After six hours of driving through Maine, I had consumed three donuts, my fair share of lobster rolls, a blur of requisite car snacks, uncountable ice cream cones, and a pint of deep-fried clams. It was not the time to be eating light—my boyfriend and I had strategized our weekend trip to Maine with a carefully mapped selection of local favorites, return-worthy lobster rolls, and breathtaking views from our road trip the year before. We snacked, shopped, and chatted our way up to our destination: a forest-covered Bed and Breakfast in Bucksport, a small town near Acadia National Park in northeast Maine. Here are the places that made us pull over on the way up—and detour on the road back down—coastal Maine:
Left: The pick-up window at The Clam Shack in Kennebunk; right: Their lobster roll
The food starts about thirty minutes north of the New Hampshire border (let's call this section "breakfast"):
A self service farm stand just outside of Kennebunkport
The owner of Portland Trading Co. in Portland, Maine shows off his beautiful store.
Drive north for about 35 minutes, then check out Portland:
Left: The pick-up window at Red's Eats in Wiscasset; right: The breakers at Acadia National Park
Pit stops for the final stretch:
Left: A "light" breakfast at William's Pond Lodge; right: A quiet place to read (or canoe) at the lodge.
Once you get to where you're going:
There are a ton of beautiful bed and breakfasts all along coastal Maine, but I stand by my favorite, a "Bed, Breakfast, and Dessert" called William's Pond Lodge. The two-building lodge has three bedrooms and, though off the beaten path, is well worth the trip. Its proprietor, an unbelievably kind man named David, serves unforgettable breakfasts (garlic-seared scallops and eggs; German pancakes with local trout on the side) and desserts (this is where the fresh produce from the Five Acre Farm Stand comes in handy). And, if you ask nicely, he'll give you a tour of the most beautiful, often-missed parts of Acadia National Park—for the price of lobster roll, of course.
See all of our picks on the map below. Where do you love to go in Maine? Leave your suggestions for us in the comments!
Photos by Leslie Stephens
This piece was originally published in June 2015, but we loved it so much that we're bringing it back this summer. Pack your bags and lobster up!