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Maine Part 1

Every two years, my dad’s side of the family goes on an epic family reunion. I say epic because it’s always fun and a little crazy having all 25 cousins, 5 uncles, 5 aunts, 1 great-aunt, and 1 grandma all together again! This year we headed off to Bar Harbor, Maine for family time… and lobster!

In fact, the second we arrived we set down our bags and headed down the street to a local lobster pound. And in case you’re like my family and were wondering, the restaurant didn’t spell “pond” wrong! A lobster pound is a local term describing an eatery with a big tank of fresh lobsters.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Imagine my surprise when I found out that you had to reach in and choose your own!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My mom and I both had a lot of fun choosing our perfect “dinner!”

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We picked good ones :)

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

After a fabulous meal, we finally got to explore where we were staying. I was in the main house with most of my cousins, and we had the most amazing view of the harbor.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My parents and several of my aunts and uncles stayed at the Clark Point Inn, which was right down the street.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was an adorably quaint inn, and I would definitely recommend staying there.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Especially after I saw what they serve for breakfast!

Pistou eggs on crostini with pine nuts, fresh parmesan and basil pesto:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Raspberry lemon pudding souffle:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Cinnamon sugar donut muffin:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Belgian waffles with chilled oranges, toasted pecans, fresh whipped cream and bourbon-infused Maine maple syrup:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Kiwi and strawberries creme anglais and toasted coconut:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And bruleed vanilla grapefruit to name a few!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Not bad at all!

Once all of my family arrived, we decided to start the trip off with something “Maine-y.” What could be more Maine than a whale watch?!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I didn’t bring a coat on the trip, so my dad lent me his massive bright orange coat (after teasing me for my terrible packing first!).

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It’s a pretty great look, huh?

I was glad I had it though, because it was freezing over the water. Lesson learned: even if you go to Maine in July, bring a coat!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

While on the trip we saw humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, an ocean sun fish, and harbor and grey seals!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Yes, I know, I should work for National Geographic…

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

…ish.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The boat narrator (who let the microphone go to his head and wouldn’t stop talking) also passed around part of a whale’s mouth for us to touch. Here’s Michaela modeling it:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

She’s so Maine!

Our family vacations are fun/funny because every day we have planned group activities. This is why my cousin Colin jokingly refers to it as summer camp with alcohol! One of my favorite activities involved playing a game of softball. I didn’t love it because of the game, but because of the costuming!

Jealous of our t-shirts?

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Of course, the game wouldn’t be complete without a jumping picture!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The yellow (ahem losing) team:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

AND THE BLUE WINNING TEAM:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Because my cousin Sarah was getting married at the end of the week, another activity involved breaking into teams and designing wedding dresses. They were beautifully modeled by my dad and uncles:

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

If you’re thinking the one on the left looks particularly beautiful, that’s because my team designed it!

We also played endless games of spoons.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Had a fiesta with a pinata.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And went to a local Maine bar that was half bar and half… wait for it…

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

LAUNDROMAT!!!

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Oh Maine…

But one of my favorite activities of all was the night we went outside and lit sparklers.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And released beautiful paper lanterns into the sky.

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bar Harbor Maine - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Such a beautiful night.

Stay tuned for Maine part 2!

~A

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