Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday River Ski Mountain

photos from gallery

The Sunday River Ski Resort offers some of the best skiing in New England. The rest of the story is a tad disappointing for those longing for luxe skiing even remotely resembling Vail or Aspen. Being the ski addict that I am, I do grieve this sad state of affairs. 

This past summer (2011) I checked out the Jordan Grand resort and stopped in briefly at the Grand Summit. The Jordan Grand surpasses the Grand Summit as far as atmosphere and possibly some amenities are concerned. However, getting to it was something of an adventure. The little road leading up to the JG hotel winds around interminably.This feeling of being lost forever was compounded by the fact that there were absolutely NO signs. I just kept seeing very large power poles and a golf cart path here and there. Just enough of a hint to keep me going. The kiddos and I ate an early dinner at the Sliders restaurant. The view was lovely and a couple large pots of red geraniums out on the deck helped. But I will admit that I didn't exactly feel swept away.

I also toured one of their 3 bedroom suites with a small porch and ski-in accessibility to a slope.....not sure how accessible the slope actually is to the hotel though. The rooms were quite comfortable and spacious, but far from what would be considered luxurious. It's great for families and my kids were quite enthused over it. Just keep in mind that it's long on the laminate, linoleum, dark pile carpet and square tiles....and not the greatest lighting. It's noticeably absent of any marble, granite, and upscale decor. It does provide an outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi along with a workout area and spa facilities. But even those are rather utilitarian. The general feeling  for me was that of a  very nicely appointed dormitory. Suffice it to say that at least in my (I'm sure it's considered snobbish) opinion, Maine is in dire need of some super-posh super funding in the ski resort department. We need an angel....preferably a very wealthy skiing one!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

David Wood Clothiers :: Portland


David Wood Clothiers, to me, represents the epitome of gentlemanly understated elegance. Classic. New England borrowing heavily from its homeland:  England. And his blog reeks of masculine restraint and decorum. I'm swooning!

Brook There :: Portland

I really admire Brook There as an artisinal designer (as she refers to herself) and the creative yet determined ways she incorporates her artistic bents into practical applications...i.e. organic panties and bras. Perfection. She also offers other soft and sophisticated, simple yet hip items such as tops and arm warmers.....and the great sweater in the photo. Her blog is a nice read, too.

Bliss :: Portland

featured brands include perennial favorites such as: steven alan, chan luu, frye, nomadic trading company, 3 dots, velvet, skif, american vintage, woo, 39 sixty-one, butter by nadia, trovata, prairie underground, koch, spiewak, soia and kyo, daftbird, susana monaco, j brand, joe's jeans, paige premium denim, seven for all mankind, adriano goldschmied, citizen's of humanity, mother, only hearts, ilux, david aubrey, hanky panky, epice, ananas, saint grace, sage perfume oils & more.

Bliss Boutique in the Old Port is one of my favorite pit-stops.

Bertini :: Portland

Bertini of Portland brings European style to Maine

European Collection for Women features beautiful pieces from designers such as D. Exterior, Dikton's, Dismero, Gossip, She's So and Sylvia Heise

And let's not forget our guys...

Menswear is designed and handmade in Tuscany, Italy by Mabro. Mabro's "Made to Measure" service is in perfect sync with it's own high sartorial standards. They have an extensive selection of swatches, and create a perfectly tailored piece for you in 3-5 weeks.

Bertini has been providing handmade, custom and unique European clothing for men and women for 14 years. All pieces are held to the highest standards of sartorial quality.

Love this look.

Foodies Guide to Planet Maine

Winterguide 2012 via Portland Monthly

2012 Never Tasted so Good.

download the foodie guide as a .pdf

Hidden Pond Resort :: Kennebunkport

Daybeds near Family Pool at the Lodge

I saw a write-up on this resort in Traditional Home Magazine. It is a seasonal resort (as many are in Maine) opening in May. Just visiting their website alone is quite relaxing. I can only imagine how the stay must be....

Photo Gallery

 The resort offers an organic farm

Family Pool

Family Pool 2

Morning yoga, offered daily...

Yoga instruction daily. And The Tree it!

The Lodge

The Lodge

One Bedroom Bungalow bed

One Bedroom Bungalow bathroom

Cozy cottages

Hidden Pond is thrilled to be collaborating with famed Boston chef and James Beard Award-winner Ken Oringer in creating Earth, our open air restaurant overlooking the pond and nightly bonfire.

Earth Restaurant...and they have much better photos here.