Maine: Boothbay Harbor to Rockland
Hey y'all! Hopefully everyone had a fun filled 4th of July yesterday. I'm back today sharing another leg of our trip to Maine, in case you missed the first one you can catch up here.
This day in Boothbay Harbor was probably my favorite of the entire trip! We woke up fairly early almost every day because the sun rises SO early in Maine. Every morning I woke up swearing it was 8 or 9 a.m. and I'd look at the clock only to learn it was 5:30, ha! So on this particular day we headed over to the main house at the Topside Inn to grab some breakfast and get a fairly early head start. (Side note on the breakfast: the owners make a made to order breakfast special daily. This day happened to be bananas foster pancakes with blueberries and sausage. Never. Wanted. To. Leave.)
We didn't really have an agenda or anything special planned, but knew we wanted to take in some scenery so we headed over to Southport Island for a little morning exploring. We made a pit stop at the General Store for some snacks before making our way back to Boothbay Harbor. While on our way back to town, we decided to detour off and check out Porter Preserve as well. Porter Preserve is a part of the Boothbay Region Land Trust and there are tons of preserves and trails to choose from if you're looking to get out in nature while in the area.
Since we arrived the previous day after most things were closed, we decided to hit up a few shops in town before heading back to the inn to take advantage of their beautiful lawn and Adirondack chairs, which was the perfect location to catch an amazing sunset. That night we headed out to Mine Oyster since we had heard they were going to be having live music upstairs and were wanting to get in a little nightlife. Mine Oyster was a lot of fun and we even managed to do a little two stepping while there in case anyone had any doubt of where we were from, ha!
The next morning we packed our bags, said goodbye to Boothbay Harbor, and made our way north towards Rockland. Since we did not have any specific plans, we kind of made our destinations up on the fly and ended up visiting Pemaquid Point. Y'all. This place was BEAUTIFUL. I honestly could've stood on those jagged rocks with the Atlantic Ocean crashing into them all day. After spending a good deal of time there, we realized it was around noon and were in serious need of some lobster. One quick check of Chris's lobster map and we decided to dine at Shaw's Lobster Warf for lunch. After we returned from Maine, Chris proclaimed that this was THE best lobster he had had while there. The sprawling deck is right on the water and it was the perfect day to sit out and enjoy some fresh seafood.
After lunch, we made one more pitstop at the Granite Hall Store in Round Pond and then made a beeline for Rockland. While in Rockland we stayed at the 250 Main Hotel right on Main Street. 250 Main was super modern and absolutely beautiful. We relaxed in our room before heading to the rooftop patio to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner that night.
Our dinner at Cafe Miranda may have been one of the best meals of the trip. If you ever find yourself in Rockland or the area, I cannot recommend this place enough. Everything from the food to the wine to the atmosphere was just perfect. And plus, their menu is sprawling so you're bound to find something to please everyone!
Post dinner, we ended our night at Myrtle Street Tavern with what seemed like all of Rockland jamming out to a visiting band from New Jersey, which is right up our alley and was the perfect ending to the day.