Posts Tagged ‘rockland’

Maybe it’s all of the snow we’ve been having lately, but MP finds herself daydreaming about spring break. While it would be lovely to go someplace tropical, our budget demands we find a getaway that doesn’t require a plane ticket. And for this family, vacation is really about a change of pace. With that idea in mind, we decided to visit Rockland for a few days last April. The small city, located in midcoast Maine, has everything a family could want in a vacation — beautiful spaces to explore, noteworthy restaurants, shopping and two art museums.

We took advantage of the Family Vacation Special at the Samoset Resort in nearby Rockport. The historic resort is located on the Penobscot Bay and offers spacious rooms with cozy beds and terry robes, relaxed dining and most importantly—for our kids anyway—a heated, indoor pool that makes a person on staycation feel as if she’s in Florida. For kids, the resort also has a game room, movies, and crafts, so there is always something to do, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.


Samoset offers sweeping views of the Penobscot from nearly every window.


MP loved this cozy reading room and its spectacular view.


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With Easter only two weeks away, MP has gift-giving on her mind. Enter our newest sponsor, Maineland Design Co., an online shop created by South Portland artist Andy Rosen, his childhood friend Luke Myers and curator Kim Myers. Their playful gift collection is a perfect balance of classic and modern design that suits all ages. Following are a few favorites:


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Update: According to this article, Planet Toys closed its Rockland location in 2015. There is a second store in Camden. 

We visited Belfast and Rockland during Veteran’s Day weekend and had such a good time. One of the best parts of the trip was shopping around town and getting a few ideas for gifts. The super cute owl lip glosses we found at Out on a Whimsey toy store make great stocking stuffers. And because we’re a family of cooks, MP loved the laminated kids’ aprons at The Good Table. Cooking Together: Having Fun in the Kitchen with Kids cookbook offers some fun ideas, like mini chicken pot pies and orange yogurt pops. Bellabooks has a lovely little corner of their shop devoted to kids. This is where CP#1, who is a fan of the Ivy+Bean series, discovered a paper doll kit of the same name.

Planet Toys in Rockland is an impressive toy shop that offers inspiration at every corner. This is a place where you can find fun gifts for kids and adults alike. Designer Doodles: Over 100 Designs to Complete and Create by Nellie Ryan is perfect for CP#1, our budding fashionista. A preppy Maine tee is just the thing for MP’s one-year-old nephew, Little J. CP#2, our resident Star Wars fan, adores the hilarious Darth Vader & Son by Geoffrey Brown. Something tells MP he will love to add the second volume to his library. Finally, MP can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a good reading light for a gift. She tried this little clip-on light at home and wishes she purchased a few more.

How about you? Where’re your favorite place to shop and get gift ideas for the kids?


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If you’re searching for a special toy or gift, Bella Luna Toys online shop is a smart destination. Owner and Waldorf teacher, Sarah Baldwin, sells quality toys that are designed for imaginative play. You can find Maine made items, like this classic cabin from Roy Toy, instruments, games, and even kids’ room décor.

What MP didn’t know is that Bella Luna Toys also offers party supplies. She came across a few festive items for a Valentine’s Day soiree.


These felted acorns make a great party favor.


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