Sunday, June 3, 2012

Boston & Main Trip Part 3 (Saco, Camden, Port Clyde and Boothbay Harbour)

Part 3: Our Maine trip continues.   See the first part of the journey in prior posts (Boston and Kittery-Saco)

Day 4:  We had a typical but yummy breakfast at the Hampton Inn-Saco (which I highly recommend) and headed out on the road.   Our destination will be a drive along the coast up to Camden and then back to Booth bay Harbor for the night.    We started out heading up the I-295 to Brunswick/Bath on Hwy. 1.   
We really wanted to Eat at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine but we were way too early to eat.   They don't open until 11 (and note they only take cash!) A nice harbor area and a little shopping nearby, but we were too early so we drove on.    We continued on Hwy 1 until we came to 131 and turned south (yes, following Mom's recommendations) toward Port Clyde.   

Port Clyde 

Port Clyde is the epitome of what I pictured Maine to look like. From the stacks of lobster traps to the small vessels in the harbour it was nice.   It was also very cold and windy (even in August), just as I imagined!   We visited the Port Clyde store and another gift shop.     I can't imagine how cold it would be in January.   Nice harbor though.

After leaving Port Clyde, we were in search of food as the restaurant in Port Clyde wasn't open yet.    We left Port Clyde on 131 and then turned right onto 73.   From 73, we turned onto a small country road Waterman Beach Road to the best restaurant on the whole trip.   You knew we would be driving up to a James Beard award winning restaurant.    

We had crab rolls and lobsters.    We watched a local man digging clams on the shore while we ate.   It was a very peaceful view of the water.   

 We were so full after eating (yes, two lunch entrees), but I spied the pies lined up on the freezer case.   I had to have some.   It turned out to be the best blueberry pie on the face of this earth....yes, that good.    

After a leisurely lunch, we stuffed ourselves back in to our rental and continued up the coast to Rockland & then Camden in search of the tall ship festival.    When we arrived at Camden, a bustling downtown shopping area we realized we missed the festival by a day.   Oh, well.   We had coffee and did a little tourist shopping for the kids.  

We saw a lot of these bushes in Maine.  What are they?

After an afternoon in Camden, we headed back south on 1 to 27 toward Boothbay Harbor.    We stayed at the Rock Tide Inn.  It was very quaint and although not fancy, was a wonderful experience.   Our balcony room had a fabulous view of the  harbor.    The restaurant & bar is dark paneled and shipped themed.    The breakfast the next morning was wonderful.   The Rock Tide Inn is on our list of places to re-visit.    

Before dinner, we took the footbridge from our hotel to the other side of the bay for a little shopping.  

We walked back to the east side of the Bay for dinner at the Lobster Dock.    I had the lobster stew, crabcakes (from the throwdown with Bobby Flay), and a salad.   (I first vegetables in several days!) B had the fried haddock.  

After a visit to the bar at the Rock Tide Inn, for some late night blueberry pie, we called it a night on Day 4.  

Link other posts  (Boston, Kittery-Saco, Boothbay/Portland)

1 comment:

Reb Thack said...

Those bushes are roses. The red fruit are rose hips.

Thanks for all the Picts! My brother lives in Wiscassette and I have family in most of the towns you're visiting! It's nice to see your snaps of home (we live in CA)!