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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.

We first laid eyes on a piece by O&G Studio in early 2014 and like any design junkie, have been following their work ever since. Hunkered down at The Dean during an epic New England blizzard, the Aquinnah chair in our cozy room stood tall and proud like a Renaissance statue, and when we departed, thoughts of her lingered like a long-lost love.

Based in the coastal enclave of Warren, Rhode Island, O&G Studio has already captured the attention of the design world with a modern approach to a deeply rooted (not to mention local) tradition of craftsmanship. Founded by Sara Ossana and Jonathan Glatt, RISD alum with a mutual passion and respect for traditional American design, the duo has continued the legacy of Rhode Island’s fine furniture heritage well into the 21st century.

Out of their ‘lil Rhody studio, Ossana and Glatt bring life to classic silhouettes with subtle details and a rich palette of hues plucked from Mother Nature’s native influence. Meticulously crafted in a style the duo describes ‘at once sophisticated and relaxed,’ we couldn’t agree more. Personally, we’re partial to the ‘Atlantic’ collection of settees and chairs, a soft enveloping profile reminiscent of a warm embrace on a chilly night in the Northeast. Not in the market to furnish your home? Enjoy the beauty of O&G Studio at some of our favorite nearby eateries, Little Moss and Bywater, where the food and seating are equally enticing.

If you’re in the ‘hood, drop by their showroom, open Monday through Friday and weekends by appointment.

O&G Studio | 30 Cutler St., Ste. 220 | Warren, RI 02885

All images courtesy of O&G Studio.

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When you come from New England, it’s always, “Time to make the donuts“. Since opening its doors earlier this year, Knead Doughnuts has been satisfying the sweet tooths of downtown Providence daily. Considering it’s the brainchild of Bolt Coffee Company co-owner Bryan Gibb, would we expect anything less than elevating a beloved breakfast treat to new standards?  Tucked into the ground floor of 32 Custom House, Knead brings from-scratch baking to life on the fringe of Providence’s financial district.

Deeply rooted in the trifecta of doughnut craftsmanship – old-fashioned, cake or brioche, Knead offers a rotating menu of classic, no-frills flavors. With an approach the team renders ‘timeless’, there’s no need to get caught up in fleeting fads of culinary cuteness. Glazed or filled, with a fritter or two if that’s more your fancy. Our personal fave? The Brown Butter Toffee, a brioche base coated in brown butter glaze and topped with house-made pecan toffee.

Have a carb-craving, but simply can’t get out? Thankfully, Knead knows the feeling and happily delivers. Lodging at The Dean, or spending an afternoon at the Museum? Both PVD hubs for Bolt Coffee Co. have Knead Doughnuts on repeat, served with a lovely shot of espresso (thank you, Bryan). Moreover, they’re so darn delicious, we may need to upgrade our Providence Gilded Getaway Guide to version 2.0.

Knead Doughnuts | 32 Custom House St., Providence, RI

PORTLAND |EAST|

October 16, 2014

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For the past several weeks, we traded ‘logging in’ for ‘checking out’ under the coastal skies of our recently adopted City-by-the-Sea. However, not uncommon to release our tether and head to other ports of call, we wrapped up summer with a gilded roadtrip to our nation’s Vacationland. Having spent our youth on the shores of New Hampshire, the great state of Maine was a stone’s throw from our beloved Seacoast, and a place still held near and dear. So when a seafood feast popped up on the cross-country tour of America’s beloved culinary bandwagon, it was the perfect excuse to pack up our Boat ‘N Totes, hug the coastline and head due North.

Prior to our golden getaway, we hadn’t spent much time in the city of Portland. In truth, our relationship was merely one of a passing glance as we rolled up I-95 en route to Bean’s L.L. Bean, a petite city tucked along the rocky shore, but never quite worth a signaled departure off the interstate. In recent years, editorial shout-outs for Portland ‘East’ have been fast and furious – a northern New England haven for hipsters, layered with savvy entrepreneurs, skilled artisans and a booming food scene worthy of ‘Top-Ten’ status on the charts of many a seasoned palate.

A native New Englander through and through, (slightly biased, yes, we know), this city tugged at our heartstrings and won over our appetites. The highlights, much like the accolades for this coastal city, were tasty and plentiful. Cocktails at Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, (recently lauded by Bon Appetit as one of America’s best new bars,) served by the reputable mixologist and owner himself. A friends + family opening of the impossibly adorable Tandem Coffee + Bakery, perfectly placed in a refurbished service station, trading pumps for picnic tables and serving up a mean cup ‘o joe. And last, but most definitely not least, an order-to-go, duck fat fries paired with the thickest of shakes. Because, well, it was after all a long drive home.

SUMMERSET SERIES | No. 2

June 16, 2014


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Since Summerset entered into our journey, we’ve found that no matter the miles between us and its walls, a slice of our thoughts is perpetually tethered to the City-By-the-Sea. This weekend past was spent with one of our nearest + dearest Pallies-in-Design, Letter From Brooklyn, galavanting about our beloved coastal communities closer to home. However, tucked ever so slightly behind inspiring shoppes and delicious eateries were images of life at the Gilded Getaway, which to date, has yielded nothing less than scintillating scenery (why hello, ombré ocean).

Images courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

 

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