First stop: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where President Teddy Roosevelt prevailed upon the empires of Russia and Japan to sign the Treaty of Portsmouth formally ending the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese War. [Actually, most of the negotiations took place in Kittery, Maine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, but never mind.] All that history and walking around the red bricked old town required sustenance. A merchant we talked to recommended the River House, where we had simply excellent seafood chowder and lobster rolls in brioche. Mr. Wonderful enjoyed the fact that the lobster was from New Hampshire instead of Maine but he skipped the oyster crackers from Vermont ... local rivalries still simmer.
The beignets with jam were terrific too.Second stop: Kennebunkport and Beach. We noticed that the trees were still bare, the grass was a dormant brown, and snow banks were not entirely melted. The sun, sky and ocean were brilliant, and we braved the wind to walk on the beach at low tide. It was a bit confusing to be walking along the beach in the afternoon with the sun in our eyes. I kept thinking that the beach ran north-south [instead of east-west] and had the illusion that the sun was setting in the wrong place .... Of course, we did the ultimate tourist stop and photo at Walker's Point:
Finally, after walking on the town's main street called "Maine" not "Main," we retired to Kennebunk's lovely White Barn Inn & Spa for a rest
and a fine dinner.
|White Barn Inn dining room|
|Beet dumpling and roulade|
|Roast cod and a seafood ravioli with fancy foam|
|Grand Marnier souffle with chocolate|