One Weekend in Maine


CAPE PORPOISE, MAINE – Maine fulfilled my pre-conceived notions: rugged coastline, superior lobster, and lots of Revolutionary-era cottages and Victorian mansions — almost nothing but old houses, in fact, in the area around Kennebunkport.

I particularly love the over-the-top yellow and white gingerbread castle, below. Looks like it was originally a brick Colonial, amended in the 1840s with the addition of carved wood detail in the Gothic style that was then the rage.


Scroll down for more Maine scenes, from grand to humble, that caught my eye…








About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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5 Responses to One Weekend in Maine

  1. Nancy says:

    I have never seen gingerbreading like that yellow house! You sure it isn’t a more recent addition?

  2. cara says:

    I can only say what it looks like to me. Sometimes I’m wrong, sometimes I’m right. It sure is a traffic-stopper.

  3. grand army plaza says:

    I think that yellow house is known in that area as “The Wedding Cake House.”

  4. joan says:

    Don’t you just love Maine?! We head over there at least once a month to get our “fix”! On our day-trips we get as far as Kennebunk, or Portland if we start early enough. Wells and Ogunquit have great houses too, did you make those towns?
    I am enjoying your blog!

  5. cara says:

    hi Joan, thanks for your enthusiasm! I’d never been to coastal Maine before and it certainly does have a stock of old houses (almost unsullied by not-old houses, that’s what I love most about it!) Didn’t get to Portland or Ogunquit but did drive through Wells on my way back, eyes wide open!

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