New England Summers

newenglandJuly 30, 2014, Washington, DC: Happy summer, neighborhood nomads! What better way to celebrate the season than by visiting family and friends in New England, an area of the country we called home for many years and have revisited ever since. This month, we followed the scents of salty air and charcoal grills up the East Coast during our ten-day vacation, stopping to play in its parks and waterways along the way. On the itinerary was a wedding in Portland, Maine, brunch in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow, and a paddle with my dear sister out of Connecticut’s Southport Harbor. All around not a bad way to embrace the heat of July.

At the bookends of our road trip, we stopped off in two beautiful places to eat lobster rolls, a meal that’s synonymous with summer in this region of the U.S. Beginning our annual celebration of summer en route to Portland, we stopped for lunch at Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit, Maine, a beach town my parents visited frequently while living in Montreal. It was a treat to enjoy a meal there overlooking Perkin’s Cove some twenty years after my last visit, just as it was a treat to board the new North River Lobster Co. on Manhattan’s West Side the night our vacation came to an end. The design/build team previously interviewed here for their work on the New York establishment Boulton & Watt recently got to work revamping a Circle Line boat in Manhattan and turning it into a floating lobster shack, and I had the pleasure of joining a party there on a recent Saturday night to celebrate an old friend. I enjoyed that second lobster roll on a sunset cruise on the Hudson River, watching a bold golden light bounce off the skyscrapers of New York City.

I am grateful for long summer days and warm summer nights spent in places that call for celebration.

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