Carlie Bristow Febo’s Guide to Kittery, Maine
By Carlie Bristow Febo
I often find myself driving through Kittery, Maine on my way to my parent’s home. I grew up on the seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine, and just recently started to really find an amazing nook that is Kittery. It is only a mile from downtown Portsmouth NH, but is often over-looked. I love driving through and stopping at the coffee shop for a latte and famous French cruller. Bonus - It is an hour from my doorstep in Cambridge!
First stop in the morning is at Lil's Cafe - the cruller and almond croissant are what dreams are actually made of...no seriously I dream about how good they are!!! Lil's is named after an important woman in the community who is often recognized for her hard work and "charming stubbornness"
After a little coffee and sweetness, TIME TO SHOP. I first stop at FOLK which has a selection of handmade; modern ceramics, stationery, jewelry, gifts and a gorgeous collection of contemporary women's clothing. I always walk out with something that will sit perfectly on my bookshelf or mantle. Next stop is across the street at Tayla Mac Boutique. My husband gave me crystal earrings from there on our wedding day, so this quaint shop will always have a place in my heart. This store has hand picked items from venues and studios across the country to support emerging artists, designers and gift makers.
Lunch? noodles at Anju!
After lunch walk? Head over to Fort Foster for some Maine beauty. Here there are trails to walk and beaches to read on! I often find myself walking with my frenchie Oscar through the trails and then hit the beach for a nap and swim.
I love to end my day (or start my night) with a nice cocktail. Best place to head to is The Wallingford Dram. Ask for the Dame Shrub, which is made of Gin, Maine Hemlock, rosemary-pear shrub, lemon, ginger, and seltzer. You won't be sorry!
Finally, I head over the bridge into Portsmouth to 3S Artspace. This women led non-profit is my favorite art space in the area. It is dedicated to presenting and supporting bold, emerging art and entertainment and cultivating an informal space for the exchange of ideas and creativity. I always check out the gallery space or see a band in their incredible performance space!
About Carlie Bristow Febo
Carlie Bristow Febo is an artist, museum educator, youth development professional, and creative collaborator
in Boston. She has worked in museums around Boston such as Tufts Art Gallery, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Most recently she led creative youth development and social justice based teen programs at the ICA/Boston. She is the co-founder of artist collective Make Art and Cry and manager of multiple nationally touring performance poetry artists. In addition, she proudly serves as President of the Board for Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) and co-founded The Cauldron, a monthly communal meal encouraging people to stand in their power through self-care and building community. As an artist, she is focuses on creating art where food, the body, intimacy, voice and silence collide through performance art, video, and photography. She is particularly interested in creating spaces of creativity and fostering artistic expression through self exploration.