Port Clyde, Maine! You can reach this classic picturesque fishing village in less than an hour and a half from Ocean Point and it’s charm is well worth the drive! 

You’ll travel through Thomaston, with perhaps a stop at the Maine State Prison Showroom or The Slipway Restaurant  for lunch outside on the pier.

As you head down the peninsula on Rte. 131 you’ll see Montpelier, the Knox Museum on the left. Check their website for tours. You’re sure to have a revolutionary experience! On your 14 mile ride to Port Clyde you may even see a blue heron as you enjoy the scenery through the quaint towns of Saint George and Tenant’s Harbor along the River Road.

 

Port Clyde has a General Store, a restaurant, an Art Gallery,  kayak rentals, and some local lobster boat tours as well as a daily boat trip to Monhegan Island. There’s even a little beach at low tide, Drift Inn Beach. Hidden from view when you’re in town, but just a short 16-minute walk or a 3-minute drive around the corner is Marshall Point Lighthouse & Museum. The Museum hours are Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.. From their website: “The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum boasts the largest reference center of historical information on the Saint George peninsula. Come and view our extensive library on quarrying, lobstering and the history of the town of Port Clyde. The Museum contains a host of information and a great array of lighthouse memorabilia and lobstering and quarrying tools.”

It’s worth getting up early to see a sun rise at the lighthouse and the sunset is just as captivating. If you are lucky enough to watch the full moon rise without a soul around you’ll experience  a feeling of serenity and solitude. So put it on your Bucket List and experience this hidden gem with hardly a soul around and enjoy Maine: The Way Life Should Be!

 

If you have some time to spare on your way out of town you can cut across Westbrook Street from Rte. 131 to Rte. 73 South in South Thomaston to Owl’s Head Lighthouse. There’s also The Owl’s Head Transportation Museum with events such as the Vintage Motorcycle Festival Sept. 2-3, the Rod & Custom Cruise-in Sept. 16-17, and The Great Fall Auction on Oct. 28th.

 

Do you LOVE Wild Maine Blueberries?
It’s backbreaking work harvesting them from late July through early September, but how sweet they are!

The Wild Maine Blueberry has been the state berry since 1991 and blueberry pie was added as the official Maine state dessert in 2011, not to be confused with the beloved Maine state treat, the  Whoopie Pie! So why not combine the two? Treat yourself and order some Wild Maine Blueberry Whoopie Pies from Bar Harbor Jam!

Using a special close-tined rake on hilly and rocky terrain, blueberry growers still harvest low-bush blueberries by hand. The rake was designed over 100 years ago by Abijah Tabbutt, a Downeaster, and has changed very little in that time.  Some blueberry harvesting has become mechanical, but these low-bush delicacies usually grow on terrain that favors harvesting by hand. It’s back breaking work as you can see in the video below, but the taste of the wild berries surpasses any cultivated blueberries you may have eaten.

The video below show the process of separating the leaves and stems for the berries themselves.

You can get pints and quarts of Wild Maine blueberries at roadside stands between Bath and Wiscasset nearly every day in season as well as at farmer’s markets and farm stands that carry local produce. Eat them by the handful. Put them on your cereal or in your smoothies. Eat them with yogurt. Make a Wild Maine blueberry pie, blueberry crisp or cobbler, or wild blueberry jam. Try them in muffins, pancakes, or scones. Freeze them so you can enjoy them in the middle of winter. This Overnight Blueberry French Toast would be INCREDIBLE with wild Maine blueberries!  The possibilities are endless! You might even buy a blueberry rake as a souvenir.

If you want the authentic experience of raking your own low-bush Downeast blueberries, give it a go at Beddington Ridge Farm in Beddington, Maine. You can also order wild blueberry jam from their Etsy Shop.

To learn more about Maine’s Wild Blueberry crop, visit the University of Maine’s Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro, the only university-based wild blueberry research facility in the nation. Research and development at the farm, along with on-campus research on new blueberry products and health benefits have had a direct impact on the wild blueberry expansion in the Pine Tree State. For more information go to UMO’s Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries.

While in Maine, pick up a copy of the Maine Caldecott Winner Blueberries for SalThe Wild Blueberry e-Book, or Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Recipes and Stories from Summers on the Coast of Maine to enjoy for years to come.

For those of you who prefer to sip your blueberries, try some of Sea Dog Brewery’s Wild Blueberry Ale or for wine lovers try Wild Maine Blueberry Sparkling Wine, “Bluet” made in a barn cellar at Damariscotta Lake Farm. A serving tip from their website:

Apéritif or Cocktail

A chilled glass of Bluet makes a fine dry apéritif on its own but as the foundation of a sparkling cocktail, Bluet has an affinity for a variety of ingredients. Try Bluet with a splash of triple sec over crushed ice and a sprig of mint, or give it an old-fashioned treatment with rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters. If you can get your hands on some mead, pour over ice, squash a lemon and float Bluet on top for a perfect peak-of-summer drink.”

Cheers! Enjoy Wild Maine Blueberries in an infinite number of ways . . . only limited by your own imagination!

 

featured photo from Allagash Brewing Flickr page