The Art of Daytripping in January

With shorter days and freezing temperatures, it’s easy to think that the dead of winter in Maine would be a time to hibernate. However, many Mainers find that it’s a perfect time for creativity to flourish! We stay open every day all year round at Daytrip Society & Daytrip Jr., so it’s important for us to use the slower season to get out of the store and get inspired.


First we headed to our favorite bakery, Boulangerie, for some morning fuel.

After breakfast we stopped at Snug Harbor Farm. The steamy greenhouses feel like a perfect respite from winter. Plus, being around so much gorgeous plant life reminds us that we will indeed thaw out one of these days.

Then it was time to head south! The turn onto Parsons Beach was right along our route, so we popped down for a beach stroll.

The unseasonably warm day with so much snow on the great created the dreamiest looking fog. It made the stretch of sand look infinite!

We had the whole place to ourselves with the exception of a few dogs and their people out for a run. Who says there’s no such thing as a January beach day in Maine?!

Our first stop once we got to Dover was to check in with our friends Briana Feola and Jason Snyder – known together as Brainstorm – at their studio. We love being able to connect with the independent makers that help make our stores shine and see their creative workspaces. So inspiring!

After chatting for a while we were all feeling the lunch vibe. On recommendation from Briana & Jason, we headed down the street to 7th Settlement Brewery.

They had a good variety of craft beers available and lots of delicious farm-to-table style food on the menu. We even got to an impromptu tour from one of their brewers while we waited for our food! They named this tank after their Uncle Mike – he purchased it for them with the agreement that they’d slap his name on the side.

Our meals were tasty and the restaurant itself had a nice cozy vibe. We loved their chalkboard that allowed customers to ‘Buy Your Buddy a Beer.’

After a nice long daytrip it was time to head back home. Thanks to everybody along our way who showed us a great time!