My Maine Vacation — Food, Flowers, Foliage and a dog named Bentley

I am taking a little break this week.  I’ll be sharing some “best of Mrs. Twist” posts for you to enjoy while I get some R&R.  Have a lovely week!

I have to admit, I am not original on the idea of traveling to Ogunquit, Maine. I totally got the idea from Holley when she traveled there with her family this past summer (you can read about it here).  As soon as I hit the publish button on her blog post, Mr. Bee and I booked a “just the two of us” getaway.  We always travel with Miss Bee because we knew one day she would be away at school and we wanted to spend all the time with her that we could.  Now that we are emptynesters, Mr. Bee and I were super excited to get away and enjoy time together.

We booked our stay at The Trellis House.  Hands-down the best B&B we’ve ever stayed.  You can read all about them on their website, including all their Trip Advisor awards!  Here’s my highnotes…

October is the perfect time of the year — everything is still in bloom and it’s cool.  I was raised with the AC set on 62 so I love the cool air anytime I can get it.  Gorgeous flowers everywhere and giant pumpkins are on everyone’s front stoop.

Here’s another B&B in town decorated for fall.

As soon as we arrived, Laurence greeted us with deviled eggs and flutes of sparkling wine.  I could tell immediately, he and I were going to be fast friends.  Give a southern girl bubbly and deviled eggs and she’ll take a bullet for you!

As soon as I scarfed down the bites and bubbly, I immediately snapped pics of their living area.  It is gorgeous.  Classically and elegantly nautical with gorgeous accents of kelly green, navy and crisp white.

And these dahlias from their garden were waiting by the fire for me to enjoy while I looked through their fabulous cookbook!  It’s filled with all the recipes they serve their guests.

Speaking of food, here are snaps of the sumptuous breakfasts they served each morning.  Not only was the food delicious and beautifully plated, but we were able to make so many new friends during breakfast and happy hours each day.

Happy hour was the highlight of our day.  Laurence and Glen pampered us each afternoon at 4:30 p.m. with hand crafted cocktails and yummy bites.  Some of the best conversations I’ve shared were had on their outdoor wraparound porch.  I enjoyed this whiskey sour curled up under a blanket.

Tucked under the coffee table glass were dozens of handwritten messages left by guests swooning over their stay.  Here’s the chicken enchilada dip Laurence “whipped” up one evening.  He rattled off the ingredients for the recipe, but I know it won’t taste as good if I make it.  There’s magic at this place I tell you!

Okay, we really did more than just eat and drink I promise.  A few of the days we were there it rained and we were perfectly content to putter around the B&B, but we did try to take advantage of the sun by walking along the seawall and take a day drive to Kennebunk and Kennebunkport.

We were able to see President George H.W. Bush’s home, Walker Point, along our drive.

We had purchased lobster rolls for our lunch in Kennebunk, but when we stopped to see the seaside view in Kennebunkport, I spied a cute little hang out called The Ramp.  I asked the lady who was coming out of the restaurant if it was good, as we chatted — she was from Texas, used to live in Fort Worth, her daughter went to TCU, and taught at the same school Mr. Bee substitutes!  It was meant to be.  We enjoyed cocktails by the water and stuffed our faces with fish and chip.  Pinch me, this place is amazing!!!!

Here’s the gorgeous view of Perkins Cove where all the lobster boats anchor for the day.  That was our view one evening during dinner while we noshed on two pounds of lobster!

Okay, here’s the flowers.  Ya’ll, I am planting dahlias in my garden.  They were like tissue paper, so delicate and perfect.  And the colors!

I have saved the best for last.  This handsome fellow, Bentley.  He is the official greeter of The Trellis House — has his own #thetrellishousebentley

He welcomed me each morning at breakfast and by the end of our trip, he was my side kick on the couch and upstairs in our room (he always politely waited until he was invited).  He delivers a spectacular turndown service each night, too!  Homemade treats and snuggles.

All good things must come to an end and Monday morning we said farewell.  But, no fear, we’ve decided to make this our annual fall trip and we look forward to many more years of this Maine event!

7 thoughts on “My Maine Vacation — Food, Flowers, Foliage and a dog named Bentley”

  1. I love Maine! I am so excited to revisit with you. I’ve been in the fall and the spring and it’s so gorgeous but particularly in the fall. Thanks for the mini tour. Warmed my heart!

  2. Melissa: That was such an incredible tour. Took me right back to my memories with Holley, Chris, and I being there together. Thank you for sharing all the pictures, exploits, and love of Trellis house. You were so on point, it is a “special” place. John

  3. Ok…it is rare that this hardened (yet humble) Inn Keeper is moved to Blog Tears. Perhaps it is because it is the end of our season (and we are worn down from giving it our all) but more likely it is the reminder of the importance of being earnest in our endeavors. There is no greater reward for our efforts than to learn that our guests see every detail and that the sum of those details promote a great experience/holiday. Of course when those guests arrive as delightful, happy, interested, talented, and charming people it sure makes our jobs easier to delight you in return. We knew, when we decided to open a B&B that we would be greeting and welcoming strangers into our home. What we did not anticipate was that we would develop genuine affection and friendship with so many of them. Thank you for staying with us. Until then…

  4. I LOVE everything about this! It makes us (John, Chris, and myself) so happy to know you and Doug loved it there as much as we did. Melissa, you have a gift for enjoying and savoring every moment in life and your joy is contagious!

  5. Spent a fabulous weekend at the Trellis House in September. Beautiful weather, a walk on the Marginal Way. Glen and Laurence are the best hosts ever. Already booked a return visit.

  6. Melissa,
    I just got back from Maine on Saturday. One cousin and I went to Ellsworth, ME to visit another cousin who lives there. Today I’m looking at the stack of mail and catalogs that piled up while I was gone. I’m definitely having Maine withdrawal symptoms. I want to get in my car and DRIVE back up there and find a cozy little corner to house me and Willow for the winter. Reading this again today about the Trellis House made my heart happy. It sent me right back to my happy place by the sea. We spent much of our time in the Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Freeport and of course, the charming little town of Ellsworth. I ate a steak last night at my son’s home and that was my first meal without seafood or sumptuous breakfasts in cozy spots. Thanks for reposting this. It made my day!

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