Fort Williams & Portland Headlight

This beautiful stretch of September weather is impossible to ignore. We left our boxes behind last Sunday, and decided to enjoy a family picnic at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. MP also wanted to check out the Bite Into Maine food truck, which has received national attention for their lobster rolls, and the progress of The Fort Williams Arboretum.

We brought hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and fruit skewers along, but MP and DP decided to split a Bite Into Maine lobster roll as an appetizer (we chose a version with wasabi mayonnaise). The lobster roll offered generous pieces of lobster and a hint of spice. The accolades are well-deserved— this roll is the perfect late summer treat.

A gorgeous lobster roll from Bite Into Maine.

A gorgeous lobster roll from Bite Into Maine.

After dinner, the team explored the first stages of the Arboretum, which is a part of a larger environmental initiative to restore and preserve the landscape around the park. What the volunteers have accomplished so far is just beautiful. There are hundreds of native plantings, pathways that take you along the water’s edge, and a collection of white birches. According to their site, the next phase of the project will be a Children’s Garden. We can’t wait!

The team also discovered a stone memorial bench along the Cliffside walk. The words carved into the stone made MP smile: “Loving life and living large.”

Photo credit: sbbphotography.com

Photo credit: sbbphotography.com

Wildflowers along the path.

Wildflowers along the path.

This bench caption is CP#2's new motto: Lovin' life and living large.

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We continued along the path to the Portland Headlight, which is a popular spot for tourists with tripods. But who can blame anyone for snapping photos here? Such a view! Even the kids were inspired to grab the camera.

One of many beautiful views of the Portland Headlight.

One of many beautiful views of the Portland Headlight.

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CP#2 snapped this photo of his Mom and sister.

The evening was so dreamy, we almost forgot it was a school night. We left the park just before the sun began to set, feeling recharged and ready for the week. Living large, indeed.

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PS: We didn’t forget all of you who entered to win a copy of Dahlov Ipcar’s The Cat At Night, and the pillow inspired by the book. Congrats goes to lucky #9 – Jess M. Thanks to all who entered! And for those who asked where you can find more pillows inspired by Ipcar’s illustrations, this site offers the entire collection.

Fort Williams Park
FMI: See the Cape Elizabeth web site or Facebook for more information.

Portland Headlight
FMI: Visit here 

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