My wife and I have been to Maine quite a few times. Well, maybe even a few times more than that. I don’t remember when we started going, I only know we keep getting pulled back. A number of people who have never been there, or only visited for a short time, have asked us what the draw is; why we choose to spend a summer vacation, or heaven forbid, a long November weekend in such a place. Quite honestly, I’m ever able to provide an answer that satisfies their curiosity. Because Maine is the kind of place you can’t just pass through or spend a couple of days at the beach and come to understand why it’s special. You have to get to know it. You have to experience the quiet beauty of its coastline, the friendliness of its people, the tucked away shops and shacks and the simplicity of its food. Oh yes, we can’t forget the amazing food.
Maine doesn’t grab you like some places do. It’s not a Caribbean Island resort with temperate breezes, turquoise water and all night parties. Nor is it Europe, with history that dates back centuries and cultures that intertwine. And its certainly not The Magic Kingdom, a place we always enjoy visiting for different reasons. No, Maine draws you in slowly. It flashes it’s beauty in glimpses and then challenges you to go further. It teases your taste buds until you can’t stop smiling. Until you want more. Until you’re hooked.
One of the things I love most about Maine? It’s always the same. The places where we stayed or ate are still there. The old soda fountain where we had an ice cream float, the tiny lobster shack, the people, the old bowling alley where pins are reset by hand, the ancient movie theatre that has to be experienced, and the smiling faces and helpfulness of the people. Nothing changes in Maine. Every time we visit, we know exactly what we’re going to get. Expectations and reality are always the same.
There are places that have more beauty and others that provide more action. I understand the draw. But sometimes I prefer somewhere that’s not easily defined, like someone you have to get to know.
So let me share some of what I love about Maine
Seafood Shacks That Are As Good Or Better Than Any Four Star Restaurant
I’m not suggesting you visit, of course. After all, space is at a premium and too many people already know how special Maine is. I don’t want them to run out of lobster and I try my best to support the lobster boats whenever we visit……and the shacks…..and the blueberry pickers…..and the….. well, you understand.
I wonder which shacks might be open this weekend.
I should be able to get there in under five hours.