It's difficult some days to believe that Maine was once a part of Massachusetts - two states which have little in common today.
In fact, Maine petitioned the U.S. Congress for autonomy because of the indifference shown that upper part of the Bay State, and won in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise.
Our annual trip to "The Pine Tree State" this year included two days just over the border in the beautiful seaside village of Ogunquit.
It reminds one of Provincetown if the beaches were in the town, and as Christopher Muther wrote recently in The Boston Globe when comparing the two towns "Ogunquit has a different set of charms. The pace is slower, the crowd skews older, and the main drag is given over to families with strollers."
And like Provincetown, Ogunquit is packed with great restaurants, beaches, things to do and shops.
Where to stay: The Inn on Shore Road
We spent two nights at a superb B & B in the very middle of town. As another writer wrote in The Globe this month about The Inn on Shore Road, "I stayed in the most luxurious New England Inn I’ve ever experienced. I never wanted to leave my room."
The Innkeeper Torri Jandebeur (on the right)was extremely helpful and informative.
The proprietors of the Inn own two fine restaurants on Shore Road, and welcome guests to enjoy their free morning cappuccino at Caffé Prego and offers special dining packages at Five-O Shore Road, both just steps from the Inn.
At Five-0 the menu was eclectic and excellent. We began with their little plates to share - Any 3 for $12 or 5 for $18. Then followed with Truffled Lobster en Croute, Maine lobster, shaved truffle, cream and pastry topping - $18.
Our entrees were the Seared Yellowfin Tuna, with bok choy, baby turnip toasted almonds, golden beet puree, aged balsamic, $34 and the Branzino Filet Haricot with vert, nicoise olives, baby heirloom tomatoes, creamer potatoes, lemon vinaigrette, $28 both shown below.
At Prego (see their menu) on our second evening we had two excellent dishes: Haddock Piccata with garlic, capers and a white wine lemon sauce over spaghetti, $20.25 and the Gamberi in Salsa Verde with suteed Tiger Shrimp in a white wine sauce over linguini, $19.75.
Prego is a little touch of Italy in Ogunquit with opera being sung softly in the background.
What to do: Finestkind Cruises.
We took the fourteen mile round trip which features unsurpassed views of Maine's elegant homes, rocky coast and circle the seldom seen back of the Nubble Lighthouse you will have breathtaking photo opportunities.
As one guest wrote in TripAdvisor about Linekin Bay Resort, "I really wanted a vacation that was full of down and dirty family fun, without commercialism. We found it! Linekin is the antidote to the ordinary vacation...
"This is not about the accommodations, it's about getting outside and loving it. I have so many favorites, it is hard to say what I loved the most, but I think the healthy and delicious food must come first. Breakfast is full of freshly baked pastries and cooked to order eggs if you want. We ate fresh seafood at each lunch and dinner, and loved having veggies and salad always available. The lobster bisque and seafood chowders are to die for."
This TripAdvisor rave is more than justified. The food keeps getting better, and Executive Chef Joslyn Oakes continues to delight our taste buds.
Linekin Bay Resort, 92 Wall Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.
What to do in Boothbay: Mackerel Fishing.
Even a novice fisher-person is sure to reel in plenty of mackerel on the Miss Boothbay. My Grandaughter (on right)caught 28 in a couple hours on this trip.
We have taken this fishing trip every year recently, and always caught a mess of mackerel.
This was our ninth summer visiting the Linekin Bay Resort, and each year where we rendezvous with Bob, Lanese and Elizabeth Huebner, and we take an annual group photo.
Below are the two families.
The Huebners on the left,and the Brookes on the right.