Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow is Lit

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow brightens the long nights from mid November to New Year's Eve. 

Last night it was 15F at 7:00 pm on the warmest day of the week. I was amazed to see more people than on a spring day, but crowds dispersed over the extensive grounds. Be sure to reserve tickets online in advance.

Mainers dress winter chic in long coats and high boots. In summer, roses adorn this veranda.

We wondered how long it took to hang over half a million LED lights. 

Evergreens twinkled like Christmas trees under a half moon, but there were no holiday decorations. Gardens Aglow is a nondenominational festival of lights; it felt spiritual but was not religious.

Storm buried lights made the snow glow like a phosphorescent sea.

An hour was barely enough time to see all the lights with a warm up break inside. There was hot cocoa, kettle corn, chili, and cocktails too. Next year we'll allow more time.

Afterwards my family drove ten minutes to McSeagull's for dinner on Boothbay Harbor. A hot Sailor's Cider warmed me up and the fish and chips were excellent. There was also gluten free pizza for my daughter, who declared, "Gardens Aglow was lit!" We agreed that it was a brilliant way to end the year.


thecuecard said...

Wow gorgeous! Not sure I've seen anything like it. I especially like the buried lights. How neat a place to tour around. Happy New Year Sarah to you & your family!

Anonymous said...

How fun to see this!

Amanda Summer said...

We have a similar holiday light fest at our Botanical Garden. Lovely pic of your fam - happy holidays to you all!

troutbirder said...

Absolutely stunning lighting. I love to walk the paths...though my preference in winter is Milwaukee or St. Paul tropical domes. Nothing like a jungle walk on a sub zero Midwestern day...:)

Petra Pavlátková said...

Such a fairy tale scenery! I would also wonder how long it took to hang all the lights, there are so many... You and your family definitely look happy in the last photo, you must have enjoyed the outing!

Donna said...

Wow, what a gorgeous place!

khaki said...

I hadn't seen this- I have been really bad about getting on the computer and reading my blogs. The lights are beautiful!!!! Truly a winter wonderland!