6: LOBSTERING WITH THE LOCALS
written by HEATHER KW BROWN
The last time I was in Maine, almost 10 years ago, I ate with abandon at a traditional lobster bake near Penobscot Bay. This time, I’m looking for a waders-in-the-boat education on what it means to live the life of a lobsterman. All maritime signs have been pointing back to the Pine Tree State and if my casting proves successful, I might catch more than a trap full of lobster.
The state also boasts whale watching tours, wineries and beautiful lighthouses well worth the effort to climb. My heart is set on the Downeast, where Acadia National Park and its gems await. Current reconnoissance proves tea and popovers at Jordan Pond House is a must. The tradition, dating back to 1895, started when a couple purchased the Jordan Homestead and began catering to wealthy summer visitors. While in the vicinity, I want to drive Park Loop Road, better known as Maine’s most scenic drive, and walk the Ocean Path.
What else would I do given several days to explore? I could learn to sail in the sound or stay in a bed and breakfast stateside then run across the border into Canada. If the oysters in Maine are as memorable as I’ve read, I might only get as far as restaurant tables. If you have suggestions, don’t be shy — send them my way!
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