We just took a quick trip to the Northeast and it began with a tour of architect Walter Gropius’ house in Lincoln, Massachusetts. I marveled at every detail and it’s like a mini museum with Marcel Breuer, Knoll, and custom furniture, and art and objects from myriad other Weimar and modern masters. I learned about “Bauhaus pink,” the perfect color that graces several ceilings and walls and delighted me considerably. Seeing his innovative philosophy, economy of materials and style, and exquisite collections on display was so inspiring. The Gropius House is super close to Walden Pond so we stopped there too, and I expected an earnest backcountry situation but it’s now a public beach that would be nice to spend a day at. We hit the road for Portland, Maine, stopping at the cute shop Folk in Kittery along the way.
After checking into the Mercury Inn we headed straight to More & Co., one of my favorite shops to follow from afar. We met up with a friend for dinner at the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, and had an amazing smörgåsbord and cocktails. Then we walked to the concert venue + the main reason for this trip — Brian Wilson playing Pet Sounds. After regretfully missing the Stones last time they were in MN I vowed to go see more of my favorites, so when Brian Wilson announced a couple dates we thought about going to Austin’s Levitation festival with a detour to Marfa, but decided on a visit to ME and I was able to get seats in the orchestra section. Of course now he’s playing all over the country but it was extremely special to catch this show.
Bon Appetit’s recent city guide turned me on to several new places I hadn’t come across, and we spent a day doing a beer and snack crawl across town. There are a LOT of breweries and distilleries here, and we sampled quite a few. Oxbow’s beer was the best of the bunch, and other highlights include kombucha from Urban Farm Fermentory and seafood at Eventide (we intended to take a ferry ride but missed the boat because we were too busy getting drunk and eating oysters there). Bought wine at Drifters Wife (extremely well curated selection + their cafe looked like a perfect date spot), didn’t make it to Bunker Brewing but I wanna try their Salad Daze. And there are so many restaurants doing creative takes on Maine ingredients.
We crashed with our friends and one of their beautiful kids asked me in the morning, “Did you hear the stars twinkling last night?” We hiked Bradbury Mountain, and quintessentially ate a lobster roll next to a lighthouse on the way out of town. I really really wanted to go see Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings at MASS MoCA but couldn’t get there this time so we’ll just have to go back...