Monday, October 3, 2011

Mainely Magnificent

Alliteratively and literally, Maine is magnificent!  

We drove up Highway 1, along the coast, oohing and awing at all the quintessential coastal cottages and fishing villages.  Arriving in Camden/Rockport area on a foggy night made me want a hot toddy and a good night’s sleep.

We stayed in a bed and breakfast motel called The Country Inn.  The Inn offered a hot breakfast each morning with make your own waffles, which made Wyatt and Emma extremely happy.  They also offered afternoon tea with homemade pies, veggies and dip and crackers with cheese, which made Anabel extremely happy.  We had lobster for lunch in the adorable village of Camden, which made Greg extremely happy.  I desperately wanted to shop in all the antique stores along Main Street, but antiques and children do not mix, which made me extremely… disappointed.

Nonetheless, we strolled along the harbor and main street area, window-shopping, and enjoying locally made blueberry sorbet and ginger ice cream ... so we had a wicked good time anyway.

Later that afternoon, we drove south to Rockland (not as picturesque as Camden) and stopped at the Rockport harbor to watch the boats come in and out, but all we saw was one lone man rowing his way across the harbor.  So peaceful..

That night, Greg and I had our best meal yet.  We were tipped (by our lunch server who lived in Roswell, GA before returning to her home in Maine… small world, right?) to Young’s Lobster Pound just north on Highway 1 in Belfast, Maine.  Incredible!

Menu at Young's

Outdoor dining at Young's - BYOB and the view is free!

Nice folks at Young's

Gem on the Maine Coast
Pass the butter!
We bought 5 steamed hard-shell lobsters and a pound of soft shell steamer clams and dined like royalty!  Good Times!

After two days in Camden, we continued our way up the Maine coast to Bar Harbor.  Beautiful!  We arrived on a cold and rainy day to the quaint New England town and it made me ready for Christmas immediately.  We had lunch at a small sandwich shop called The Lobster Claw, with wicked good chili two-way spaghetti, meatball subs, a grilled cheese and a whole-bellied clam boat.  Can you guess who had what? 
Greg's meal at the Lobster Claw

That night, we strolled lazily around town, feeling like Christmas was right around the corner as we picked out a lobster boat ornament.  We have bought a new Christmas ornament in each place we have visited so we can create a travel tree when this year is over.

A taste of Christmas in October

 I can’t wait to return and stay longer in Maine.

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