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First, once again we were in Wiscasset but did not go to Red's. The line wasn't long but we had other lobster meals scheduled. It wasn't meal time so we had some homemade ice cream at Lear's in the basement level of the store next to Red's. My husband loved his peanut butter cup ice cream (there were also 2 other pb ice creams) and I had mudflat. The ice cream is super creamy and made nearby. I sort of kick myself for passing on the vanilla with candied daisies but I generally don't eat vanilla ice cream unless there's a pie or brownie underneath it.
We were delighted to see the Cellar Door Winery has opened a store on Rt 1 in Rockport. It's near the intersection with Rt 90. We never pass up a free wine tasting. They let you pick which 6 wines you want to try.
We wanted to visit the Sea Basket again. Decent prices and nice size servings. I made a deal with my husband that we wouldn't get french fries. If we're going to go high fat, it better be worth it. I split a crab roll with him and we shared "servings" of onion rings, clams and scallops. All except the crab roll were terrific. Light, not greasy. The crab roll came on a wonderful, tasty, small sub-type roll but the crab itself was pretty tasteless. I ate my crab roll first so my flavor buds wouldn't be overloaded with the fried seafood. I would not order a crab roll again.
Another day I scheduled a visit to the Dolphin Marina in South Harpswell based on Chowhound recommendations. We love the area and the restaurant is small and friendly but I was distracted by the daily specials instead of ordering our scheduled lobster rolls. My husband was very happy with his lobster roll. Served on a toasted hot dog roll, it simply wasn't big enough. I was disappointed with my choice of the daily special lobster& crab quesadillas. They tasted good and I liked the homemade salsa but these cheese overwhelmed the flavor of lobster and crab. There were some in there but it was hard to tell.
Saturday was a visit to Owl's Head Transportation Museum but it was a miserably misty cold day. We were supposed to make a pilgrimage to Waterman's but it seemed too chilly and wet to sit on their porch. It was not a day to enjoy the view. Instead I had spotted signs for St George Day in Tenant Harbor with a lobster dinner benefit for the fire station. At home we enjoy benefit suppers so surely we should visit one in Maine. This was a very smar t decision. For $17 you got a 1 lb lobster (soft shell), a serving of steamed mussels (with plenty of garlic), corn on the cob, bag of chips, melted butter, and a bland serving of cole slaw. The drink option was (overly sugared) lemonade, iced tea or water or coffee. Next time we would opt for water. My husand decided one lobster wasn't enough so he paid another $9 for a second lobster. Instead of mussels you could opt for crab claws. I wish I had decided to get an extra serving of crab claws just to try them since they were only $4. Most of the people around us were having the mussels. Considering this was a benefit dinner serving a ton of people, the committee did a pretty good job keeping things warm. Dessert was not included but for $2.50 there was a good choice of pies, cakes and crumbles. I was happy with strawberry rhubarb. Not a great pie (soggy crust) but good.
Since we were camping we cooked some of our meals and made a visit to the farmers market in Brunswick on Friday morning. The fresh vegetables were beautiful but we limited our purchases to fresh strawberries, biscuits, one apricot scone, one blueberry bar and a blueberry crisp. I was glad strawberries were still in season. Saw garlic scapes and some specialty lettuces and beets you won't find in the supermarket.

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  1. Yum.
    I read this post twice just so i could lick my lips and say "yum" again

    1. I am heading up to roadtrip from Wiscasset to Bar Harbor next month to relax for 8 or 9 days, and I think you named half a dozen places I will want to try! Thank you!

      1. The reason to stop at the Dolphin Marina is the fish chowder. It is one of the best things you will ever eat.

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        1. re: meatme

          As we were finishing lunch I noticed a table getting really nice looking blueberry muffins which I think came with the chowders. This year I decided to try a special ... well, I'll just have to go back for that chowder.