Travel Tales - A Fall Maine Escape

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Travel Tales - Water view at the historic Newcastle Inn in Newcastle, Maine (courtesy photo)

Taking a drive to Maine in the fall is a great way to avoid the summer traffic and see the start of the fall foliage.

Everything is still open including the Newcastle Inn Bed and Breakfast where we decided to stay. Julie Bolthuis, the  very personable owner, greeted us with a tour of this beautiful Inn.

It is located in the Damariscotta Region of the Pemaquid Peninsula. This historic country 14 bedroom inn is elegant and comfortable, with wonderful views of the Damariscotta River and close walking distance to restaurants and shopping in downtown Damariscotta. There are common areas including a living room, screened porch, sitting room, pub, and deck which provide a variety of areas to sit.

Complimentary Wi-Fi in available throughout the inn and a guest pantry with complimentary beverages, coffee and a bottomless cookie jar filled with delicious home baked goodies.

We enjoyed the delicious full breakfast served on the deck when the weather allows or in the dining room. It is nice to have a pub available which has a selection of beer and wine available for purchase.

All rooms have private bathrooms and some have a TV and a gas fireplace or stove and one room that is dog friendly. A highly recommended Inn.

Newcastle Inn
60 River Rd,
Newcastle, Maine
(207) 563-5685

Best Lobster Rolls in Mid Coastal Maine

The Y Knot Food Trailer

A mother and daughter Carol Heaberlin and Mindy Jones, have teamed up to open a food trailer offering a variety of to-go meals and a wonderful variety of lobster rolls including the regular "lobster roll" ($16) nicely chilled with a touch of mayo and shredded lettuce bursting out of toasted rolls.The meat is ample, firm and sweet, Also the “Knotty Lobster” sandwich ($18), is made with Texas toast and a homemade seafood stuffing. Another unusual, original fare includes "The Maine Knot" ($20) made with Texas toast, lobster, bacon, lettuce and tomato, with a parmigiana garlic mayo.

Sure would love to see these delicious creative  lobster rolls on Cape Cod.

The Y-Knot
928 route 1
Newcastle, Maine

Larson's Lunch Box

This family owned Mid Coast Maine takeout stand has been a favorite destination for locals and visitors for over 50 years!

They serve some of the best fresh Maine lobster and crab rolls. The buns were toasted and filled with generous portions of big chunks of fresh lobster. homemade fresh daily. So just stand in line, place your order, chat with visitors and locals at the picnic tables, get ready for your name to be called and then enjoy this road-side eatery's food.

Affordable to all!

Larson's Lunch
430 Main St (Rt 1)
Damariscotta, Maine
(207) 563-5755

Shaw's Fish & Lobster Wharf Restaurant

Last but not least is this hidden gem which provides some of the best local seafood and especially lobster rolls in the area, prepared with no fillers just nice chunks of lobster meat.

My favorite way to experience Shaw's is immediately after disembarking from the Monhegan or Puffin cruises on the Hardy boat that moors nearby. 

There is indoor seating, but head out to the wharf or second floor deck to watch the lobster boats come in and out of the harbor, the day's catch in tow.

Shaw's Seafood Restaurant
129 State Route 32
New Harbor, ME
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