The night before the Monhegan crossing!
Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
41Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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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
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
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
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
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.