Breaking away from the city, I landed in Portland, Maine and drove two-plus hours northeast to the South Thomaston region off West Penobscot Bay. Along the hundreds of miles of coves, summer people and locals co-exist, occasionally uncomfortably. It's an area rich in seabirds, lobstering and family life that sustains communities and protects our environmental treasures. Intrigued by the rare opportunity to see Puffin breeding islands, we bought tickets for the Monhegan Boat Line tour, just a start of our three-day adventure on the St. George Peninsula.
I was delighted to have a roadmap for a $20 day in Napa - three meals, wine and a nature walk. I read the article twice to verify the calculations! The second best part of the story is that these carefully selected destinations capture the rich variety of the Valley beyond the well-worn pricey path.