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Beach Plum Lobster Farm – Local Hotspot in Ogunquit

Enjoy Lobsters in the Rough!

If you’re looking for fresh, on-the-spot steamed lobsters, clams and butter (and that’s it – pure and simple), you’ll love what Beach Plum Lobster Pound has to offer.   A solid retail market place and favorite lobster take out cookery since 1995, Beach Plum Lobster Pound proudly supports local lobstermen and lobster fishereries up and down the coast.

A no-frills, rustic lobster shack owned by a friendly husband and wife team, Beach Plum Lobster Pound lets you pick from 4 different sized lobsters.  In minutes, you can enjoy your mouthwatering meal outdoors on one of the picnic tables or take your food to go!   Hammers are available onsite to help you with the shells – so get crackin’.   Once your tummy is full and you’re ready to wash all the natural juices and buttery goodness from your face and fingers – feel free to use the sink outside.   Beach Plum Lobster Farm is a true roadside gem!

Why we love it:   It’s super authentic!   Casual and delicious. 

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Robert’s Maine Grill – Emphasizes Local Ingredients and Craft Beer

Contemporary Take on the Classic Maine-Seafood Eatery 

At Robert’s Maine Grill, the mission is to take the best local ingredients, prepare them with traditional Maine influence and serve them to guests with attention and care.  This eatery is a favorite among locals and travelers from near and far.

Their menu items represent the best of traditional New England seafood prepared with modern flair and attention to detail.  Their chefs source products locally and have numerous relationships with many nearby organic farms.  Try the classics, like the table side New England Clambake or beer battered fish and chips, or sample the much loved onion rings and lobster sliders!  Robert’s Maine Grill serves some of the best micro brewed beer from around the state of Maine.  They also offer a carefully chosen wine list and finely-crafted cocktails.

Why we love it:  They’re right across from the shopping outlets.  Try the mouthwatering lobster rolls!

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Bob’s Clam Hut – Maine Comfort Food Ordered at a Window

Long Running Pit Stop for Fried Clams and Lobster Rolls

Established in 1956 on busy Route One long before that stretch became bustling and busy with Kittery’s outlet shops.  Bob’s has been locals’ golden fried standard for decades!  Now entering it’s 60th year, Bob’s is a favorite spot for locals and travelers alike.

Guests are quick to say “No trip to the area” is complete without a meal at Bob’s Clam Hut.  Bob’s is committed to serving traditional Maine fried seafood with straightforward simplicity.  They follow Bob’s original recipes, including famous tartar sauce.  Customer favorites include Bob’s New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Stew, Lobster Roll, traditional fried clams and the Lillian fried clams.

Why we love it:  Bob’s appeared on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Shop Lobster Gifts at Stonewall Kitchen – Delightful Experience!

This Store is a Destination Onto Itself and They Serve Yummy Food

Many locals and visitors the world over enjoy a trip or stop at the Stonewall Kitchen in York Maine.  With a wonderful home grown history, the store sits on eight acres and includes a 46,000 square-foot headquarters. This huge retail store and restaurant offers a dazzling assortment of kitchen and home goods with many lobster themed gift items.  They also offer cooking classes throughout the year!

Open year round you could easily spend an hour browsing the gift selections and sampling the foodie dips/jams.  No trip to Stonewall Kitchen is complete without a lunch at the casual attached cafe.  Delicious lobster offerings are always on the menu and include delights such as a Lobster BLT, Lobster Cobb Salad, Lobster Mac n’ Cheese and Lobster & Brie Panini.

Why we love it:  They offer tasty jam, jelly and sauce samples as you shop!

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Take an Ogunquit Scenic Cruise – Including a Lobster Trip

Ton of Eye Candy and Fun Education.

Finestkind Scenic Cruises operates three traditional, Maine built wooden vessels and offers a great selection of cruises.  Two of our favorites is the Lobstering Trip and the Scenic Breakfast Cruise.   Nothing could be better than starting your day aboard Finestkind II with hot coffee, orange juice and a fresh baked muffin. Departing every summer season morning at 9 am, the Breakfast Cruise travels north along the tranquil morning waters of the Ogunquit shoreline to the Island Ledges; a habitat of harbor seals. Your tour guide will explain the many sights along the way and on the return trip to Perkins Cove give a brief discussion of lobsters and lobstering; more of which can be seen on the Lobstering Trip.

The Lobstering Trip combines the scenic beauty of Ogunquit’s shoreline with a first hand lobstering experience, aboard the Finestkind I. You will see traps hauled and lobsters caught by an authentic Maine lobsterman. Your tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobster fishery and the many scenic points of interest along the way, providing you with many insights into life along our coast. Children will be thrilled to see the abundant sea life that comes up in the traps and everyone will come away with a deeper understanding of lobsters and their habitat.

Why we love it?  Combines awesome scenery with education!

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2 Village Square Inn – A Lovely View Above Town

Sit on the Eagles View Porch and Just Soak in the Natural Beauty!

Close to it all but yet snuggled above the town, 2 Village Square Inn offers in town location, ocean views, walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants, and the Marginal Way. The night we stayed, we simple parked our car and walked everywhere!

With a heated ocean view pool, hot tub, ocean view balconies for all to enjoy,  and pet friendly rooms upon request, this inn is nestled upon 3 acres perched on a hill over looking the village. Location, location, location.

Why we love it:   All the comforts of home – plus more!

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Lobster Themed Visit to York – Light Up Your Life

Nubble Light

Start your visit at the Nubble Light in coastal York, Maine (built in 1879.)  As you enter Sohier Park from Nubble Road, you will immediately see Nubble Light sitting atop the large rock island a few hundred feet off shore. Visitors are welcome to the park year round for excellent views, painting, photographing, fishing and relaxing.  The small gift shop and restroom facilities are open seasonally from mid April thru mid October (weather dependent) and offers parking for approximately 60 vehicles.

Consider a lobster roll at nearby Fox’s Lobster House, which is right on the edge of the park near the lighthouse!  Once you’ve eaten your fill of lobster, don’t miss Fisherman’s Walk.   The walk takes you by piers, wharves and boats moored in the river to the Wiggly Bridge.  A lovely finish to a beautiful day in the York area.

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

Why we love it: The lighthouse makes for a great backdrop for pictures with friends!

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Captain Lord Mansion – 4 Diamond in Heart of Kennebunkport

Offers a “Classic Maine Lobster Roll Picnic” Package!

Welcome to the Captain Lord Mansion, a truly authentic Shipbuilder’s Mansion. It is the largest Mansion in the Port!  The inn will provide an unforgettably romantic Kennebunkport bed and breakfast experience. There are so many lobster related things to do in the area but the lobster roll package offered by the inn – is one of our favorites!

“Classic Maine Lobster Roll Picnic” Package?  Take this deluxe picnic basket along on your next day-trip in Kennebunkport. Whether touring lighthouses, bicycling, sailing, hiking or taking the Lobster Boat Cruise, you will enjoy this “Classic Maine Picnic”!  Just remember, to make advance reservations with the office staff.

Why we love it: It’s so romantic and they offer spa services!

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Parsons Post House Inn – Heart of Ogunquit

Once You Arrive You Do Not Need Your Car – Walk Everywhere!

Parsons Post House is centrally located in Ogunquit Village. You can walk to everything and a short stroll to the beautiful 3-mile beach. The inn is at the start of the Marginal Way, an inspirational 1-mile path along the rocky coast to the harbor of Perkins Cove. There are plenty of fine restaurants, quaint shops and a trolley stop just around the corner.

Relax on two enclosed porches featuring an art gallery, ocean view and morning coffee & muffins.  For a small town we are spilling over with phenomenal places to dine. Ogunquit has a restaurant to suit every need, but we recommend you make room for lobster!

Why we love it?  Ideal location in a charming Maine village.  

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Inn at Tanglewood Hall – An 1880’s Grand Summer Cottage

Relax in Comfort and Style

Want to feel a little bit like Maine lobster royalty?  This relaxing York Maine Inn is surrounded by sea air and located in the quaint village of York Harbor.  This area has been a Beach Resort since the Gilded Age nearby Kittery, Ogunquit, Portsmouth & Kennebunkport.  There is endless options your fill of lobster nearby!

Once a York Historical Society Decorator Show House, the Inn at Tanglewood Hall is a charming Southern Maine coast B&B nestled nearby the sea with all the modern amenities.  Unwind and untangle with sunsets and bold ocean views along the Harbor Cliff Path lined with wild rugosa roses, then traverse York River’s scenic Fisherman’s Walk to the Wiggly Bridge.  Stroll along quiet tree-lined streets to the Harbor Beach or enjoy the sun and surf at Long Sands or Short Sands Beach with picturesque Nubble Lighthouse nearby.   Whether a gateway for exploring New England’s blossoming spring, summer beaches, vibrant fall foliage, or wintry wonderlands, you can experience quintessential Maine throughout the year.

Why we love it: Love their packages that include dinner at Two at Clay Hill Farm Restaurant!

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Captain Jefferds Inn – Historic Sea Captain’s Home

A Quintessential Kennebunkport Stay

This Kennebunkport Inn is without a doubt a charmer.  IT’s what you dream about when you think of a quintessential Maine vacation.  Located on a quiet street in Kennbunkport, you are a stroll away from lobster roll choices, harbor views and so many ways to spend your days (and nights.)

The Captain Jefferds Inn has 16 rooms from which to choose. Each individually decorated room has a private bath and many have a gas fireplace or wood-styled stove to add to the romantic ambiance.  They serve a three-course breakfast in the beautiful dining room where you will have the opportunity to meet other guests and exchange stories and experiences.

Why we love it?  Historic charm in a lobster village with all the creature comforts you can imagine!

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  • Open Year Round
  • Free Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • 5 Pearl Street. Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
  • (207) 967-2311
  • www.captainjefferdsinn.com

Goat Island (Cape Porpoise) Lighthouse – Roll to a Picnic

An Iconic Landmark In Maine!

There are many ways to enjoy this lovely lighthouse and one of them involves the sunset.  One option is to head out to Pier 77 in Cape Porpoise.It offers a beautiful view of the bay and the Goat Island Lighthouse (especially when the sun is going down.)  With quintessential Maine views, the pier offers lobster fishermen bringing in their daily catch!

Want to go casual and enjoy a lobster roll picnic?  You can bring a roll to go and watch the sun dip below the horizon or rent a kayak for the day and paddle over.  Be sure to keep in mind that the former keeper’s house is a private residence. If the caretakers are home they’ll gladly give you a tour.

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

Why we love it?  Offers a beautiful view from Cape Porpoise Harbor

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Foodie Tours – A Tasty Lunchtime Walking Tour in Kennbunkport

A Delicious and Fabulous Way to Learn about the Area!

Lunch and an historic and culinary walking tour of Kennebunkport and Lower Village!  The area has been home to those who make their living on the sea for centuries and a popular destination for visitors who love the history, beautiful beaches and plentiful outdoor activities. In recent years the culinary scene is also attracting visitors with nationally renowned chefs, gourmet catering companies, craft brewers and award winning food artisans.

This tour takes a leisurely half mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine. You will visit with shop keepers and food artisans, taste chowders, lobsters, cheese and more, all regionally sourced and created by local talent. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you to 6 venues to sip, taste and learn about Maine’s culinary history and vibrant food scene.

Why we love it:  The guides always put their best foot forward to showcase this lovely coastal town!

  • Reservations Required
  • Rain or Shine
  • 14 Guests per Tour
  • 2 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Duration: 2.5-3 hours
  • 7 days/week, June-October,2016, and Saturdays beginning May 14th
  • (207) 233-7485
  • info@mainefoodietours.com
  • www.mainefoodietours.com

Kylie’s Chance Scenic Lobster Boat Tour – Sightseeing Adventure

A Fabulous View of the Area and Lobster Fishing!

Take a 1 1/2 hour Scenic Lobster Tour on Kylie’s Chance down the Kennebunk River and along the Kennebunkport coastline. Kylie’s Chance is a 65 ft. boat built and launched in 2002 for the sole purpose of giving visitors a boating adventure. She is one of the largest sightseeing vessels on the New England coast.

Want to know how Maine Lobsters are caught? Come aboard! The captain and mate will be happy to answer your questions and fill you in on the lore of the Kennebunkport coastline. Kylie’s has one-third of the seating under cover for those who don’t want to be in the sun.  Bottled water and soda are available on board. Bring your camera, a light jacket, sunscreen and be ready to have a good time!

We we love it: Learn about lobster in comfort.  

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Nunan’s Lobster Hut – A Family Tradition

Lobsters In the Rough!

This small but mighty famous lobster venue has an interesting history. In 1932, Captain George Nunan, after years of Grand Banks schooner fishing, returned home to Cape Porpoise, Maine to pursue lobster and mackerel fishing. In 1951, George placed a cooking kettle under the elm tree in his front yard to sell cooked lobsters. He would sell the first one for $1.25, and then .80 cents for every one after that.  With business booming more than his small kettle could handle, in 1953 he converted his workshop into the same kitchen used today.

With delights such as lobster stew this cutey offers a great location.  Please note cash only and offers beer and wine.

Why we love it:  The lobster and pies made from scratch!

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Cape Pier Chowder House – Spectacular Views

Offering Great Food with Views of Lobster Boats!

Open seasonally, Cape Pier Restaurant serves a variety of meals to satisfy any appetite, including fresh caught lobster, shrimp, and scallops, all in a relaxing and casual atmosphere.  Situated at the end of Pier Road next to the town pier and alongside the beautiful Maine coast, the restaurant directly overlooks the water, providing diners with a view of local lobster boats in the harbor. Seating is available either inside the restaurant or outside on the deck.
Cape Pier Restaurant also holds private parties and Lobster Bakes on the Chowder House deck. Host a party for up to 100 people and let Cape Pier Restaurant do the cooking!

Why we love it: The eye candy surrounding the restaurant.  

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Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier- What a View!

Scenic Lobster Experience In the Rough

What a scenic location!  Established in 1948 this is a lovely “dining in the rough’ destination.  You dock at the pier and enjoy your meal overlooking the beautiful Chauncey Creek River.

Offering a wonderful menu complete with lobster bakes, lobster rolls, boiled lobster dinner and other seafood and land lovers delights.  Offering indoor and outdoor seating, our favorite is the deck with the brightly painted picnic tables!

Why we love it: A scenic place to enjoy lobster with no frills, delicious and BYOB

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  • Seasonal
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • BYOB
  • 16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, Maine
  • (207) 439-1030
  • www.chaunceycreek.com
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Barnacle Billy’s – Delicious and Charming!

Freshest Lobster Around

An often named favorite on lobster shack lists, this featured spot offers extensive indoor and sundeck seating where guests can enjoy both the beauty of the harbor and the ocean beyond.  Over fifty years in business, Barnacle Billy’s restaurant has been known for its luxury lobster, steamed clams, large lusty drinks, barbecued chicken, homemade clam chowder, and of course, the lobster roll and lobster stew.

With a lovely view of Perkins Cove, this is an idyllic spot.  Take time before or after your meal to linger and look over the moored boats.  It’s a charming spot and worth the trip!

Why we love it: A meal with a view.  Why not enjoy the scenic eye candy?  

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The White Barn Inn – A Luxury Retreat in Kennebunkport

Understated Elegance

The White Barn Inn & Spa is consistently ranked among the Condé Nast Top 25 North American small hotels and offers charming, luxurious accommodations year-round. The 26-room inn enjoys a Forbes 4 Star and AAA Four Diamond lodging rating and is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux.   With elegantly appointed accommodations including suites and waterfront cottages, the inn offers a number of amenities and a beautifully designed, natural stone and heated swimming pool  featuring a reverse-edged waterfall to soothe guests and compliment the Inn’s tranquil environment.

The White Barn Inn Restaurant’s rustic décor, candlelit white linen tables, and beautiful views from its floor to ceiling picture window, create the perfect stage for a romantic retreat or special celebration. The White Barn Inn Restaurant is the premier AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star dining establishment of New England, the only establishment north of New York City to enjoy both accolades.

Why we love it:  The waterfront cottages offer more space and are perfect for extended stays!

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Rugosa Lobster Tours – A Hands-On Lobster Experience

A Lobster Tour in A Scenic Village

Step onto the Rugosa, a classic New England wooden lobster boat, for a memorable Maine experience along the Kennebunk River. During this scenic 1-1.5 hour trip, you’ll learn about lobstering in Maine. Sit back and relax or roll up your sleeves and join in on the fun!  Holding a maximum of 25 passengers, the Rugosa is excitement for the whole family.  Sails three times daily from May – October.  

Why we love it:   Great sightseeing!

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  • Seasonal:  May – October
  • 95 Ocean Avenue (Behind the Nonantum Resort), Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
  • (207) 468-4095
  • www.rugosalobstertours.com

 

 

 

Ogunquit Lobster Pound – Pick Your Lobster

Plan on a Fun and Fresh Lobster Dinner Here

Ogunquit is a lovely seaside community in Southern Maine, and maybe one of the most beautiful coastal villages in the state. Since 1931, the Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant has been a Maine staple. Reasons to visit? In the heart of lobster country, this restaurant offers big steamers that ensure you a freshly cooked crustacean! The large dining room is the perfect place for a comfortable dinner. In addition to other yummy lobster items, Ogunquit Lobster Pound serves lobster stew with fresh chunks of lobster meat.

Why we love it:  You pick your own lobster from the pound!

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Mabel’s Lobster Claw – Authentic Maine Dining

Fresh Off the Boat

A friendly and casual eatery serving Lobster since 1953, Mabel’s Lobster Claw offers guests an authentic Maine dining experience! Cooking up the freshest seafood around, this restaurant uses lobsters that hauled off the pier across the street by the local lobstermen and then delivered to the back door! From lobster rolls to baked stuff lobsters loaded with scallops in a bread stuffing, Mabel’s Lobster Claw also prepares Lobster Savanna stuffed with scallops and shrimp in a creamy Newburg sauce, topped with provolone cheese – a Rachel Ray favorite! Frequented by the Bush Family for years, Mabel’s Lobster Claw is only a mile from downtown Dock Square. 

Why we love it: They serve Lobster Savanna. Yum!

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  • Open Daily
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Reservations recommended for dinner in season
  • 124 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
  • (207) 967 – 2562
  • www.mabelslobster.com

 

Academe – A Maine Brasseire and Tavern

Locally Sourced Food

Academe is a distinctive Maine brasserie and tavern featuring locally sourced food and friendly, informal service. Located within The Kennebunk Inn, Chef – Owners, Brian O’Hea and Shanna Katherine Horner O’Hea, draw on their varied culinary and artistic backgrounds to create innovative, palate-tempting offerings that appeal to a broad range of tastes and dining budgets.

A 2013 Finalist in the Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition, Chef Shanna O’Hea competed with her dish, “Lobster Lo’Maine” a playful take on Lo Mein. Academe is the home of the Maine Lobster Pot Pie which was featured on The Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” The Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise”, and in Oprah Winfrey’s “O” the magazine. Maine Lobster Pot Pie has been on Academe’s menu for more than 5 years.

Why we love it: A must try Maine Lobster Pot Pie featured in various media

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