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Thread: if you live near the coast of MAINE, i'd like some info please

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    we are planning a trip to maine the 2nd week of september. the only reason is because my husband loves lobster, so we are driving there so he can eat lobster. so my question for you is, where do we go? we plan on staying over a night or two, so do you have any recommendations? i was looking on the web site for the state, but since i don't know the area, it's not real easy to figure it out. if you will, i could look up individual spots if any of you have any suggestions! thanks a bunch. barb

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    We loved Booth Bay

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    People from everywhere eat at Newick's. There's one in S. Portland. http://www.newicks.com/sopo.html

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    I second Booth Bay...you won't regret it...There's a hotel right in the middle of their small town...on the water..
    I think it's Wharf Inn. Dinner at the Thistle Hse...the best...

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    can you make it to Acadia National Park? Well worth taking in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    can you make it to Acadia National Park? Well worth taking in.
    Oh man, I just came back from there.....I hated to leave.

    Sewing by the Sea in Trenton - Kathy Stanley is the owner, she is so great! Mardin's is another good fabric place to stop at. As for lodging, I stayed at the Best Western in Acadia park. Carol is the breakfast manager - she is so very helpful!

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    I also 3rd Booth Bay. The Lobsterman's co-op is great place for no frills lobstah. Acadia National Park is a MUST see. You are traveling quite a ways so make sure you go the extra distance and go see Acadia. There are tons of great places along the coast for seafood. Just south of Portland in Saco, is Baily's they have such good food there, fried clams, lobster, clam chowdah YUMMM. I always eat myself sick there and never regret it. I love going to Maine for seafood. And the views are just spectacular.

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    Wiscasettet..on Rt. I...eat lobster and steamed clams outside on the shore or lobster rolls at Red's...or fried clams at Sea Basket....all in the same area

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    I second Booth Bay...you won't regret it...There's a hotel right in the middle of their small town...on the water..
    I think it's Wharf Inn. Dinner at the Thistle Hse...the best...
    Husband says it's "Fisherman's Wharf Motel"

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    We have vacationed in Kennebunkport Maine since I was a kid. My father went since the 1950's. It is an awesome place. The beach is beautiful. The shops in Kennebunkport are nice (it's a nice place to wander around). Great place to stop. Also, there is a church where the service is outdoors overlooking the ocean (I think it is St. Anne's by the Sea, but not sure of the name). The Tides is a nice Inn and restaurant right across the street from the ocean. A bit pricey during the season but I think you are going off season. Have fun.

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    I'm from Freeport originally....if you go to Brunswick and go out past Cook's Corner, you'll hit Bailey's Island, Harpswell, Orr's Island etc...they all have great seafood places....ON THE WATER. Look for lobstah boats in Casco Bay and a full parking lot across the street.... You'll know you've found your destination.
    You need to have the Lobstah stew while you're there. It's to die for.

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    My favorite seafood place to eat is the Clam Bake in Pine Point just north of Old Orchard Beach, a short drive from the airport in Portland, many excellent places to stay on the ocean in that area.

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    how far do you intend to travel - Acadia Nat'l Park is certainly a beautiful spot & is about 4+ hrs. north of Portland.

    Boothbay is a coastal spot which is a closer destination - about 1 1/2 hr. north of Portland. Many of the restaurants overlook the ocean, you could eat on a wharf or even take a boat ride to Cabbage Island for a lobster/clam bake.

    What are you else are you wanting to do - beach? shop? kayak? just relax with a view?

    Feel free to PM me if you have other questions.

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    thank you for all the information. we actually are going mostly for my husband to eat maine lobster. i don't even eat any animals, so i'm just going along for the ride! and some shopping along the way. i actually wouldn't mind hiking that national park, but we'll see. thanx again.

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    I guess it depends which way you intend to go. If you go through Canada you will have to cross Maine to get to the coast. (Plus you go through Toronto and Montreal...love both cities but traffic can be a little crazy). Is beautiful, but see if that is what you wish to do. Worth it, but long. Your other option is to head a little south, then you can hit the southern coast of Maine. Less mountains there and it only takes 1 extra hour. If you go this way there are wonderful places to enjoy Maine. I can recommend Pete's Cove in Ogunquit. It is a beautiful town, hotels near the water, excellent lobster and a quilt shop right on Route 1. I went that way and didn't need to go any further north. Had my Maine experience right then and there.

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    Camden/ Rockport is also very nice. If you are just going for lobster any of the places mentioned are fine, but there is a whole big state beyond Portland and the coast. If you wait until end of Sept-to middle of Oct. you will be treated to the wonders of fall..... But if it's just for lobster, bring your bib and enjoy!

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    Boothbay Harbor is a wonderful working harbor with beautiful shops, restaurants, and places to stay. I recommend the Lobster Dock where you can eat outside and just enjoy those lobsters. Also, must go to Wiscasset to Red's Eats...which is at the bridge right on Rt. 1.
    http://www.thelobsterdock.com/
    http://www.roadfood.com/reviews/over...spx?refid=2959
    There are also many wonderful places to stay right on the Harbor - both sides.
    Also, a few quilt shops within comfortable driving distance...one of them is new and right behind Red's Eats. Personal message me if you want more info or pics.

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