Wharf Gallery & Grill – Fresh From the Lobsterman Who Owns the Shack!

From Trap to Plate

The Wharf Gallery & Grill is located in beautiful Corea, Maine, and is owned by sixth generation Mainer and lobsterman Joe Young. Here you’ll find a place that time forgot and enjoy a freshly prepared lobster roll on Joe’s wharf where you can take in the working harbor and all of its sights and sounds. Once you’ve located Corea a short 10 minute jaunt from Route 1, you’ll pass the Corea post office and only intersection where you can find the village’s only stop sign. Drive past the post office and you’ll find our open flag and Maine Gifford’s ice cream sign on the left where you can park along Gibbs Lane.

As you approach the Wharf Gallery & Grill, you will be met by the sight of rope rugs, a cool breeze, and  friendly staff. Favorites from the menu include lobster rolls, boiled lobster dinner, crab claws, steak and cheese, sausage with green peppers and onions, and our very own lobster grilled cheese (imitated but never duplicated). You won’t want to leave the picnic tables that have perfect views of the harbor, so save room for a piece of blueberry pie, a whoopie pie, or some Maine Gifford’s ice cream.  This lobster shack may be off the beaten path, but Joe prefers it that way. You won’t be disappointed!

Why we love it:  This place is pure Maine.  Plus, enjoy photographs of Downeast and Acadia of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s!

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Isle au Haut Boat Services – Experience Downeast Maine

Climb Aboard and Leave the Mainland Behind!

Isle au Haut Boat Services operates year-round passenger, mail and freight service between Stonington and Isle au Haut, and seasonal service to the Duck Harbor Landing of Acadia National Park.   During the summer season, Monday through Saturday, join the crew for a scenic Downeast Maine lobster cruise!   You’ll learn about Maine’s lobster fishery as crews haul a string of lobster traps. See what creatures of the ocean floor are in the daily catch. The Captain will explain the lobstering techniques and share a few of the secrets of the men and women who earn their livings on the waters of coastal Maine.  Everything we catch – goes back into the water.

During your narrated cruise, you’ll also learn about the local history and folklore of the islands, granite quarries and lighthouses. Weather permitting, you’ll visit islands and ledges where seals, birds and working and pleasure vessels present photo opportunities on every side.    Harbor cruises last for about one hour and fifteen minutes, leaving from the Isle au Haut Ferry Company on Sea Breeze Avenue in Stonington.

Why we love it:   This is the real deal.  Stonington is all about lobster – so perfect slice of life opportunity!

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Inn on the Harbor – A Lobster Lover’s Dream Stay

Perched right on the Edge of Picturesque Stonington Harbor

Known for its unique charm and spectacular view of the Penobscot Bay islands, the Inn on the Harbor on Deer Isle offers a perfect romantic waterfront retreat. Built in the 1880’s, this bed and breakfast captures the very essence of Maine’s Downeast island life.

Ten of the thirteen individually decorated guestrooms face the sea and enjoy gorgeous views of Isle au Haut, the Windjammers and the island’s fishing fleet. Several of  the rooms have wood burning fireplaces and/or private decks.  The accommodations are relaxed and comfortable – all with private baths and sitting areas. Guests can relax on the spacious flower-covered deck extending out into the harbor and enjoy the tide rising and falling beneath the Inn. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of nearby Mark Island Light’s foghorn and waking up to the lobstermen heading out to sea?

The coastal atmosphere, fresh salt air and brilliant sunny skies, encourage many guests to simply put their feet up and relax while watching Stonington’s bustling waterfront.

Why we love it:   At Inn on the Harbor, you can experience Maine’s Downeast island life at its best. 

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Blue Hill Inn – Featured in Many Travel Magazines

A Lovely Retreat Close to Many Fun Lobster Activities!

Located on an acre of land in the center of the village of Blue Hill and a block from the head of Blue Hill Bay, the inn, built in 1835, is on the National Register of Historic Places.   Innkeeper Sarah Pebworth and the staff of the inn will make suggestions, assist with itineraries, help with directions, and make reservations. They are familiar with the area and can direct guests to great boating, live music, beautiful picnic spots, husband-friendly shopping, and delicious lobster rolls.  A Federal period building, the Blue Hill Inn has eleven guest rooms, a sun-filled dining room, and two comfortable parlors. It retains many of its original features, including clapboards, nine over six windows, wide pumpkin pine floor boards, and six fireplaces.

This charming inn is perfectly located to explore seaside villages like Castine and Stonington.  Plan a wonderful lobster adventure and cruise the islands and bays of Downeast Maine with aboard Miss Lizzie, offering scenic excursions, Monday through Saturday during the summer season.  You’ll learn about Maine’s lobster fishery as  crews haul our string of lobster traps. The Captain will explain the techniques and a few of the secrets of the men and women who earn their livings on the waters of coastal Maine. Cruises last for about one hour and fifteen minutes, leaving from the Isle au Haut Ferry Company on Sea Breeze Avenue in Stonington.

Why we love it:  They offer Winter lodging!

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Pilgrim’s Inn – Stay with a Lobster Chef!

Lobster Risotto is on the Menu. YUM!

What’s more luxurious than a romantic inn situated in the heart of the Maine Coast?  One with a fabulous restaurant where you can dine on dishes such as Lobster Risotto.  Yum! The Inn itself overlooks picturesque Northwest Harbor and a tranquil mill pond.  Built in 1793, the historic post and beam Maine inn welcomes you with an ambiance and warmth of a bygone era. Lovingly restored and meticulously maintained, this Deer Isle inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Select Registry.

What to do while you visit?  Explore all the wonderful towns near by.  Named for the granite industry that made it famous, Stonington is also home to the most productive lobster fishing port along the Maine coast. No trip to Deer Isle would be complete without visiting this picturesque port and tasting a Deer Isle lobster! Another day trip includes the Blue Hill peninsula and visiting the towns of Blue Hill and Castine, or taking a scenic drive through Brooklin, Brooksville, Sedgwick and Penobscot, stopping along the way at shops and old time general stores.

Why we love it:  They offer cottages each with small kitchens, additional space, and televisions. Great for families!

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Ann’s Point Inn – 4 Diamond Magnificant Stay Near Acadia

Get Away From It All In This Slice of Heaven

Ann’s Point Inn is a luxurious AAA four-diamond contemporary B&B on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island—in the heart of lobster country.  Secluded and romantic yet close to beautiful Acadia National Park and the towns of Bass Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Bar Harbor, Maine.  Ann’s Point Inn offers two tranquil waterfront acres including a long private shoreline with direct access to the harbor, four spacious and airy guest rooms with lots of windows to take in the abundant water views and a jet-filled super-sized Caldera hot tub.   Ahhhhhhhhh.

Enjoy a delicious, three-course breakfast each morning while overlooking the picturesque waters of Bass Harbor.  Start your day and choose between a lobster boat tour, lobster rolls and a lighthouse, or a romantic lobster candlelight dinner.  Actually, Ann’s Point Inn will help you plan all three.

 Why we love it:  They help save the planet!  Solar panels supply a third of the electricity.

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  • Seasonal
  • 79 Ann’s Point Road, Bass Harbor, Maine 04653
  • (207) 244-9595

The Inn at Southwest – One of the Most Photographed

Located in a Charming and Peaceful Downeast Lobster Village

Set in an idyllic town this is a true getaway.  The Inn at Southwest, built in 1884, is one of the most photographed inns on Mount Desert Island. Set in a beautiful Second Empire Victorian building, the Bed and Breakfast overlooks the sheltered waters of Southwest Harbor, Maine, near Bar Harbor and in the heart of Acadia National Park. The wrap-around porch is the perfect spot to enjoy our gardens or watch boats slip in and out of Southwest Harbor.

Guest rooms are spacious and comfortable, all with private bathrooms, and each thoughtfully decorated in a distinctive, eclectic style. Each day the inn serves a delicious gourmet breakfast and provide afternoon refreshments to welcome you back after your day’s activities.  Come enjoy this quaint coastal community and Acadia National Park soon!

Why we love it?  An absolute charmer and so close to Downeast lobster activities.  

Take a Day Trip to Lovely Southwest Harbor

Coastal Charm in Maine’s Downeast

When you think about quintessential lobster towns in Maine, Southwest Harbor comes to mind.  Home to many lobster fishermen, harbor views, a charming main street and waterview inns – this is a place to spend a lovely lobster filled day or weekend.

Located just west of the southern entrance to Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island, this is also a great jumping off point during a visit to Acadia National Park.   Park your car and take serene stroll before having a lobster roll lunch.  An afternoon delight to consider?   Take a sail aboard Sail Acadia, a traditional Friendship Sloop… Maine’s original lobster boat! These sail powered vessels were built in Maine in the late 1800’s as working lobster boats and have remained popular because of their beauty and seaworthy nature.

Why we love it?  A quaint peek into life in a small charming lobster village.  

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Bar Harbor is a Dream for Lobster Lovers

Come and Soak Up the Magic of this Downeast Place

A serene and lovely place like no other, Bar Harbor is a destination known the world over.  Its pristine beauty feels almost like a painting at times and has a certain magic to all that visit.  Boasting Acadia National Park and a charming town, natural delights and endless views are the main event here. That and the lobster!

A few of our favorite suggestions?  Bundle up a few of those lobster rolls to go and have a picnic at countless scenic vistas in the park. Or head out on the water to eat with Sea Princess’s unforgettable scenic nature cruises.  Either way you can roll to go!  Of course, you can’t miss a lobster boat tour and Lulu’s 2 hour tour is the place to do it!  If you are making it a day trip and want to stay in town for lunch, go to Stewman’s, right in the center of town with wharf seating overlooking the water.

Why we love it:  It’s a picture perfect part of Maine – with lots of lighthouses and lobster boats!

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  • On Mount Desert Island
  • Bar Harbor surrounds Acadia National Park
  • 150 miles north of Portland
  • More than 20 Lighthouses In Bar Harbor/Acadia area – some viewable by boat only.
  • Over 5 million lobsters are eaten in Bar Harbor each year


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Robertson Sea Tours & Adventures – Consider the Lobster Bake!

A Bucket List Worthy Maine Experience!

Choose between two different amazing options aboard the Kandi Leigh .  You can take the “Maine Tour” which includes the thrill of hauling up a few of the Captain’s lobster traps aboard the 28′ vessel, the . Highlights of this cruise include lobster fishing, viewing seals, eagles, and scenic islands. Listen to the Captain talk about the history of the area as well as his own abundant adventures on the waters of Maine. This cruise is approx 2.5 hours.

The other option provided by Robertson Sea Tours, includes lobster trap hauling and a “Lobster Bake’ on an island.  Please note, passengers are transferred into a little skiff/boat to then motor to the island to off load. Passengers are then able to explore the island while we set up for the Lobster Bake.  Typically the meal includes Lobster, corn on the cob, a salad, and a dessert.  This delicious cruise time is 3 -4 hours!

Why we love it:  The option to have an authentic Maine lobster bake on an island?  Amazing!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Required
  • Milbridge Town Marina, Milbridge, Maine 04658
  • Cruises will depart from the Milbridge Marina which is nestled at the head of Narraguagus Bay
    leading to over 50 miles of coastline.
  • (207) 461-7439

Quoddy Bay Lobster – Roll to Most Eastern Point in USA

Offering Three Sizes of Lobster Rolls. Yum!

Quoddy Bay Lobster is a family owned and operated fish market and takeout located on a working pier just off the main drag in beautiful Eastport, Maine.  This little cutie is the eastern most lobster shack in the USA and part of a quiet but quaint town.

Known  for their amazing lobster rolls – they actually offer them in three different sizes.  We vote for the biggest!  Insiders tip?  We know mayo is usually paired with lobster rolls, but don’t miss the Mustard Factory in town – it’s a fun place to stop and shop.

Why we love it: Downeast and fresh out of the ocean. Enjoy a great view!
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Ensuring a sustainable way of life in Maine

Passing it down to the next generation.  

Tied up next to John’s boat in Bass Harbor, are his Dad’s boat and his brother’s boat.  It’s a family of lobster fishermen, and John’s two year old son will most likely grow up to work alongside them.  Sustainability of lobster populations for future generations is crucial to this family and the countless thousands like them, in lobster fishing communities from Quebec, Canada to Long Island, USA.

In order to ensure bountiful lobster catches, lobster fishermen like John and his sternman Victor, practice a regulatory measure called v-notching.  This practice involves cutting a V into the tail of any egg bearing female lobster they catch.  Once notched, the lobster is placed back into the ocean, so it may produce millions of juvenile lobster eggs over a lifetime.  These v-notched females may never be harvested and are a testament to the lobster fishermen “doing good for seafood. ”

Although costly to the lobster fishermen, the catch and release of egg bearing females, is a self sustaining practice.  Lobster fishermen are heroes of a well managed lobster fishery.

Visit Stonington – Maine’s largest lobster port

Home to Capt John

Fishing out of the largest lobster port in Maine, John hauls approximately 800 traps in scenic Stonington. He has made lobster his life’s business and is situated at the epi-center of Maine’s lobsterland. Recent reports show that 149 million pounds of American lobster were caught in the USA last year, with more than 127 million pounds landed in Maine. This whopping lobster catch number makes up 85% percent of the nations harvest.

If you go, bring a camera with lots of space for pictures!  Stonington is a visual delight and beautiful harbor town.  Offering quaint shops and charming places to eat lobster, this lobster village provide a very good dose of Maine fishing life.  Where to eat lobster?  For fine dining visit Aragosta and for more casual choose Fisherman’s Friend.

Why we love it?  Filled with lobster boats!

Sail Acadia – Fishing Tours on Maine’s Original Lobster Boat

Go Lobstering! 

Sail Acadia offers Lobster-Fishing Tours on a 33′ Wooden Lobster Boat built on Mount Desert Island by Bobby and Chummy Rich. Tours are 2 hours long, and include a ride up some of Somes Sound, seeing all the seals on East Bunker’s Ledge; and hauling 5 traps!  Captain Dan Lunt is a lifelong Maine Lobsterman, who offers a wealth of knowledge about lobstering. He and his crew are very kid-friendly; and all passengers are invited to participate in hauling,measuring and banding the lobsters if they would like.  He welcomes any questions passengers may have, and will stop along the way if you would like to take pictures!   Lobster traps are set in some of  Mount Desert Island’s most beautiful locations!

Why we love it:  It’s a memorable, hands-on lobster learning adventure!

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Lunt’s Dockside Deli – Enjoy Lobster on an Off Shore Island

Homemade and Delicious!

Lunt’s Dockside Deli is the lone surviving food establishment on the off shore island of Frenchboro.  It is a  favorite stop for sail boaters and day trippers alike. Enjoy the varied menu while seated in open air or under the covered area on the working dock.  Lunt’s menu includes expertly steamed lobster, lobster items, burgers, pizza, and hot and cold sandwiches.  What’s more, they feature scratch made desserts, including their legendary blueberry pie!

Why we love it:    It’s pure Maine!

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Stewman’s Lobster Pounds – Two Oceanfront Locations

Local and Fresh

With two great locations in Bar Harbor, Maine – one downtown and the other at the Bar Harbor Regency hotel, Stewman’s Lobster Pound boasts the only authentic oceanfront lobster pounds in Bar Harbor. Enjoy steamed lobster, a lobster roll or a Downeast lobster bake in a relaxed atmosphere at either of the two ocean-side lobster pounds. All of the traditional ingredients include lobsters, steamers, mussels, clam chowder, corn on the cob, and fresh blueberry pie for dessert!

Interested in having a Downeast lobster bake catered for your special event? Stewman’s Lobster Pound provides a beautiful, unique setting with both indoor/outdoor seating and cocktail reception options for groups of 25 to 100!

Why we love it:  It’s so Maine!  Great seafood with salads and burgers, too.

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Bass Cottage Inn – Modern. Maine. Classic.

Luxurious Accommodations in the Heart of Bar Harbor

Located in the heart of Bar Harbor on a quiet lane near Frenchman Bay and the Town Pier, Bass Cottage Inn is nestled in a quiet area yet minutes to downtown and only a 5-minute drive from Acadia National Park.   Built in 1885 as a summer cottage for the wealthy Bass family, the Inn was purchased by the current innkeepers in 2003 and extensively renovated to reflect a modern, stylish inn with a nod to it its history.

A member of the Diamond Collection of inspected inns, The Bass Cottage Inn offers luxurious accommodations with tasteful decor.  The atmosphere is casual and elegant. Guest amenities include daily made-to-order gourmet breakfast with three different options to suit your taste, modern, private bathrooms with comfy bathrobes, CUDDLEDOWN(R) OF MAINE BED LINENS, L’Occitane® bath items, hair dryers and irons just to name a few!

Why we love it:   It’s an “un-stuffy” Victorian inn just minutes from the waterfront!

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Aragosta – Overlooking Beautiful Stonington Harbor

A Fine Sea to Table Restaurant

Located in Stonington, one of Maine’s most scenic lobster towns, Aragosta offers a superb fining dining experience to those with a discerning palate. After traveling to Italy and Spain to learn about regional techniques to apply to her New England menus, Chef Devin Finigan opened Aragosta in June, 2013.

Cultivating relationships with the area’s farmers and fishermen, Chef Devin uses the freshest, locally sourced ingredients for her dishes.  Her butter-poached lobster ravioli are expertly prepared with house pasta featuring four season farm eggs, citrus beurre blanc, lemon confit and farm greens. Aragosta – which means “lobster” in Italian, is an earth and sea to table restaurant with a thoughtfully selected wine list to complement Chef Devin’s culinary creations.

Insiders Tip:   In the dining room, look for the wreath created from lobster claws that Chef Devin picked during Aragosta’s first year in business.  A gift created by her husband.

Why we love it:  Inspired by Maine’s natural bounty!

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Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound – Pick Your Own Lobster

Traditionally Tasteful

A true Downeast Maine dining experience, Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound is located just before the bridge onto Thompson’s and Mount Desert Island. It is hard to miss with the row of wood-fired cookers out front smoking away – and the big sign on the roof that says, “LOBSTERS”.

A bright and cheery exterior, Trenton Bridge offers take out, live lobsters to cook at home, or a dine in restaurant. No linen table cloths or fancy glasses! Just good, old fashioned lobster fare, crackers, picks and plenty of napkins. Select the lobster of your choice and they take care of the rest. Lobsters and clams are prepared to perfection in seawater over wood-fired cookers! Watch your lobsters being cooked or wait with your friends and family inside or out at a table of your choice.

Why we love it:   Serving lobsters in the rough! 

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Pleasant River Boat Tours – Lobsters and Lighthouses!

Take a Tour on the Honey B. on the Beautiful Downeast Maine coast in Addison Maine.

Captain Paul has the experience and holds all the necessary U.S. Coast Guard  certification to make your voyage  safe and interesting. He has been a licensed commercial fisherman for 48 years. The Honey B., a 34 foot fiberglass working lobster boat, was built on nearby Beal’s Island by one of the foremost designers of the classic downeast style. She has been operated continuously by Capt. Paul for 20 years in the lobster, scallop and urchin fisheries.

This tour cruises you amongst the islands with views of famous lighthouses.   You will observe marine mammals, eagles and sea life …in one of the most pristine setting on the U.S. seaboard.

Watch lobstermen ply their trade and maybe catch a lobster yourself!

Why we love it:  It is a true authentic Maine experience.  A must do!

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