Destination: Wiscassett

As one friend says, Maine has the cutest little towns, and one of my favorites is Wiscassett about 40 minutes down the coast from Rockport.

Like in other small Maine towns, most of the shops are situated along the main street .While this makes it convenient to stop, traffic is often backed up for blocks during peak traffic hours thanks to pedestrians crossing the street at either end of the shopping area.

IMG_7107The big attraction in Wiscassett is Red’s Eats, probably the most written about lobster shack in Maine.  

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From mid-April until mid-October there is always a line no matter the weather.  That goes to show the result of publicity!

Maine 2009 35I have to confess I’m not much for long lines so I go  across the street where the food is as tasty and the service much faster.  One thing you learn when you spend a lot of time in Maine is to avoid the tourist stops during the summer months.

IMG_7109One of my favorite shops anywhere is in Wiscassett.  Rock Paper Scissors has an incredible selection of paper goods as well as great items for children, adults and home.  For sure, I allow plenty of time for browsing here.

New on the scene this year are two home accessory shops, Birch and Moulinette, both of which I found to have well chosen and irresistible merchandise some of which found its way into my shopping bag.

IMG_7114 Birch features many accessories perfect for Maine decor and furniture that would work in a variety of styles.

IMG_7105As it card says, Moulinette is full of joyful things, and I found that to be very true.

No visit to Wiscassett is complete without a stop at Treats and that’s just what you will find there.  This day my favorite ginger cookie was missing, but there were plenty of other tasty edibles.

IMG_7115 (1)In addition to the shops right on the main street, there are a number of antique shops, but that requires another visit as it’s getting late in the day.  Until then, thanks for coming as the departing sign at Birch reads.

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Maine’s Hot Spots

Maine welcome signFolks come to Maine for many reasons.

islandMaybe it’s to relax

Heron, schooneror to experience a schooner cruise and take in the beautiful Maine coast

islandsor to enjoy the natural beauty of this unspoiled state.  Whatever draws visitors here, there are some places that are real hot spots.

Red’s Eats in Wiscasset

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No matter the weather, there’s always a line at Red’s during the summer.  I’ve heard that its notoriety came from the attention it got after Robert Redford stopped there for a lobster roll some years ago.  Whatever the reason, Red’s is known far and wide and the crowds stop traffic making Wiscasset a very hard place to get through in July and August.

Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro

Moody's DinerMoody’s is a real throwback diner, and there’s never a time when the parking lot is not full.  The fare is simple but good, and some say the best blueberry pie in Maine comes from Moody’s.  That’s saying something because there are many tasty blueberry pies!

Dysart’s in Bangor

DysartsDysart’s is a combination truck stop, restaurant and gift shop that’s been around for a long time.  Like Moody’s the menu is simple down home cooking which may be its appeal.

L.L. Bean in Freeport

L L BeanIs there anyone who hasn’t heard of L.L. Bean?  Without question, this is one of the hottest spots in Maine.  

L L BeanWith such a huge mail order business, you might not expect the physical site to be very big.  Wrong!  It covers about two blocks and has everything you can imagine.

Want furnishings for your cabin or home or fishing/hunting  equipment or a pair of the famous Maine made L.L. Bean mud boots?

  It’s all there and then some and for the intrepid shopper, the store is open 24 hours every day but Christmas.  In addition to all the goods it has to offer, you can’t beat L.L. Bean for customer service.

Maine is full of backroads and traveling them, you never know when or where you’ll come across an interesting place to stop.  I try not to miss any of them, but I have to be driving to make that happen!

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