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.

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast – A Charming Stay!

Centrally Located to Dozens of Lobster Shacks on the Maine Coast.

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of Freeport and centrally located to dozens of lobster shacks and lighthouses.  Situated on an acre of land, this 1888 Victorian-era New England house boasts seven Maine-themed rooms decorated like a favorite summer cottage. Offering full scrumptious breakfasts,  this “home away from home” offers a nice, quiet respite after a busy day exploring coastal Maine. 

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast partners with Lucky Catch Cruises in Portland.  Sign up for a trip with Captain Tom and crew on his lobster boat and learn the ins and outs of lobstering while enjoying a 90 minute cruise on Casco Bay.

Why we love it:   It’s a 5 minute stroll along brick-paved sidewalks to the Freeport shopping outlets and great lobster restaurants! 

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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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Casco Bay Islands – Ferry Over for a Great Day Trip!

Several Delightful Ways to Enjoy a Lobster Lunch

Casco Bay Lines offers many opportunities to get out on the Bay with a variety of scenic cruises in Maine offering different destinations, durations, and departure times. Pack a lobster roll lunch; bring your camera, binoculars, and a sweater (as it can get chilly on the water.)  One of our favorite cruises is the “Mailboat Run.”  An integral part of the island communities, the Mailboat is a true working boat carrying passengers, mail and freight to the islands of Casco Bay—Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Cliff and Chebeague. As the longest-operating service of its kind, this tour is a wonderful way to see the sights of the Bay on the Mailboat cruise.

Another delightful day involves Chebeague Island which is about 60 to 90 minutes round trip.  Have lunch at the very scenic and idyllic Chebeauge Island Inn, a 1920s hotel that has been thoughtfully restored to recapture its classic beauty.  Enjoy a Lobster Roll in style or a Lobster Cobb salad among many other treats on the menu.

Why we love it:  You can go out and explore Maine’s quieter islands.  You’re likely to see lobster boats and buoys along the way!

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West End Inn – In the Historic Art District

Snuggled in a Quiet Neighborhood but Close to All the Lobster Action!

Indulge yourself with comfort and quiet elegance in this beautifully restored Inn nestled among the finest of historic architecture in Portland’s prestigious neighborhood, the West End. The Inn’s peaceful location and six comfortable bedrooms, each with private bath, invite a good night’s sleep. Guests enjoy a full made-to-order breakfast in the eastern-facing dining room boasting twelve foot decorative ceilings. Afternoon tea is available in the comfortable adjoining library with a gas fireplace.

Located in the Heart of the Downtown Art District, the Inn’s exclusive residential location provides the best of all worlds: convenience to the downtown – Arts District, museums, public market, galleries, Old Port, and Casco Bay.  Innkeepers Debra and Scott can provide their favorite local recommendations on where to enjoy a lobster dinner, take a foodie tour or set out a boat tour!

Why we love it:  It’s comfortable, cozy and within walking distance to the waterfront.

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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

Brewster House B&B – Lobster and LL Bean

A Lovely Stay Close to Lobster and Shopping!

At Brewster House, they are about comfort in an atmosphere of simple elegance. The inn was built in the late 19th century blossoming of Freeport, and the amazing quality of the built-in details and materials of this 5,000 square foot home reflects the wealth created in Maine in this period. With 9’ ceilings, large private baths, Matouk linens, large fireplaced rooms, bay windows, cypress floors, mahogany mantelpiece, and Italian marble tiled hearth it an amazing Maine escape!

Freeport Village, LL Bean, restaurants and outlets are within a short three block walk and only a quarter of a mile from the Maine coast.  With glacially carved rocky, spruce covered peninsulas, beaches, rivers, islands, harbors, lighthouses, and lobster shacks that are so emblematic of Maine.

Why we love it?  A lovely respite to come home to after a day of shopping and lobster!

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West Wind Lobster Boat Tours – Come Aboard this Red Beauty

Cruise Along Casco Bay and Take in the Natural Scenery

Take a trip on gorgeous Casco Bay with West Wind Lobster Boat Tours!   During the first part of the two hour tour, Captain Jay McGowen will explain the history of lobstering as he navigates toward his traps. Then, he will demonstrate how a trap is lifted from the ocean floor and opened to collect the lobsters inside. The basic anatomy of the lobster is next, along with how the trap works.

Once the traps have been pulled, they also look for seals often funding them basking in the sun on some ledges off of a larger island. Private charters are available as well.

Why we love it: The red lobster boat for this tour is incredibly good looking.  

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Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company – On Many Favorite Lists

A Charmer and Fantastic Food

Located on the wharf at the end of Main Street in South Freeport, Maine just three miles from L.L. Bean. Come and enjoy the beautiful South Freeport Harbor in the dining room or at the picnic tables under the awning, all at the water’s edge.

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster has been featured on TV shows like Rachel Ray, numerous articles in papers from Massachusetts and New York, Downeast Magazine, New England Magazine, Favorite Lobster shacks, etc. The lobster pound is conveniently attached to the dining room with outside service windows across the walkway over the water.  This is cash only and BYOB.

Why we love it: Featured on TV and many print articles, this is a cult favorite!  

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Portland Harbor Hotel – A Luxury Boutique Experience

The Working Waterfront is Just Steps Away!

This elegantly appointed AAA Four Diamond hotel is located in the heart of the Portland’s historic district.  Step outside and the cobblestone streets slope down to the busy working waterfront where you’ll catch a glimpse of lobster boats in the harbor and amazing lobster-inspired recreational choices from restaurants to shops and more!  After a busy day searching for the best lobster roll, relax in your comfortable room or suite – or visit the Spa for some extra pampering.

For your dining pleasure, the Portland Harbor Hotel offers Eve’s at the Garden where the chef uses fresh local ingredients including seafood from fishmongers located steps away from the hotel near the ocean.   This is hotel captures the essence of a a historic yet vibrant city!

Why we love it:  It’s a charming!  Plus, they offer lobster chocolates upon turndown.

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● Open Year Round
● 468 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101
● (207) 775-9090

Courtyard Portland Downtown/Waterfront – Comforts of Home

Great Location, Close to Everything Lobster!

On Commercial Street just steps from Old Port, Courtyard Portland Downtown/Waterfront is in a perfect location if you want to be close to lobster!

Comfy and cozy with modern amenities including luxurious bedding, 32-inch LCD TVs, a pool and fitness center, this hotel is seconds from the historic Portland’s best shopping, nightlife, and dining. When making a reservation, ask for a waterfront room for a view of the harbor!

Why we love it:   It’s ideal location!   And, they serve Starbucks® coffee in The Bistro.

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Learn more about the Maine lobsterman – Loves what he does

Captain John, Lobster Fisherman

A father of five, John is quick to say he choose the simple life but the “ simple life is not so simple.”  His family and lobster business keep him extremely busy.  As an active lobster fisherman, John is also the President of a marketing co-op called Calendar Islands.  It’s rare to see John without a smile, his love for life is written all over his face.

John is one of the lobster fishermen with independent lobster boats who make up Calendar Island’s co-op.  Each of the lobstermen owns a piece of the company providing ownership of the process from boat to plate.  Calendar Islands helps to turn the lobster caught by John and his fellow fishermen into gourmet, ready-to-eat lobster delights found in local USA supermarkets.

Sea Glass Restaurant – An Unsurpassed Dining Experience

Delectable Lobster Rolls and More!

Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and offers fine dining with spectacular views of Casco Bay. Using locally sourced ingredients and sustainable seafood, Executive Chef Steve Sicinski brings years of experience, creativity and passion to the table. With delectable lobster rolls, a 5 Course Lobster Tasting menu and extensive wine list and more, Sea Glass ranks high among those with a discerning palate.

Why we love it: Yes, they have their very own lobster tasting menu!

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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

Inn by the Sea – Where Luxury Comes Naturally

One of the Best Places to Stay on Cape Elizabeth

Voted one of the World’s Best by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2014, Inn by the Sea is Maine’s premier luxury beach destination. Overlooking pristine Crescent Beach, this 61-room eco-sensitive inn sets the standard for coastal elegance. Whether you are relaxing by the pool or unwinding at the spa, you’ll love what this AAA 4 Diamond property has to offer. Reserve one of the Twin Lobster packages and venture out onto picturesque Casco Bay to haul lobster with real Maine lobstermen. Then come back to Chef’s 5 course Lobster Tasting menu in ocean view Sea Glass restaurant. A lobster lover’s delight!

Why we love it:   Elegant seaside retreat for lobster lovers!

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DiMillo’s on the Water – A Floating Restaurant

Fresh Seafood from Local Waters

Portland is a charming small “city” on the coast and scenic in its own right, but pair it with a “floating” restaurant and waterviews and it gets even better! Every one of DiMillo’s tables offers spectacular views of Portland Harbor and it offers two outside decks in you prefer to take in the salty air while you dine. With a full menu to choose from, you can enjoy DiMillo’s on the Water to wine and dine on a lobster dinner or kick back and be casual with a lobster roll. The lunch and dinner menu offers something for seafood and land lovers alike.

Why we love it:  It floats!

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Day’s Crab and Lobster Pound – A Maine Tradition

Put You Bib On and Get Crackin’ 

A 70 year and going tradition, Day’s Crab and Lobster Pound is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.  Opened in the 1930’s, Day’s offers live and cooked lobsters, with fresh picked lobster and crabmeat.  A true Maine experience off Exit 17, Route 295.

The current owner, Sandy Thibeau, started working for Days when she was 16 years old.  In 1988, she purchased the Yarmouth, Maine business and continues to serve up fresh local seafood to throngs of hungry patrons.

Why we love it: Go just for the lobster – or wrap in your meal with a visit to LL Bean.  Days is just a few miles south.

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Maine Lobster Bake Co – For the Perfect Party!

Host A Lobster Bake Just About Anywhere

The rockstar of parties?  The lobster bake!  Perfect for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, family reunions, wedding dinners, corporate outings, fund raisers, or just because.

Maine Lobster Bake Company offers authentic and complete Maine lobster bakes, taking care of all the details – while preparing your meals with the same care and tradition Maine has enjoyed for generations.

Delicious, special and fun – you can host a lobster bake just about anywhere.   Offering lobster bakes for any size group, Maine Lobster Bake Company can set up on the beach, pool side or in the backyard.  You can enjoy a Maine lobster bake anywhere!  Call for details today.

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