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Honeymooning in Maine

So, are you getting married in Maine? Or, you want to honeymoon in Maine- what’s better than spending time in this beautiful state? With gourmet food, relaxing seaside hamlets, and breathtaking views, there is no better place to unwind and celebrate. 

With a coastline longer than California’s, we couldn’t pick just one honeymoon local, so we’ve written up our top three favorites. Get ready to plan the perfect Maine honeymoon, anniversary trip, or spontaneous couples adventure!

Relax and Indulge Outside the City

What is more romantic than a spa weekend outside of Bon Appetit’s2018 Restaurant City of the Year? Switch between exploring the harborside city filled with maritime history and boutique shopping and relaxing in the beach towns just minutes from downtown. 

For a luxury option, we recommend Cape Elizabeth’s Inn by the Sea, with spa packages and beach front access. Just fifteen minutes from Portland, this resort feels a world away and provides the perfect space to sit back and unwind in between trips into Portland. 

For those looking into get in on the action of the city, Portland’s Press Hotelis a boutique hotel with rich history and connections to the city’s artist community. If that isn’t enough to convince you, this spot is also environmentally friendly and LEED certified and their restaurant, Union, serves up some of the best avocado toast in town. 

For both avid foodies and those looking for affordable eats, Portland is the place for you. Indulge at the legendary Fore Streetand take a trip around the world with the innovative Japanese cuisine at Pai Men Miyake.  During the hot summer months, taking the ferry to Peaks Island is a must – and wouldn’t be complete without fueling up for the day at Tandem Coffee(we’re partial to the iced coffee and cinnamon rolls). 

Downeast Date Night in Camden 

For those looking to explore the natural beauty of Maine’s extensive coast, Camden is the ideal launching pad. Complete with gorgeous ocean views, a quaint downtown, and accessible hiking, Camden is the complete package. Gorgeous and romantic, without being dull, Camden is one of our top spots for a honeymoon trip. 

We recommend the Samoset Resort, particularly for those who love to golf, or check out Camden’s newest boutique hotel, 16 Bayview.During the day, walk down the main drag and enjoy views of the Atlantic, dotted with sailboats, and the antique homes that dot the coast line. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, Mount Battie is located just up the road from Camden’s Main Street. A short hike with rewarding views, Mount Battie is the perfect way to spend an afternoon away from the beach. Personally, we like the celebrate summiting with an oversized ice cream at the Gifford’s Stand in Camden afterwards.

Once you’ve had your fair share of lobster rolls, check out the affordable and satisfying Thai fare at Long Grain.This eatery is a favorite among locals and draws in pad thai enthusiasts from around the state.  

Romantic Road Trip

One of the best parts of Maine are the hidden gems – often untouched coves best found when meandering up the coast line. For those looking to explore and see the all the state has to offer, a road trip with your loved one is a great way to get to know Maine. 

Although there are too many quaint towns to list, we love Deere Isle and the surrounding islands – connected by breathtaking bridges, for those looking to kayak, hike, and peruse hand-crafted pottery. Removed from the main drag, Deere Isle is a peaceful spot almost entirely inhabited by locals who have lived there for generations. Check out El El Frijolesand make sure to sample the lobster tacos.  

The best spot to end a road trip in Maine is, hands down, Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. From camping to charming bed and breakfasts, you can’t go wrong in this area. Be one of the first people in the United States to see the sunrise by climbing (or driving) up Cadillac Mountain first thing in the morning. Check out the Beehive Trail for a fun loop complete with scrambling up ladders and boulders. Our favorite part about hiking in Acadia? The hikes are manageable, but the views are breathtaking. 

With a budding micro-brewing economy, a road trip throughout Maine means you are never too far from a brewery. Check out this handy toolto find nearby breweries and even map out the best route to hit all your favorites. Cheers to love and Maine!

Love & Lobster! 
Photo by Brendan Bullock

sneak peek: Bridget + Ryan

Bridget and Ryan tied the knot overlooking Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine in mid-August. Though it threatened to rain for most of the day, the stormy weather held off until nightfall and the couple, their family, and friends were able to enjoy a gorgeous outdoor ceremony followed by a tented reception.

Groom and groomsmen’s personalities shining through.

Rose and gold details, accented by natural greenery, were showcased throughout.

Congratulations Bridget and Ryan!

More to come!

 

VENDORS:

Wedding Planner: Kristina Slocum of Purple Orchid Event Planning

Venue: Viewpoint Hotel

Photographer: Cait Bourgault Photography
Flowers: Little River Flower Farm
Rentals: Sperry TentPeak EventsA Family AffairHeartwood Essentials
Cake:  Nothing Bakes Like a Parot
Makeup: Beauty Muse
Hair: Lindsay Griffen
Catering: Liberty Lane Catering
Videographer: Daniel Olivares
Band: Big City
Ceremony music: Opus Trio

Portland Oceanside Wedding: Rory + Steve

Rory and Steve got married at the very same place they met years ago: Ocean Gateway in Portland, Maine. The couple enjoyed perfect Maine weather in an outdoor ceremony and celebrated that evening in a venue with panoramic ocean views.

Photo by Erica Godino with Closer North.

Photo by Erica Godino with Closer North.

Toasts with props had the whole wedding in fits of laughter!

Photo by Erica Godino with Closer North.

Congratulations Rory and Steve!

VENDORS:
Maine Wedding Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Venue: Ocean Gateway
Photographer: Closer North
Catering: the Bread and Butter Catering
DJ: Dave Dionne
Florist: Little River Flower Farm
Hair & Makeup: A New Leaf Salon

maine wedding venue week

It’s no secret that we love, love, love the state of Maine. Two of us have been lucky enough to call this place home from the start, and Meli has quickly adapted to the Maine lifestyle and now considers herself a Mainer. One of the reasons Maine is such a great place to get married is the venue options are endless – lakeside venues, coastal venues, private estates, summer camps, B&Bs, museums, barns, and farms! Throughout the past few years we have had the chance to travel to venues that fall in just about every one of these categories and we think we are so lucky to get to explore new venues each wedding season. Over the next week we’re going to take you through some of these categories and showcase real life venues and weddings to help you narrow down your venue options.

photo cred: Alexandra Roberts

tommy and peter, destination wedding from new york

Words cannot describe the amazing in the air, the day Tommy and Peter got married in Portland, Maine.

Tommy, born in Atlanta, and Peter, a native New Yorker, wanted to encompass all their styles and tastes. Designer and talent, Judy Bourgeois, owner of Flora Fauna created a concept to do just that.

More than two-hundred guests kicked off the festivities Friday evening at Bayside Bowl for the rehearsal party and did not end until the Sunday Cure-Your-Hangover Brunch, concluding at The Press Hotel.

The main event of course- was the ceremony and reception held at 58 Fore. Tommy and Peter celebrated, danced and laughed the night away with their family and closest friends- not to mention a surprised choreographed flash mob- say what?!

love. intensity. originality. family. commitment. fun. honest. magnetic. connection. #tommyandpeter

Thank you to our friend and artist-  Erin Little for the photos!

This would not have been the wedding to remember without these hard-working vendors:
Wedding Planner: The Purple Orchid, Event Planning
Venue: 58 Fore
Caterer: Kitchen Chicks Catering
Rentals:
NECR
Rentals Unlimited
Heartwood Essentials
One Stop Event Rentals
Band: Eye to Eye
Florist and Designer: Flora Fauna
Officiant: Geramy (Tommy’s brother)
Pie and Ice-cream:  Pies provided by Kitchen Chicks Catering and Ice Cream from Shane’s of Maine
Espresso: Espresso Dave’s
Lighting: The Event Light Pros
Photographer: A Love Supreme
Videographer: Media Northeast
Stationary: Fourteen- Forty
Transportation: VIP Tour & Charter Bus Co