Saturday, January 12, 2019

Main Trip October 2018

For our October 2018 Main Trip, we flew to Boston and drove to Beals Main, where we stayed for several days.  I covered the entire area, mostly on US 1 all the way to the U.S. boarder in Lubec, Main.  And it was worth the drive!

Located just outside of Beals.  I don't know what this property cost, but it has a million dollar view!

This lovely waterfront property is located in Lubec, on the river that boarders Canada and the U.S.

I can't take credit for this shot.  My wife noticed this, I was oblivious till she pointed it out to me.  Apparently this is a common phenomena in Maine.  By the way, all the red you see in these shots are blueberry bushes.  So these are all Blueberry Hills.

The view outside of Jordan's Pond Restaurant in Acadia National Park

We ate here, and you should too!

Unfortunately, your bowl of lobster stew will not look this amazing.  We arrived at Jordan's Pond House in Acadia National Park at the last hour, on the last day, before closing for the season.  And my fortunate spouse got all their remaining lobster in her bowl.  We counted 3.5 claws and at least two tails.  So she legitimately had 2+ lobsters in her stew.  Pure Serendipity.  Although you will likely not experience this yourself, I highly recommend Jordan Pond.
*Jordan Pond House Restaurant (above)

Historic stop for tea with popovers & jam or larger meals offers a view of the pond & mountains.
Located in: Acadia National Park
Address: 2928 Park Loop Rd, Seal Harbor, ME 04675
Opens 11AM

We ate here, and you should too!

*Cameron's Lobster House 

Old-school, family-owned standby with casual seafood bites, indoor/outdoor seating & carhop service.
Address: 18 Bath Rd, Brunswick, ME 04011
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 7PM
Phone: (207) 725-2886

An example of Cameron's food.  So good.  We will go back.
An example of Cameron's food.  So good.  We will go back.

We didn't eat here, it was closed when we were exploring.  It looked fun and we would have tried it.


This was the house we Air BnB'd in Beals Main

Owner Rich Rose, phone; 401-441-4981

To be polite, you should probably look up Beals Maine rentals on Air BnB before you call. But if you really want to rent the place, I think it would be OK to call.

Rich and Julie are very nice people, and we hope to rent from them again, so please be respectful when calling.  This is a cool place, but it is for the adventurer and the outside of the box traveler, who want to actually "see America".  It's perfectly warm, inviting and comfortable, but it's not a hotel, or what I would call cushy.

This is the view from one of the bedrooms, and is the only way in to Beals unless you own a boat.  All of our neighbors were working lobster fisherman.

The vintage phono system worked really well, and we listened to old records while we stayed.

Must do this

The bridge from Lubec to Canada

They don't build with brick or stone in Maine, and I don't understand why?  Steel roofs are a very good idea.  The wind is so strong up here, that the paint gets ripped off the houses.  If your house sustains any damage, and your not there to fix it immediately, you're house is done!  And yet nobody is building with brick.  This remains an enigma.  No one we asked could tell us why.  This house is in good shape, and uses an elaborate solar system.  But even this one has paint pealing off the front, and there are ruined houses everywhere.

Blueberry Hills are everywhere

I want this boat, to turn it into a guest house.

Or this one

Pebble Beach in Maine, there are only two beaches covered in pebbles like this in the world; one in Japan, and one in Maine.

This is Rich and Julie's other house for rent on Air BnB.  And this one, called the Prow-house, is off -the-charts spectacular!

That's Rich on the cover

We arrived at the top of Cadillac Mountain, at dawn, to see the sunrise at the highest, and farthest Eastern point in America.  Unfortunately, on this day, dawn never came.

You can't see it, but this guy was in shorts.  What a dumb-ass!

Stoopid clouds!  Disappointing, cold and breathtaking, all at the same time.

The whole trip was like enjoying a beer: Cold and Satisfying!  Chicago weather jabs you, coastal Maine weather in October, punches you.

I have a thing for wild turkeys, I don't know why.  I just love watching them run around.  I saw porcupines too, but they were walking around in the middle of the night, so I couldn't get the shot.

Low tide

Allagash is the local beer.  This shot was taken just outside of Bar Harbor Main.  There were no stogies to be had.

This place is in Bar Harbor, Main.  We didn't stay here this trip, but we will!

On the way out of Bar Harbor

Tiki Bar decorating ideas

I got this shot!

And dis one!

And dis one too!

This is the last place we Air Bnb'd before we left. It was awesome too.  Sorry, I don't have details on this one.

This spot was for clamming.

More Cameron's!

It was Haddock, shrimp and clam season.  So on the trip I had: H.S and C omelets, H.S. and C grilled, and H.S. and C stew.  And looking at it makes me want more.  There is nothing like same-day ocean-to-plate.

Feneuil Hall in Boston is expensive and crowded, but I still recommend visiting and eating there.  Parking here is as bad as Chicago.  And the streets are much worse!  But you have to remember, when this city was built, you took a buckboard to work, if you had one.

 We ate here, and you should too!

*Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Shopping center with many stores & restaurants comprising 3 historic market buildings & a promenade.
Address: 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM
Phone: (617) 523-1300

Thanks for the memories.  This was a good swordfish kabob.

War Memorial near Feneuil, I can't remember the battle, but these guys fought till the last man, with very few survivors.