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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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Seersucker at Sesuit

Its those small out of the way places that have the best food! If you’re in the mood for a killer Lobster roll check out Sesuit Harbor Cafe. It is the most charming spot, right on the water. Get to Lobster roll, you won’t be sorry!

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This dress was a major find at TJ Maxx, seersucker and anchors! Its super comfy and light, great for the heat!

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Hydrangea Lane

One of my favorite things about visiting the Cape is all the beautiful hydrangeas. It is actually the PH in the soil that determined their color. Up in Boston most hydrangeas bloom pink or purple, but on the cape they are always a beautiful shade of blue. My dad planted some special in our yard at home so that they would bloom blue every year!

Packing for the cape is normally rushed, I toss a whole bunch of dresses, a swimsuit, and some sandals in a bag and hope for the best. I was happy to find this oldie but goodie in my bag! Its vineyard vines a few years ago, the v-neck was a little deep for me so I had the fabric sewed up a little higher. I love the stripes, it is the perfect preppy dress! My tote is from Madewell and I got my hat at Nordstrom a couple of summers ago.

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Eastern Point Light

In second grade we did a lighthouse project, we all picked a light house in New England and designed a model of it. So began my love of lighthouses. There are so many sprinkled through out New England. Growing up my mom would always take us to the beaches in Gloucester. I still try and make it up there a few times each summer. There is so much to explore in that area. Great restaurants, fabulous beaches, and of course a couple of lighthouses. Eastern Point Light is a classic that will never get old. The drive to get there take a little while but it is well worth it!

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Gatsbying at Gilded

This weekend Mike and I were in Newport for our friends wedding and we stayed at the adorable boutique hotel Gilded. Gilded is a fun unique hotel themed after the Gilded Age, a perfect fit for Newport! Side note: if it’s you’re first time in Newport you have to visit the Newport Mansions, the ultimate embodiment of the Gilded Age! I loved the design and all the decor of Gilded, I felt like I was staying at Gatsby’s House! We stayed in one of the deluxe king rooms, the bed was so comfy and I was obsessed with the bathroom! Be sure to check out the full room tour on my instagram highlights! If you are looking for a weekend getaway this summer I highly recommend Newport, there is so much to do, and tons or great bars and restaurants! Gilded is located just a short walk from down town so it’s the perfect place to stay! When you check in they provide you with an iPad that is filled with recommendations on where to eat and play!

Gilded is owned by Lark Hotels which I am a big fan of! They have hotels all over New England and each one is unique to its location, and I am all about embracing New England heritage! Gilded embraced Newport’s history and was a luxurious, fun place the stay!

The manager Heather was fabulous! She was able to arrange an early check-in for us so that we had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding. There is an adorable lounge in the main building and a billiards room in the second building. The breakfast Heather prepared was delicious! Definitely make sure you get up in time! There were also fresh cookies put out in the evening, which were a delicious treat when we got back from the wedding. The butterfly wall in the lobby was definitely my favorite part of Gilded, so beautiful!

I definitely encourage everyone to check out the Gilded. It is such a unique hotel and it is perfectly Newport! Thank you to Lark for our complimentary stay, as always all opinions are my own.