Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Damariscotta, Maine and surrounding area

It is now Wednesday, August 31st and we just found a little cafe with wifi.  Most of you know by now that the area we are in was spared from the storm damage.  We were very lucky that Hurricane Irene didn't stay on the coastal path but I know that in the inland areas there was substantial damage.  We don't have but 1 or 2 regular tv channels and no cable, so we have been limited on being able to actually see much of the damage.

We arrived here Saturday night and just sat out the weather through Sunday.  Beginning Monday our weather has been absolutely beautiful. 

On Monday we decided to head to Freeport to see the L.L. Bean stores.  To our surprise there was also a group of outlet stores in the same area.  The big L.L. Bean stores would not let Monet go in, even in her stroller, but all the outlet stores did, including the L.L. Bean outlet store.  (I am now mad with L.L. Bean, even though I bought stuff in their outlet-ha)  We managed to stick our head in some antique shops along the path.  Most of the shops are very, very expensive but there were some sensible ones. 

On Tuesday, we went back north on U.S. 1 about 50 miles to "catch" some more antique shopping and to see the harbor towns.  Every town had it's own quaintness, our favorite being Camden.

Today, there was an antique show here in Damariscotta.  In fact, it was about a mile from where we are staying.  We were so excited!  But, after paying $10.00 each and walking it for about an hour, we were done. We were really disappointed with the prices.  They were at least double than what we'd been seeing in the different shops.  If we understood it right, most of the dealers at the show were from the surrounding states so maybe they just didn't know how ridiculous their prices looked.

We left the antique show and went for some breakfast in town and found this little cafe.  A great little find! When we were in Freeport Monday Van left his credit card at the restaurant so we will go back there this afternoon to get it.  Maybe we can shop some more!! (really I'm getting tired of getting in and out of the car for really nothing in the shops)

We found a little roadside vegetable stand and Van decided to try his hand at farming!

This place is located in Wiscasset (about 10 miles) and, as you can tell, is a little shack on the corner of the bridge.  We have been by there several times in our driving and there has always been a line for about 20 or people.  It apparently is world renowned and has been featured on many tv shows and in many magazines, to include the New Yorker.  It apparently is THE place to get a lobster roll.  We plan to get one before heading out on Saturday.

This is one of the oldest courthouses in the United States, having been built in the 1700's.  The top floor was where the Judge lived, the middle floor was where he dispensed justice and, the bottom floor was a tavern where he received his courage to dispense justice.  Van thinks that's the way to do law.

This house is Montpelier, which is the house of General Henry Knox, a very prominent patriot of the revolution.  He also was the first Secretary of War of the United States and retired to Montpelier in 1795  Notice that this looks like a smaller version of one view of the White House.

Once again, we appreciate all the help everyone gave us during the storm.  When we can get back to wifi, we'll update again.


Anonymous said...

Glad you're safe; New England is beautiful. Don't forget to try whole belly clams; at least a clam role. Van should love them; I understand Joy may pass.


Joyand Van said...

I can't wait to try the fried whole belly clams. My plan is to eat at the place you recommended In Portsmouth. I'll let you know how it goes. I think Joy is going to try a lobster roll tomorrow or Friday. I'll let you know how that goes too. Hope things are well with you guys. Sure you can't come be our tour guides? Take care.