Five things you simply must do when you come to Maine - Part I

There’s a well-loved TV commercial for a Maine-based department store named Renys that serves as our inspiration for this blog article.  The commercial talks about the 5 things you simply must do when you come to Maine.  Some of them are included here, along with a recommendation that you visit a Renys Department Store when you’re here.

Here are the first three of the five absolute must-do’s when you come to Maine.  Tune in next week for the rest of our recommendations.

Eat a lobster & try catching one

Photo provided by Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

Photo provided by Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

Whether it’s in the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, when you come to Maine you simply must have a lobster.  Ask any of the 7 Inns Along the Coast where their favorite place is to get lobster.  The innkeepers are happy to offer insight into the best lobster shacks year round.  Whether you enjoy it in a roll, on a plate, deep fried, lazy or twin, we’re pretty sure that Maine lobster will taste fresher and sweeter than anywhere else in the world?  Why? Because this is where the lobsters served from your restaurants at home lived to begin with!

Why not take it a step further, and go out on a lobster boat with a working lobsterman?  In Rockland, you’ll learn all about the love and lore of lobsters from a salty lobsterman when you take a trip into Penobscot Bay with Captain Jack’s Lobster Adventures.  In Bar Harbor, Captain John offers an equally entertaining view of the life of a lobsterman, including plenty of salty humor, on Lulu Lobster Boat Rides. And in Kennebunkport, don’t miss Rugosa Lobster Boat Tours, where you can sit back and watch while lobster traps are hauled or pull up your sleeves and take part in the fun on the Kennebunk River.

Book the Inns Along the Coast 6-day package and special gifts are included in each region.  When you stay in Rockland during the 6-day package, you’ll find an adorable stuffed lobster awaiting your arrival.  We like to call this cute guy “Rocky”.  Bring Rocky with you where ever you go and take pictures of your travels with Rocky as your mascot at each stop.

Visit a lighthouse

Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Porpoise, ME (near Kennebunkport). Photo by  PJ Walter Photography .

Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Porpoise, ME (near Kennebunkport). Photo by PJ Walter Photography.

There are more than 70 lighthouses located along Maine’s coast, serving as aids to navigation for boaters, and also as quintessential Maine stopping points along the way.  From the iconic Portland Head Light, located under 30-minutes north of Kennebunkport, commissioned by George Washington and reputed to be among the first lighthouses ever built in the U.S. to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse protecting Rockland Harbor and once in contention to be named the 8th wonder of the world, no trip to Maine is complete without visiting a lighthouse.  Each offers its own story and photo opportunity.  Visit the Maine Lighthouse Museum when you go to Rockland, where you’ll find the largest collection of lighthouse artifacts in the country.  For those who love to collect lighthouse souvenirs, you won’t want to miss the Lighthouse Depot gift shop associated with the museum too.

Stay at an inn

Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME

Inn at English Meadows, Kennebunkport, ME

There’s something very special about enjoying your vacation at a beautiful coastal Maine inn.  From the moment you arrive and are greeted by name by the innkeepers who are happy to provide complimentary afternoon refreshments, to the next morning when you’re not sure where to go and your innkeeper offers up secret nuggets and gems for sightseeing, there’s just more to inns than a bed to sleep in.  You can rely on your innkeeper to not only help with itinerary planning, but to be interested in what you thought of your day afterward.  Complimentary beautifully served breakfasts, free wi-fi and TV access, afternoon refreshments and a listening ear too, the 7 participating Inns Along the Coast will be a highlight of your Maine vacation, we’re very sure. 

Stay tuned for Part II of the five things you simply must do when you visit Maine.  We’re not quite finished with this topic yet!

When you go

Of course, you’ll find all the info you need about the 8 Inns Along the Coast at However, if you should want to reach out to any or all of the Inns Along the Coast directly, here’s the info you’ll need.  We look forward to welcoming you soon for your tasty trip to the Maine Coast. 

In Kennebunkport:

1802 House: Email:, website:, reservations: (800) 932-5632, Innkeepers: Teri & Roger Walker

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom

Inn at English Meadows: Email:, website:, reservations: 207-967-5766/800-272-0698, innkeepers: David and Kate Parisi

In Rockland:

Berry Manor Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

LimeRock Inn: Email:, website:, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

In Bar Harbor:

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:, website:, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.