There is no place on earth as breathtakingly beautiful as Maine in the fall. I grew up in southern California. I had never seen seasons until my first post-college job took me east. I had no idea what I was missing until I was dating this adorable man (now my husband lo’ these 24 years) who drove me up the coast to see “the leaves.” Oh my! I was enthralled and for 7 hours pressed my nose against the car window. At one point he even gave into my naive request to pull over and let me collect some. I didn’t realize, at the time, that the leaves didn’t stay that color forever. I even made a colorful wreath with the leaves I collected only to have it turn brown and brittle within days.
The turning of the leaves is an annual event that cannot be saved or preserved or truly captured in a picture. It has to be experienced. Since the course of my life has kept me in New England for the last few decades it is an experience that I now look forward to every year. As much as we wait for summer warmth after our long and dreary winter (a season I also enjoy very much), fall is my favorite. Talk about distracted driving! It’s the bright red, orange, and yellow that appears one day, out of nowhere, that distracts me. Maine has a no-billboard law so it’s nothing but a scenic drive up, down, and through the state. I encourage everyone to experience it at least once. Once you have…once will not be enough!
Aside from leaf peeping, Maine has multitudes of other attractions for our visitors in the fall. There’s my favorite fair, the Common Ground Fair, or some of the most challenging and scenic golf courses in the United States like at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. I also recommend the Apple Festival in Rangeley Lakes or Acadia’s Oktoberfest on Mount Desert Island. The leisurely visitor will enjoy antiquing and/or visiting some of Maine’s more than 60 lighthouses.
Of course, Maine is the best shopping destination in the country. Freeport is the home of most nationally known outlets/retailers and many of Maine’s own artists; all set in a lovely, New England town on our rocky coast just 20 minutes from downtown Portland. You really cannot visit Freeport without visiting the brand new location of the Cuddledown Outlet Store. The Columbus Day weekend sale is right around the corner! I ask you, is there any better reason to visit Maine in the fall?? I think not! There is no better way to welcome the change of season. Visit Maine, see the leaves, and get all of your holiday shopping done. What a perfect way to snuggle into winter!
I could go on and on. Isn’t it lovely that after living here so long, I still think it’s a timeless and stunning place with charming and welcoming people? I admit the overall climate does not suit everyone, but I certainly believe that everyone should want to visit; just not in January…wait…unless you want to go skiing! Maine has great skiing…but that’s for a winter blog
Like so many others, I have been touched personally by the terrible scourge of cancer. Some friends and family have fought it off successfully (one of whom, Claire Owens, was actually featured in a Cuddledown catalog several years ago!). But some, who I miss dearly, did not win the battle. So I was pleased to find out that the employees at Cuddledown had formed a small but mighty team to participate in, and fundraise for the Dempsey Challenge on October 2nd and 3rd.
The event benefits the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Maine (named for the Grey’s Anatomy star, whose own mother has fought cancer). The Center provides support, education, and health promotion for those touched by cancer.
Cuddledown’s team (who will be cycling, walking, running or volunteering at the event) has already surpassed the goal they set, but would love to raise more money towards this incredibly worthy cause! You can help by going here to donate to anyone on the team’s page! Or come on out to the event on October 2nd & 3rd to cheer us on in person. Or support cancer-fighting events in your own home state. Those who’ve been touched by cancer (far too many of us) certainly appreciate everyone’s help!
What is it about your OWN bed? After all the summer travels; visiting friends, going to reunions, visiting colleges, and staying in hotels, its just so wonderful to be back in my own cozy bed. My pillow’s not lumpy, my sheets aren’t scratchy, and my bed isn’t concave in the middle. Really…why put all the reject bedding on the guest bed? I’m thinking it’s time, before the guests arrive for the holidays and before I get too heavily into the Christmas season, that I upgrade the guest bed. Maybe it’ll start a trend. My guests are so enamored with my guest bed that they are motivated to upgrade theirs. Thus, my visit to their house next year will be ever so much more restful! My silk sheets will start a chain reaction of silk sheets all over the country!
~ Visualize this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin ~ Robert Collier
I can dream…mostly because I’m in my own bed! My pillow isn’t lumpy…it’s just all soft and perfect.
Here’s a hot tip for a cooler night. I have an electric mattress pad. I crank that baby up while I’m brushing my teeth and when I climb under my comforter it’s already toasty…a no-shiver zone of perfection! Then, I turn off the mattress pad and voila! Perfect…yep…my own, warm, soft, cuddly bed. It almost makes saying goodbye to summer and the return of the school year and routine A.O.K.!
Can’t live with ‘em…can’t live without ‘em!
So, what does a Cuddledown mom send with her kiddo to college for his bed? OK, I admit it, maybe I went a little overboard; a featherbed (‘cause college mattresses are flat and gross) with a nice waterproof mattress pad over that – just in case… and it will protect him from dorm room “ickys” (like dust mites-and with recent outbreaks of bed bugs – a little extra protection doesn’t hurt), a nice set of sheets (not only because the aquamarine was on sale…a good boy color…but also because, with deep 18” pockets, they’ll fit over all the other stuff and will wash easily…if he washes them! I hope he washes them), a down comforter in “blanket warmth” (he’s a heater so a down blanket, being lighter, is perfect, and aren’t dorm rooms usually warm?) etc…etc…etc… Yes, there’s more but I’m already embarrassing myself! Or am I? He, too, thought I was nuts until all the kids on his floor wanted to test out his bed and (if I may just brag) who’s the most envied on his floor? My guy! So, I ask you…what can Mom do to help her college kid get off to a good start? And make sure they sleep well…if they sleep? Maybe I didn’t go overboard after all! I’m going to be proud of myself until the first girlfriend comes around, right? What kind of bedding did you send your kids/grandkids off to school with?