In the summer of 2012, my wife and I decided to do a road trip through Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The plan was into fly into Burlington Vermont, rent a car, and just go wherever the roads took us. It was a wonderful trip even though New England was in the midst of a heat wave, with highs reaching the mid-80s. As Georgians, it was absolutely refreshing even though the New Englanders were sweltering.Besides the obligatory lobster rolls and trip to the L.L. Bean Outlet, the Maine portion of our trip was centered around Portland.
A couple of blocks from the museum is Victoria Mansion, built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a Maine native who made his fortune in New Orleans as the proprietor of luxury hotels. It’s a brownstone in the style of an Italian villa, with remarkably complete, luxurious interiors.