My husband Mike and I celebrated our first anniversary this past weekend. With a massive increase in bookings this year, my mantra has been "more Maine, less travel" to preserve my sanity and schedule. It's already been such a beautiful year slowing down and exploring Maine, so when we started planning our anniversary weekend, we knew just where to go.
250 Main is a boutique hotel in the heart of Rockland with a passion for beauty and comfort. I had visited with a friend earlier in the spring, and couldn't wait for the opportunity to stay again with Mike. On what felt like the first real day of sunshine this year, we drove up the coast in our favorite car with The Future Islands on repeat.
250 Main is the kind of hotel that feels like home the moment you step in. (Or, a masterfully decorated and charming version of home, I suppose...) Our room opened up to an enormous balcony with flowers and couches overlooking the Rockland Harbor. The staff caught wind it was our anniversary weekend, and we found a chilled bottle of wine, a handwritten card, and paper hearts waiting for us. To my wedding clients- if you're looking for an accessible getaway, you HAVE to stay here!
The entire weekend was bliss. On Saturday night, we walked downtown and enjoyed a pre-dinner drink at Fog before eventually making our way to Primo, a true farm-to-table restaurant just minutes away from our hotel. Before our reservation, we walked the grounds and enjoyed the early summer blooms. By the end of our meal, we were so full we had to order our warm zeppoles to-go.
I can't choose if my favorite part of staying at 250 Main is the near-hibernation level of night's sleep I have had both visits, or the morning coffee. By sunrise, Rock City coffee is brewed downstairs, waiting alongside a breakfast of granola, pastries, hardboiled eggs, and fruit. I snuck my coffee up to the rooftop for an hour of quiet and reading while Mike slept in. (I'd be lying if I said I didn't grab a couple leftover zeppoles to have with my coffee.)
For our last day of our staycation, we decided to explore downtown's beautiful shops, and finish our day with a sailboat ride on the Bufflehead. There's no better way to see Penobscot Bay than by sailboat, and Captain Dan was full of knowledge, words of wisdom, and humor. We returned from our trip suntanned, rested, and incredibly grateful for an entire year of being husband and wife. This really was the perfect anniversary weekend, and still- I'd choose another year of the compromises, mundane routines, Twin Peak marathons, shared holidays, and quiet togetherness in our marriage over all of the perfect weekends in the world.