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May 21, 2014

Maine trip yields good weather, food, memories

As I write this column, I have just finished uploading pictures to Facebook of our trip to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Toby and I and my mother and stepdad, Jean and Frank Goddard, spent last week enjoying the beauty of the Maine coast and, believe it or not, a great deal of sunshine and warm weather.

Each year we stay at the newly built Sea Breeze, a three-story beachfront cottage owned by the Donahue brothers, John and Dan, who also own the Friendship Oceanfront Suites next door.

When the owners are onsite, you can pretty well bet your stay will be a good one. They are local guys with families who work hard to make sure the 71-unit motel, and beach cottages, are sparkling clean and comfortable for their guests.

We were prepared, however, to possibly suffer some rain and cold winds, but that did not come to fruition.

Our drive through Vermont, New Hampshire and into Maine was accompanied by sunshine and delightful mountain views. The first three days also were sunny and a temperature of 76; even when the weatherman predicted showers, until the day we were leaving, they were brief, in the morning and cleared by noon.

It hasn’t always been that way at the beach in May. We had one year of wearing winter coats just to sit on the balcony of our two-room suite.

Another time we had rain for five out of seven days.

Makes no difference to me: a rainy day at the beach in a beach cottage with a nice hot cup of tea, an old movie, my husband and good company, beats any day working, right?

To say we ate our weight in seafood wouldn’t be quite accurate; but we did have some exceptionally good seafood meals.

Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells holds the blue ribbon from us for “Best Meal on the Coast.”

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