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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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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Sandwich – A Daytripper’s Dream Destination!

A Scenic Lobster Village on Cape Cod 

The first town you come to once you cross the bridge onto Cape Cod, Sandwich is a charming coastal community that boasts miles of conservation land and a lovely shoreline – perfect for walking and lobster boat watching!    Sandwich is home to many lobster fishermen!

Drive to the Boardwalk and as you walk along this bridge, you’ll marvel at the sweeping vistas of marshes and creeks before you get to the beach.

Located at the Cape Cod Canal, Sandwich beckons visitors to share the lobster love!  Once you’ve toured the Sandwich Glass Museum and this historic town’s Grist Mill, make your way over to the Sandwich Marina for stunning views of the harbor and a 2 lb native lobster lunch complete with drawn butter and a bib!     Have more time in your day?   Travel along Route 6A, stop at the state fish hatchery and feed the trout.  Fun for the whole family!

Why we love it:  Sandwich and the Cape Cod Canal offers an amazing lobster roll picnic location!

Fresh Facts:

  • Approximately 57 miles south of Boston
  • 1 Public Beach
  • Home to approximately 29 commercial lobstermen and 17,000 lobster traps!

 

Marblehead – See a Harbor Full of Boats

A Daytripper’s Delight for Lobster Lovers!

Love scenery with your lobster?  This lovely town is for you! Settled in 1629 and birthplace of the American Navy, Marblehead boasts a bustling boating community steeped in maritime history.  Plan a lobster roll picnic at either Devereux Beach or Marblehead Neck  – a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.  Along the scenic ride, you’ll notice a picturesque harbor on your left filled with lobster boats, sailboats and plenty of yachts!   Travel to the top of Marblehead Neck on Harbor Avenue and you’ll come to Chandler Hovey Park and this where you’ll come an interesting lighthouse known as Marblehead Light.   Overlooking the ocean, this is a picture perfect spot and makes a great stop before a romantic lobster dinner.   Be sure to upload your pictures to your social media sites.  Your friends will wish they were with you!

Worked up an appetite?   This coastal gem on the North Shore features fabulous hot spots for fresh seafood and lobster.   Make your way to Front Street for more views of the boats, buoys and traps and dine at any one of the casual eateries along they way.   The lobster is local and always fresh!

Why we love it:  They filmed notable movies in Marblehead!   It’s a pretty seaside town with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. 

Fresh Facts:

  • Approximately 15 miles from Boston
  • 1 Lighthouse
  • 1 Popular, Public Beach
  • 35 Commercial Lobstermen and 17,000 Lobster Traps

Boston – A Revolutionary Lobster Experience

A City With At Least 1,000 Lobster Rolls! 

Pack for a month!  The capital of Massachusetts, Boston boasts that many lobster inspired recreational choices.  Start at Long Wharf by the New England Aquarium and stroll along the HarborWalk – an urban walkway along the water’s edge.  Witness much of what busy Beantown is all about.  Boats, buoys and amazingly tall buildings along way!  Make your way toward the Seaport District and stop for an incredible lobster roll at James Hook & Co on Northern Avenue – a local landmark around since forever ago!

Steeped in history and a year round destination, Boston is a city that you can easily take by foot. Follow the Freedom Trail to the cobble-stoned streets of Faneuil Hall and then make your way over to the Union Oyster House  – America’s oldest restaurant – for steamed lobster and a bib!   For live lobsters up close (and we mean really up close) loop around to the waterfront and climb aboard a lobster boat tour where you can watch the captain hoist his traps. Reservations required, of course.   With so much to do and lots of lobster shells to crack into  – we suggest you check-in at one of the many lobster inspired hotels and stay a while!

Why we love it:  Steamed lobster, boiled lobster, lobster bisque, lobster rolls, lobster boat tours, lobster bakes, lobster inspired lodging, lobstermen – shall we list more?

Fresh Facts:

  • First American lighthouse stands in Boston Harbor.
  • New England Aquarium features an American Lobster exhibit with rare blue and white lobsters.
  • Home of approximatly 42 commercial lobstermen and 17,000 lobster traps

 

Provincetown – A Vibrant Cape Cod Lobster Town

Stay for the Day, a Week or the Month – Always Fresh!

Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a vibrant fishing community where you can do as much or as little as you’d like! With a harbor filled with bright red lobster boats and an entire Atlantic Ocean coastline of Cape Cod preserved as a National Park, Provincetown is the perfect place to play! Visit one of the three iconic lighthouses including Race Point overlooking the sand dunes, charter a fishing boat or stroll along Commercial Street where you’ll find lots of quirky shops.  So many choices of  really good seafood restaurants like the Lobster Pot for Portuguese styled fish, lobster tacos, boiled lobster and, yes, hot buttery lobster rolls!

Make your way over to MacMillan Wharf –  another must do as you continue to walk around quaint and colorful Provincetown.    Here, you’ll have a chance to inhale the salty air, watch the fishing vessels and lobstermen unload their catch at the pier.  Insider Tip?  Take the Dunes Tour with lobster dinner on the beach!

Why we love it:   The natural landscape is stunning.  Lots of eye-candy!

Fresh Facts:

  • America’s Oldest Active Art Colony
  • 45 Miles from Hyannis on Cape Cod
  • 3 Iconic Lighthouses
  • Several Sandy Beaches
  • Sand Dune Trail
  • Home to 42 Commercial Lobstermen and Almost 15,000 Lobster Traps

 

Scituate – Lobsters and a Lighthouse!

Visit this Coastal Gem Along Cape Cod Bay

Located just 30 miles south of Boston – Scituate is a cozy seaside community where lobster lovers can spend the day or a weekend!  As you drive (or walk) along Front Street,  you’ll notice lots of shops and boutiques with plenty of nautical places to explore.  See lobster boats bobbing up and down in the water and lobster traps piled high along the way.  With salty breezes coming in off the ocean, you’ll love what this Scituate has to offer.  Scenic vistas, beaches, fishing charters, historic inns and lots of local lobster!

For an amazing panoramic view of the ocean and Old Scituate Lighthouse in the distance, stop by the Lucky Finn Cafe on Front Street for a cup of coffee and a glimpse of artwork done by local artisans. Then, make your way over to Scituate Lobster Pound, grab a mouth watering lobster roll packed with locally caught meat and head on over to the Lighthouse for a picnic lunch.   Dine on the rocks overlooking the ocean or bring a blanket and sit right on the shore – so romantic!

Why we love it:   Scituate is scenic and delicious!   Worth the trip. 

Fresh Facts:

  • 30 Miles South of Boston
  • 1 iconic lighthouse
  • 5 Beaches and 10 miles of shoreline
  • Home to 35 commercial lobstermen and 15,000 traps

Take a visit to the Heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax

This gem of a maritime village congers up the sound of seagulls, salt tinged breezes and an old world charm.  This is the heart of Lobsterland in Canada, and Halifax Nova Scotia is a sure bet for a day trip, weekend getaway or a week’s stay and play!

For a city with more pubs and clubs per capita than almost any city in Canada, you are bound to have plenty of dining choices.

Why we love it: A beautiful maritime town with waterviews, quaint streets and excellent dining.  

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Salem – Spend a Day or the Night!

A Historical Maritime Town

Full of marinas, sail makers and yacht yards, this scenic village boasts lovely harbor views and salted air.  Rich with a long maritime history, Salem offered fifty plus wharves in the early 19th century.  Today, Hatch’s Wharf (built 1819), and Central Wharf (built 1791) still retain their 19th century appearance.

Waterfront dining is complete with sounds of seagulls and salt breezes, lovely in summer and crisp in winter.  Or venture towards Picking Wharf  – a quaint, brick lined area for open air or inside options for lobster rolls and other culinary delights.

Fresh Facts:

  • Located on the North Shore  – just 20 miles north of Boston
  • Bakers Island Light Station located on Bakers Island
  • Home to commercial lobster fishermen and approximately 3,000 lobster traps
  • www.salem.org

Why we love it:  Visit Salem Willows – a park with benches by the ocean.  A perfect spot to enjoy a lobster roll picnic lunch!   

 

Newport, Rhode Island Offers Amazing Scenery

Lovely Seaside Town Full of Lobster Restaurants!

Newport Rhode Island is a visual stunner, overflowing with seafood restaurants, wonderful inns and nautical shops.  It makes for a great place to visit for a day, a weekend or a week!

Stroll along the quaint streets, soak in harbor views (lobster boats mixed with yachts) and enjoy the endless lobster dining options.  If you stay, make sure to book in-town to live like a local.  Everything is in walking distance and this is quite a place for people watching.  Sit outside in warmer months, boat watch, have sunset cocktails, enjoy a steamed lobster dinner and plan a lobster roll picnic lunch as picnic along world famous 10 Mile Drive.

Why we love it:  World famous for sea, sailing, mansions, scenery and lobster dinners.

Fresh Facts:

  • Approximately 75 Mile South of Boston
  • Known for Gilded Age Mansions and Cliff Walk
  • Easton’s Beach – Most Popular, Public Beach
  • www.discovernewport.org

Plymouth – A Lovely and Historic Place to Visit

Spend the Day or a Week!

Scenic and full of history, Plymouth is home to the Pilgrims and nestled in the waters of Plymouth Harbor along Cape Cod Bay.   It also ranks high up on the list as a vibrant lobster fishing village.  As a beautiful coastal town, Plymouth offers offers boat views, charming seafood restaurants (yes lots of lobster), beaches and so much more.

Our short list of the top things to do in Plymouth include watching the lobster boats from the town dock, visiting the Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock, and of course enjoying your pick of lobster rolls!

Fun facts?  Plymouth is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of Boston and in the 19th century, the town thrived as a center of rope making, fishing, and shipping.  Back in the day, it was home to the world’s biggest rope making company called Plymouth Cordage Company.

C’mon and enjoy a stay, a day and for sure lobster with your history lesson!

We we love it:   Lots of places to wear a lobster bib!

Fresh Facts:

  • 40 miles south of Boston
  • 32 miles to Hyannis on Cape Cod
  • 1 iconic lighthouse
  • 3 beaches
  • Plimouth Plantation – a 17th Century village
  • Home of approximately 63 commercial lobstermen and 31,000 lobster traps

Gloucester – Waterfront Makes a Great Day Trip!

Authentic and Filled With Lots of Lobster Boats

Gloucester  is America’s oldest seaport and an authentic, vibrant and fun community. Located on Cape Ann, Gloucester has a rich maritime heritage of seafaring and fishing, a spectacular arts community, a stunning harbor, unique restaurants and shops, and glorious white-sand beaches.   Visitors can cruise on Gloucester’s historic schooners and dine at the wonderful restaurants, featuring the freshest fish and local fare. Enjoy the excitement of a whale-watching excursion – and. of course, there’s fishing, swimming, hiking, and spectacular scenery.

The heart of Gloucester beats vibrantly downtown and in the working waterfront. Along Rogers Street, you will see fishermen heading out to sea, fishing charters, and schooner ships offering both day and sunset cruises. Or maybe you will see one of the fishermen featured on National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” shows. Main Street is perched above the waterfront and crowded with eclectic boutiques, antique shops, galleries and wonderful restaurants. Enjoy a free self-guided HarborWalk tour throughout the area that will take you through 42 story posts that document Gloucester’s history, arts, and current culture.

The culturally diverse people of Gloucester are resilient, hard-working, creative and endearing. They love life. And you will too, when you visit this authentic destination.

Fresh Facts:

  • Located on Cape Ann – just 36 miles north of Boston
  • 3 iconic lighthouses
  • 8 Beaches
  • Home to approximately 145 commercial lobster fishermen and 54,500 lobster traps
  • www.capeannvacations.com/gloucester

Why we love it:   The working waterfront offers excellent views of lobster fishermen in action!

 

 

 

Harwich Port – Visit this Charming Cape Cod Village

Three Harbors, One Port –  Saquatucket, Wychmere, and Allen Harbor

Located in the southeastern part of Harwich, Harwich Port is a lovely seaside community boasting lovely beaches along Nantucket Sound, fun little shops and galleries along Route 28, cozy pubs and restaurants, beautiful spired churches and a small gem of a golf course.

Fresh Facts:

  • Offers 22 fresh and salt water beaches
  • Home to approx 2,220 lobster traps

Why we love it:  It’s a gorgeous beach area offering lots of boat tours and fishing charters!

 

 

Newport RI Ocean Drive – Bucket List #6

Newport, Rhode Island

Bucket List Must:  Just visiting Newport is in itself high on our list.  While in Newport do Ten Mile Drive (also known as Ocean Drive) which offers incredible mansion viewing and amazing coastline.  Bring lobster rolls for lunch and find numerous spots to have a picnic lunch along the drive.  If seeking a sit down with a fantastic number of lobster entrees for lunch and dinner, Benjamin’s in town offers cozy seating in winter or covered porch in summer (our favorite is the 2nd floor.)

Along your journey be sure to stop at Brenton Point State Park which offers an incredible picnic spot, ocean views, scenic strolls and Shelfies (lobster inspired selfies.)  During the summer, there are usually kites flying high in the breeze and an ideal spot to linger during your ride.   Certainly one of the (if not most) picturesque drives in Rhode Island.

Why we love it:  This is one of the most popular drives in the country! 

Fresh Facts:

  • Start at Thames Street (on the water side of the street). 
  • Highlights include Brenton Cove Shore, East Passage of Narragansett, Ocean Drive
    and Bellevue Avenue
  • www.oceandrivenewport.com

Scenic detour – Rustic Skinners Wharf Cove, NS

Skinner’s Cove Wharf

Skinner’s Cove wharf is located on the “Backshore” road, a gravel road that connects Melville Corner to Cape John. The clear blue waters of the Northumberland Strait wash the shores and high, jagged cliffs rise up to meet the skies. It is a favorite place for locals to swim, walk and picnic. On clear days one might be able to catch a glimpse of the ferry crossing from Caribou to Prince Edward Island. The twelve boats at Skinner’s Cove are moored to two docks, separated by a small, narrow channel.

Provided by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library.

If you go: Approximately a dozen lobster boats fish out of this harbor.  

West Dover, Nova Scotia Lighthouse Route

West Dover, Nova Scotia

West Dover is situated between Peggy’s Cove and East Dover on Highway 333 and is part of  the “Lighthouse Route.”  This scenic drive follows Nova Scotia’s South Shore, which winds it’s way through towns like Liverpool and Lunenburg.

On this Lighhouse Route you will see over 20 lighthouses, from the the dramatic beauty of  famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse to Yarmouth’s giant Cape Forchu light.

Photo Credit: USA Today.  Picture shows depicting fishing boats loaded with traps, leaving the harbor on the first day of lobster season in West Dover, Nova Scotia.

A visit to Kid friendly Prince Edward Island

No matter how you plan to arrive to Prince Edward Island, it’s an adventure!

My favorite mode of arrival is the long span of bridge which transports you from New Brunswick to the island.   The bridge itself is a beauty (majestic really) and contributes to the excitement of reaching this amazing destination.

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is known for it’s beautiful pastoral landscapes, lovely sandy beaches, scenic drives and of course, seafood.  Lobster fishermen are also in abundant supply and there are numerous lobster villages that dot the island.  Pristine, serene and “other wordly” come to mind – in these small fishing inlets, home to generations of fishermen.

One could be happy for days on end, exploring light houses, sand dunes, endless coastline and truly authentic communities with incredibly friendly people.  The air is pure here and the seafood fresh.   Shellfish is big business on the island and powered by the people who call this island home.

A must on travel bucket lists?  You bet.   A lobster island?  Absolutely.

 

Sail Away – Ferry to Fairy Tale Block Island

Getting There is Half the Fun! 

Accessible only by ferry, Block Island off on mainland Rhode Island is about quaint as they come.  Oozing old New England charm, historic inns and sand beaches – you can step off the boat and 100 yards to lobster roll heaven.  The ferry ride itself is a thrill, with the traditional ferry taking 55 mins or the fast speed ferry with a shorter time frame (30 mins) and air conditioned comfort. No matter how you get here, outdoor seating beckons – beach front, harbor front or inside for A/C.

The Block Island Ferry is worth the ride all be itself as you watch the Galilee area slide by, with cute beach shacks and a rock jetty with people waving. Riders can sun themselves on the outside decks with sounds of seagulls and enjoy the salty air.  Soon, Block Island itself slips into view and arrival views are lovely.  Whether on the traditional or high speed ferry, upon arrival and spilling out onto the island docks…you know you are somewhere special.  Head for the beach (there are many perfect for a lobster roll and ocean views) or stop into one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy a roll “al fresco”.

Why we love it:  Same day / roundtrip fares available.  

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Summer To Do – Cape Cod is for lobster lovers

Lobster Love.

World class beaches and endless coastline, Cape Cod and the Islands offer a lobster lovers paradise.  View lobster boats along scenic harbors in charming towns and enjoy countless ways to eat, stay and play.  Follow your inner yum along the Cape Cod and Islands Lobster Trail.

As you cross the bridge from the mainland and cross over the Cape Cod Canal, it’s like entering another world.  The salt air and ocean breezes open to sandy beaches, roadside shacks, and quaint villages.   The Cape is comprised of 15 towns as well as the two islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Choose from Falmouth, which has 68 beautiful miles of coastline,  and a lovely walkable town full of shops and seafood restaurants.  Lobster dinners and lobster roll abound!  Falmouth is also home to Steamship Authority (for car ferry) and a passenger ferry for a short ride over to Martha’s Vineyard.

Chatham is mid cape and home to a lighthouse, lovely inns and the jaw dropping Chatham Bars Inn.  For a memorable night’s stay and a fancy wine and dine lobster dinner with water view – this is your place!

Make your way down to the end of the Cape and you’ll hit Provincetown. A funky and colorful place to dip your toes in the sand, have a drink in your hand and gobble up lobster fresh from the sea.  With a dizzying choice of restaurants, picnic spots, and endless sea views, Provincetown truly offers a lobster getaway like no other.

 

Plan a Visit to Lovely Rockport, Massachusetts

Go for Art, the Beaches, the Shops and Lobster!

Experience a classic New England town famous for lobster and everything else you’d want in a perfect vacation.  Rockport Massachusetts boasts Motif #1 –  the most artistically painted building in the world.  A must see with your own eyes!

An incredibly scenic harbor town, Rockport is an hour’s drive form Boston MA and features pristine beaches, historic lighthouses, endless shops and restaurants.   Strolling along the tree lined streets and in most cases with a water view, Rockport MA is a delight for lobster lovers everywhere.  Perfect for an afternoon or a weekend, Rockport offers something for everyone whether a romantic getaway or fun with the family.

Each morning and afternoon during summer, you can watch lobstermen steam out to start their day or hauling traps or catch them on the way back in to unload their harvest.  Authentic and salty, Rockport is must do on your lobster list.
Why we love it:   Stroll along Bearskin Neck!   Incredible views and lobster at Roy Moore’s

Fresh Facts:

  • Located on Cape Ann – just 37 miles north of Boston
  • 2 iconic lighthouses
  • 6 Beaches
  • Motif #1
  • Home to approximately 54 commercial lobstermen and 23,000 lobster traps
  • www.capeannvacations.com/rockport

 

♥ More inspiration:   Meet Rockport Lobsterman Ryan and his friend Jacoby!

Chatham – A Must Visit on Cape Cod

A Scenic Lobster Town in Massachusetts

This classic Cape Cod community is situated in a protected harbor between Nantucket Sound and the open Atlantic Ocean.  With lovely views of the sea form many vantage points, part of the charm is driving the scenic streets gawking at waterview homes or hanging out at Fish Pier on Shore Road for first hand views of lobstermen unloading their catch.

Complete with a lighthouse and beaches, Chatham Massachusetts is a perfect lobster village to spend a day or a week.  The store lined town is full of lovely shops, seafood restaurants and people watching.  Menus brim with lobster rolls which you can enjoy in outdoor or indoor seating or take on the road for a seaside picnic.  Looking for an authentic lobster dinner?  You won’t be disappointed, as there are many placed to put on your lobster bib and let the butter drip down your chin.  Crack into Chatham!

Why we love it:   Watch the lobstermen unload their catch at the Chatham Fish Pier!

Fresh Facts:

● Just 87 miles south of Boston
● 1 iconic lighthouse
● Chatham Fish Pier
● 6 major saltwater beaches
● Home to approximately 33 commercial lobster fishermen and 8,200 lobster traps