farms of townhouse road

Last spring I traveled up to Whitefield, Maine to photograph the bucolic farms of Townhouse Road for Down East Magazine. I was especially excited to receive the assignment from the magazine because it gave me the opportunity to showcase the beautiful organic dairy farm of my former wedding clients, Annie & Mike. Shortly after their wedding they purchased Sheepscot Valley Farm. Their farm is just one of several along Whitefield’s beautiful Townhouse Road. I’m so happy to see this beautiful area of Maine receive the attention it deserves. If you ever have a chance to drive along Townhouse Road, do it – and be sure to stop for a treat at Sheepscot General or a bite of cheese at Fuzzy Udder!

To read more about the farms of Townhouse Road, click here for the Down East article

Whitefield Townhouse Road for Down East

Townhouse Road for Down East Magazine

Whitefield Maine for Down East

Fuzzy Udder ME Goats

Fuzzy Udder Whitefield ME

Whitefield Maine

Sheepscot General Maine

Dog at Sheepscot General Store

Sheepscot General Whitefield

Spring in Maine

Sheepscot Valley Dairy Farm Maine

Organic Dairy Farm Maine

Sheepscot Valley Farm Whitefield

Whitefield Maine

2015 hotels

We recently shared our Best of 2015 Hotels on Map & Menu – one of my favorites posts to write year after year. 2015 introduced us to some fantastic new hotels like the Quirk Hotel, Eben House, and the White Hart Inn. We also had a chance to revisit our beloved Montpelier Plantation in Nevis, Hotel Fauchere in Pennsylvania, and the Woodstock Inn. Through Map & Menu, we were also able to finally experience places we’ve had our eyes on for awhile like The Pitcher Inn in Vermont and the 404 Hotel in Nashville.

Here’s to hoping that 2016 is filled with just as many stays at lovely, thoughtfully-designed hotels and inns!

Quirk Hotel by Meredith Perdue

Quirk Hotel Restaurant

Quirk Hotel

Quirk Hotel Desk

Quirk Hotel by Meredith Perdue

The White Heart Inn

White Heart Inn

White Heart Inn Bathroom

Eben House Breakfast

Eben House Provincetown

Eben House

Montpelier Nevis Pool

Montpelier Plantation

Montpelier Nevis

Montpelier Plantation Nevis

Wosotock Inn Bathroom

Room Service at Woodstock Inn

Woodstock Inn

Spa at Woodstock Inn

404 Hotel Bathroom

The 404Hotel Fauchere Bar Louis

Hotel Fauchere Sun Room

Hotel Fauchere Breakfast

Colonial Room Pitcher Inn

Pitcher Inn Details

The Pitcher Inn

Ski Room Pitcher Inn

Pitcher Inn Trout Room

august in vermont

Some of our happiest memories have taken place in the state of Vermont. We traveled to Woodstock right after we were married last year and have made a point to plan an August getaway there each summer since our first visit to the Green Mountain State in 2012. August is a truly wonderful time to be in Vermont – you can jump in picturesque swimming holes after a good hike and eat all of your meals outside. It is heaven!

Next month can’t come soon enough!

Windham Hill VT

Bingham Falls Vermont

Summer Hikes in Vermont

Southern Vermont

Topnotch Resort

Stowe Vermont

Ferns

Summer in VT

Orvis in Ludlow

Stowe Path

vermont film

I brought along my Mamiya and one roll of Ektar – my favorite travel film – on our recent trip to Vermont. The slow, thoughtful process of shooting with this camera is a welcome change from working with my digital bodies and even my trusty 1V. It’s heavy (at least, to me) but the end results are always worth it.

Mad River Vermont

Warren VT

Warren Vermont Mad River Valley

Warren Vermont

Maple Syrup Vermont

Hiking in Mad River Valley

Icelandic Horse Farm Vermont

Icelandic Horse Farm Waitsfield  Vermont

Callie the Donkey

Orvis in Vermont

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!

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!

Conde-Nast-Traveler-Hot-List

Salt House Inn Provincetown

Salt House Inn

Salt House Inn Website