Growing up, I spent my summers in Maine.
By that, I mean waitressing at the local fried seafood restaurant earning tip money for college. I love the coast of Maine. The ice cream is creamier, the beaches more Idyllic, and the locals have a salty but heartfelt demeanor. It also has a food scene that goes beyond boiled lobster and popcorn shrimp.
However, once school lets out it becomes Bu-ZEE! Even though there’s always room for your blanket on the beach, the time between April to June is a perfect, crowd-free time to go (and the locals won’t hate me for giving away “our” spots).
Long Sands Beach, York
Go to the beach? In April? Yes because even in August you won’t be going in the water. I still bring a sweater with me in July, just in case. At 1.5 miles long, this is the ultimate “lets go for a long walk on a beach” beach. Before May, dogs and even horseback riders are allowed, and there’s always a few local surfers in the water. Kids will love the few rocky outcroppings that create a magical world of tide pools, with tiny sea creatures and seaweed so briny and pristine you can eat them right off the rocks. Be mindful of hightide, which can make the beach a fraction of its size.
Tod Mott is a New England Legend on par with Tom Brady and Paul Revere. A Brewmaster he created the original recipe of the famous Harpoon IPA as well as the cult favorite Kate the Great Russian Imperial Stout. He and his wife Galen now have their own Tributary Brewing Company. Stop by a pick up a growler of one of the fresh brewed beers on tap, then head over to…
Even though this doesn’t open up until Mother’s Day, I thought you should know where the locals eat their lobster. Established in 1948, this little red wooden pavilion, nestled along a peaceful creek, is where families for generations have sourced their lobster and shellfish. House rules are you can bring anything that’s not on the menu (alcohol included), which is why this is a local favorite. For those traveling, they have plenty on the menu for a full lunch or dinner.
Anyone who knows me knows my love for this small roadside stop on Route 1. Opened in 1959 by Flo Stacey, this business was built around feeding traveling salesman. There’s only one thing on the menu and that’s hot dogs, and there’s really only one way to get them: with Flo’s relish, mayonnaise and a generous dashing of celery salt. Get a bag of salt and vinegar chips and wash it all down with a can of Moxie soda. Welcome to Maine.
A walk along the Marginal way
In Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, there’s a slim (marginal) walking path with perfect Maine summer houses on one side and the crashing Atlantic Ocean on the other. With robust sea breezes, and salt spray in the air, this treasured cliff walk simply makes you feel good to be alive. This is much tougher to do in the summer, unless you are staying nearby since parking is very limited. However before summer crowds arrive, you can park you car in the lot with one entrance to it and go for a lovely walk. Then come back and have a late lunch here….
When I was a waitress in Maine, everything came with a choice of baked potato or rice pilaf. Boy, have things changed. There are a number of great restaurants in Maine, creating some fabulous food. M.C Perkin’s Cove is one of them. I love the simple furnishings that don’t detract from the amazing view of the water and rocky coast. I love to order their Maine chowder and creamy celery root salad. In April and May, it still gets dark early, so make sure you make a reservation while the sun is up.
What are your favorite spots in Maine? Share in the comments!
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