Summering in Maine

For as long as I can remember, my summers have been filled with chilly sea breezes, plenty of lobsters & mussels and the occasional whoopie pie or two or five. Summering in a small town in Maine has brought my family so much joy, laughter and comfort over the years. I truly hope and wish that everyone one day gets to experience the culture and love that can be found here. Whether I am reading on the front porch, kayaking on the Eggemoggin Reach, stuffing my face with a whoopie pie or sugar donut from the Eggemoggin Country store or spending the day sailing, each day in Maine is special and unique.

Blue Hill Bay

Blue Hill Bay

Lobsters

Lobsters

If visiting Maine one day is on your bucket list, I highly encourage you to check out the small towns as well as the famous landmarks/attractions. The small towns (near me) are Blue HillBrooklin and Sargentville. If you explore Blue Hill, I recommend grabbing a lobster roll or get a 1 1/2 pound lobster (plus onion rings) at The Fish Net. Also stop by The Meadow of Blue Hill. It is owned by an adorable couple, and I always find the cutest nautical trinkets there.

The Fish Net Menu

The Fish Net Menu

Lobsters at The Fish Net

Lobsters at The Fish Net

The Meadow of Blue Hill source via Facebook

The Meadow of Blue Hill source via Facebook

The sweet little town of Brooklin is where the famous The Woodenboat School is located. I love to stop by each year and see the new boats that are being built. View their photo gallery here. Also in Brooklin, stop by and eat dinner or grab a drink downstairs at the pub at The Brooklin Inn. This is a perfect date night spot! The mussels in dijon are d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.

Mussels at The Brooklin Inn

Mussels at The Brooklin Inn

The Brooklin Inn

The Brooklin Inn

My favorite town of all, Sargentville is where you can find mouth-watering mexican food at El El Frijoles (yes this includes lobster quesadillas or lobster burritos), brunch at the Millbrook Restaurant and Bakery and the quaint Sargentville Library.

El El Frijoles

El El Frijoles

Lobster Eggs Benedict at Millbrook

Lobster Eggs Benedict at Millbrook

Sargentville Library

Sargentville Library

Are you an L.L. Bean fan? Fly into Portland, and stop by the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport. It is the original and only store, and it is open 24 hours a day! You can never have too many pairs of duck boots or rain coats.

Throw back Thursday pic circa 2010 at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport

Throw back Thursday pic circa 2010 at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Freeport

One of the best tourist towns in Maine (near me that is) is Bar Harbor. In downtown Bar Harbor, there are several stops and restaurants you don’t want to miss. My favorite shops are: Cool As A Moose, Christmas Spirit Shop, Bark Harbor (adorable dog treats shaped like lobsters and moose!), The Acadia Shops, and The Grasshopper Shop.

Downtown Bar Harbor

Downtown Bar Harbor

While shopping, stop into Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium for some delicious fudge (and take your picture next to a lobster holding an ice cream cone). My favorite ice cream can be found at the Jordan Pond Ice Cream & Fudge Shop further down on main street. If you are craving a little more than sweets, Stewman’s Lobster PondMcKay’s Public House or the West Street Cafe are great options for lunch or a quick appetizer! I highly recommend staying in Bar Harbor for a day or two. The Harborside Hotel and the Bar Harbor Regency are the hotels I recommend staying at.  

Outside of Ben & BIll's Chocolate Emporium

Outside of Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium

Downtown Bar Harbor

Downtown Bar Harbor

After all your shopping, head over to Acadia National Park. Acadia is one of the must beautiful places in North America- not kidding either. You can spend the day hiking or biking on their amazing trails. I love to go to the top of Cadillac Mountain (you can drive your car up there). Fun fact about Cadillac Mountain: it is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard and the first place to view sunrise in the United States from October 7th through March 6th {source}. 

View from Cadillac Mountain

View from Cadillac Mountain

On top of Cadillac Mountain

On top of Cadillac Mountain

While visiting Acadia National Park, you must stop and have lunch or afternoon tea at the Jordan Pond House. This.is.a.must. I crave their popovers with strawberry jam and fresh squeezed lemonade year round. Be sure to call and make reservations the day before or that morning – they are always BUSY! Also ask to be seated on the lawn.

Jordan Pond House

Jordan Pond House

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll at the Jordan Pond House

Popovers!

Popovers! *drooling*

The view at the Jordan Pond House is breathtaking. I am pretty sure my parents have photos of each of me and my siblings since we were born on the lawn.

View of Jordan Pond

View of Jordan Pond

 Have you visited Maine before? What are your favorite spots and restaurants? Contact us at supperclubofthesouth (at) gmail.com for more information on visiting Maine!

– Mallory Anne

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