Last Thursday afternoon Michael and I snuck out of work early and drove North – way North – all the way to Dedham, Maine, just outside of Bangor (about 4.5 hours from Boston). We spent the weekend with my family on Lucerne Lake (also known as Phillips Lake). This area of the state is often referred to as the ‘Downeast’ portion.
The lake offers the type of scenery where you can actually look across the water to the mountains and spot a bald eagle perched atop the trees. Well, at least my brother-in-law Silas claimed he spotted the eagle on his own; we were all pretty convinced he’d resourced some sort of eagle-locator app on his phone. The weather was gorgeous on Friday and the attire was bathing-suit casual. We drank mimosas, lounged in the sun and listened to old 80’s cassettes. We had a picnic-table lunch of cheeseburgers, hotdogs and potato salad. That afternoon we went tubing and noshed on grilled Brie with blueberries.
Friday evening we sipped lemonade and blueberry vodka and grilled steak tips, chicken kebabs and corn on the cob. I made my Greek Orzo Salad, which is so easy and great for feeding a crowd. For dessert we had we had Four and Twenty Blackbirds Blueberry and Nectarine Pie (which I came very close to burning) and Torched Marshmallow S’more gelato (cinnamon graham crackery-goodness).
It showered off and on Saturday so we went paddle boarding in the morning and took a rainy day hike. My sister Allyson whipped up a mean pitcher of margaritas and I made a Caprese salad for lunch. That evening we went to the Union River Lobster Pot in nearby Ellsworth for a feast of chowder, steamers, mussels, lobsters, coleslaw and french fries. We came home and lit sparklers to the sweet sound of old school Whitney Houston. It was a perfect Summer weekend in Maine.
P.S. If you’re in the Ellsworth area, stop by Rooster Brothers Coffee Roasters, a fantastic kitchenware and specialty food shop.