New England Post Cards / Favorite Photos

Postcards are a way of saving memories. Since I’ll soon be starting my seventh year writing Back Road Journal, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite memories and photos through the next several posts called “Postcards”. The first being New England Post Cards / Favorite Photos about my wonderful years living in New England. For my longtime followers, see how many you can remember and for my new followers, take a look back at what you have missed. I hope you all will enjoy them.

I believe that my husband’s and my time spent in New England provided some of our most wonderful memories. Our apple farm in New Hampshire is where we called home and our small cottage on Long Lake, just 45 minutes north of Portland, Maine is where we spent our summers. Many a ride was taken on back roads as we discovered what makes New England such a special part of our country.

Bird’s Eye View of Camden Harbor

During one of our summers in Maine, we drove up to visit the Mid Coast region. This is where you will find Rockport, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. It is one of the Maine’s most beautiful areas and was on our bucket list. This region is known for its quaint harbor villages, light houses, its rugged but beautiful coastline, its offshore islands, bald eagles and seals.

During that week’s visit, I got a literal bird’s-eye view of Camden harbor from the open air cockpit of a 1933 Waco biplane to celebrate my birthday. Wearing “Snoopy” leather helmets but without the benefit of goggles like our pilot, my husband and I took a thirty minute flight over the coast. It was the most adventuresome birthday gift I’ve ever received.

Click on any photo to enlarge and see a slide show.

Our small lakeside town of Naples, Maine is located in what is called the Lakes Region. It always put on a fun parade to celebrate the 4th of July which we loved attending. Later in the evening, watching the sunset from our dock on the lake was always a spectacular event,Β barely outdone by the fireworks at night.

Summer living at the lake provided quiet moments of relaxation as well as lots of water activities and, of course, lobsters and Maine blueberries. I guess you could say there was never a dull moment.

New Hampshire’s historic Seacoast region is definitely a great place to visit. Many happy hours were spent driving along its back roads and its eighteen miles of shoreline, discovering small towns and visiting the historic city of Portsmouth.

Several summers we visited the idyllic island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts. It is one of those special summer destinations that you hate to leave.

One of the things that makes New England special are all the wonderful gardens you see everywhere. While gardening is challenging because of the short growing season, critters and brutal winters, the end result was most rewarding.

All those critters that I spoke of, they used to love visits to both our garden and orchard. You might say that cuteness is what made us decide to share our bountiful crops with so many of the “native New Englanders” although we didn’t have too much to say about it.

We grew the most wonderful tomatoes each summer in Maine and when we closed up the cottage in the fall and headed home to New Hampshire, our heritage apples were ready for picking. IΒ think you could say we had the best of both worlds as far as bountiful New England crops.

What better way to end my story about time spent in New England than with one of the amazing sunsets that we enjoyed from the dock of our cottage in Maine.

Sunset From The Dock


I hope that you enjoyed my New England Postcards as I believe that they show a little of what makes New England such a delightful place to visit or perhaps even live there. I know they represent some of my fondest memories…perhaps you will visit this beautiful region and make memories of your own.


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82 Responses to New England Post Cards / Favorite Photos

  1. Absolutely picturesque! That sunset shot is breathtaking beautiful!

    • Karen says:

      I have to agree with you Angie, New England is very picturesque. Sunsets at the lake were stunning with the reflections on the water and the mountains in the background. Thank you for your compliment, I’m happy you enjoyed the post.

  2. Wonderful memories!

  3. Mad Dog says:

    It looks so beautiful – you must miss it.

  4. Lovely photos that most definitely say New England. Your cover photo is exceptional.

  5. Ingrid says:

    Beautiful collection of photographs showcasing your adventures in the northeast. Thanks for the ‘postcards’ 😊

  6. Peter Herpst says:

    I remember so many of these wonderful postcards. Your time in New England was certainly a special part of your life but I’d imagine that you don’t miss the long cold winters.

    • Karen says:

      You’ve been a longtime follower Peter and I’m glad you enjoyed a look back at my wonderful time in New England. So true, I definitely don’t miss the long, cold, snowy winters that were part of life there.

  7. kitchenriffs says:

    Love your photos! You had some magical moments in New England. And we were all along for part of the ride! Thanks for that.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, I’m glad you liked the look back through my photos. You have been following along on my adventures a long time and I’m grateful.

  8. Love it Karen—the coast of Maine is one of my favorite places—nothing beats a good lobster roll right out of a street vendor’s cart. I use to tell my husband I wanted to live in Camden. And we spent one July 4th in Bar Harbor which was so much fun.
    New England is a beautiful spot…just wish I think I could ‘survive’ the winters πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the “postcards” Julie. Oh yes, New England has so much to offer but you are right, those winters can be challenging.

  9. I so enjoyed visiting New England thought the lens of your camera! Beautiful!

  10. Cocoa & Lavender says:

    So many beautiful images, Karen! They take me back to when Mark and I lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire – love seeing the photographs of Strawbery Banke! When you think back on your days in New England, what do you miss most? Some of ours – in addition to friends, which were most important – are lobster, lilacs, and lily of the valley. We called them the β€œL” words.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you David, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos and they brought back nice memories of your time living in New England. I agree with you, I do miss the beautiful flower gardens. One thing about living in Florida now, we get a lot of our northern friends visiting when they want to escape winter. πŸ˜€

  11. Larry says:

    Lot’s of good memories there. I’m not a fan of the Florida heat, but it’s easy to understand wanting to leave the cold New England winters as well. I might have kept that cottage on the lake as a place to go and beat the heat – of course your jaunts to the Alps takes care of that as well πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, we definitely swapped climates and yes those Alps are a great place to escape to when we want some cooler weather. We thought seriously about keeping the cottage on the lake but in the end, we decided to sell. Closing it down, draining pipes, having the dock pulled out of the water and storing the boat and jet ski… it was a lot of work for such a short season of use. What we do have are lots of great memories and we can always go back and stay at one of the wonderful New England inns for a visit.

  12. I remember many of your beautiful posts from years ago and reading about your idyllic life on the east coast. I love that part of our country and hope to go back one of these days.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gerlinde, Yes…the two coasts of our country are very different. I’m glad you you have enjoyed been such a loyal follower during our adventures in New England. Thank you!

  13. For the Love of Cooking says:

    New England is on my bucket list. I have a feeling I will love it there!!! Great photos.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pam, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos and I do hope you will be able to check New England off your bucket list someday…I know you will love it.

  14. Your fabulous postcards from New England have me longing to return to that part of the east coast. Fall weather and apple harvest is so enchanting.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment Deb. Yes, fall is probably everyone’s favorite season in New England. Gorgeous weather, apple picking and the fall foliage are delightful…I do hope you get to return.

  15. Thank you Karen for the lovely photos. Wonderful memories, yet now you can reminisce without all the labor and upkeep!
    I am still here and in the middle of my peony harvest.Hundreds of bouquets in the fridge and more cutting to do. Wet forecast does not bode well for Saturday market sales, yet perhaps Mother Nature will hold off a few hours.
    What travels do you plan for the summer?

    • Karen says:

      You are so right Diane, life is definitely easier here in Florida. πŸ™‚ I do hope the weather holds out for you, we have had rainstorms each afternoon for the last three days. Travel plans are in the works, we are doing something very different for this year’s trip to Europe. I think everyone will enjoy following along…more to come soon. πŸ™‚

  16. belocchio says:

    I had such a lovely journey through New England this morning. Coffee in hand. Willie Nelson on the Victrola I traveled the highways and byways. The streets and alleys . Sipping lemonade-aide and enjoying life. Thank you dear Karen for a most delightful way to start my day. Cheers Virginia

  17. pamela511 says:

    Nice photos and great memories for you, Karen! New England is gorgeous!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pam, the photos do bring back lots of fond memories of New England. It is a beautiful part of our country and I’m glad that you enjoyed them, thank you.

  18. Liz Berg says:

    You’ve made me long for a trip to the northeast! What beautiful photos–it’s been a decade since our last visit to that area of the country. It’s time to get back.

    • Karen says:

      I think you are right Liz, a trip back to New England after a decade seems like a great idea. Thank you for your compliment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos.

  19. New England should hire you as part of their visitors bureau because you could definitely bring in guests to visit NH and ME. Perfect post. Of course, I’m prejudiced but that’s okay because we know a good thing when we have it. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      You gave me a chuckle Judy, thank you for your sweet comment. I’m sorry that we never had the chance to meet in person when we lived in New Hampshire…we were only a couple of towns away from each other. Your blog keeps me in touch with that pretty part of the state. πŸ™‚

  20. Karen, it’s been several months since you posted (I’ve been checking!) so I’m glad to see you’re back. Your photos of New England look great and remind me that I need to get back to that part of the US. I remember visiting Acadia National Park about 40 years ago and having to climb some sort of ladder to reach the top of some boulders. Apple pie, here I come!!

    • Karen says:

      That is so sweet of you Fran, thank you for not giving up on me. πŸ˜€ I had some personal commitments that kept me away from my blog but the last project was finished last night. Phew…glad I’m back to doing what I love. Now I have to try and catch up with what has been happening with all my friends. I do hope you get a chance for apple pie in New England.

  21. amy h says:

    beautiful images! you’ve captured maine well. i moved from florida to belfast, maine and i feel extremely blessed to live in such a beautiful place.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Amy for your nice compliment, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It sounds like we have a lot in common. We lived in south Florida, moved to New England for twenty years but moved once more, now living on the Treasure Coast of Florida. You do live in a beautiful place, enjoy!

  22. Maureen says:

    Nothing better than summers in New England. The vegetables grown in Maine soil are some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Your photos bring my childhood to me all the way to Australia.

    • Karen says:

      So very nice to hear from you Maureen, I think of you and John often…you are definitely missed. I’m so happy that you enjoyed the photos and that they brought back nice memories of Maine. You are right, I think the tomatoes that we grew in Maine were some of the best we ever had.

  23. lulu says:

    So much fun to look back and remember with you what you have shared since we’ve been acquainted. I see you even stuck a photo of Indian Island in the mix.

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed this post Linda. I can’t look back at the photos without remembering the wonderful weekend we shared with the two you. πŸ˜€

  24. Allie Taylor says:

    Hi Karen – I love these pics and memories of what I call home. New England is near and dear to my heart. I spent most of my growing up in RI and NH, but lots of trips to ME and CT and VT too. You captured it all so beautifully. We moved south to SC in 1990, but came home to NH in 2004. I love it here – I miss the shorter winters of the south and the people, but I love the four season we get in New England – changing leaves and crisp nights. Thanks for this great snapshot of New England!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Allie, it makes me feel good to know that so many of my New England friends liked the photos. I appreciate your lovely compliment. I know what you mean, I like living in our area of Florida but I loved living in New England.

  25. NativeNM says:

    Picture perfect memories!! What an adventure you’ve had over the past 7 years. Here’s to many more!!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for following along on my adventures over the years Jan. I’ve got new places to take everyone and a few delicious treats that I’ll be sharing over the months ahead.

  26. how utterly wonderfully gorgeous it all looks. lucky you to have lived there. cheers sherry

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sherry, I know it is halfway around the world and very different from where you live so I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos…thank you. We were lucky to have spent some wonderful years in that beautiful part of our country.

  27. Eha says:

    Thanks for the memories Milady . . . .

  28. Kiki says:

    Oh, what great memories! I’ll be visiting New England again next month and am already looking forward to it!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment. I do hope you have a wonderful time on your visit, Kiki, it is very pretty in June. This is the first year in a long time we will not be visiting your country of Germany…heading to new areas of Europe this fall.

  29. Angela says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pix of some of our favorite places! Maine is incredible any time of year!

  30. Eva Taylor says:

    I always loved your posts about New England, such a beautiful part of the country. The winters are difficult though, so I get why you moved to Florida. We are considering buying a house in Arizona to escape to in the winter, not all winter, because I do like a little snow, just not into March or April like it was this year. Hope you are well.

  31. Karen says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos Angela, thank you for your nice compliment. We certainly did love our time spent in Maine each summer.

  32. Julie Yates says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. After spending last summer going down the west coast, this year we plan to see what the northeast has to offer. These lovely images are getting me so excited to see the sight!

  33. restlessjo says:

    Always a sucker for a lovely sunset, Karen, but what a super birthday present, and a fabulous place to have called home. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  34. Hi Karen, what beautiful pictures, really enjoyed all.what amazing yours travels!
    Thanks you! and thanks by the lovely words in my blog after my Mom’s loss. xo

  35. Debra says:

    What wonderful memories from some truly beautiful moments, Karen. I was always partial to your posts about the loons around your dock. I enjoy seeing your post cards. Each one is very special!

  36. ladyfi says:

    Such a lovely selection of shots. Love that pastel sunset at the end.

  37. So wonderful to showcase your memories like this! And what a stunning part of the world to live in.

  38. What a beautiful part of the world! I have never visited New England. Very pittoresque! I love your pictures Karen!

  39. Love this idea and these beautiful memories, Karen!

  40. These photos are -so- beautiful, so idyllic, it’s almost hard to believe that such a place exists in real life!

  41. Beautiful photos and memories!!

  42. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! Congratulations on 7 years of fabulous posts and photos. Each one of these photos is indeed gorgeous enough to be on a post card.

  43. I have always wanted to do this trip. You’ve convinced me to make it happen!

  44. Sartenada says:


    How delightful post. I love all of your photos and I found one pearl among them. Second photo from the top presents a tall ship. I love tall ships and that is why ask if You know its name. Tall ships visit Finland every fourth year and I shoot photos from them if possible. If You do not mind, I show here my photos from last year that You understand better me.

    Tall ships in Kotka, Finland

    Happy weekend!

  45. Linda says:

    All so lovely Karen. I am thankful you are sharing these. I have never been so this is a delight for my eyes. Congrats on 7 years of sharing your travel. Have a fabulous weekend.

  46. Susan says:

    Wonderful photos, Karen! I love the one of the deer looking up to see which apple it might be able to reach πŸ™‚

  47. Mae says:

    You have some beautiful memories here… thanks for sharing.

    best… mae at

  48. I loved this post πŸ˜ƒ such beautiful photos. I can see why you have so many fond memories. I too share my orchard with the critters … Now that potting shed, wish I had one just like it!

  49. It has been in my travel bucket list forever. What a gorgeous place!

  50. Monica says:

    Love New England and Maine especially. We’re heading there next month and I can feel myself relaxing just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing these great post cards!

  51. HI Karen! what a gorgeous collection of photos. We are on the west coast, but I’d love to take a good long road trip all through New England! And– I can’t believe you lived on an apple farm– sounds idyllic! hugs!

  52. nancyc says:

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! I would love to travel up to the New England area sometime!

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