Friday, July 20, 2007

The Anchorage

My dear friend Jackie inquired about where we stayed while in York (thank you ALL for the kind words regarding my photos!) in my previous entry.  While I love the Ken Burns (I think that's what it's called) photo album settings, looking back I see that some of the subjects in the photos are not fully represented in that format.  It fades out before Mr. Snail appears at the end of his trail, and the cresent moon is sometimes overlooked as well.... I may snag a few, repost them and share a bit more about our trip in separate entries.

For now, I'd like to respectfully answer Jackie's question regarding where we stayed.

For many years, my mom, Ginny, traveled to York each year with her mom ~ my nana.  They spent many a summer walking the sandy shores of York Beach, visiting and revisiting the Nubble Lighthouse and strolling along the streets of "downtown", dining at the many sidestreet cafes and especially enjoying watching workers spin the taffy at the Famous Taffy and Candy store.  This was a very special annual event for them, before Nana became increasingly forgetful and disoriented as Alzheimers slowly yet painfully stole her from us.  Their beautiful, funfilled trips to Maine ended a couple years before nana's final and fateful move into the nursing home.  Up until the very end, she would recall those trips and many other memories as well, with fondness, if someone else gently reminded her.  She knew us all, in her more lucid moments, but never remembered that we had been there once we had walked out the door.

They always stayed at The Anchorage.  It has to be the most popular and most attractive Inn along the beach.  I only managed to snap a small handful of photos of it, and they were taken in the evening.  Much too dark, I realized, after downloading them on my computer.  So I went about brightening them today in order to share them with you.

So, Jackie, while it would have been absolutely HEAVENLY to have stayed at that cute and cozy little house next to the Nubble Light (hehe), it was as equally heartwarming to stay at The Anchorage, making newmemories to add to the old, and promising one another to continue the family "girls only trip" to the sandy (and recently more rocky due to storms!) shores of Maine. 

As seen from The Anchorage's seaside restaurant across the road.

 

Mailee and Amanda walking ahead from the beach...

 

View from our room overlooking the pool... (I was only disappointed in the large amount of electrical wiring...  But, hey, at least I could access my email!)

There were THREE pools at this baby...  The outdoor one that you see here (complete with tunnel slide), another outdoor lap pool, and an indoor pool and spa with a poolside cafe' and bar.  ooh lala...  ;o)

The Sand and Surf Restaurant across the road...  Dinner for four = 135 buckaroos... 8-$  LOL  (it was worth it!):

 

Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend ~ go make some memories! 

                                

7 comments:

am4039 said...

love the picture and the anchorage looks like a great place to stay.

siennastarr said...

I feel so honored, Michelle.. :)  Not only did I get a lovely email from you, but a special entry answering all my questions!  Thank you!  I love when you write about your adventures or just anything that's going on in your life!

You, my friend, are very special to me, also.. :)

Much love
Jackie

queeniemart said...

i love the pics and loved hearing about it.....looks like a heavenly place to go.
XO lj

ksgal3133 said...

What a beautiful place :)

Gretchen
http://journals.aol.com/ksgal3133/LivinginSavannah2

rdautumnsage said...

Thanks for telling us about the Anchorage! I think the memories are all that more meaningful building on the ones you already have of this place. (Hugs) Indigo

helmswondermom said...

What wonderful memories you a have of your all-girls vacations with your grandmother; and now you're continuing the tradition.  I think that's great.  The pictures were wonderful; what a beatiful place!
Lori

nay0114 said...

This looks like a lovely place to stay. Thanks for sharing all those pictures. How great that you and the girls had that time together.  Hope you have a great day.
Take care, Chrissie