy and miserable so we headed home. I love visiting all the Christmas festivals that take place around New England. Kennebunkport and the Nantucket Stroll are my top two, but a bunch of towns have holiday strolls that are worth checking out. What is your favorite?

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Portland Weekend Guide

Just a couple hours from Boston Portland Maine is the perfect weekend getaway. Mike and I headed up to Portland a couple weekends ago to celebrate a friend’s wedding. I love Portland, it has an amazing food scene and is so pretty in the fall! Our first day we strolled around Old Port and grabbed lunch at Central Provisions. We grabbed some seats at the bar, Central Provisions has a open kitchen, sitting at the bar allowed us to watch all the action. I got the corn bread and lobster fritters they were so good! CP uses fresh farm to table ingredients in a great atmosphere. Old port is so fun to stroll around, cobble stone streets, cute shops, and some amazing art galleries!

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The wedding took place at the gorgeous Portland Audubon, the leaves were all starting to change and the weather was perfect. We had such a great time, the food at the wedding was incredible! We danced all night.

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Before heading home the next day we stopped at Highroller Lobster and got something that had been on my food bucket list, the Lobster Cheese Crisp Taco! The taco shell is made from cheese and its filled with lobster, lettuce, avocado, and your choice of sauce. I got the jalapeno mayo. It was so good! If you like lobster rolls you should definitely check out Highroller, they have tons of fun twists on a traditional lobster roll! B59E82D6-4C5C-4AEC-9EE9-4890D19719967AA7DDC8-6B03-485D-8F5B-1E04FA4A738A

There are tons of fun things to do in Portland. Check out one of the many micro-brewies, like Sebago Brewing Co, Shipyard Brewing, and Island Dog Brewing. You can take a harbor cruise, the mailboat run is really fun!

If you’re up for a little drive you can check out the Portland Headlight. It is so beautiful and a great way to end the weekend. Fall is the perfect time for a New England weekend getaway!

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A Christmas Tradition

Right before me and Mike’s first Christmas together he took me to his place in Maine. It was my first time there, I had actually never been that far north in Maine before. It is so beautiful up there, it is the perfect place to go, unplug and relax for a few days before Christmas.

This year is our 4th Christmas together and for a fourth year in a row we headed up to Maine. It’s great to spend a weekend just the two of us, no WiFi, no distractions!

On the way home we always stop off in Freeport. I love the Christmas Village LL Bean does every year, this year they called in the Celebration of the Northern Lights. During the day Santa is there for the kids (and big kids) to take photos with, there are reindeer, hundreds of Christmas trees all lit up, it is truly magical! We can all get a little stressed during the holidays but strolling through all the trees really makes me feel like I’m in a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Thanks to Mike for being a good sport and letting me take a million photos even though you were cold!

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Magical Christmas with L.L. Bean 

Every year right before Christmas my boyfriend Mike and I head up to Maine to close up the cabin for winter and do a little Christmas shopping in Freeport. Freeport is home to the flagship L.L. Bean store, I love to shop at a lot of different places but L.L. Bean is the my number one. They have everything for everyone, the quality never disappoints, and their customer service is unmatched. I was able to get some Christmas shopping done and we stoped for dinner at Linda Bean’s Topside Tavern. 

L.L. Bean gets decked out every year for Christmas, this year they went bigger than ever. 100 Christmas trees all lit up, a reindeer barn, and a northern lights show inside an igloo! It was magical, if you are having any trouble getting into the Christmas spirit visit L.L. Bean they do Christmas better than anyone! 


Where is your favorite place to go Christmas shopping? Let me know in the comments section! 

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Grand Finale 

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as is nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale” -Lauren DeStefano
One of my favorite quotes! Best thing about fall in New England is that there isn’t just one peak weekend. There is a peak in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Boston, and southern Connecticut and Rhodes Island! If you’re willing to drive you can catch a couple of really great shows! We just about reached peak in Boston and it sure is beautiful! Took a stroll around Beacon Hill and the Public Gardens and stopped in at Tatte bakery for lunch.