The Midcoast of Maine is one of the state’s most beautiful areas. It is known for its quaint harbor villages, light houses, rocky coastline, offshore islands, bald eagles, seals, and lobster boats. If you want to see it all, you need to leave the mainland and venture out into Penobscot Bay which is considered one of the best cruising bays in the world…truly a boater’s dream.
Last summer my husband and I spent a long weekend on the Midcoast of Maine visiting the towns of Rockport and Camden. There was so much to see, do and experience that we knew we would be returning often. While on that trip we got a bird’s eye view of the area in a biplane…a truly memorable experience.
This time, we were invited to the quaint town of Rockport by friends that welcomed us into their beautiful home on the harbor. The first day was spent visiting the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts (CMCA), browsing the shops in Camden and then dinner and conversation. We awoke to the sound of lobster boats in the harbor. When we looked out our window, we saw a lobster boat directly below pulling their traps.
After breakfast, we left our friends’ dock to enjoy a cruise on Penobscot Bay.
Our route took us through well marked passages between the many islands, some of which have small villages that are serviced by ferries, mail boats and air.
The harbors are lined with commercial and pleasure boats of all sizes.
Our destination was the town of Stonington on Deer Island for lunch at a popular waterfront restaurant. The town is everything that you would expect from a small fishing village that is also frequented by tourists. There are a couple of restaurants and clothing stores, and a small art gallery. The local ice cream shop seems to be very popular as well as the old library where you can sit on a bench outside to use their free Wifi.
After leaving Deer Island, I saw something totally unexpected and I’m sure is not seen by most visitors to the area. Look closely at the two peaks in the photo below.
The peak on the left has an American flag mounted on top…nothing unusual about that.
But look closely at the peak on the right. Do you see it…an American Bald Eagle is sitting on the peak and he is facing the American flag.
This was such a delightful trip in so many ways. It was totally different from our visit last summer. We enjoyed the quaint harbor villages with their shops and art galleries, the rocky shoreline and offshore islands, seals sunning on the rocks (too far away to photo and have them still look like seals), and a wonderful lobster dinner shared with friends. As a perfect way to end a day of seeing Maine by water, there was the American Bald Eagle standing proudly on the peak facing the American flag.