The Maine MidCoast

Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
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Trip End Aug 24, 2013


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Friday, August 23, 2013

We decide to stop for lunch and a few drinks in famed Boothbay Harbor. I'd never been there, but heard soooooo much about this little town we needed to stop and see what the fuss was about.

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. As soon as I found out the oysters were farmed locally and organically (Glidden Point Oyster Farm) and everything was done by hand, I was in. It was such a gorgeous day, I wasn't driving and I knew I was having oysters so I ordered a bloody mary. It was double the size I figured on, but hey! I'm on vacation....

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!

 
 
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