A couple of weeks ago I had an extraordinary chance to be working in wonderful state of Maine . And even better, the hubby was able to join me there for a weekend, with a goal to eat lobster on every single meal on one day. His lobster adventure was successful. We started our day at Bintliff’s where Jason had Maine Lobster Benedict while I stuck with delicious Maine Blueberry Pancakes .
Jason’s lobster adventures continued at world famous Red’s Eats lobster shack in a tiny town of Wiscasset . Red’s Eats is claimed to serve the best lobster rolls in the state, and they can also be found in the book “1,000 Things to See Before You Die”. They sure are not cheap but there is no comparison to the quality. One roll has more than one lobster’s meat in it so we decided to get only one since I happily fork some lobster but don’t have a major desire for it.
World famous Red’s Eats
The Lobster Roll.
Happy Camper (or eater).
Our Maine adventures continued along the coast, checking out lighthouses. And when you are in Maine, you can’t pass the town of Freeport . Little coastal town has such a gorgeous small town feeling although it is home of L.L. Bean outdoors store. Their flagship store truly is a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts, serving them 24/7. Yes, indeed, the store is always open. I did some clothes shopping there for the fall. Outdoors gear-wise we are equipped better than very well. There is also a bunch of factory outlets in Freeport – worth checking are for example European chocolate store Lindt, Coach, Nike, …
The lobster adventures of the day was ended at a fabulous, upscale restaurant 555 .Who would have thought that Portland, ME, is such a great destination for culinary adventures? We greatly enjoyed our five course dinner of native corn soup, peppered beef carpaccio, truffled lobster mac&cheese (for Jason obviously) while I enjoyed tilefish, cheese plate and chocolate in three ways. The food and service were absolutely exceptional, as well as their wine collection is notable. We highly recommend dining at 555 if you are heading to Maine.
Spring Point Ledge Light, Portland, ME.
And there is no trip to Maine without lighthouses! There are more than 60 lights guiding the ships along Maine coast. Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in the state, and it has been the light for sailors since 1791.
We were checking out the lighthouses on Open Lighthouse Day, and were lucky enough to climb all the way to the top of the Spring Point Ledge. What a blast it was – views were great, and lighthouse keeper’s quarters are always cool to check out. Spring Point Ledge has been welcoming the ships to Portland since 1897, and it got electricity in 1934. Too bad we didn’t know about the Lighthouse Day until on that day: otherwise we would have tried to get the access pass to Portland Head Light that is the most photographed lighthouse in the state (and maybe even in the world).
We also did a road trip on Route 1 down to York to see Cape Neddick Lighthouse, sometimes called “Nubble”. The road is absolutely gorgeous, through tiny coastal towns and by so many adorable antique stores…. yes, I do have lots of new home decoration ideas!
Portland Head Light
Cape Neddick Light, York, ME
Portland Head light
Lenny – the chocolate moose
Last but definitely not the least of our Maine sights was Lenny, The Chocolate Moose! Lenny is a real-size moose, made out of 1,700 lbs of milk chocolate. Lenny lives at Len Libby chocolatier shop in Scarborough, ME. And being such a nerd, I had to calculate how unhealthy the moose is…. Lenny has 3,901,500 calories. So if a person is on 2,000 calories a day diet, (s)he would eat it in 1950 days, which is a bit over 5 years… That’s a lot of chocolate!