Discover Lubec, Maine, Eastern Most Town in USA, For Fresh Lobster, Wild Blueberries and Heavenly Chocolate
Most vacationers consider a visit to Downeast Maine to be a weekend spent jostling through the crowds in Bar Harbor. But if that’s as far as you venture, you would be missing the true rugged beauty of a coastal Maine town that embraces the rhythm of the sea and centuries of seafaring traditions.
For an authentic Downeast experience far from summer tourists and Starbucks, drive past Washington County’s wild blueberry barrens, and along Maine’s Bold Coast to discover Lubec, Maine on the edge of Passamaquoddy Bay. Perched at the furthest point east in the continental United States, the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse greets the very first rays of sun each day before the rest of America. And the genuine down home spirit of the residents and shopkeepers of Lubec will surely light your day as well.
We were recently introduced to Lubec on a writer’s tour, and fell in love with it’s simple beauty and incredible bounty of memorable experiences.
Dock To Table Seafood at The Wharf
When Victor and Judy Trafford first visited Lubec in 2006, this happily retired couple discovered a new dream; to preserve and rehabilitate the last remaining sardine canning plant in Downeast Maine. In the early 1900’s, Lubec was home to 28 sardine processing plants that provided local jobs and food for troops in both world wars. Today these plants are all closed, but the Trafford’s have infused new life into a former waterfront sardine plant by creating The Wharf, a working seafood processing facility, waterfront restaurant and cozy inn . Thanks to Victor and Judy’s vision, The Wharf gives guests a unique opportunity to connect with life on beautiful Johnson Bay.
Guests enjoy a front-row seat to witness local fishermen bringing in their catch to the dock right outside their windows (way better than a TV show). Lobster hauls can average 1,500-2,000 lbs, which are unloaded and transferred to large seawater tanks in The Wharf’s processing plant. Soon the live lobsters will be flown off across the country and around the world. The plant also processes, clams, mussels, periwinkles, crab, scallops, herring and even jellyfish for the Asian markets.
And there’s so much more yet to be experienced. Judy hosts yoga sessions at the inn, you can fish or kayak right from the dock, or join Captain Milton for a whale watching excursion where you’re likely to see migrating whales, seals, eagles and lots of picturesque lighthouses. Hiking and biking trails abound, and the area is well known as a birder’s haven.
Visit Campobello Island, FDR’s “Beloved Island”
When you’re ready to go exploring, options abound. Just across the Lubec Narrows, which experience the largest tidal flows in the world, you’ll find the Roosevelt Campobello International Park where you can explore the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. NOTE: A passport is required to cross the FDR International Bridge to Campobello Island, which is in New Brunswick, Canada. A fascinating place to spend an entire day!
Ferry To Coastal Ports
Or catch the local ferry and go off to Eastport, Maine, a thriving seaport and most easterly city in America, for some great shopping and art gallery browsing. Other ferries continue on to nearby Canadian ports, so be sure to bring along your passport.
Monica’s Heavenly Chocolates
No visit to Lubec would be complete without a stop at Monica’s Chocolates on Rt. 189 near the road to the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.
A native of Peru, Monica brought her unique chocolate flavor blends to Maine and her effervescent personality charms all who enter her front door. To visit Monica is to become an instant friend as her enthusiasm to find you the perfect nosh is irresistible.
And THEN you spy the jewelry, the brightly colored Peruvian scarves, shoes, handbags and sweaters. I think I’m in shoppers heaven! Wait… I need a bigger shopping basket, mine is overflowing with one-of-a-kind chocolate confections and soft alpaca sweaters. A visit to Monica’s Chocolates may be reason enough to make the drive to Lubec, Maine in my estimation!
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Tip: Many activities, restaurants and inns close in the Fall or just before Christmas, and open again in Spring.