travel diaries: staycation in the midcoast

Cabin fever…we all have it! I’ve been aching to travel again but thanks to the pandemic, I’m not getting on a plane or leaving New England anytime soon. Luckily, there are many places in the state of Maine that are offering “pay what you can” vacations to Maine residents! When I heard about the promotion going around, I knew I had to take advantage of it. One of the places that caught my eye while I was doing my research was The Russell House Bed & Breakfast located right in Boothbay Harbor and I applied for the special rate immediately. Our rate was accepted in less than a day and a minimum of two nights was required so even though we weren’t gone for long, the change of scenery was much needed!

We stayed in guest room #6 and it came with the comfiest king sized bed as well as a gas fireplace right in the corner! The fireplace came in handy since it was wet and rainy during our entire stay! We also had two luxury bathrobes to lounge in while we hung out! Mine was a liiiiiiittle too big on me but we made it work!

I think my favorite part of our bed & breakfast room was our bathroom. The counter top…the mirror….AHH. It was all to die for! I also told my husband to take notes for when we have a house cause I absolutely loved the look of the shower.

We were able to walk around the harbor for a little bit after we set our stuff down. It had been awhile since we’ve been to the harbor so we wanted to see what has changed and see what downtown looked like since we are still under restrictions.

Most restaurants and shops were open, but had limited hours and required you to wear a mask while shopping. Because of the restrictions in the state of Maine, there weren’t a lot of people in the area but it made it easier to find parking, walk around, and practice social distancing from other people. We ordered take out from Mine Oyster, a popular restaurant and pub in the harbor. Even though there weren’t many people dining in, we felt like bringing the food back to the B&B was the safer thing to do. I had a hankering for fried clams for the longest time so my husband and I ordered a fried seafood platter and boy it was DELISHHH!

It’s not summer in Maine without fried seafood!

We didn’t have much planned for the next day because of the rain. In fact, we took a day trip going back to our hometown in Waldoboro. My husband still has family in the area so we come back to visit from time to time and we wanted to see his grandparents while they were up for the summer. Afterwards, we drove around the Rockland area to see what had changed since we were last there and stopped by Dorman’s for ice cream just like we did when we were in high school!

Our spontaneous day on our old stomping grounds was a great day spend during dreary weather. We were able to see family, talked about old memories when we were teens, and be able to have a nice escape away. We spend the rest of our evening sipping champagne, eating some snacks, and watching random infomercials on TV. Honestly, a night well spent with my husband. The next morning, we got coffee and breakfast at the local coffee shop, Red Cup, and made our way back to southern Maine to do errands and settle back at home.

If you’re feeling burnt out or need a change of scenery but you’re unable to leave your state, I highly recommend to take a staycation. Being a tourist in your own state will help you discover new places that you’ve never been to before. If you are returning to a familiar area, you can visit old places you used to frequent and visit some old friends (safely of course!). Our time away may have been short but was enough to help us regain our energy and rejuvenate ourselves in the middle of the pandemic.

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