Fun at Forty

Hi kids,

It’s been a couple of weeks since I promised to report on our 40th anniversary getaway.

The thing is – I’ve discovered it just isn’t easy to whittle down the photos and adventures into a reasonably concise blog post.

I’ll do my best, though. πŸ˜‰

(Remember to click photos twice to enlarge!)


So, we began on the dazzling coast of Maine.

We continually had to stop the car to jump out and snap photos of scenes like this . . .


Our home base for the first 2 nights of the trip was a little motel on Old Orchard Beach. Here’s what we found when we walked a few steps from our room . . .


Dinner the first night was at a wonderful restaurant right next door. We began with a toast . . .


I am telling you the food was truly INCREDIBLE! I had a lobster dish with summer vegetables, roasted shallots, and fregula pasta. It just melted in my mouth! (Sir Beads had something called “The Best of Both Worlds”, which was lobster with beef tenderloins.)


While in Maine, we relaxed, we breathed in lots of fresh ocean air, we visited a bead store, where I bought some very pretty ones, and we ate like kings (at least it seemed that way!).

On the second day, we toured the lovely Kennebunkport. We had lunch there and you guessed it – lobster. This time, it was lobster rolls. C’mon, now! We were in Maine; it’s the lobster capital!


On day three, we were on the road again on our way to Vermont through the majestic mountains of New Hampshire.


For the next 6 hours, we oooh-ed and ahhh-ed at the breathtaking mountain vistas we passed at every turn.


We finally arrived in Shelburne, Vermont just before dinner. The innkeepers knew it was our 40th and so, along with chocolate hearts, they had balloons waiting for us in our room!


It was a very romantic place with skylight windows and a huge jacuzzi tub – complete with tall pillar candles.


On day four, we visited the Shelburne Museum, which houses a magnificent collection of well . . . collections! . . . in every category under the sun. There are 39 exhibition buildings located on 45 acres of land near Lake Champlain. We spent at least 5 hours there. Our legs were aching but oh was it ever worth it. We saw some absolutely wonderful things! In the photo below, we’re just entering the grounds from the parking lot. Although the flowers are not really part of the exhibits, they were especially striking.


I’ll leave you with this close-up of the garden at the entrance, but the highlights of the museum are topics for another day.


We’ll definitely remember our 40th as a very special time.

It was fun to share it with you! πŸ™‚




Fun at Forty — 13 Comments

  1. Hi Crissie..and Sir Beads.

    What a lovely holiday. Its so wonderful to be able to spend time connecting with nature, visiting interesting places and enjoying delicious food. Your pictures of lobster dishes had my mouth watering. Your pictures of the mountains brought back memories of traveling through the Great Smokies.

    Isn’t 40 years GRAND!

    xx, Carol

  2. Hi Carol πŸ™‚
    We can’t believe it has been 40 years. But you are so right – it is grand! Hope you have a chance to take another trip to the Smokies – maybe for your 41st? xo

  3. The Inn in Vermont looks absolutely adorable. Congratulations to you and Sir Beads, 40 years is a wonderful accomplishment. I loved the photos, and the food pictures made my mouth water. Lobster and seafood are some of my favorite dishes.

    Has fall arrived for you yet? We are getting cooler weather, and it has been wonderful.

    I do have to brag a bit. I entered a contest on Facebook to name a dog collar that was made out of Grinch material. They couldn’t use the Grinch name because of the copyright, so they had a contest to name the collar. I submitted the name Stealing Christmas and they picked it. I was so excited. Kouga will be wearing a grinch collar this holiday season.
    Take Care and I will look forward to more photos of your trip.

  4. Congratulations Kelly!
    What a fun contest. πŸ™‚
    I love your entry – no wonder it won! You’ll have to get a photo of Kouga in his new grinch collar.

    We have had a taste of Fall, here, but the next 6 days will be in the mid to upper 70’s and humid. Guess we can’t put away the summer clothes just yet. xo

  5. Wow!! Beautiful photos. And that FOOD is to die for. Making me hungry. I think I will have to put a trip to Maine on my Bucket List.

    Congrats, you two, on your 40th anniversary. May you celebrate many more.

  6. Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip, I hope there are more on the way for us to enjoy. It is hard to believe its been forty years, but that’s what happens when you’re busy raising a family. And now you’re having more fun than ever! I should have known Sir Beads would come up with such a way to celebrate. A lot of flowers came into the household over the years to Crystal’s delight. I’m afraid the younger brother has out done me in this category through the years. I might add that the three of us brothers have great marriages and are enjoying life as the anniversaries roll by.

  7. Aw, Sir Beads’ Brother, you are so sweet to mention the flowers. It’s true; Sir Beads spoiled me with them for many years. πŸ™‚

    As far as the great marriages . . . I must agree, wholeheartedly. You three brothers are about the best husbands in the world! My sisters-in law and I all know how lucky we are. πŸ˜€ xoxo

  8. Thanks Donna!
    I know you, too, are a seafood fan. I have to avoid looking at the photos – they make me hungry and it’s way too far to drive to Maine for dinner! πŸ˜‰

  9. Your trip looks lovely!! Can’t wait to hear more about it. Now I am craving lobster. πŸ™‚
    Congrats again on 40 years; that is wonderful!

  10. Hi Allison
    I hope the cool weather is still with you, there.
    We had gorgeous fall temperatures for a few days… but now we’re in a fog of muggy humidity (for the last week!). xo πŸ™‚

  11. Hi! I’ve got to admit – this is my very first close encounter with a blog, and I am totally enchanted! Love your anniversary pix and description, love your contest idea, and will have to be stopping by to keep up with your latest developments. Thanks so much!

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