the portland hunt & alpine club

I was thrilled when Andrew & Briana, owners of Portland’s favorite craft cocktail spot, The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, asked me to take some photos of the bar when they first opened. These two share a phenomenal aesthetic and have created one of the most visually appealing spaces in all of Maine. The drinks and the food are both exceptional, and shooting these photos was a dream collaboration for me!

A few of these photos and others have been featured online and in print over the months, as Hunt & Alpine continues to garner the amazing press it deserves. One such highlight was the full spread image that ran in Bon Appetit this summer when the bar was named one of the Five Best New Cocktail Bars in America (!) this year.

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

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Portland Hunt and Alpine Bon Appetit

Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in Bon Appetit

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map & menu prints!

Map and Menu Prints

Michael and I are thrilled to announce the launch of Map & Menu Prints – our very own online print shop featuring images from our travels! The print shop is something we’ve been working on for awhile now, and in the process we even gave the Map & Menu logo a bit of a makeover.

As with all photographs, each image in the collection has its own story – memories that we’ve recounted through our travel guides on Map & Menu – and while these particular photographs capture a specific time and place from our personal travels, our hope is that they’ll inspire memories in others of their own journeys.

To celebrate the official launch of the print shop, we’re giving away one of the limited edition 16×24 prints – click here to read more about the shop and how to win a photograph of your choice!

Map and Menu Prints

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five favorite skye moments

Michael and I are recapping our trip to the Isle of Skye on Map & Menu this week, so I thought I’d highlight a few of my personal favorite moments here. Skye was a place we’d wanted to visit for years – I remember the very conversation we shared about our hopes to travel to the Scottish island back when we were still in college. Truthfully, it seemed like one of those bucket list places we might always hope to visit, but just might not get to experience firsthand. Thankfully Michael made the trip to Edinburgh for work this May, and knowing we might never be presented with this chance again, we arranged our entire week in Scotland around getting to this island, five hours north of Edinburgh.

1. I followed what seemed like hundreds of sheep and baby lambs around the island for three solid days. It helped that our trip coincided perfectly with lambing season – there were babies everywhere! Of course, they were all scared of me, and I, in turn, was equally as scared of their parents who sometimes stomped their hooves at me. Nevertheless, I persisted in my quest to get a few decent pictures of these adorable balls of fluff and luckily for me, they’re literally all over the island.

Isle of Skye Sheep

2. Right after a picnic dinner on our last night, Michael and I parked on a random side street, watching the clouds move across the island. We found ourselves constantly driving all over the island, in search of non-rainy conditions. During the days we were there, we found the southern part of the island (where we stayed) to be incredibly gloomy and rainy, but the weather seemed a bit more cooperative to the north. Every chance the sun would peek out behind the clouds, I’d get giddy with excitement!

Isle of Skye Scotland

3. During the drive on our final night in Skye, we were herded (in the car) by two border collies. My heart melted and this moment became one that I’ll never forget.

Isle of Skye Sheepdog

4. We were on Skye for less than thirty minutes before we saw our first (and unfortunately only!) Highland Coo up close. Many of the folks from our ferry ride pulled over after we did to try and get a good photo of this guy. He sat down with his back turned to five or so cameras, almost in protest. Adorable.

Highland Coo

5. The moment we were reunited with our Volkswagen after getting two flat tires the night before. En route back to our little guesthouse after my frolic with the sheep at Neist Point (first image) we hit a pothole and got two flat tires! It was 10:30pm and we had no cell phone service, so Michael had to hike a mountain to call our rental car company. Two hours later we were in a tow truck with the nicest man who assured us that he makes rescue trips like this daily for tourists. Being on an island, we were a little scared that the tires might not be in stock and that this would all affect our trip home, but the next morning we picked up our car and didn’t even have to cancel our reservations for lunch, which happened to be the best meal of the trip. For the rest of that final day we had that “if we can survive that…” attitude, which made our afternoon hike and picnic dinner seem even more relaxing.

Driving-in-Scotland

Take a peek at the rest of our Scotland trip here. We’re posting even more next week!

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Salt House Inn in Condé Nast Traveler!

Since starting Map & Menu with Michael just over two years ago, quite a few opportunities have presented themselves. It’s not easy maintaining a site with so much original content, but doing so has certainly been worth it. The people we meet and the connections we make are so important to us, both on a personal & professional level. One such relationship we established in the last year was with the owners of the darling Salt House Inn. We absolutely loved our experience at this Provincetown property and came home raving about it both on Map & Menu and amongst our friends. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear from the owners this winter about them using some of the photos I took from our stay on their website, and when I heard from an editor at Condé Nast Traveler about featuring one of the images in their Hot List issue, I was overjoyed with excitement!

If you’re in need of a Cape Cod/beach getaway this summer or fall, look no further than the Salt House Inn – I promise you’ll love it!

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Salt House Inn Provincetown

Salt House Inn

Salt House Inn Website

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