“Yes, I am overdoing it. My ideas are extravagant. That’s how I am. But, unlike other people, I try to make my extravagant ideas come true. Believe me, there’s nothing more beautiful in the world than a grand dream that’s been turned into reality. I wish my life was just one single extravagant dream.”

– Milan Kundera, The Farewell Waltz

snowHey, I’m Emily. I hit the five year mark in my relationship with Maine in 2015. I like to think that makes me officially a Mainah now, but that depends on who you ask. I’ve been lucky to go on some great adventures in my life, and fortunate to have Maine as my playground for the past several years.

I’ve encountered very different mindsets when it comes to travel – those who do it, those who don’t, and those who want to but just don’t know how to make it happen. It’s not hard, and hopefully this blog can help get that message across. I do not have tons of money, and I don’t have loads of time. And hey, you don’t need those things to get out and see the world. Sure, they help, but I’m not talking weeks long excursions here. I’m talking weekend trips. Trips where your cost is a tank of gas and some half decent camping equipment. Trips to see your surroundings and enrich your every day life. These experiences are worth so much more than the money you may or may not spend on them.

Take trips but, more importantly, take time to do the things you love. Life should be full of adventure, and these are mine – big and small.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Bruce Beck says:

    Hello! My wife and I will be vacationing in Portland the second week , and we would love to find out the places to go that the locals know. We enjoy the craft beer scene, along with coffee houses and local restaurants. Would you point us in the right direction?

    1. Emily says:

      You’re certainly heading to the right place! You’ll find plenty to eat and drink while you’re here. My boyfriend roasts coffee for Speckled Ax and I have a long history with Coffee By Design, so I’m partial to those two for coffee, although there are lots of great options in the area. If you head to the East Bayside neighborhood, you can hit one of the CBD locations, plus Tandem Coffee Roasters, Bunker Brewing, and Rising Tide Brewery. Oxbow is also nearby (tucked behind another CBD) and great beer/space. Liquid Riot is awesome – they are a brewery/distillery/restaurant all in one. And Novare Res is a must-visit if you’re into beer, and Little Tap House has lots of the locals. If you’re looking to bring local brews home, Bier Celler is great.

      You could spend days eating your way around the area. Sur Lie is great for a nice meal. Dutch’s has fantastic grab and go breakfast and lunch. Pai Men Miyake for delicious noodles and sushi. Salvage has terrific barbecue. Portland Food Map is a great resource for weekly happenings. Hope this helps!

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