This past weekend, John and I felt like going for a drive, just to get out of the house for a bit. We decided to head down to Boothbay Harbor, about a 2.5 hour drive.
By the time we got ourselves and Kayleigh ready to leave, it was already 11:30am. We were getting hungry for lunch, and stopped to eat at Big G’s Deli in Winslow. Big G’s is famous for their extremely large sandwiches. If you ever stop there, be sure to order a SMALL, unless you’re going to share your sandwich with someone else. A small is doable for one person, but if you order a large, you’ll be in over your head!
I ordered the Lucretia Borgia, which is ham, salami, pepperoncini, mozzarella, tomatoes, pepperoni and onions. It was absolutely amazing! I would say it was probably one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. John ordered the Ex. Gov. McKernan, which is corned beef, pastrami, Swiss, tomatoes and onions. He was very pleased with his sandwich also.
After lunch, John suggested that we find something to do in the Augusta area instead of going all the way to Boothbay Harbor, since it was already so late in the day. It was Sunday afternoon, and he had to work the next day, so didn’t feel like getting home too late in the day.
I pulled out my cell phone and searched for things to do in Augusta. I found some info on the Viles Arboretum (Pine Tree State Arboretum), which neither of us had ever heard of before. It’s funny how you can live in the same state for more than 30 years, and still find places to visit that you have never heard of before. We’ve both been to Augusta several times. My two sisters have even lived in that area for several years now. I can’t believe that neither of us knew about this place.
I opened the WAZE GPS app (I LOVE this free app!!) on my phone, and it directed us there. We were only a few minutes away.
We didn’t really know what to expect before we got there. I had read online that there were walking trails, but that was about it. We pulled into the parking lot and got Kayleigh all situated in her stroller.
We headed out for a walk, and were amazed at what we saw. There was a lot to take in, from a Community Garden, to a Lilac Grove, a Hosta Garden (my favorite part, so beautiful!), Sculptures, a Rock Garden, Apple Trees, and more. Some areas had a dirt path, but it was mostly grass paths, which was a bit difficult to navigate with the stroller. Next time we go, we’ll take Kayleigh in the Baby Bjorn carrier instead.
Since we only had the stroller, the skies were getting cloudy, with rain on its way, and I had to use the little girl’s room in a bad way, we didn’t stay as long as we would have liked. There were other trails that we didn’t walk on, and things I didn’t get pictures of this time. We will definitely go back at some point though, and explore the Viles Arboretum even more.
Take a look at some of the pics I took while we were there:
So, if you find yourself in the Augusta, Maine area, head on over and check out the Viles Arboretum. You won’t be disappointed!