The Cute Potato team took a much-needed break from our busy summer and traveled to Lovell, Maine. The small town is home to Kezar Lake, a sparkling, 9-mile long body of water surrounded by the western Maine hills and views of the White Mountains.
We joined cousins, uncles, aunts, Grandma Cookie and Grandpa Nick for a weeklong reunion in a rented house near Kezar Lake Marina, where visitors can rent boats and paddle boards. The location we chose was perfect for our large troupe. The kids played soccer in the open field in the front yard, while the adults sipped coffee or read books on the front porch. Behind the house, a path shaded by pines lead to a town beach, where all of us gathered most every day.
MP fell in love with Lovell. There is so much beauty all around. She regrets not taking her camera along for an evening walk past a nearby farm, whose quirky livestock reminded her of the movie, Babe. There were sheep grazing in the field, a few donkeys, and a lone Alpaca keeping watch at the top of a hill. She and Grandma Cookie chuckled at a gargantuan pig hanging out by a motorcycle, while a dozen geese marched up and down the fields.
CP#1 and #2 most enjoyed exploring the lake by canoe. We watched box turtles climb a long tree limb and loons dive deep for fish. One homeowner along the lake built a fairy house castle from Birch bark, along with a pint-size sailing ship that floated on the shore.
We paddled to a second town beach, near to an inn called Pleasant Point. The sandy beach here is ideal for families. The water is clear, cool, and shallow for little ones. CP#1 practiced paddle boarding from the boat launch. CP#2 and his cousin enjoyed jumping canon ball style from the nearest dock. While the kids played, Grandma Cookie snuck away for an ice cream treat at the inn’s take out window (smart lady).
Our family celebrated two birthdays and a wedding anniversary during our stay. Most of our merrymaking took place at Ebenezer’s Pub. The cozy pub is one of the best beer destinations in the world (according to Beer Advocate Magazine). Ebenezer’s relaxed vibe and comfort food menu make it a great place for families. We all loved the outdoor picnic area next to the town golf course, and dining inside the cozy screened-in porch. MP and DP especially adored the incredible selection of Belgian brews. Such a treat!
In the evenings, we would return from our daily adventures and regroup around the campfire or look up at the incredible array of stars. We couldn’t of asked for a better place to be for summer vacation. MP hopes a trip to Kezar Lake will become a family tradition—what a special place.
PS: Speaking of special things, we have a winner for our Blueberries for Sal book giveaway! Congrats goes to lucky #12, Meredith Wood-Masteka. Thanks to everyone who entered.