The night before the Monhegan crossing!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
Trip End Jul 02, 2010

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The Gosnold Arms

Flag of United States  , Maine
Thursday, June 24, 2010

We woke up more to blue skies and sunshine.  Hooray!  When I walked out of the hotel this morning though, I was hit with such a blast of heat - and it was only 10:00 AM!  It was so humid.  Humidity and I don't get along very well.  Thankfully, we were driving near the ocean and as long as the car was moving, we were comfortable with the windows down.  We have air conditioning in the car but we have yet to turn it on. 

We headed north on highway 1 and stayed on that, except for a 16 mile stretch out of Portland, ME, when we swung onto Interstate 295.  Larry was very anxious to get off the freeway and get back onto the coastal highway and I was too.  It takes longer to drive the scenic routes, of course, but we've had time - and that's much more fun.  We'll take the Interstate when we return to Boston to catch the train for the trip home. 

At one point, driving along, Larry thought he saw a latte stand.  He was past it before he could be sure... so he turned around and went back.  He said it was a stand along the road, with an umbrella!  How odd.  Well, it turns out, it was a "hot dog" stand!!  My poor man needed a latte fix and was hallucinating!  He hasn't had but one latte since we left home - and that was in Chicago.  He did bring a supply of "Vanilla Latte" International coffee with him and he's been managing with that, but this guy drinks a LOT of latte's.  What a surprise, when just a ways further down the road, we actually saw a Starbucks!  It was the first one I'd seen since Seattle. You'd better believe we turned in there!

In this area of Maine, we are really reminded of northern Minnesota, where we had a family cabin.  That is, until we pulled into any little sea port village.  Then it was more evident that we weren't in Brainerd or Nisswa, MN.  Signs at restaurants and wharfs along the way boasted a menu of "Lobster Bun" and/or "Lobster Pie".  Lobster everywhere!  We wondered what those items were anyway.  About 1:30 this afternoon, we stopped at a wharf with outside "food shacks" and ordered lunch.  I asked what a lobster bun was since they also had them on their menu, and I was told it was big chunks of lobster, mixed with mayonnaise, and served on a bun!  Now I love lobster, but I did not want to pay $15.95 for a what sounded like a lobster salad sandwich, to eat with the sea gulls flying overhead on the wharf.  Instead, I had a cup of haddock stew.  It was the best!  Larry had fish and chips.  You wouldn't think we could get seafood at home... but it's fun to try it on this other coast.

It only took us another 45 minutes or so, after lunch, to reach our destination for tonight.  New Harbor is on one of the many fingers of land that stick out into the ocean in this area of Maine. It is a small little village and we were very glad to find that it had sleeping accommodations.  I made no reservations beforehand because we enjoy  that spontaneity thing.  We wondered if it was going to catch up with us though and we'd find no place to stay.  But - it turned out great again.  The Gosnold Arms is not only right across from the boat dock where we catch our ferry tomorrow, to go to Monehegan Island,  And not only did they have a vacancy (either a room in the Inn itself, or a cottage on the hill), but they said we could leave our car here while we're gone, rather than at the ferry dock.  We thought about renting the cottage but it didn't have the view of the bay, so it was worth the extra $20 for the room in the Inn in order to face the water. The inn itself was established in 1925 but the oldest part of the inn was a home built in 1850!  It was a beautiful old lady.  It must have been something in it's day.  It's rather rustic now... our room has knotty pine paneling and older carpeting and linoleum, and the knotty pine theme seems to carry throughout the Inn now, but the floor plan of the whole structure is clearly charming, with lots of entrances, hallways and stairways.  The library/living room downstairs has many conversation areas with overstuffed chairs and sofas braided lamps and lighting conducive to reading, which is good since it seems to have wall to wall book shelves!  It's so interesting to browse the old books they have on the shelves. Attached to the library, there is a wonderful glassed in porch that runs along 2 sides of the inn and it serves as more sitting area and, also, an eating area. Not only that, but the common area has WiFi!!  Luckily, since our room is right above that, I can get service here too. It hadn't even occurred to me that I'd be able to get on the internet here - so that was a huge plus.  There is a buffet breakfast included in our stay, but at this point, I can't imagine eating again so soon.

We walked across the road this evening and ate at another "Lobster Shack" on a wharf.  Love that!  The menu was so large, it was hard to make a decision on what to have.  Larry finally decided on scallops again and I had the "Lobster pie".  Okay... this lobster pie, at least, had large chunks of lobster swimming in a delicious newburg sauce and it was thickly topped with chipotle flavored broken up crackers which I stirred into the sauce. Wow!  Was it good!  And Larry's lightly battered fried scallops were melt in your mouth delicious.  We also tried their "NEW item - Sweet Potato Fries"  They made them with cinnamon and sugar!    I much prefer the sweet potatoes at "Blazing Onion" back home.  I didn't eat many of them here.

We had reservations to catch the ferry to Monehegan Island tomorrow at 2:00 pm, thinking that would give us plenty of time to get to New Harbor if we drove up this way tomorrow morning.  But we're glad we came today.  We had time to find a laundromat this afternoon and do laundry, then we did some sightseeing. Pemquin lighthouse is out on the point, just south of here, so we drove out to see that.  Our first lighthouse in Maine!   Anyway, since we got here today, we asked and we were able to change our reservations for the ferry from tomorrow afternoon to tomorrow morning, so we'll be heading over to the Island on the 9:00 AM crossing.  Now we're really getting into "wedding mode".  I'm anxious to see Drew and Jessica. 

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footloosets on

Larry, I sure do understand the latte withdrawal. I have started making coffee in the evening and adding a flavored creamer and splenda to it and placing in the fridge for iced coffee the next day. Fills the gap!
Vicki, I am so glad you are enjoying the sights and sea food. I have tried the lobster bun and didn't think it was too special. I should have just gotten the whole lobster w/butter instead when we were in Maine. LOL
enjoy the wedding. hugs

Anthea on

Vicki, sounds like you are seeing so many lovely sights and the sky in your photo's looks so clear and blue.Funny to think of you in the Atlantic, we used to take the children to Lands End in Cornwall, Uk, look out across the Atlantic and say to the children that if they could sail across the sea from there that America would be the first stop. We all thought that so exciting never thinking that one day we would live here. Been shop hopping and done about 1300 miles in 3 days, worn out and still haven't done all the shops...there are 55 this year!!
Have a lovely wedding.

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