THE BEST WAY TO THE MAINE COAST
From LAX, nonstop service to Boston is available on American, JetBlue, Virgin America and United; direct service (stop, no change of plane) is offered on Delta and Southwest; and connecting service (change of planes) is available on United, Southwest, AirTran, Delta, US Airways and American. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $378.
WHERE TO STAY
Most real estate firms offer vacation rentals. Prices for one- and two-bedroom cottages range from $650 to $1,800 for a week. Three-bedroom and larger range from $1,200 to $6,500. For info:
Pottle Realty Group; contact Traci Blackman, (207) 633-2222www.pottlerealtygroup.com or e-mail email@example.com
Boothbay Region Rental Properties, (207) 633-5471, http://www.bbrentalprop.com.
WHERE TO EAT
Robinson's Wharf, Route 27, Southport (across the swing bridge), (207) 633-3830. Southport Island's best known restaurant, a short drive from Boothbay Harbor, with an excellent seafood market. Entrees $13.95 to $19 for a 1-1/4 pound lobster.
Five Islands Lobster Co., 1447 Five Islands Road, Georgetown; (207) 371-2990, http://www.fiveislandslobster.com. Overlooking the Sheepscot River on Georgetown Island, it is little more than a shack on a wharf, which is of course its charm. Entrees from $12.95; lobsters at $10 a pound.
The Osprey Restaurant, 340 Robinhood Road, Georgetown, (207) 371-2530. In the Robinhood Marine Center on Georgetown Island with views of the marina and serves decent margaritas. Entrees from $18 to a 1 1/4-pound lobster for $20.
Lobsterman's Wharf, Route 96, East Boothbay, (207) 633-3443, http://www.lobstermanswharf.com. On the wharf of East Boothbay and has excellent fish 'n' chips. Entrees from $15.99 to $19.99 for a 11/4 –pound lobster.
Dip Net, on the dock at Port Clyde and is as good an excuse as any to explore the waterfront and nearby Marshall Lighthouse. Entrees $12 to $22.
Port Clyde Seafood Co., 20 Washington St., Camden; (207) 230-7195, http://www.portclydeseafoodco.com. Entrees $17 to $22. .
Cappy's Chowder House (and Bakery), 1 Main St., Camden. (207) 236-2254, http://www.cappyschowder.com. Worth visiting if only for the blueberry pie. Entrees $10.99 to $19.99. A whole blueberry pie for $17.99
Charger Marine, 80 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor; (207) 380-4556, http://www.chargersportfishing.com. Twelve- and 14-foot outboard skiffs available for $60 to $70 a day with a five-day minimum. Tours are also available.
Mid-Maine Water Taxi., (207) 371-2288, home.myfairpoint.net/clemhand, runs out of Five Islands on Georgetown Island. Rates from $120 an hour to $420 for a half day.
River Run Tours, 28 Walnut Point, Woolwich; (207) 504-2628, http://www.riverruntours.com. Charges $30 a person an hour, can accommodate up to six passengers and offers tours of the local lighthouses, the shipyards in Bath and local rivers.
Andrew Wyeth: Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., Rockland; (207) 596-6457, http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org.
Olson House, 384 Hathorne Point Road, Cushing; (207) 354-0102
TO LEARN MORE
Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce, (207) 633-2353, http://www.boothbayharbor.com.
Rockland and Camden Chamber of Commerce, (207) 236-4404 or (800) 223-5459, http://www.visitcamden.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun