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Archive for March, 2016

Note: Sadly, Willowbrook Village closed in fall 2016 after 46 years of operation. See this Portland Press Herald feature for more.

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With Maine Maple Sunday landing on Easter this year, we knew we wouldn’t have time to visit one of our favorite farms. So, we decided to switch things up a little and make the trip to 19th Century Willowbrook Village in Newfield for Maple Syrup Saturday. The historic, country village has long been on our wish list of places to visit and this special event, which featured carriage rides, maple syrup making, a bean supper-style lunch, and a letterpress demonstration, gave us good reason to go.

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When a family considers adopting a pet, it’s a big decision. That’s what MP told the kids when they asked for a dog. She mentioned the responsibilities involved: walking, feeding and cleaning up after the dog. MP also couldn’t help but consider our busy family schedule: how long can we leave the dog alone in the house? Can he ride in the car? And who will take care of him when we go on vacation?

That being said, seven years had gone by since our greyhound died, and MP was beginning to feel ready for a pet again. She weighed the positives. The kids, at 8 and 9, are old enough to help. A dog would get us all outside and exercising even more. And MP would enjoy having a buddy around on the days she works from home.

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MP and the kids traveled to Camden Winterfest in late January, and had the good fortune to stay at the Hawthorn Inn Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1894, the charming, 10-room inn is located in Camden’s High Street historic district and is within walking distance to Main Street. The visit marked the kids’ first bed and breakfast experience.

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“This is where we’re staying?” CP#2 asked when we arrived. “It’s not a hotel. It’s a mansion!” he announced. MP told the kids that B&B’s are often large, historic houses with multiple rooms for guests. “And in the morning,” she explained, “we get to meet other guests and enjoy a special homemade breakfast.” Delighted by the news, the kids grabbed their luggage from the car and hurried to the front porch. When we reached the door, we were greeted by Lisa Weiss, who co-owns the Hawthorn Inn with her husband, Ted. The couple moved to Maine from Pennsylvania in 2014, and have owned the inn for nearly two years.

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