My neighborhood of Munjoy Hill is a wondrous place where endless ocean meets blue sky.
We have fussy formal gardens in brand new pots.
Messy gardens in antique containers, overgrown and effusive.
And, oops! a few accidental gardens – there’s a squash!
We have twee neighborhood markets with dewy, angelic produce.
These pink onions are organic, cherubic, and locally grown in Freedom, Maine.
We have truly fab restaurants like Lolita with tables saved for locals even in tourist season.
Me, I simply adore the Blue Spoon as I have repeated a billion times in these pages. Yum.
A quaint and sturdy bandstand in Fort Allan Park is perfect for summer concerts, oompah.
Historic Fort Allen is surrounded by shaggy gardens and benches with grand ocean views.
Gazing at Casco Bay islands is cheaper than a therapist. Try the 25¢ viewers to go deep.
And don’t miss Munjoy Hill’s public and private art. It’s everywhere and it’s free.
The Hill is also a great place to appreciate classic architectural styles from long ago.
Lots of modern architecture, too – the future of urbanism in our little corner of the planet.
We also have plenty of architecture that’s sitting around, waiting to happen.
Munjoy Hill is well-informed.
And sometimes a little confusing. Yet somehow, it all works.
A hometown staycation is my kind of ecotourism: it’s sustainable, boasts a high walkability index, and includes some of my favorite people, like these cool cats Richard and Jamie.
A sunny summer staycation is a beautiful thing.
NEXT UP: Staycation Part III – Ogunquit by the Sea