Detour to Vacationland: Maine in Photos

The heady spice of wood smoke… the first beacon of home welcoming me North.
In my home state of Maine, the scent of burning wood permeates every activity from late-September through ’till March or April (and in some years… early May). Even now, the odd whiff mysteriously drifting through the air in Philly has the power to instantly transport me. It punctuates the air in fall and winter, mixing with the icy stillness of an impending snowstorm, enveloping me like a security blanket. I never expected to be so tied to where I grew up, tied to the woods. For so long, I resisted. But no longer can I deny the softness that befalls my shoulders, the lack of tension that typically knits my brow… symptoms of stress leaving my body as I leave the city behind. That exciting, busy city life and all its secret stress — the kind you don’t even realize you’re burdened with — growing smaller in my rear view mirror as I navigate towards the place I will always consider my true home.

It’s been three years since I traveled to that little home in the woods for Thanksgiving, having lived too far away to make the trip while residing in Pittsburgh, and the time away was welcomed with open arms. From expressway to highway, highway to state road, and finally to the long and winding dirt track that leads to the home I grew up in. No cell phone service, no internet. No neighbors for miles. And snow in the forecast. For my busy, always working mind, it was the kind of forced quietude that I needed. A time to step away from the noise of the world, reset, and find some inspiration for inspiration’s sake. Like clockwork, not long after my crack-of-dawn arrival the snow began to fly and in a few short hours the wild land outside was blanketed in sixteen inches of perfect, pristine snow. Winter in Maine is a reminder to slow down, take your time. The roads may be treacherous, but there’s a warmth that awaits at the end of the drive.

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So snowy!
How beautiful it is-

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This was so lovely! I lived in Maine for a couple years and spent my childhood summers up north. I miss it everyday and this brought me right back. Thanks for sharing!

Sitting here in sunny California makes me wish I could experience that white wonderland sometimes!

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I would love to go to Maine… looks so beautiful.
xoxo Kennedy
Northern Indigo

i love maine so much…such beautiful photos

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Aw! I love all the snow – and those winter boots/outerwear!

Warm Regards,
Alexandra
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I love the bonfire shot! So gorgeous with the sparks flying away in the wind.
~ash
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Maine is my favorite place on Earth! So peaceful and calming in the summer as well. Beautiful photos!
Han
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Olivia Crooker

I love to see this about Maine, I live here and I always love to see new places here at home.
`Lv

Lauren

This post made me even more excited to go home to Portland over winter break! My home! <3

Ms.Wild

great photos! what camera do you use? and photo tips? or sites?

thanks
Ms. Wild