The Maine MidCoast
Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
13Trip End Aug 24, 2013
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Ok - it's pretty darn sweet. Into East Bay first, we follow rolling hills of forest around curves with peek-a-boo views of the harbor, and the cutest little diner/general store/post office ever. Unfortunately, it was full because it was so darn cute, and it being August in Maine. We feel like we're missing something though, that BBH can't possibly be this tiny.
So we take a few more roads, thinking it will loop us around, but everywhere we go we hit water. That's because Boothbay sits on one of Maine's numerous fingers out into the ocean. Everywhere you go, you DO hit water...
Finally, we make our way to the main village. Charming, picturesque, quaint, walkable, all those adjectives you want a town to be, BBH has it. Loads of interesting shops line the narrow streets, from antiques to homemade candy to locally made goods and of course, tons os seafood restaurants. We stroll through town lazily and browse the intriguing shop windows.
By this time, we're pretty hungry and walk down to the pier where there are many restaurants all in a row, with hosts outside trying to lure you inside by the sheer force of their personality. We end up talking to an older lady, a sweet grandmotherly type, who invites us in to use the restroom and to see the place. This is no hole in the wall. As we walk in, it keeps growing and expanding, from one bar to another with a deck overlooking the harbor, then another deck and finally a covered deck for us pale types.
Turns out, we were at a well-loved joint called Mine Oyster, as inspired by Shakespeare's "The world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open". Of course!!!
By now you must realize I'm a great fan of bivalves
I could already taste the plump, fresh salty oysters and boy was my patience was rewarded. I ordered a mix of the house oysters Glidden Point Select, Damariscotta and Pemaquid. I really had no need of a sandwich, as I wished I ordered more oysters. My zinc levels fully reestablished, we ate and relaxed in the sunshine with the panoramic view of the harbor, and life is good!