My eyes scan the space and everywhere there is a reminder of the sea. From the boat skeleton framework hugging the wall to the visible structural elements of the building, the ocean plays an important role. The 250 Main Hotel in Rockland, Maine is a quaint, idyllic and tranquil escape from the “hustle and bustle” of life in the fast lane.
Just over 2 hours from Boston, a visit to the charming coastal town will transport you quickly. It’s no wonder this charming boutique property has been creating buzz since opening in 2016. Airy and inviting, this art filled, independent lifestyle hotel has sweeping views of Penobscot Bay and offers luxury accommodations in a perfect location for exploring the maritime coastal town of Rockland.
The recent hot spell had me looking for cooling recipes that took advantage of all the fresh produce coming into the farmers markets. A Maine windjammer summer soup recipe filled the bill perfectly. You might have been following my recent experience of food nirvana aboard the JE Riggin. Chef and co-Captain Annie Mahle is a remarkable woman, and I thought I’d take a page out of her cookbook to transport my self back to the cooling breeze of the Maine coastline
The right glass of wine can work wonders. Whether the start to an evening, or accompanying a memorable meal, magic can happen somewhere between the grape on the vine and the taste on the tongue. In Sonoma County there’s an additional bit of magic going on, where wine makers and grape growers are working relentlessly to become the country’s first 100% sustainable region by 2019. Sustainable wine at Cline Family Cellars is part of this movement.
Exploring Greenspace Atlanta’s DeKalb County, Georgia
One of the first things you see on the flight approach to Atlanta is the incredible urban growth. As a mater of fact, the city has not one, but three skylines, and city sprawl is everywhere. Just east of the city limits and 10 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta’s DeKalb County has made protecting greenspace a priority.
The benefits of establishing parks and greenspace are well known and an important component for a sustainable lifestyle. Overall health, both physical and mental, improve with exercise. The more greenspace DeKalb offers, the more residents and visitors are encouraged to spend time outside enjoying Mother Nature. Hiking, biking, canoeing and running are just a few of the many offerings. Along with the exercise component, it is well documented scientifically the important roll trees play in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during photosynthesis.
UPDATED: Throughout the year, food lovers can visit hot spots across America celebrating the bounty of the land. Local chefs pair the best of fresh flavors, mirroring the public’s interest in knowing their food. A Taste Of This, A Bite Of That, the name of the event doesn’t matter. Each represents community wide gatherings for friends, family, neighbors and visitors to come together and sample simple, small plates of ingredients collected from the land and sea. There are an estimated 8,300 food and wine festivals world wide. New England summer food festivals celebrate the seafood this area is known for as well as other special ingredients.