As we all grow older we start to value time, or the lack of it. Every season I have a mental list a mile long of all the wonderful and exciting things I’m going to do. However, completing a just a few items can be daunting with the bustle of life, especially when you are trying to coordinate with others.
Recently, I have the pleasure of a mid-week getaway to Rockland, Maine. I’d only been so far as Kennebunkport in the past and was excited to see what this beautiful mid-coast town had to say. Though the weather wasn’t quite as charming as the town, I was able to wander the main drag and find little treasures and delicious eats ( see Main Street Market for the most delightful sandwich).
WHERE TO STAY IN ROCKLAND, ME
The Lindsey Hotel, tucked down a side street right next to the main street, provides a private and charming hideaway. If the robin’s egg door doesn’t give you the brightest greeting on the way in, then it definitely will be the new innkeeper, or her daughter (who is the real life Eloise). Joanna, the inn keeper, has a culinary palate and creates all the breakfasts and mid afternoon treats herself. You can often find her in the kitchen open to a chat while piping Dutch potatoes that can’t help you from exclaiming “what ARE you making?”. (insert internal shrill, gleeful cry when you discover it’s actually your breakfast).
Once you are welcomed with snack in hand, you realize the entirety of the estate has the nautical cohesion of a Coastal Living spread. The main space boasts a cozy fireplace and a family friendly library with everything from vintage National Geographic to Cards against Humanity. While it was a dreary day, in the summertime the main room opens to a beautiful patio, creating a refuge for travelers.
Next as you travel up to your room, you can’t help but feel a little bit like you are at grow up summer camp. As your suitcase rides lightly up the rope trimmed stairs you feel so welcomed, you think “I can’t wait to meet all my new friends”. Every room at the Lindsey is unique, filled with light, and invites leisure. As I slipped into my bed that night i couldn’t help but smirk at all the good dreams I was about it have.
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Thank you to the wonderful inn keeper and her daughter for inviting me to a place so beautiful I felt like I was sleeping in a catalogue, yet so welcomed I felt like I was staying at a friend’s. For family or friends, I would definitely recommend The Lindsey Hotel.
Why to Travel By Yourself
When I first decided I was going to drive up to Rockland, I was a little scared. It’s three hours from Boston, and more importantly, I’d never travelled by myself. Once I had travelled home, I couldn’t help but feel accomplished and empowered. I was proud of myself for overcoming my fear of being alone and being enough to entertain myself. However, I found distinct advantages (which of course is what this post is about!) that will be inspiring me to try it again in the future.
Freedom of Itinerary
When you travel by yourself, you are the commander and the passenger. You can decide when to stop without feeling guilt for slowing the pack down. You also get to hit all the spots that YOU find exciting. For example, on the way up to Rockland, I drove an hour out of the way to see the Portland Head Light. It was something I was begging my friends to do, and without feeling like I was holding anyone back I made an extra special stop to enjoy the view. Traveling by yourself, you are the master of itinerary.
Dress Femme Boutique
When you travel by yourself, you go on vacation when its convenient for you. I’m a nurse who works off hours and sometimes i’ll have Monday-Wednesday off because I worked the weekend. That’s three wonderful days, yet no one can randomly take off work and come on your spontaneous whim. This makes also makes last minute changes and scheduling issues A-OK.
When you travel alone, you may find you are more outgoing and more likely to connect with others. For example, if I was traveling with a friend I may more introverted because I already have a connection. When I went to the Lindsey, I truly felt like a made a connection because I had nothing but time to connect to the innkeeper and the lovely ladies of the Femme Boutique.
Thank you Hotel Lindsey for welcoming me for a stay at your hotel c/o, all opinions my own.0