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From Lobster to Sardines – Vacation Day 1 Portland to Lubec

Well, it’s that time of year again—time for my annual pilgrimage to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  For those of you not familiar with it, Cape Breton is an island off the northern tip of mainland Nova Scotia in Canada. Unfortunately air lines and rental car companies have made it pretty expensive to fly directly to Nova Scotia, so Mom and I fly into Portland, Maine and drive to Cape Breton from there.

The downside to this plan is that we spend a couple of days on the road, although the drive could be made in one day if necessary.  However, this is vacation and Mom and I see no need to hurry. The upside to this plan is that we get to take our time traveling from Portland to Cape Breton and we always try to find interesting places to stay.

First things first though, our first stop after arriving in Portland and picking up the rental car is always Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster in South Freeport, ME.  I mean really, what better way to start a maritime vacation than with a seafood lunch at the harbor?  Mom had her traditional meal of Lobster Roll and a side of Onion Middles, while I opted for a cup of Seafood Chowder and an order of Mussels. Both of us agreed that our meals were a wonderful as always, but how could you not enjoy anything while looking at the spectacular view of the South Freeport harbor.

Thus full from our lunch, we hit the road towards our first destination—Lubec, ME. On our way, we drove through many picturesque Maine towns such as Wiscasset, Belfast, Searsport and Bucksport.

Unfortunately, due to some traffic jams in these quaint little towns, we ended up a bit behind schedule and were forced to stop for dinner on the road before reaching Lubec. Well, I say forced, but really we just stopped at Helen’s—one of our favorite restaurants in Machias, ME. Mom had her traditional Lazy Lobster, a dish where a whole lobster is removed from its shell and served, swimming  in butter, over fresh-baked bread. I, on the other hand, was trying to eat a little lighter and had a cup of fresh Tomato Basil soup and a Mixed Greens salad with Pecans, Cranberries, and Goat Cheese accompanied by the first of many pots of hot tea I will consume this trip.

Fortunately as we were quite full from dinner, our first night’s lodging wasn’t far. In our never-ending quest for interesting places to stay, our first night’s lodging was at The Inn on the Wharf in Lubec, ME. What makes this spot unique is that it is housed in a newly converted Sardine Factory on the wharf in Lubec, ME. Arriving and checking in, we were quickly shown to our room. We were quite relieved to find it smelled only of a bit of bleach and NOT sardines.

Although not overly fancy, our room was very comfortable and had a great view of the harbor below. I filmed a quick video tour to give you a taste.

I also took a couple of pictures of the outside of the Inn and the view of the harbor and wharf from our room.

Stay tuned for Vacation Day 2 when we take 2 ferries and then make a mad dash for Cape Breton to beat Hurricane Arthur.