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It’s a Family Affair on Scenic Orr’s Island, Maine

Meet Captain Chuck!

Lobster fishing is a way of life and often a family affair.  On Orr’s Island, which is connected to another larger island by bridge, Chuck has a mother, wife and 2 daughters that work at the local island restaurant (serving countless lobster rolls to locals and tourists alike.)  This family involvement of several, if not all family members, in the business of lobster, can be witnessed among hundreds of ocean harbors along the eastern seaboard.   Local employment is driven by fisheries, and in this delicious case, the wild caught fishery of lobster.

Chuck, like many lobster fishermen is found selling a portion of his catch fresh from the boat.  Like a farmer’s fruit stand on a scenic country road, nautical settings like Orr’s Island, offer hungry customers, the opportunity to know exactly who caught dinner.  In this case it’s our hero, and each day, his family sells live lobster from a wharf in front of their home.  This flash sale opens for a whopping “one half hour” each afternoon.  Now that’s island living!

Located in Casco Bay and the Gulf of Mane, the small group of islands that make up Chuck’s community consists of 300 – 400 lobster fishermen in the surrounding waters.  They rely on the sea for their livelihood, as did the generations of fishermen who frequented the fish shack, photographed above with our hero.  Having stood the test of time for over 200 years, the shack and  surrounding land have been put into a special trust.  The protective trust names commercial fishermen as the focus and honors a long line of fishermen and future generations to come.

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Cape Elizabeth Light – One of the Most Photographed in America

Lighthouse and Lobsters – The Two Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Built in 1828, Cape Elizabeth Light was part of the first twin lighthouses built in Maine.  Today only one remains active and can be enjoyed from Two Lights State Park.  This is a beautiful spot with ocean views, picnic tables and walking trails with lovey views. A fun note of interest?  One of these towers was the subject of Edward Hopper’s famous painting “Lighthouse at Two Lights.”  We recommend you bring your camera and take some fabulous photos while there!

Of course, this opportunity begs for the perfect pairing of lighthouse and lobster.  Located at the end of Two Lights Road is the The Lobster Shack (at Two Lights) an award-winning restaurant that has been a local landmark since the 1920s.  Enjoy your meal ocean-side on the picnic tables, perched just above the crashing surf, below the lighthouse and next to the fog horn. Or stay in the cozy dining room, watching the ships entering Portland Harbor and the local fishermen haul up their daily catch.

{Photo Credit: Jeremy D’Entremont, New England Lighthouses}

Why we love it: Provides incredible ocean views and you can watch ships passing by.  

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Portland is a Must Visit for Many Reasons

Historic Port Charm with So Much to See and Do

Charming and historic, this town is lined with cobblestone streets and filled with the sounds of seagulls.  A true maritime town and plenty of wharves, water-views abound from restaurants and hotels alike.  You could spend a few hours or a few weeks in Portland!

Let’s start with Old Port.  It’s an endless array of little shops selling nautical wares (plenty of lobster goods) and fabulous restaurants. Saunter down to the water and grab a lobster roll overlooking the boats at either Portland Lobster Company or the Porthole. Consider taking a food tour and for lobster lovers the Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl is recommended!  Please note this seasonal tour runs April – October.  Or hit the water with a lobster boat tour and Lucky Catch Cruises.

Why we love it:  It’s a sweet and salty destination. Good nightlife in Old Port, too!

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  • 120 Miles North of Boston
  • 6 Lighthouses Near Portland
  • Largest City in Maine

Maine Foodie Tours – Lunchtime Crawl

Bring on the Lobster!

Attention Lobster Lovers! This 2 hour small group culinary tour includes a visit to a working wharf and busy lobster pound where you will learn all about North American lobsters, how they are caught and the many ways you can eat them! Enjoy a taste of Maine, as you make your way through Old Port, Your luncheon includes smoked Maine seafood, New England clam chowder, Maine craft beer, fresh picked Maine lobster roll, lobster mac & cheese, local blueberry sodas and fresh baked Maine whoopie pies or potato doughnuts!  Visit site for other culinary tours in Portland, Bar Harbor, Kennebunkport and Rockland to complement your authentic experience.

Why we love it:   The Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl – of course!

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Lucky Catch Cruises – Lobster Tour on Casco Bay

Learn All About Lobstering

How does your lobster gets from the bottom of the ocean to your dinner plate? Reserve your spot on a Lucky Catch lobster boat, and you’ll find out. You’ll learn about lobster habits, conservation efforts, the difference between hardshell and soft shell lobsters, shorts, culls and keepers! Any lobsters caught during this 80-90 minute tour can be purchased after the cruise for wholesale “boat” price, and if you don’t have a pot at home, take your lobsters across the pier to the Portland Lobster Company restaurant for the freshest lobster dinner anywhere!

Why we love it:  You can purchase the lobsters after the cruise!

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  • Seasonal
  • Reservations Required
  • 170 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
  • (207) 761-0941
  • www.luckycatch.com