Sitting on the dock of the bay

Saturday morning dawned, and it was beautiful. What to do to enjoy the gorgeous weather before two days of rain arrives? Why not head north about two and a half hours to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.


This area was settled in the mid 1600s by fishermen and farmers. The current full-time population is about 2,100 earning their living in the shipyards of Bath, fishing and tourism industries.

In the summer months, the area is flooded with tourists who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery, water-front hotels, shopping, restaurants, art, culture and historic area lighthouses.

After enjoying the gorgeous scenery, we decided lunch was in order and who could resist The Lobster Dock.


One scallop roll and an order of mussels please. And, of course, a Shock Top wheat beer would be nice too.



Red's EatsWe had a nice ride up and back, but we certainly weren’t alone on the highway. On one stretch of Route 1 going into Wiscasset,  traffic was backed up well over four miles. When we reached town, we saw the line wrapped around the corner for Red’s Eats. Maybe part of the challenge was people trying to get a lobster roll at the famous Red’s?

I decided to count state license plates and camping vehicles for one hour. We saw 22 different state plates, 112 campers of all types and a whopping 129 kayaks, boats, and surfboards.

I think it is safe to say that the tourism industry and outdoor activities are alive and well in the State of Maine. 🙂



About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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15 Responses to Sitting on the dock of the bay

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Maine is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Hope you’re having fun.


  2. Erika T says:

    22 different states wow!! I see plenty of outter’ staters here on the highways of NH especially on the weekends. Which reminds me I need to get back to York, Maine, love the beaches there! And it always ends the same way before I leave( a tradition started by my Mom when I was young) we have to make a stop at Brown’s ice cream 🙂 Sounds like you had a lovely time!


  3. You lucky girl you! BTW…just love that song…Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.


  4. Joyce says:

    I always enjoy your “travelogues” to the most enchanting parts of New England. So nice that everything is within a few hours driving for you. I’ve never been to Maine but the easy access to beaches and lobsters is so appealing. No wonder nearly half the states send their tourists there!


  5. Grandma Kc says:

    You are so lucky to live in an area with so much history and so many wonderful places to see. You are also lucky that your husband enjoys these little outings. Richard does not so I’m glad I can live through other people like you. What a great way to spend the day.


  6. ivoryspring says:

    That looks so fun, Judy! I have not been to Maine, but it is on my list. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on Joyce’s pillow. :o)


  7. I haven’t been to Maine this year, you’ve just inspired me to try to make it a day trip. I’m always amazed at the number of people who enjoy New England. Sometimes we “locals” loose sight of just how special it is.


  8. Sounds and looks like a beautiful, perfect day! Beats cleaning chicken poop or falling in the compost heap by a long mile ! 🙂


  9. I have always wanted to visit Maine, beautiful pictures and the food looks delicious 🙂


  10. Karen says:

    It sounds like you had a great day visiting Maine. One nice thing about living in New England, it doesn’t take too long to get to so many wonderful places. I’ve always been amazed at all the out of state cars you see while driving on the highway going to Maine.


  11. Gorgeous scenery, indeed! And lunch looked absolutely delicious! One of these years I hope to travel there.


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