Maine in February? Brave Texans Say Yes

Pomegranate Inn sign

You know when you’re cruising 70 MPH down the highway, and without warning a strong wind shoves your car in the next lane, like your weightless?

This was our experience flying to Maine in Northeastern winter winds. Except there was no steering wheel I could control, and we tossed around thousands of feet in the sky looking down on this:

view of Maine from plane

Don’t be fooled. This photo looks serene; the experience was anything but. Funny how on the ground a plane looks large, heavy, untouchable…and how in the air it feels more like a rickety metal death-trap.

It didn’t help that the guy in front us kept cracking jokes about the plane crashing.

I seriously wanted to set his red hair on fire.

Clutching the seat back in front of me with my head hanging between my arms, this is the moment I began to think Maine in February was a bad idea. A very bad idea.

But like a champ, I overcame the trauma of my near-death experience, and Portland, Maine turned out to be a pretty dang good vacation thanks to The Pomegranate Inn—a bed and breakfast that serves up a 2-course gourmet brunch, whimsical decor, and quiet comfort.

The Pomegranate Inn
I always found bed and breakfasts to be privacy-less and a little bit creepy, but The Pomegranate proved me wrong.

This once-a-house-but-now-an-inn has retained the class and charm I’m sure it’s 1884 home owners intended to capture. Your every step echoes in its hollow wood floors, letting you forget—at least for a moment—that it’s the 21st century.

Pomegranate Inn signthe front of Pomegranate Inn

Practically a shrine of contemporary art, The Pomegranate oozes colors, texture, curiosities, and a never-ending supply of wonderfully mismatched odds and ends.

Eclectic and cluttered, but not junkie.

Read more about Pomegranate’s art.

IMG_4188IMG_4175couch in front of windowpillows and cowhide on couchcup coastertile floorGlass grapeswindow at bottom of staircaseshelf with faux pomegranatecup coasters on yellow tablestack of books

Good Eats
I’ve never loved 4PM as much as I did in Maine. On time every day, hot coffee, fresh chef-made cookies, and a roaring fire promised a safe-haven from sightseeing in 20-degree wind chill.

I could practically hear cow bells ringing me in for snack time.

IMG_4240IMG_4250IMG_4246The Art of Breakfast bookThe Art of Breakfast by Dana Moos, our inn keeper and (truly) humble chef. Highly approachable, conversational, and warm-hearted, Dana is as lovely and classy as she is talented.

Finding humility in successful artists is a breath of fresh air.

Dana taught me that cheese blintz soufflé is the socially acceptable way to say “cake for breakfast.”Souffle and bacon

Our Room
Room #8: the original master suite of the 19th-century home and the largest of Pomegranate’s eight rooms. It features a gas fireplace and separate sitting room surrounded by extra large windows with second-floor views. Warm, cozy, and by far Pomegranate’s best room for a couple’s getaway.

Swoon over the other seven rooms.

IMG_4239Room number eight
(Click for larger view.)

the bedfireplaceAsian figurinebrass light fixtureBj in sitting roomBJ, husband of the century. He’s like a lumberjack. A real man’s man. Gotta love him.

BJ sitting in front of windowstwo upside-down wine glassescrystal door knobvase sitting on wooden chest

rug and radiator

Dream bathroom. White-washed walls, floors, and fixtures with pops of color in the rug and art.

See that radiator above? That bad boy supports a marble slab that heats high enough to warm your towels while you shower. Divine.

bright art in bathroom1884 mirror and light fixtures1884 sink

Around The Port and City
Snapshots of Hobson’s Wharf, Kenebunkport, and Portland Headlight. Nothing freezes fingers better than icy winds rolling off the coast. Totally worth the photos.

 number three painted on boat poledocked boat sitting in waterdocked boatfront of boat with water backgroundLongfellow Square signlobster roll and french friesTraditional lobster roll from Becky’s Diner. Let’s face it—this is why you visit Maine.

lighthouse tour mapsign that reads shipwreckedhouse on coastpanorama of KenebunkportFort Gorgeslighthouselighthouse windowlighthouseSarah and BJ Linden

Wind-chapped and happy. Would we go back? Absolutely. In the summertime.


10 thoughts on “Maine in February? Brave Texans Say Yes

    • You’ve got to go! Most other vacationers we met were from other Northeastern states, like yourself. 🙂 You’d love it. Thanks for the comment!

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