Maine Picnics

pier1You may think that Picnics is an odd topic for January!  Well, start dreaming of an oceanfront Picnic at Ocean Point Inn. When I lived in Vermont, we often backpacked a picnic lunch on a cross country ski adventure even in below zero weather.  It was delightful.

Another type of winter picnic is great for mothers of young children.  Let them have a Beach Picnic inside.  Don bathing suits, put beach towels on the floor and have a picnic in front of the fireplace!!  Read a book about the beach and do a shell craft.  Blow up lots of blue balloons to cover the floor and hide little sea creatures under the balloons.  Pretend to be wading in the ocean looking for sea creatures.  This is also a fun way to have a birthday party for young children.

opi-picnicPicnics evolved from the traditions of elaborate outdoor feasts the wealthy.  Having picnics is credited to the Europeans but today it is enjoyed around the world.  The word picnic can be traced back to 1748 in a 16th century French text.

Hundreds of years ago picnic meant a pot luck.  By the 1860s it started meaning everyone eating outdoors but not bringing food.  By the mid 19th century Americans developed an interest in picnics.

Picnic foods tend to vary according to regions of the country.  New Englanders love a thermos of clam chowder, southerners love barbeque and mid-westerners like chili and biscuits.

cropped-lobster-boat-sun.jpgIf you are staying at the Ocean Point Inn, think about having picnics on the rocks, at the beach, at a lake, on a mountain or on a dock.  Life is good at a picnic!!  You can order box lunches at the Inn’s Front Desk the night before and designate the time you wish to pick them up.  The East Boothbay General Store is also a great source of picnic food and drink.

Children love to go on picnics.  The following food are favorites with   children.

opi-picnic2ABC Pasta Salad
Nutrella on Crackers
Melon Swizzlers
Fruit Salad in an Ice Cream Cone
Fruit Punch with Fruit in Ice Cubes
Sandwiches cut with Cookie Cutters
S’More Bars

Pack the kids lunches in beach sand pails with a shovel.  They will have a toy to play with after the picnic.  Don’t forget antibacterial lotion and hand wipes.

For an adult picnic on the rocks, you can easily pick up the following while traveling:

lobster-3Fresh Bread
Cold Meats
Fresh Fruit

Create a gourmet picnic with your own imagination, maybe with some Maine lobster salad.

ocean-backgroundIf you are close enough to Ocean Point, a picnic on the rocks in the winter is fun as well.  Bundle up!  If it is too cold and windy to eat out on the rocks, park your car next to the ocean where you can enjoy the view and hear the surf from your car.  The following foods are great for a winter picnic:

Hot Soup
ocean-point-inn-sign5Hot Chili
Hot Cider
Hot Cocoa
Energy Bars

Make picnics a part of your next vacation at the Ocean Point Inn.

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