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A three hour drive north of Boston, the coastal town of Damiscotta, Maine is definitely worthy of being noted as picturesque. Traveling from Boothbay to Pemaquid Point, the route takes you through Damariscotta. I always feel like I’m going over a bridge in that town when I’m at the center, simply because of how the quaint main street is situated along the water. Embraced by old-fashioned and whimsical buildings, it is always tempting to stop there and wander about, if only to window shop.

Settled in 1640, the area is less than fifteen square miles and has a population just over two thousand. Early industry consists of sawmills, match factories and brickyards. Many of Boston’s Back Bay structures are formed from those Damariscotta bricks. In 1800, ship building became Damariscotta’s source of wealth. This is evident in the homes and other buildings which show prosperity from more than two-hundred hears ago.

Situated on the Damariscotta River ( Damariscotta means “river of little fish” ), the town is known to be a tidal estuary of the Gulf of Maine.

Scattered with charming cafes, unique gift shops and an old-fashioned drug store, the town is a great place to stop and visit. Combine that visit with a day or two in Boothbay and another day or two at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse and you are certain to enjoy days of complete joy – you’ll be glad you went. Our wonderful old dog knew every inch of Damariscotta’s sidewalks. Visting the coast offers dogs and dog-walkers a welcoming stroll, whether in a town’s center or along a shore. My cats wouldn’t like it so much – they think a car trip is going to end up at the vet’s. I did see a couple with a small goat on a leash once in Boothbay – I’m jealous :>)

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This is a great time of year to spend a day on Cape Cod. While many establishments are closed for the season, there are still restaurants and gift shops open, and the mall in Hyannis is always interesting.

Threading your way through the quaint towns, Sandwich, Falmouth, Osterville, Centerville, Harwich, Hyannis, Woods Hole, and many others, you will no doubt breathe in the serene atmosphere waiting as do the jonquils to pop open and greet you with exuberance.

A place I always try to stop and visit is on 6A in Sandwich, Green Briar, where you drive a few hundred feet up and around into a little haven where they make home made jams and sell interesting gifts and books. They also teach fun and educational courses for kids during the summer.

No wood ticks, no great amount of tourists, the Cape in spring is charming and waiting. Less than two hours south of Boston, the journey provides a perfect spring day-trip. Bring your camera.

And don’t pass up an opportunity to visit the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. They are magical in their own way.

My novel, I Call Your Name, takes place on Martha’s Vineyard and is scheduled for release in August – it is a romantic suspense.

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Boothbay Harbor, Maine is one of my favorite places to visit. I would love to live there, right at the harbor’s edge where I could see the water and hear the gulls as the fishing and tourist vessels arrive and depart. Maybe someday.

Settled in Lincoln County, the town is located on a peninsula in the Gulf of Maine. It’s inhabitants number just over two-thousand, except in the summer, when tourists find the town enchanting and fill the many guest houses and hotels.

Established as Townsend in the 1700’s, in 1842 the area was renamed Boothbay. It is built on a hill which embraces the town with a circular drive and gentle slopes to the harbor’s edge. This is a place where you will want to take photographs – in all seasons it is uniquely beautiful with quaint shops, a colorful variety of boats, and splashes of interest no matter where you look.

There are many places to visit in the area, something for every age level. A summer theater offers great plays and food – it is on route 27 leading into the harbor and is called The Carousel. Since the old film, Carousel, was partially filmed in the area, my guess is that the theater was named appropriately.

Fishing and tourism are the life lines for this pretty coastal town. From Boston, the drive takes about three hours up route 95 to coastal route 1 – then route 27 into the harbor area. The route 27 drive takes about thirty minutes, but it is one of the most beautiful scenic routes. The road is in great shape as it twists and turns through countryside, takes you up and down hills as it provides a feast for your eyes in the natural beauty. If you’re not pressed for time, further north will take you toward beautiful Damariscotta and on to Pemaquid Point Light House – my favorite place in the world. The entire area is a wonderful package, easily a place for a week’s vacation.

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Positioned in the scenic Connecticut River Valley region in the western part of the state, Amherst sits and waits. A college town, known for Amherst College, The University of Massachusetts and three other major colleges, the town is jumping with youthful activity and beauty.

Happy Valley is another name for Amherst, which is, by the way, pronounced without the h – the locals will tell you that the h is the only thing silent in town :>) Recognized for the arts, music especially, the area offers night time entertainment as well as glorious places to enjoy by daylight. The home of famed poet Emily Dickinson ( 1830 – 1886 ) is there, and her burial place, West Cemetery on Triangle Street, is located in town. Emily, known for her logical yet sentimental way of seeing life, is a favorite celebrity within the community.

Every kind of restaurant, accommodation and gift shop is there to serve you. The town is a winner with its landscape and opportunities to browse, and to maybe dream up some poetry or play your flute :>)

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