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Maine Road Trip Help

Hey, there. My wife and I are about to celebrate our first anniversary with a road trip from NYC to Maine. We're mainly interested in lobster rolls, but anything fresh and delicious would be great. Thing is, we don't know the first thing about New England . . .can anyone suggest a route or a specific city to make our trip-HQ? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Would love to offer suggestions. Knowing how many days this trip is will help map out a route and destinations both chowish and sightseeing worthy. Also what type of budget do you have in mind?

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    1. re: Noreaster

      Cool, thank you! We don't have a definite schedule yet, but we've got from July 4th to July 8th to play with. The fourth will be nutty for driving I'm sure so I'd say Thursday the 5th would be a leaving day and getting back either the seventh or the eighth.

      I've been researching some and have found a plethora of great sounding places . . .when I get more details I'll post it for critiques!

      1. re: JoeRice

        That's not a lot of time. I'd head right up the coast to Damariscotta and use it as a home base. It's less touristy at that point and you wouldn't want to go much further on such a short time line. The peninsula is beautiful: Pemaquid Light, Pemaquid Beach, Round Pond lobster, Round Top Ice Cream. Here's a recent thread on the chow spots:
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39705...
        And please try a crab roll.

    2. Hi JoeRice..
      Husband and I are doing a road trip to Maine in September and I just made reservations for anniversary at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport..
      I am doing the coast route from Boston on up..
      I can't wait to eat my first Lobster roll..
      Please post again after your trip..
      Have a blast and happy anniversary!

      1. Trip should be nice, from NYC take rt 95 into Conn. and Follow it untill It merges with Rt.495 At that point you will be almost into N.H. Stay on Rt 95 and follow it into N.H. and they it will take you across the bridge into Maine. You can take Rt. 1 at that point into Kittery and all the outlet stores or you can stay on 95 For a short distance and get off at the last exit before the toll, and the start of the Maine tpke. You will get off in York and turn left at the light on Rt.1 and that will take you Into Ogunquit and points north. You will find most places prices are going to be a little higher over the 4th holiday.So be warned. From the 5th on you will find them back to normal. There are plenty of places to stay and eat in the Ogunquit area as well as many in wells and into Kennybunkport and even farther north. If you like sports bars there is a good one on Rt.1 in Ogunquit called Vinny's east coast bar and grill. Great food and fair priced drinks. I will see if I can tack on a web site that will help with places in the Ogunquit area http://www.ogunquit.org/ and this one http://www.meadowmere.com/public/ There is a real nice restaurant that is right near The Meadowere that is call Johnathans If you stay in that area it might be nice for a Anniversary diner . Any way hope this helps. As im not sure how far north you want to go. Good luck . PS. my wife and I will be in Ogunquit on July 9th thru the 11.

        1. Some local observations. A bumper sticker: The real Maine starts east of Ellsworth (Also if it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?). South of Augusta is called Little Boston. I-95 is called The Volvo Line (Volvos south, pick up trucks north) Enough said, the Ellsworth area(the crossroads of downeast Maine) also makes a good base for exploration. Within 1/2 hr drive: Acadia National Park, Washington County, the Blue Hill Peninsula, the Scoodic Penisula, the Bangor area. The beautiful mid coast 1 hr. Run away from any place that sells old lobster traps and buoys.
          Have a great time!

          1. Hi Joe, Congrats on the anniversary and the roadtrip! I may be biased because that's where we spend all my childhood summers, but for me nothing beats Bar Harbor. You can get your fill of tourist kitsch and New England charm in town, but also head out into Acadia park for some hiking (and popovers at Jordan Pond House). Lots of good lobster pounds in the area - we like Abel's - and heck, even lobster ice cream at Ben & Bill's! If you're into that sort of thing...

            [PS. I lived a floor above a Joe Rice my first year at NYU... would you be the same?]

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            1. re: Raedia

              I almost agree, but Bar Harbor in the summer is a tourist trap; I work there. The quiet side(backside), Southwest Harbor might be better. In the ten years we lived in SWH, we went into Bar Harbor in July and August twice.