Breaking New Grounds

Well if the name doesn’t say it all, I enjoy a bit of caffeine.

As I mentioned before, my long-time friend Mairead surprised me for a visit on my trip.

What goes best with catching up and gossip?


One of my FAVORITE coffee places is in Ogunquit called Breaking New Grounds.



breaking new grounds

breaking new grounds

They have a ton of different flavored coffees and teas. The coffees are aromatic and full-flavored. breaking new grounds

And if you’re craving a sweet treat you can pop in to get one of their delightful muffins, gelato or cookies. breaking new grounds

breaking new grounds

breaking new grounds

I sipped happily on my cinnamon bun coffee but they’ll make just about anything your heart desires.breaking new grounds

And if you can’t get enough, you can take it home with you. breaking new grounds -acaffeinatedbrunette.comThey don’t have a website but you can find them on Twitter. Breaking New Grounds is right at the end of Perkin’s Cove and they have an absolutely breathtaking view overlooking the ocean. With the ocean and coffee, you can’t go wrong.



Ogunquit, ME

If you’re looking for a place to go for a long weekend Ogunquit is the place and my family and I have been going for years. It definitely has become more of a tourist town over the years but still the locals are super nice and everywhere you go you have a beautiful view.


Waves crashing into granite cliffs and beautiful houses along the water are a sight to see. Marginal way is a gorgeous footpath along the ocean, over the past year they’ve made tons of improvements with steps down to the ocean and even posted lifeguards in places for everyone to go swimming (if you dare dip in to the freezing cold water).


Perkins cove is a cute little fishing town and everyone loves to take a walk over the draw-footbridge. There’s a bunch of little shops and some really good restaurants (MC’s is one of the favorites in the cove). Stop in to Breaking New Grounds while your there and take a seat on their porch with a beautiful view of the ocean. It’s a great place to relax. Cove Cafe is the best breakfast in town, get there early because there’s always a line waiting outside to get into this cute family run breakfast place.

In town in Ogunquit head down to the beach but remember, on holidays it gets very crowded. The beach is a great place for surfers and there’s a channel that you can boogie board down for about a mile along the beach. It’s a ton of fun.

The Front Porch is a delicious restaurant right on the corner before you take the road down to the beach. Just don’t wear your beach clothes, at night you can hear show tunes being sung on the top floor of the restaurant, it’s a ton of fun but you have to be 21 to go up there.

Black Sushi is one of my favorite restaurants there. The desert is to die for and they only have one special homemade dessert they make with their own homemade macadamia nut ice cream. The chef might not look like he knows what he’s doing but trust me, he’s traveled all over the world and incorporates what he’s learned into his sushi dishes and his oysters on the half shell? one of the best i’ve ever had.


Happy Travels 🙂


Portsmouth, NH

When you think of NH one of the first thing that comes to my mind is hippie towns. Well, at least Portsmouth is but I loved it. It’s a great town to go walk around in for the day (spending your money at all the expensive stores they have to choose from) and it’s actually a lot bigger than you may think. There are tons of stuff to do, especially at night between the bars and clubs with live music and the restaurants are awesome. While you’re there you can always do the regular family vacation thing by looking at the Strawbery Banke Museum or the flower fields planted every summer but there’s a ton of other fun stuff to do while you’re there (and not so boring).

If you’re looking for a beach head over to the Hampton Beach. It’s one of the nicest beaches around and its raked every day to get all that gross stuff out of the sand. Less sea shells but you’ll still be able to find them. Just remember, you’re in New England the water is pretty much always cold but this one is a little warmer than most!


 If you’re looking for Willy Wonka’s world, you’ve almost found him. One of the best breakfast places I’ve been to is the Friendly Toast down in Portsmouth. The waiters are awesome and there’s unusual things in there from life-sized nutcrackers to poodle lights. It’s a fun place to eat and delicious. Their homemade bread…oh so good (go for the cheddar jalapeno).



 If you’re looking for somewhere to find good seafood here’s the place. It’s decorated in modern retro and they have any fish you can think of. The oysters on the half shell are so good and there’s 4 different kinds to choose from. The fish ranges from shark to tuna to shrimp scampi and every dish has its own twist. The desert wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but still gets a thumbs up.


There’s tons of other places to try, if you’re looking for a good coffee head over to Breaking New Grounds. The people are very friendly there in Portsmouth and it’s very safe, great for going out to live music and clubs. If you want to go on a scenic boat ride try for a sunset cruise, it’s about the best time and the prettiest time to go. There’s also a touch tank down in the Harbor that you can go to look at for free. Also, while you’re down there look around at the street art on walls displaying local artists with portraits of sharks to large mouths with legs. It’s a sight to see.