I “kidnapped” B and Spring Onion as I normally do when there isn’t a pandemic for their big holiday gift. I found a luxe tiny house in New Gloucester, which we’ve never visited. We can stay as isolated as we want to, or partake in outdoor winter activities (maybe not today…it’s still -2F). Even have a beer or 2 outside.
SO has a 4-day weekend so we took full advantage, leaving by 10 am and arriving in Portland at lunchtime. B chose Highroller Lobster and it wasn’t crowded at all at that early hour. He got the lobster roll with lime crema and SO went with corn dog. I chose badly with the “Lobby Pop,” (a skewered lobster tail basted in drawn butter). It was adequate but way overpriced at $16 - when it arrived, we both looked at it, feeling quite underwhelmed. I was not going to get lobster on this trip after reading the Globe’s expose on the lobstering industry - that’s karma for you. Friendly service.
SO and I spent a couple of hours at the Childrens Museum while B hung out at Bissell Brothers, “working” (jk, he really was). Then onto New Gloucester, ~40 minutes NW-ish. We headed to the New Gloucester Village Store to pick up a cheese pizza, a “forager” pizza (mushroom on a white base), and wine. The store is not well-stocked so I’m glad we weren’t depending on that for dinner supplies. I don’t know if that’s a pandemic effect or a wintertime thing. But it does carry staples, baked goods, ready made sandwiches and salads, frozen trays of food, like cottage pie. The pizza was excellent - the crust needed a touch of salt but it had a of soul. It actually tasted of really good bread. Toppings were awesome, too. Loaded with mushrooms and a hint of rosemary.
I’m going to report in installments, as I find that easier. Places on our possible to-do list include Nu Brewery, Oxbow Beer Garden (we’re not big fans of their beer but we’ve been to the lovely Newcastle location and found it enjoyable…the Oxford location sounds like a lot of fun with cross-country skiing trails and a beer hut in the woods), some easy nearby hiking trails (Big Falls and Intervale Preserves), Pineland Farms which has winter activities, including a sledding hill, in addition to a market shop.