Clambakes on Spectacle Island
I was just reading in the Patriot Ledger that the Boston Harbor Island Express was featuring clambakes on Spectacle Island this summer. Summer Shack does the set up and the ferry leaves from Long Wharf on Thursday nights. At $75 a person, I thought it sounded like a fun way to spend the evening. Has anyone gone?
No, but it sounds fun!
I'm actually shocked that they include beer and wine. I was always told that alcohol was strictly verboten in public parks- including the Harbor Islands (which was a selling point for me when I was selling clambakes on Thompson Island, which is privately owned.)
Spectacle Island Sunset Clambakes are back this year! The price is still $75 which includes the ferry from Long Wharf (departing at 6:30pm on Thursdays), Summer Shack Clambake on the island and beer or wine.
Clambakes start this Thursday June 18th, and continue through September 3rd. For more information and booking, visit www.spectacleclambake.com
The boat trip normally is only $14 round-trip. I don't know how the clambake cruise is different from the regular boat ride, except it's faster and a sunset view is included. So, basically one is paying $60 for:
2 alcoholic drinks
Creamy Clam Chowder
Mussels, Steamers, & Corn on the Cob
I guess it's not outrageous, but $120 for dinner for 2, I tend to expect a little more.
Just went on the Spectacle Island clambake cruise last night. Agree it is a tad expensive, but the food was good (as you would expect from Jasper), with a nice lobster (don't ask me how big, it was big enough!), a bag of clams, mussels, potato and chorizo, Jasper's chowder, sweet corn on the cob, cornbread, cole slaw, and fruit with cream for dessert. I was stuffed! Also a selection of generic wines, Heineken and Amstel Light.
Unfortunately, because of Sail Boston, the start of the cruise was delayed 30 min to 7PM, but that was more than made up for by cruising by the tall ships in anchorage. However, after you get out there and have dinner, there was less than 1/2 hour to walk around. It would have been nice to have enough time to walk all around the island. Maybe next time I'll take an earlier boat out, and then come back on the dinner cruise (I presume they would let you do this).
Of course there was a spectacular view of the sunset over Boston! See below. Oh, and a nice touch is that they will take photos of your party and e-mail them to you, without the customary fee most of these companies try to wring out of you!
I would go again.