For visitors to North America, Niagara Falls is among the most popular stops, and is up there with the renowned likes of the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone for a lot of outsiders. Niagara Falls is a natural wonder, consisting of three waterfalls that form at the Canadian-USA border in New York, where the Niagara River flows from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. It’s a monumental sight that has unfortunately turned into quite a tourist trap, where on the Canadian side has been built up into a city surrounding the falls, though the USA side has been left a bit more undeveloped and is home of a lovely park and is home of the Cave of the Winds.
During my honeymoon in Maine, Leah and I were blessed with the opportunity to experience some of Maine’s premier cuisine at the Hurricane Restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine. Kennebunkport is a fashionable, quaint and charming town, nestled along the rocky coast just south of Portland. The coastal town is home of the Rachel Carson national Wildlife Preserve, and is known for its long sandy beaches, rocky coastline, and for its history (dating back to 1653).
After experiencing the beaches, and the local wildlife, it’s customary for visitors to stroll the small town shops and boutiques, and then to stop at one of Kennebunkport’s many fine restaurants. Our stop was at the local favorite Hurricane Restaurant, which is located right along the main square of Kennebunkport, the Dock Square. Upon walking in, you’re greeted with a wall of fabulous wines, a small bar, and then as you venture to a table, views of the Kennebunk river come into view through every window. Leah and I found the whole scene to be a magical, and romantic spot.
Hurricane Restaurant offers fresh local seafood, locally grown produce and fine prime meats daily. In-house, Luanne MacDonald has employed a personal chef and pastry chef who customizes the menu each day with the finest and freshest product, and that came through in the rich flavors and in the quality of their seafood; but more on that later. Hurricane prides itself on top quality food as well as a diverse wine list that features over 130 selections by bottle and 60 by glass; which has won them Wine Spectator awards for over 15 years in a row.
Every so often something in my travels takes my breath away. It can be a stunning, picturesque view or a spiritual feeling a place gives me, or sometimes it’s the taste of real, good food. I had one of those moments at the Coplin Dinner House in Stratton, Maine, home to Maine’s famous skiing adventure land: the Sugarloaf Mountain. Not only is it a beautiful area with stunning wilderness and impressive mountains, the Carrabassett Valley area offers the summer visitor a wealth of attractions, from panoramic hikes to kayaking and nearby whitewater rafting.
In Maine, the lobster is king, and few do it better than Beal’s Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor, which is mere minutes away from parts of the famous Acadia National Park. Or at least that was my experience during my honeymoon last week. Acadia is what attracted my newlywed wife and I to the area, but it was Beal’s Lobster Pier that offered a unique experience, because not only do they offer the freshest seafood, they make it fun, messy and something to always remember.
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