Weekend Adventure Downeast & The Hunt For the Season's Best Lobster Roll
Summer in Maine is one of the best times to get outside and explore more of what Vacationland has to offer. If you’re a local and the tourist traffic feels stale, or if you’re looking for something new and different, you can catch a few rays, go for a hike, and grab a bite to eat without the crowds of summertime tourists by taking a trip Downeast. Farrrrr Downeast. Like to Lubec. Have you been there yet?
The south usually gets all the glory and it can be easy to forget about the part of Maine that stretches northeast from Mt. Desert Island to Canada. But we think it’s worth it to visit the places in Maine that still feel quiet, a bit old-fashioned, and pre-yuppified quaint. And while you're at it, stop along the road for a taste of Maine.
Lubec, Maine is the little historic last stand of land before the border of Canada along the Bay of Fundy. These days it's a quiet village but has an interesting history while offering authentic Maine personality and the famous livelihood that keeps people committed to living on this far away, isolated outpost: fisheries and lobster.
Becky’s seafood shack camps out along Johnson Bay on the main road into the village. This year, on our annual “Best Lobster Roll” quest, Becky's won our vote. Becky offers the freshest seafood this side of Maine, without the frenetic traffic jams and happy madness that accompany summer here! Plus, your picnic table overlooks the iconic bay, just past all the lobster traps and gear in Becky’s yard.
You can easily make a weekend of exploring the Downeast Coast and check out Machias, Cutler, and Eastport along with a stopover in Lubec for a lobster roll and a look around. The Bold Coast Hiking Trail in Cutler is worth the drive for a stunning hike along miles of headlands overlooking the Bay of Fundy. You won't regret it.
*Fun Fact: Though small and often overlooked, Lubec was once a happening place and the site of an investment fraud by two men from Martha’s Vinyard in the late 1800’s. The Reverend Prescott Jernegan and his business partner, Charles Fisher, devised a scam claiming they could extract gold from seawater. They created the Electrolytic Marine Salts Company in 1897 and built a plant for their gold-producing activities in Lubec, Maine. They took hundreds of thousands of dollars from investors and were ultimately exposed, fleeing to the South Pacific and New Zealand without ever being tried for their crime.
Truth be told, Lubec is still a gold mine to be discovered, and a fun stop on your next Downeast weekend adventure away.