Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Alex and Liz's Wedding Weekend

This past weekend we dropped Annie at the Pet Hotel and headed to Portland, Maine for the wedding of Alex and Liz, our dear friends. We flew first class (thanks to Dan's Delta Silver Status upgrade) from Kansas City to Boston then rented a car and took scenic Route 1 up through New Hampshire to Portland. Since it was Dan's first time in the Granite State we decided to stop in New Hampshire along the way for a lobster roll dinner (the first of many lobster meals).

When we arrived at the hotel in Portland we ran into Matt and Diana in the lobby. We accompanied them out as they ate their (lobster) dinners at a Maine brewery and we discussed plans for the weekend and caught up. On Saturday we met up with Matt, Diana and Allison (who arrived late on Friday from Mississippi) in the hotel for breakfast. We then headed out to explore downtown Portland.
The gang in Post Office Park in downtown Portland
We hopped from tourist shop to art gallery picking up wild Maine blueberry jam, postcards and, of course, an ornament for the tree along the way. After a delicious lunch we headed back to the hotel to gussy ourselves up for the boat tour of Casco Bay that we were invited to by the bride and groom-to-be. With the sun shining we were treated to a fantastic tour of the Bay featuring lighthouses, seals and boats a plenty. 


The Casco Bay
 
Alex and Liz
After the boat cruise we headed over to adorable Freeport where we were treated to a lovely wedding welcome dinner at the Harraseeket Inn featuring fresh seafood and blueberry pie.
Liz and Alex
 After dinner we headed to the Portland Harbor Hotel where we met up with friends to watch the culmination of the Michigan game :(. To lift our spirits after the Wolverines' loss we headed off to $3 Deweys, Portland's oldest alehouse, and enjoyed some Allagash White (per Becky's suggestion) and toasted Alex and Liz on their last night as an unmarried couple.

On Sunday we gathered again at the Comfort Inn for breakfast then headed off to explore before the wedding. The Portland Head Light lighthouse, in Cape Elizabeth, was calling our name. We toured the museum learning about the history of the lighthouse (built at the directive of George Washington) and hiked around the trails of the park. As we were making our way back to the car, in a slight drizzle, we spotted a food truck hawking whoopie pies and lobster rolls! Score! Dan and I shared a phenomenal lobster roll and Allison divvied off a piece of her whoopie pie for me :-). By the time we reached the car the drizzle had turned into a steady rain . . .
Mary, Allison, Diana and Matt

Enjoying the View
Along the Park Trails
The rain cleared for us to climb some rocks along the coast before we headed back to the hotel to pretty ourselves for the main(e) event! Stay tuned for Part 2 . . .




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