Everyone needs a break occasionally, and nothing is more relaxing than visiting beautiful seascapes, especially when a visit with family is included in your plans.

This year our vacation took Northeast with a stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for lunch at Sander’s Fish Market. We had tuna sandwiches made of fresh caught tuna. Never has a tuna sandwich tasted so good.  Portsmouth was an interesting city with beautiful old homes nestled along the Piscataqua River.

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Sanders Fish Market - Portsmouth NH

From Portsmouth went on to Portland, Maine. From our hotel room, we had gorgeous views of the port.  We watched as the seagulls swooped in on the fishing boats unloading the day’s catch.

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A short trip Southeast of Portland to Portland Head Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth was a dream come true. My husband George and I love lighthouses and this one has long been our favorite.  It is more beautiful in person, but George’s photos are fantastic and they will give you a sense of the beauty that awaited us here.






Our next destination was Bar Harbor, Maine.  Bar Harbor is a quaint seaside town with all the shops, restaurants, and cute little houses you would expect to find there.  We had a lunch of lobster rolls on the waterfront while enjoying the unusually warm weather.


Lobster Roll in Bar Harbor, MA

Acadia National Park was spectacular! I can’t begin to describe it, so I will let George’s photos speak for themselves.






In the photo below (an enlargement of the one above) you can see hikers making their way to the top.

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Our next stop as we headed south was Kennebunkport, Maine.  This little town offered so much in the way of souvenir shops where you can purchase George Bush memorabilia or other keepsakes.  No, we did not seek out a peek at the Bush home there.






Our final destination, as we headed down the coast to Boston, Massachusetts (Needham, to be exact) included a stop for lunch and some shopping in my favorite town of all – Newburyport, Massachusetts. Situated near the mouth of the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, Newburyport is a picture-perfect waterfront town. Surrounding a town square are quaint shops and restaurants with a short walk to the boardwalk along the river where there are more sailboats than you could count.








Our final stop was the best stop of all. We spent several days with our son Todd, daughter-in-law Tricia, and grandsons Tyler and Taylor. Each time we visit, we try to see different sights.  This year we went to Lexington, Massachusetts.  The towns surrounding Boston abound with historic sites, and Lexington did not disappoint us. The area is rich in Revolutionary War history.  No matter what we do or where we go while visiting, the important thing is, we have a chance to enjoy our time with family.


Me with Tricia


Tyler and Taylor


Tyler and his cat Taney

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Todd and George


Lexington, Massachusetts

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Tricia, Tyler, Taylor, Todd at Lexington, MA 9-6-15

Tricia, Tyler, Taylor, and Todd

No matter how long we visit, it is never long enough. Time flies and before we can blink, we are back home again.

45 thoughts on “2015 – VACATION

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful trip! 🙂 And thanks for taking us with you (virtually) with the amazing pics. That Lighthouse is just too pretty and I would love to visit it one day 🙂 And your grandsons are all grown up…..glad to see you had some nice family time 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful photo tour, Michelle. Thank you for sharing. It is wonderful to have the time to spend with family, and how relaxed and happy everyone looks.
    I can understand why the lighthouse is a favourite. It is magnificent! And the poem and its story make it all the more so!

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  3. Wow, it all sounds so wonderful, Michelle. And I love all the photos! I’ve been to Boston, but not to the other places. I’m not a big seafood fan anymore, but if it were truly fresh, like what you experienced, like from ocean to skillet, then I might change my mind a bit. Especially north Atlantic seafood.

    I love all of your photos, once again. I feel like I took the trip with you. And your grandsons are very handsome! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, my dear one.

    Blessings for a glorious, healthy day,
    Marianne xox

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  4. It does look like it was FANTASTIC !!! I simply love all the quaint shoppes, olde arcitecture, the seaside vista’s and the BEAUTIFUL Lighthouse 🙂 See, I should really move to New England 🙂 Then you could come visit me and we could read, eat seafood and stare at the sea 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Nicholas. It was definitely a memory maker. We had gorgeous weather for the whole trip, so we were able to see everything we had hoped. The time with family trumped the time in Maine though.
      The hair? Getting used to the big change. 🙂

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  5. Fantastic photos! It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I’ve never been to Maine, so I enjoyed seeing what it looks like.

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    1. It was our first time there, Nicki. We loved it so much we were thinking we could live there, until a shop owner in Portland told us the temperature drops to -30 in January and February. I’ll visit anytime it’s warmer.


  6. Michelle, these photos are amazing! I love the lighthouse especially and the very pretty and colourful Kennebunkport. I visited Nubble lighthouse a few years ago. Glad you had such a good vacation 🙂

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