No Time for a Honeymoon? Have a Mini-Moon! We Spent Ours in Freeport, Maine

Passing the one-year of marriage anniversary mark had me reflecting on our wedding and this past year a lot. Actually, we spent our anniversary at our friends’ wedding at the Holiday Valley Ski Area in Ellicottville, New York, and it was a perfect way to celebrate!

They even played our first dance song—Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night—which made it even more special for us.

Ronzio Wedding Highlight Video | Parachute – Kiss Me Slowly

 

But as I think back on the wedding, I can’t help but also remember our most perfect mini-moon!

Alexandria was, at the time, competing for Team USA as a Senior Pair figure skater and had a competition out in Salt Lake City the week after the wedding (where she ended up taking home a medal for the States!), so we knew we couldn’t getaway for too long.

We would put off the three weeks we hoped to spend traveling Thailand and volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park for March, six months later. Of course though, we still wanted some kind of short getaway to celebrate and relax, and so we went to Freeport, Maine for a mini-moon.

We found the most picture perfect Airbnb (Deb’s Place) nestled back into the woods on a private farm about 1.5 miles from the town center. We would spend our mornings sipping coffee, chasing Benji around the wooded backyard, and playing guitar in front of the wood stove.

Then our afternoons consisted of exploring all the shops and restaurants in Freeport center. And after picking up some fresh foods from the Bow Street Market, we would retreat to our cabin for dinner, impromptu living room dancing, fireside cuddles, and Benji snuggles.

Downtown Freeport’s gems include:

L.L. Bean’s gigantic flagship campus, the Freeport Outlets (the Patagonia outlet is reason enough to go!), and Maine Beer Company’s tasting room is just down the road too.

A colossal lobster roll and a pint of Peeper Ale at Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern totally hits the spot, and the Tartufo mushroom burger from Azure Cafe across the street is also out of this world.

You also can’t go wrong with really anything from Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro. Their fig, goat cheese, & prosciutto pizza is just ridiculous. And all this was within walking distance!

Plus, just 10-minutes away, along the coast, is Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park and Wolfe’s Neck Farm + Recompence Campground.

 

There’s a ton of great hiking to be had in that area, the farm is really cool to explore and buy some fresh local produce, and the dog-friendly campground has the best s’mores ice cream you’ve ever tasted.

We enjoyed our mini-moon in Freeport so much that before we even left the cabin we had already booked our next stay, for Valentine’s Day weekend. It was the most perfect place to get snowed in, eat heart-shaped doughnuts, and really make use of that wood stove!

Have you had, or are you planning, a mini-moon? Comment below and share your mini-moon story!

Jonathan Ronzio
Jonathan Ronzio

Adventure filmmaker/photographer, outdoor athlete, & speaker. Director, Between The Peaks. Founder & Chief Editor, Explore Inspired

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