Good friends of ours have been celebrating their wedding anniversaries in Boothbay Harbor, ME, for over thirty years. They like to stay at a bed and breakfast when possible, and always take the boat trip to Cabbage Island for the famous clambake. You can read more about that here: Cabbage Island Clambakes. This year, as once before, we joined them and had a wonderful time away.
We left our house around 6:30 a.m. Of course no road trip is complete for us without these:
When we arrived at Boothbay Harbor, our first stop was at a thrift shop my friend Lynne loves to visit. Creature Comforts Thrift Store is operated to benefit the local humane society and is a wonderful place to shop. I found a great pair of LL Bean pants for only $2! Lynne found some great deals as well.
Next we proceeded to the Harbour Towne Inn where we would be staying.
The boat was full and we were not able to get upstairs, so the pictures Mr. T got were all taken through the windows of the boat and so not the best quality. Still, they have a sort of soft, dreamy look that I really like.
We could see the clambake steaming as we approached the island.
There are picnic tables all over and people seat themselves.
|The clambake in progress|
|A closer look|
|Many occupied picnic tables|
|The foil packet in the bowl contains delicious steamed clams! The foil at left holds a baked potato.|
|Excuse the empty iced tea cups (and the tip jar) in this picture. Refills were soon brought.|
After the meal, we walked about and explored the island a bit. Mr. T got a picture of the osprey nest and I enjoyed the many beautiful plantings around the island. There are activities like horseshoes, badminton, and volleyball available as well, and visitors are encouraged to explore every inch of the island.
|The osprey nest at one end of the island|
|These are some of the bluest hydrangeas I have ever seen. So gorgeous with the roses!|
|Daisies and hydrangeas|
|Just a relaxing spot!|
|Another flower bed|
Part 2 will follow later ...