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The Whoopie Pie is Maine’s Official State Treat

Since early spring of 2011, a light-hearted legal debate has been going on in the state of Maine over the unlikeliest of causes: The Whoopie Pie.  Fortunately, both the Boston Globe and freelance writer, Nancy Griffin, have been following developments every step of the way.

On April 20, 2011, a bill was introduced to Maine’s state legislature that designates the Whoopie Pie as Maine’s Official State Treat.  In a noteworthy display of bipartisanism, the bill deems Blueberry Pie the official state dessert.

Whoopies, however, don’t share the same wholesome and clear-cut image that the blueberry pie has historically maintained.  The Whoopie Pie, which is actually made by sandwiching frosting between two cakes, has a much more controversial past than one would assume a confection could claim.  Though Maine has adopted the treat as its own, there remains a dedicated opposition in Pennsylvania, who feels that the state of Maine is stealing their invention. Compounding the contention, Massachusetts has also asserted ownership of the illusive indulgence.  The Whoopie Pie’s origin, however, has yet to be decisively proven.

Regardless of its genuine home state, there is no doubt that the Whoopie Pie is deeply rooted in Maine’s cultural history.  Recipes have been handed down over generations and the delicious concoction of cake and frosting can be found in bakeries all across “Vacationland,” just waiting to be shared and enjoyed.  Treat yourself to our Maine Coast: Purely Acadia vacation, and sample all the Whoopie Pies you can eat as we take in historic lighthouses and breathtaking coastlines, burning off a few tasty calories along the way.

VBT 40th Anniversary Vacation to Holland and Belgium with Chris Skilling

At VBT we’re gearing up for our special 40th Anniversary Vacation to Holland and Belgium on October 5th.  In honor of our anniversary, we’re offering up the perfect balance between exhilarating bike rides and leisurely exploration, and enjoying it all amidst the effortless beauty of the Dutch and Flemish countryside.  Unpacking just once, we’ll be treated to a mobile diorama of scenery and impeccable service aboard our home for the week, The Iris.

We will be joined aboard The Iris by special guest, VBT Director of Worldwide Product, Chris Skilling.  With 29 years in the travel industry including former residences in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and having visited 96 countries, Chris draws on a wealth of experience when it comes to interacting with new landscapes.  Yet, perhaps in spite of his breadth of cultural encounters, the prospect of seeing Holland and Belgium by boat for the first time seems to have sparked Chris’ sense of discovery.  “Many of the homes that lie along the rivers and waterways of Holland and Belgium were built to face the water.  Traveling through the countryside by water really allows us to arrive at the front door of each destination.”

Enjoy the chance to talk travel and adventure over a waffle or a beer with one of VBT’s most passionate travelers.  Recount your own tales from the road, your favorite destinations, and your fondest memories abroad as we discover Holland and Belgium from a unique perspective, away from the crowds and among a small group of new friends.  Join Chris on our Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge 40th Anniversary Vacation and celebrate this special departure filled with surprises and exciting extras, culminating with the drawing for a brand-new custom VBT bicycle.