“Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you.” Austin Kleon from ‘Steal Like an Artist.’
Writers block, creative slump, blank stare – it happens to all of us. Creatives aren’t artistic innovation machines, even though we want to be. We need input to have output.
Of course, it would be nice to be able to take regular trips abroad in search of inspiration and eye candy, but it’s impractical for most. Solution: playing tourist in your home town.
All you need are fresh eyes and a ‘no expectations’ mindset. Pretend you are visiting from far away, what local points of interest or oddities would you visit? Ask the locals what their favorite beauty spot is. This summer I enjoyed five new fantastic places within 40 minutes of my home, and I’ve lived here for 20 years!
I’m happy to share two experiences. First up – Endless Summer Flower Farm in Camden, Maine.
It rained the night before. The atmosphere, the rain drops left on the dahlias, the colors, the varieties – oh my – I was breathless the entire time!
Next up – a trip to Cabbage Island on the Bennie Alice. We sailed out of Boothbay Harbor in the evening, arriving just in time for a complete lobster and clam bake.
Sailing back into Boothbay Harbor at night made for a very cool abstract. I highly recommend Cabbage Island Clambakes, fabulous meal and sights! I put in on my ‘Best attractions in Midcoast Maine’ list. (Tripadvisor agrees.) Make sure to reserve at least one week ahead.
What cool places have you discovered over the summer playing tourist in your home town?