In just a little over two weeks, we leave on our Dark Shadows trip. I'm excited about the hotel where we're staying this year. The photo of the lobby sort of reminds me of Collinwood. I'm especially looking forward to the Cliff Walk. I hope it's nice and foggy while we're there.
Tomorrow, we leave on our Dark Shadows trip. Catherine, Maddie and I fly out of Nashville at 10:15 a.m. and we change planes in Washington DC. From Washington, Lee will be taking the same plane we're taking into White Plains, NY. I don't know what time her flight leaves tomorrow morning. We're due to arrive at White Plains at 2:56 p.m. Julia is flying from Maine, but she has to fly to an airport in New York City and take the shuttle to Tarrytown because there isn't any service between Maine and White Plains.
I think that Lee has someone to do the Thoughts every day and we're going to try to check in regular and let everyone know what's happening. In the past, sometimes we had a hard time getting on the Yahoo group, but it's easier to get on ProBoards. If we have any problems, we'll just send email to someone and they can post them in the group.
After three nights in Tarrytown, we will be leaving Monday, June 30th, for Salem. It's about a 5 or 6 hour drive and we've decided to leave around 10, which should get us to Salem around 4, so that we can check into where we're staying. Catherine, Maddie and I have reservations at the Stephen Daniels House that people have warned us against. Lee and Julia are staying at the Salem Waterfront Inn, that's on the wharf and about 3 or 4 blocks from the Daniels House, so we can park in the Waterfront Inn parking lot instead of parking on the street. We're spending Tuesday in Salem and on Wednesday, we leave for Maine, where we'll spend the night at Julia's house and have dinner at DiMillo's, our favorite lobster restaurant, then go to the Black Point, which is only about 15 miles south of Portland, on the afternoon of Thursday, July 3rd
Post by Graveyardbride on Jul 2, 2014 5:32:16 GMT -5
We're in Salem and in a few hours we'll be leaving for Maine. Yesterday, we visited the house that used to be the Ingersoll Ordinary or Tavern in Salem Village (now Danvers), where people gathered before and after the witch examinations at the nearby Salem Village meeting house. I've wanted to see it for a long time, but it's a private residence and has never been open to the public. Now, it's between owners and we arranged to have someone allow us to have a look inside. We'll check in again when we get to Maine.
Hello from Maine! We're in Portland now and it's overcast and there are thunderstorm warnings ... perfect Dark Shadows weather! The Dark Shadows Festival was nice, but nothing special or different except that we toured the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, but we had been there before. On the Friday that we got there, we had lamb chops at the Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Tarrytown. On Saturday, we left the DS events early so that we could get to Equus, the restaurant at The Castle Hotel, before sundown and have dinner in the Garden Room looking out over the gardens as the sun sets. David Selby looks old! His room was on the same floor and at the same end of the hall as Lee's and Julia's rooms, so they talked to him on the elevator a couple of times. He was very nice and so were the other DS actors who were there. On Sunday, we went to the DS lunch that began at 11:30 and the food was nothing special, as usual. We didn't attend all of the events, but we met at the cemetery at 5:30 and went on the tour. We had reservations for 8 p.m. on Sunday night at Equus and this time we were in what is called the Library Room and we all had grilled sirloin.
We left Monday morning for Salem. The Daniels House where Catherine, Maddie and I stayed was worse than we could have imagined. It was so awful that even thinking about it upsets me, so we will wait until we get back to tell everyone how awful it was. We had dinner at The Witch's Brew, a quaint little place on Derby Street, which is about half-way in between the Daniels House and the Salem Waterfront Inn, where Lee and Julia were staying. It was just a few blocks from one place to the other. We all had the sole stuffed with crabmeat and scallops and we ordered 2 bottles of wine. Yesterday, we all enjoyed visiting The Ingersoll house. The realtor let us go through it on our own. We just picked up and returned the key. It has been added onto, but we couldn't tell exactly what was original and what had been added. One of the fireplaces has a beehive oven and water heater, but I don't know if they were there in 1692. MOst of the cooking back then was done over the fire, but the beehive ovens were used for baking pies, cakes and bread. We stayed there looking around for over an hour and then went back to Salem. Lee and Julia wanted to go straight from to the House of the 7 Gables, but Catherine, Maddie and I were starving because all we had for breakfast was fruit and frigging muffins and the muffins weren't even that good. Lee and Julia had lobster omelets at the hotel. Anyways, we all had lobster rolls in the hotel pub before going on to the House of the 7 Gables and then shopping in downtown Salem. Last night, we all walked to Nathaniel's Restaurant at the Hawthorne Inn and we had shrimp and scallops with Bearnaise sauce.
This morning, we all had lobster omelets at the Waterfront Inn and left for Maine around 10 and got here around 2:30. We dropped off our dry cleaning at a place near the inn where we''' be checking in tomorrow and now we're getting ready to go to dinner at DeMillo's, where we go every year. Tomorrow, we're going to check in at our hotel, change and then drive to the haunted Wood Island Lighthouse for a tour at 6. We have dinner reservations tomorrow night at a place called Buffleheads.
So far, the weather has been perfect - rain, clouds, fog and thunderstorms. We checked in at our hotel on the 3rd and because it's just a few minutes from Portland, Julia and Kate drove down in her car and the rest of us took our rental SUV, which we have to rent because of all our luggage. We made arrangements for the hotel to have at least one room ready for us at 2:30, so that we could check in, change and drive down the coast to tour the Wood Island Lighthouse at 5 o'clock. It was about to rain when we took the boat to Wood Island and then we had to walk about a half a mile on a narrow boardwalk that goes from one end of the island to the other. There was a murder/suicide on the island in the late 19th century and after that, one of the keepers, who said the island was haunted, rowed to shore, rented a room and jumped out the window and killed himself. Since then, his spirit has haunted the island. After the tour, we had excellent lobster pies at Buffleheads Restaurant in Biddeford. A bufflehead is a duck. We drove back to the hotel in the rain and during the night, there were thunderstorms and a power outage. The rooms are lovely. Lee's room is decorated in pink, blue and green with a huge balcony. Julia's room is green and yellow with a smaller balcony. Catherine and Kate have a room with two beds decorated in blue and white. Their rooms are all on the 2nd floor. My room is the only one on the 3rd floor and it's decorated in pink, green & blue with a window seat in a bow window looking out to the sea. The hotel has what they call a widow's walk, but it's really more of a cupola because it's enclosed. We haven't seen any of the hotel ghosts yet and I'm on the 3rd floor where most of them are.
Yesterday, the 4th, after breakfast, we went for a walk along the Cliff Walk, which is over two miles. It was foggy and rainy all day and when we got back from our long walk, we changed, played gin rummy at a table near the window where we could look out on the stormy landscape. We had twin lobsters in the hotel dining room around 7, then watched Dark Shadows DVDs before going to bed. This morning, Julia, Kate and I got up early for a half-day at a local day spa. Lee and Catherine's half-day at the spa didn't start until noon and as soon as they get back, we're driving up to Portland for dinner at the Timber Steakhouse. Tomorrow, we're driving down the coast to Ogunquit for a cruise along the coast to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. We're all hoping it will be nice and foggy for the cruise.
They were hoping for cloudy, foggy weather and looks like they got their wish, even thunderstorms. It was always thundering, lightning and raining on Dark Shadows, or either there was very dense fog. I wonder if the Cliff Walk that they're talking about is anything like Widow's Hill? I remember how when something terrible happened on Dark Shadows, someone would always go to Widow's Hill, where they would hear the cries of the long dead widows who once looked for their husband's boats from the hill. Josette died jumping from Widow's Hill and I seem to remember that both Elizabeth and Victoria Winters went to Widow's Hill and contemplated suicide.
Sadly, this is our last day at the inn. We're checking out tomorrow morning, taking a cruise of the lighthouses near Portland and then spend the night with Julia and fly home on Thursday. On Sunday, we drove to Ogunquit and took a cruise along the shore to the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, which was 28 miles roundtrip. It wasn't foggy or cloudy like we hoped, but it was a nice cruise. Then we came back to the hotel and changed for dinner. Yesterday was cloudy and we drove up to Southport and visited the Hendricks Head Lighthouse, which is privately owned. When we were making our plans, we found out that the people who bought the lighthouse in 1991 are from Alabama and I contacted them and when I told them that two of us were from Alabama, they invited us to visit. The area near the lighthouse is haunted by "The Ghost Lady of the Dusk." She is the spirit of a woman dressed in black, who was seen walking near the shore in December of 1931 and her body later washed up on shore. She had drowned and there was a weight on her body. After that, people started seeing her ghost walking the shore as the light shining from the lighthouse turned. No one ever found out who she was and she's buried in the local cemetery in a grave marked "unknown." We stopped at Le Garage in Wiscasset on the way back, where we had been before, and had Seafood Newburgh. Today, which was also cloudy, we walked to the end of the Cliff Walk and back again, watched some DS DVDs and we're having dinner at the hotel again tonight.
Last Edit: Apr 8, 2016 23:14:02 GMT -5 by madeline