Autumn in Maine
Our glorious Sugar Maples are rapidly changing color and the local landscape has been transformed from the lush green of summer to the reds and oranges of fall. Visitors are enjoying the change in the season while sampling all sorts of activities, including our own Damariscotta Oyster Festival and the very funny Annual Pumpkin Regatta (see below). There are many harvest celebrations occurring all over the State, including antique shows and auctions and wonderful Agricultural Fairs. This is a great time to visit Maine (although you'll miss the black flies).
The slower pace of autumn allows us all to reflect back on this past vacation season. We often ask our guests "what was your favorite thing?" but this year we asked our renters to cast actual ballots on the Best of 2007. Here is a brief summary of those votes:
The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse was voted as having The Best Views; it was also voted as The Best Picnic Spot and The Most Romantic Spot. The Lighthouse tied with Pemaquid Beach as being The Best Place to Spend the Day.
The Anchor Inn took the most votes in the category of Best Restaurant; just barely beating out Shaw's Fish and Lobster Wharf, another highly mentioned dining spot. The Anchor Inn tied Salt Bay Cafe for Best Chowder. They also tied with Moody's Dinner for Best Kids Menu.
Red's Eats in Wiscasset and Shaw's Lobster Wharf tied for Best Lobster Roll. Another closely contested race was in the category of The Best Lobster Dinner with Shaw's Lobster Wharf just barely beating out the dueling lobster pounds in round Pond: Muscongus Bay Lobster and Round Pond Lobster.
Shoppers clearly preferred the Town of Damariscotta to the competitors, Boothbay Harbor and Freeport and gave it the top rating for Best Shopping. Reny's Department Store was the clear favorite in shopping spots - beating out the much more famous LL Bean by a wide margin!
Honorable Mention goes to King Eiders Pub, The Damariscotta River Grill and The Cupboard Cafe all of which kept showing up on ballots under various categories. Round Top Ice Cream received a number of mentions (when on vacation, why can't an ice cream parlor count as a restaurant?). The Pemaquid Fisherman's Co-Op received votes for their view as well as their lobsters. Kayaking was a popular way to spend the day and Monhegan Island Trips and the Maine Botanical Gardens received a great number of votes in the My Personal Best category.
If you didn't get a chance to vote, comment here and let us know what you think. If you missed some of these outstanding spots you can start now to plan your visit for next season. We are currently updating our rental listings for next season and would love to help you plan your next visit to Mid Coast Maine and the Pemaquid area!