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MIDCOAST MAINE

October 16, 2017

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There’s a reason they call Maine Vacationland. No matter the length of your stay or coordinates on the map, this postcard-perfect state grabs hold of your psyche whilst everything else melts away. Truth be told, we’ve been going to Maine for years, and easily a tradition we’ll continue for a lifetime more. An earlier Gilded Getaway found us in Portland, which in the short time since 2014 has exploded with such intensity that our travel compass is vehemently guiding us back for Getaway Guide v2.0. However, this trip had us craving a little more water, a little less land – we ventured farther up the rocky terrain, to an area the locals refer to as MidCoast.

Dotted with tiny coastal villages, each chock full of charm and character, the MidCoast region offers ocean vistas set against a backdrop of majestic mountains. Undoubtedly, one of the many reasons some of America’s most notable painters flocked to the region to capture the remarkable landscape for the rest of the world to see. Our admiration lies with time spent off the land, sailing along the coast past island after island, colorful lobster buoys as far as the eye can see. The natives are a hearty group, New Englanders through and through, some more salty than others, all eager to welcome visitors to their small slice of Vacationland heaven. Take Camden’s Schooner Surprise for example, setting sail in Penobscot Bay six months of the year, up to five sails per day. A crisp autumn breeze won’t cause this 99-year-old vessel to drop anchor, simply layer on the blankets, pack on the puffers and away you go.

Back on solid ground and as one would expect, the local fare epitomizes the freshest catch. Naturally, there’s seafood and lobsters galore, but what’s more exciting to a discerning palate is the new roster of restaurants that beautifully balance the bounty of land and sea. Nina June, recently lauded by Bon Appetit as one of 2017’s best new restaurants and of famed NYC restaurant lineage by way of Chef Sara Jenkins, does exactly that, all while overlooking a storybook setting below. Looking for a light lunch bite or packing for a picnic? Head to Main St. Markets in Rockland, pick up a handful of provisions and drive south to Owls Head State Park.

In these parts, we highly recommend a daily dose of Vitamin Sea, good for the soul and whatever else ails you.

MOODY BLUES | LIZ ROBB

June 18, 2015

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If ever one could have a love affair with color, indigo would be our soul mate and Liz Robb, matchmaker extraordinaire. Interiors at the Gilded Getaway House have taken a keen liking (okay, more like a blatant schoolgirl crush) to the moody blue hue, and when we stumbled upon the work of this California based fiber artist, we immediately added another line item to our decorating wishlist. To the eye of a textile designer, the technical structure of Liz’s work is beautifully simple + mindfully understated, elevated by her preference for natural fibers, which serve as the perfect canvas to highlight the hand-dyed techniques that envelop many of her pieces.

A visual journey through Liz’s portfolio is easily equated to a leisurely stroll down the proverbial path of textile paradise. From where we stand, the only downfall with so much eye-candy? Selecting a favorite and speed dialing a commission, because surely, every prized piece by Sally England needs a pretty drop-dead gorgeous partner-in-crime. Summerset is, after all, only in her second season, and like any fresh, young starlet en route to making her golden debut, the layers of her wardrobe are just beginning.

Images courtesy of Liz Robb.

Our love affair with all things paper started as a wee petite, and given its unwavering fortitude well into adulthood, one might go so far as to say it’s in our blood. Our grandfather worked for one of countless paper mills that hugged the waterways of western Mass., which in its heyday, was coined the ‘paper capital of the world’. Fast forward two generations and our own playroom shelves were stocked with misprinted steno pads, overruns of colored sheets and reams of paper to our heart’s content. The budding creative had found her treasure.

When the time arose for more serious contemplation on the subject of school supplies, the quest for the perfect sheet of loose leaf equated to an educational Mt. Everest. While some will question the mindfulness of such, others will fall in flashback step as we reminisce, (yes, we know you’re out there). College-ruled, naturally, as wide-ruled was for those who had not yet tamed their flailing penmanship. Lines a soft shade of turquoise, printed crisp and light, 1 pt max should we dare to get technical. The left hand guide, a muted red dancing between Nantucket and Salmon on the Pantone spectrum. All in all, the perfect real estate for young prose and the proverbial checklist. Sadly, Mead, an old-school staple stocked in abundance come late-July, failed to deliver with blotchy printing and mis-matched hues. Instead, we headed to the illustrious bookstore of our hometown prep school, where the education was not only top-notch and befitting of future presidents, politicians and the nation’s elite, but the office assortment was crême-de-la-crême in paper perfection.

Enter Allison Freeman, an MFA Yale-graduate and creative catalyst capable of bringing any paper hound straight to her knees with this unique collection. The artists’ “Document” series, exhibited in 2010 at the Angell Gallery in Toronto, takes oil to canvas in her rendition of bureaucratic form through the simplistic lifecycle of receipts, to-do lists and bill of sales. Unfortunately, Ms. Freeman’s personal site appears to be no more, and with a minute crumb trail left to gather the details, we’re craving a taste of more. Disappointment aside, we’re madly in love with these unique pieces, almost in scale to the papers they reference, yet wildy large in personality.

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Images Courtesy of Angell Gallery and The Jealous Curator.

PHILADELPHIA

March 17, 2014

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Fresh off the heels of our Providence jaunt, we migrated south to the birthplace of Betsy Ross, cheesesteaks and Brotherly Love. This Getaway Guide is our largest to date, a hearty blend of favorite standbys and new recruits. Why so abundant curious minds might inquire? Simply stated, Philadelphia was, and forever remains, a noteworthy chapter in this golden girl’s story.

Having spent our collegiate years in this national treasure, it’s a city marked by a personal journey (albeit cliché) of self-discovery and lifelong pursuits. A destination to transcend our New England roots, spread our creative wings and learn how to fly. Like a parched palate after a morning jog, we soaked up its offerings and yearned for more. Kelly Drive was our running path, a proverbial highway to the art at its end, where our mind danced in delight to the likes of Van Gogh, Dégas and Rodin. It was the nineties, Rendell was mayor, and ‘The Vet’ was still home to the city’s own athletic birds-of-a-feather.

Fast forward to a new era and we’re still going back. In the decade-plus since we formally packed up our bags and waved goodbye, the transformation of Philadelphia has been unabashedly awesome. New blood has moved in, walls were torn down, and things are a-changin’. And while many of our long-time loves have since shuttered their doors, the city’s historic genes are far from forgotten. Modern delights are tucked between row homes and cobble-stoned streets, the quintessential tête-à-tête between past and present. Trailing our selections is a ‘B’ list miles long, far from second-class, and equally notable to those we’ve highlighted. But because our guides are perfectly pint-sized servings of that which we treasure and hold most dear, we may have no choice but to offer our readers a second helping.

There will be those who balk at our nod to a nationwide retailer, but one step through the door and we’re sure you’ll agree – it’s okay to occasionally go for the wares, but always preferred to stand in awe of a building. In the mood for classic gems and glamorous baubles? Venture slightly off course from our favorite square, to discover a bona fide jewel box, where self-indulgence is not only recommended, but downright requisite. Looking for food to calm your cravings? Local restauranteurs have risen to the ranks of Jefferson and Franklin, their menus crafted in an act of culinary declaration.

While our guide may be biased by a local standard of sorts, it’s a sheer testament to the validity of tried-and-true. So go for the history, stay for the food and fall in love with the culture.

PROVIDENCE

February 22, 2014

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A hop, skip and a jump from New York, and a mere stone’s throw from Boston, this capital city is oft overlooked as a destination in the Northeast Corridor. Blustery blizzard conditions aside (winter is still alive and kicking in our parts), we recently laced up our ‘Beans’ and set out in gilded pursuit of giving getaway credit where credit is due.

Small in scale, but large in character, not to mention home to Ivy League traditions and artistic hopefuls, Providence is quietly tip-toeing into the travel spotlight. Case in point, a boutique hotel, hip by Brooklyn standards, but refined enough for classic New England taste, recently opened its doors, bringing with it design excellence, a top-notch barista, and most importantly, what we hope to be a fresh and progressive attitude.

At a glance, this guide is weighted toward a seasoned palate, with a hearty catch of culinary gems to satisfy the most discerning of cravings. Our shoppe picks are few and far between (or neat and tidy for those partial to the glass half full), as we pride ourselves in including only those establishments we consider to be the gold standard in creative ingenuity. Since sparsity is not our style, we navigated the course for alternative inspiration, uncovering works of art from some of our favorite masters, a used bookstore for hours of browsing (and for those of you who like us, occasionally judge a book by its cover), and cobblestone streets weathered with historical secrets we can only imagine.

The Ocean State is near and dear to our heart, and while we’re most smitten with its coastal parts, this city is about unchartered waters and entrepreneurial pursuits. Be sure to check back at Around the Pound, when we delve deeper into a Providence makeover of epic proportions, where second and third chances are proof that with a little vision, and a pinch (okay, more like a dash) of manpower, even the unlikeliest of characters can have a golden debut.

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