“My favorite colors are the colors of the sea — blue and gray and green,” writes Sarah in “Sarah, Plain and Tall.” I watched this Hallmark Hall of Fame movie with my grandmother at least 100 times when I was a kid. We loved its sequel, “Skylark,” too, and watched it just as many times. In the film (and book, by Patricia MacLachlan), Sarah was from a small town in Maine. After moving to Kansas, she was incredibly homesick and returned to her hometown for a short amount of time.
My grandmother and I always said we’d visit Maine together someday. She died after my freshman year of college, and we were never able to take the trip together. For this reason, I’ve been excited to visit Maine for years.
After driving up from Boston, we were only in Maine for about six hours. I would love to return and spend six weeks in Maine, but the quarter day we had was perfect, and one of my favorite 50 in 5 memories to date.
We arrived to Kennebunkport right at lunchtime, and went straight to fetch some fresh lobster rolls from Port Lobster. We drove down the road to Colony Beach and ate our lunch in the Jeep looking out at the Atlantic.
After lunch, we spent some time walking around town, peeking into a few of the shops. I rarely purchase souvenirs from our travels, but I brought home a small wooden lobster ornament for our Christmas tree. It was quite cold, or we would have walked around longer. Kennebunkport is charming, even in the winter when nobody is around!
As we turned and drove south, we swung by the Nubble Lighthouse before stopping at Cliff House Maine to watch the sunset. It was a short visit to Maine, but I’ll never forget it.