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A July 2006 trip to Maine by ladyanne47

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Quote: Going to Maine is at least a yearly event for our family, and maybe more. There is no place like it, from the rocky coast to the rustic woods. Maine the WAY LIFE SHOULD BE.

Back to Maine Again

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Maine, to me, is a place for pioneers and for settlers. Pick a great place to explore and an even better place to settle down and live. I was born and raised in Maine many years ago. Now it is my favorite place to visit, never loosing its intrigue and adventure. Each time I visit a familiar place, it is like discovering it all over again. You never tire of Maine. It is truly beautiful, not in just its landscape of mountains, lakes, countryside, and coastline, but in its culture and people. It is a state of mind, a condition of the soul that you find special and refreshing. Of course, I always visit my hometown Waterville, above Augusta, the state capitol, especially the St. Francis Cemetery, whe...Read More

Dolphin Chowderhouse & Marina

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Restaurant | "Dolphin Marina & Restaurant"

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The Dolphin Marina and Chowderhouse Restaurant provide plenty of mooring opportunities, limited slips, and an all-tide ramp. Located in well-protected Potts Harbor with ready access to all points in Casco Bay.The Dolfin Marina and Restaurant is mostly accessed by water and boat. We took a trip by boat from Cliff Island Maine up the Casco Bay, passed Stave Island, and went up into Harpswell Island Peninsula to have lunch there. It was a very hot day with a heavy haze, but the sky was blue and the water reflected an azure color. The boat was called the "Christian Alf" and the Captain was Roger Burley from Cliff Island. We were about 15 people, and the outing turned out to be a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2006

Dolphin Chowderhouse & Marina
515 Basin Point
South Harpswell, Maine 04079
(207) 833-5343

Rockland Harbor

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Attraction | "Rockland Harbor: For Real Sailors"

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Rockland Harbor is one of the favorites for sailing and setting dock at their marina and moorings, with a very helpful harbor master. It is a well-protected harbor and preferred by many sailors and boaters: even on a rough, windy day you can have a safe sail. I happened to be able to sail on my brother's boat the "Chance Along," but you can get a wonderful tour on the "Morning In Maine" schooner that does sail out of Rockland Harbor. The day I was there, the major schooners of the Maine coast were having a parade, and it was an amazing sight, as you will see in the photographs. Rockland Harbor is of course in Rockland Maine, which is on Route 1 after you go through Thomaston, a gorgeous seaside vi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 29, 2006

Rockland Harbor

Rockland, Maine

Boating on Broad Sound and Potts Harbor

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Attraction | "Boating on Broad Sound & Potts Harbor"

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The Cliff Island Association and the ACE Program planned a day's outing for the folk on Cliff Island to take a ride on the "Christian Alf," owned and captained by Roger Berly. The destination was the Dolfin Marina and Restaurant at Harpswell, through the Casco Bay, Broad Sound, and into Potts Harbor to Basin Point, where we unloaded and promptly settled into the restaurant with great window tables, where we had a great view of the harbor and boats in the marina.We could not have picked a nicer day, very hot with a slight haze settling on the water. The ocean was peppered with lobster buoy pots that made a colorful display floating in the waters. Casco Bay has many, many islands, which have b...Read More

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Boating on Broad Sound and Potts Harbor

Casco Bay, Maine

Old Port

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Attraction | "The Old Port in Portland, Maine"

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The Old Port in Portland, Maine, on the waterfront of the small city is a happening place. Full of cafes, restaurants, specialty stores, gift shops, antique shops, bars, fishermen houses, commercial places to shop, boat supply stores, and everything a busy port needs for its livelihood. I love the smell of the fresh sea air mixed in with the smell of fish and low tides. Seagulls swoop the skies and perch on any handy place looking for handouts and what ever the can scavenge. People of all sorts are rushing around getting ready to go the ferries that take them out to the islands in Casco Bay, or coming back into the mainland that has their cars parked away for the weeks or months. This small city has m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Old Port

Portland, Maine

Casco Bay and It's Many Islands!!

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Riding past Great Diamond Island, Casco Bay. Photo, Casco Bay, Maine
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Being on the Casco Bay is like coming "home again". Every year we take the Casco Bay Ferry Lines to rent a cottage on Cliff Island. The island is the last one out that is serviced by the ferry, and it takes sometimes a good hour and half to reach it. We never tire of the ritual of parking at the freight garage, unloading, parking the car, acquiring a ticket, and waiting at the gate terminal for the next ferry run to Cliff Island. If it is a good long wait, we take an excursion of Commercial Street on the Portland waterfront, and explore the newer shops and cafes of the Old Port. This year I rushed to the Variety store and bought Maine "whoopie pies", bottled water, soda and chips for the boa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2006

Cliff Island: Home Away From Home!

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Coming back to Cliff Island for the summer holiday is like being home away from home. We have been coming here for over 16 years, and we never tire of it. Perched up high on a rocky cliff overlooking the broad Atlantic Ocean past Fisherman's Bay is the best place on earth for me. The cottage, especially when you are on the second floor that is built over the wrap-around porch, makes you feel like you are on a boat. Any closer and we would be residing with the marine life. We spend our days fishing on the rocks, reading and swinging in the hammock on the porch, walking the dusty sandy roads and trails, visiting with other summer folk, or meeting the ferry that comes four times a day. That is pretty...Read More

Randomly Hopping Around Maine!

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Traveling in Maine always seems so easy to me, and I am surprised how quickly I get from one place of interest to the other, except, of course, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (now that is a trip "Downeast" as they say).Gardiner, Maine, is up the Kennebec River from Bath, Maine, and the wonderful Reid State Park. It is quaint river town, and has the greatest old "diner" that is on a bridge. It's called "A1", and we always stop there for breakfast or lunch. The Main Street is lovely, with real Maine stores that have the unique Maine character. Along the river itself you can see many grand homes that have "Widow's Peaks" on them. A "Widow Peak" is a small square room with windows on all four side...Read More