Join us this season!  We are celebrating our 120th consecutive year in business!

The more things change, the more they stay they same. Come experience the century-long hospitality and charm of Ocean Point Inn.  This season our dining room will open at 5 p.m. and the bar will be serving cold beverages starting at 4 p.m.. This will accommodate our “early birds” while still providing sunset dining for those who arrive a little later. We’re happy to be  hosting several family reunions and mid-day functions during this anniversary season.

Leroy’s Seafood will be in front of the Inn from 9-noon on Fridays again this year selling his lobstermeat & crabmeat while Brenda Blackman will be selling her pickles and spaghetti sauce. Check out our gift shop for our Anniversary  merchandise!

We’ve added some new lily plants and have some new landscape surprises for you. A few new rock walls adorn the property protecting it from future winter storms.

We’re not the only ones celebrating this season. Along with Ocean Point Inn, J. Edward Knight Insurance in Boothbay Harbor is celebrating their 120th Anniversary having gotten started in 1898! Lots to celebrate in the Boothbay area!

Our History
Founded in 1898 by Capt. Edward Burnham, the Inn started with 20 rooms and a 40 seat dining room. The Main House and Annex (today’s Inn and Lodge) offered “rooms with electric lights and access to public bathrooms”. For a number of years the Main House itself was the Ocean Point General Store and Post Office. Guests would journey to Ocean Point by steamship, by train from Wiscasset, by taxi or motor car over log roads.

When the R.W. Burnham family ran the Inn, it was known as the “Pleasant View House” .

1946 Capt. Warren and Mrs. Mattie Barnes of Winchester, MA discovered Ocean Point while sailing the Maine coast, captivated like many of the summer residents and guests by the property’s spectacular and charming scenery. Nowhere on the coast had they seen such a dramatic open ocean setting with the view of spruce clad islands, the rugged rocky coastline, and the brilliant sunsets of this new western exposure. They renamed the resort “The Ocean Point Inn.” Embarking on this new experience as proprietors, they hoped to expand the property and offer its charm to more people. However, the Barnes’ were ever mindful of what first caught their imagination – the inspirational ocean view and unspoiled natural scenery. Accordingly they weaved their Inn into the fabric of this peaceful, seaside environment and Boothbay’s historic fishing and ship building region.

The Barne’s initial operation included the Main House, the Annex, and a restaurant serving three meals per day. Since people came for long stays in those days, it was customary to offer American plan rates including all meals and accommodations. During the 1950’s they made major improvements to the property. The old Annex was renovated into the Lodge with the addition of large wrap-around porches and full private bathrooms. More cottages were built, and the first floor of the Inn was enlarged to add dining room space, a better living room area, and a comfortable lounge. What we today call our “On the Rocks” dining room area was a wonderful living room where people would meet to socialize, play cards or just curl up with a good book by the fireplace. The center dining room, now called the “Upper and Lower Deck” was the lounge – no bar to be seen – just a room full of comfy furniture where one could enjoy a drink and ocean views.

The Barnes’s were surely hoteliers ahead of their time, and in the mid-1950’s they recognized the market request for more modern “motel style” accommodations. Thus, they purchased the Burnham farmhouse which they proceeded to renovate into colonial style guest rooms. The Farmhouse Motel section of the property was completed in 1964 and run as almost a separate operation. Their guests were served continental breakfast by lovely employees such as Ruth Habblitz and Flossie Turner who could entertain and inform as well as serve.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s guests staying a month or the entire season gave way to shorter term and busier sight-seeing vacationers. The new vacationer had different needs and once again the Inn adapted. To that end, rooms were enlarged and picture windows, porches, balconies, larger beds, and televisions were added. It was at this time that our wonderful outdoor heated pool was built. To date it still remains the largest hotel outdoor pool in the Boothbay region. Even the restaurant dining rooms were moved to the front of the Inn to enhance that wonderful seaside/sunset dining experience. But through it all the desire of our guests never changed – guests continued to visit for the exceptional ocean view, our non-commercial setting, and hospitality and friendliness so characteristic of the Inn and summers on the Point.

In 1985 Warren and Mattie Barnes handed over the ownership of the Inn to long time employees David Dudley, Mark Sweetland, and Tony Krason. Filled with the same spirit that captivated the Barnes’ many years earlier, we have continued the tradition of adapting the property to the times and our guest’s ever-changing needs while preserving nature’s gift, this precious Ocean Point.

In 2010 the Inn started being marketed as the “Ocean Point Inn and Resort,” but to many it will always just be “The Ocean Point Inn.”

Be a part of the Inn’s history and book your stay today. 

When I think of food in Maine I think of lobster, blueberries and chowder in the summertime! What do Mainers/New Englanders eat in winter?  What’s YOUR go-to comfort food?

My all time New England favorite comfort food memory takes me back to my Massachusetts elementary school and the meal I always looked forward to ~ American Chop Suey . . . and it had to be served with buttered green beans and homemade yeast rolls! When I taught in Boothbay Harbor, the cafeteria ladies used to let me know a day before they were serving it because they knew it was my best-loved meal.

I polled a few FaceBook fans for their personal favorites and some included chowder served with Oyster crackers, American Chop Suey (people from away may call it goulash), traditional New England Boiled Dinner with brisket or smoked ham shoulder, Shepherd’s Pie, (a great snow day meal traditionally made with lamb is known as Cottage Pie when made with beef), maple syrup on anything, beef stew with dumplings, mac & cheese, chili, chili on mac & cheese, butternut squash soup and don’t forget dessert: mouth watering Indian pudding topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting into the crevices! There was even one lone response for Rice Crispies with whole milk! These cherished culinary delights can make long New England winters a lot easier to swallow!

Ten things you didn’t know about Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie Recipe straight from Maine
In Praise of New England Boiled Dinner
New England Boiled Dinner Recipe
Guy Fiere’s  American Chop Suey Recipe from Diner’s, Drive-ins & Dives
Beef Stew with Dumplings
Indian Pudding Recipe

Maine still has lots of traditional diners (some have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!) and you can experience Maine Comfort Food year round.  Seafood chowder, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese are just a few.

At The Weathervane in Kittery, Maine, their top 5 winter lobster comfort foods are listed as:

Lazy Man Lobster – OK, nobody’s saying you’re lazy. In fact, we know you work darn hard, so why not treat yourself to this satisfying dish. We shuck two Maine lobsters and serve ’em up in drawn butter. Less mess, more meat.
Lobster Pie – We take the tender meat of a whole lobster, add in our buttery crabmeat stuffing and bake it to perfection.
Fresh Fried Lobster Tails – Picture two freshly steamed Maine lobster tails …split, battered and fried until golden brown.
Baked Stuffed Seafood Combo – A delicious dish brimming with shrimp, scallops, haddock and – the star attraction – fresh lobster.
Lobster Bisque – Rich and creamy with just a hint of sherry, served piping hot in a warm, crusty bread bowl.

With Spring around the corner on the calendar, but our 3rd N’or Easter in 10 days on the horizon you still have lots of time to try some of these home-cooked winter favorites or visit a Maine diner and enjoy them prepared for you!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

“A foggy day in Maine is better than a sunny day at work!” ~Anonymous

While taking a walk around Ocean Point, you may have seen this quote in a cottage window by Grimes Cove. Do you agree with it?

Fog can create havoc for travelers and when people plan their Maine vacations, they certainly don’t wish for fog! However, the ethereal mist can have a mesmerizing effect on you as you watch it travel up and down a river as you enjoy a cold beverage on the deck of a local restaurant or as it shrouds a nearby lighthouse on your morning walk.

According to The Weather Guys at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, “A fog is just a cloud at the ground. Fog formation can occur in two ways. First, the air is cooled to the dew point which leads to the formation of fog droplets. When the air temperature is the same as the dew point temperature, condensation occurs on tiny particles floating in the air. The second method of fog formation requires water to evaporate from the surface into the air, raising the dew point until condensation occurs.

Fog often dissipates with daylight. This is sometimes referred to as the fog “burning off” but that analogy is not correct. When the sun rises, the air and ground warm up. This leads to the air temperature being warmer than the dew point temperature, which causes the fog droplets to evaporate.”

Steam fog, or sea smoke is formed as very cold air moves over warmer water. We observe sea smoke over the Atlantic Ocean in New England when the air temperature is below 10°F. Photographing sea smoke is not for the faint of heart!  Two years ago, on February 13th, 2016, I decided to photograph Whaleback Lighthouse off the coast of Kittery, Maine. It was 12° but I was convinced there would be sea smoke.  I drove up to Great Island Common in New Castle, NH  at sunrise and . . . no sea smoke!  On February 14th I woke up at 5 a.m. and it was 7° with a windchill of -38°. I decided to wait until 8 a.m. when it was only -35°, not that it makes a difference at those temps! I dressed in layer after layer, packed my camera equipment into the car and make the trek again. Thankfully the wind was at my back. I set up my tripod and took a few shots before retreating to my car ever few minutes. It was well worth the trip and even though I checked it off my bucket list I am still waiting for the right moment to photograph a golden glowing sunrise behind the sea smoke! You can read more about The Science of Sea Smoke here.

I was at Ocean Point over MLK weekend and as I looked out my window at 7 a.m. there was sea smoke!  YES!  I was lucky to photograph the rarest and most beautiful type of Maine fog once again. Maybe I’ll capture that golden glow of sunrise sea smoke when I’m there in February!

So if you travel to Maine and experience a little fog, immerse yourself in it and enjoy the view!  It can truly be breathtaking!

When I lived on Ocean Point year-round, it was tradition to ring in the new year at “Three Trees” (which is now Two Trees after this year’s storm). I’d have dinner with friends and then as the midnight hour approached we’d bundle up and head down to the water’s edge, braving the cold north wind to pop a cork on a bottle of champagne and toast the New Year with our rendition of Auld Lang Syne! We’d even run into other hardy Ocean Pointers!  I remember some very cold  NYEs where I’d ask, “Do I have to go?” but it was a tradition and it was always fun!

 

 

What do others do in Maine for First Night?

You’ve all seen the Ball Drop in Times Square, whether in person or on TV, but Yarmouth, Maine has its own tradition at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the First Universalist Church at 97 Main Street. Families can count down the New Year a little early and enjoy it together. Watch Steamer, the Yarmouth Clam festival’s mascot, as he  is dropped from the church belfry! Get there early to get a good spot! Cookies and hot chocolate are served.

Portland’s First Night has a variety of activities to enjoy. Check out the calendar for the long list!
Belfast is celebrating their 21st New Year’s by the Bay from 2:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.. It’s a chem-free, family friendly celebration.

Looking for lights and fireworks?

It’s your last chance to visit Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick, Maine with its Christmas lights lit until January 1, 2018.

Photo: Bev Tabet

You can head up North to either Sunday River and Sugarloaf if you are looking for fireworks. Both ski areas have spectacular fireworks displays that reflect off the snow for a magnificent ending to the year!

Photo: Creative Commons

On New Year’s Day you can partake in or just be a spectator at one of the Polar Plunges around the state.  Kennebunk Beach, Old Orchard Beach (Lobster Dip) and Portland Maine all host a polar plunge on the 1st day of the year. The ocean water is a balmy 61-62° in Maine during the summer, but in January the “normal temp” is a brisk 34° – Brrrrrrrrr!

As the sun sets on 2017

Photo: Nate Stanley

we at Ocean Point Inn want to wish you a happy, healthy New Year with many new memories to be made during our 2018 season. Don’t forget to book your room early for the 2018 season!

Who knows? I may take a road trip for old times sake and start a new NYE tradition ringing in the new year at Two Trees!  HaPpY New Year!

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Chorus:

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For the history and complete lyrics, click here.

 

Sit back, relax, and make Maine your destination without having to drive!

Do you want a travel option with plenty of legroom, free wi-fi, room to move around, outlets to charge your electronics and discounts/packages to choose from? Do you want to avoid traffic and parking fees. The Amtrak Downeaster is a great, cost-effective way to get to or from Maine for a day trip, a weekend or even longer! With year round stops in Boston, Woburn & Haverhill Massachusetts, Exeter, Durham, & Dover New Hampshire, and Wells, Saco, Portland, Freeport and Brunswick, Maine there’s something to interest everyone. Enjoy these off the beaten path towns and see what they have to offer. There are sports packages to see the Celtics, Bruins & Red Sox. They even run a later train on game days so you can avoid getting stuck in Boston! You can enjoy your favorite snack or beverage in The Café Car. My favorite?  The Wicked Whoopies! Yes, the same ones you can get in Boothbay! The Downeaster’s menu is better than any airline you might choose.  See it here.

Check out everyday discounts for:

  •  25% Fan Fare Discounts
  • 50% Senior Discounts
  • 50% Children’s Discounts (Children ride FREE on Sundays!)
  • 50% Disability/Medicare Discount

Many discounts require a 3-day advance purchase. Other deals are Student Discounts, Military Discounts, Group Travel, Multi-ride passes, and AAA Discounts. Check out the Downeaster website for all of them!

New for the summer of 2018, the Amtrak Downeaster will be adding Rockland, Maine to their weekend schedule with stops in Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle/Damariscotta and Rockland. They also add Old Orchard beach as a seasonal destination.

Click the locations below to see special events happening along the Downeaster route that you may want to enjoy this Holiday Season:

  • Boston, MANov. 28th Tree Lighting at Faneuil Hall, Holiday Lights Trolley, Santa Claus Run, The Enchanted Trolley Tour & Tree Lighting, Taj Boston Teddy Bear Tea, The Official Boston Holiday Market, Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond.
  • Exeter, NH –  November 30th – December 3rd. Festival of Trees, Ring in the Season 4-day Celebration, Christmas Parade, Holiday Concert and Exeter Arts Holiday Show at the Town Hall Gallery.
  • Portland, Maine – Polar Express, Monument Square Tree Lighting, FREE Horse & Wagon Rides, 30th Christmas at the Cathedral, Nutcracker w/Portland Ballet, west African Dance Classes with Live Drumming.
  • Freeport, Maine – The Sparkle Express on the Amtrak Downeaster, LL Bean Northern Lights Celebration, FREE Visits with Santa, 24th  Annual Sparkle Celebration, Freeport Elders Pancake Breakfast, Bow Street Wine Tasting, Tuba Christmas Concert, Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run for Arthritis, Wilbur’s – Come Meet Santa . . . and more
  • Brunswick, Maine –   Jolly Family Jamboree

Whatever your destination on the Amtrak Downeaster, you will be treated well by the conductors and volunteers and will have a memorable time that will draw you back again and again!

All aboard!

 

 

 

Have you ever seen a mountain blush?  There’s nothing like Fall in New England!  It’s as sweet as summer’s Maine Lobster and blueberry pie! It’s a journey, not a destination and you don’t want to miss it!

With the Inn boarded up with its own splashes of red, you can still enjoy lots of natural brilliant reds and golds in the foliage around the great state of Maine. This image from maine.gov shows 75-100% peak color in 5 of the 7 zones a recent as this past weekend.

 

From the coastal tip of Southern Maine up through the mountains and Lakes Region there are enough choices for the active, adventurous hiker or the leaf peeping Sunday driver. You can even combine the two by taking the auto road up to the top of Mount Battie in Camden or Mt. Agamenticus in York. The views at the top are absolutely breathtaking. From Mt. Agamenticus you have a 360° view where you can see the White Mountain Range in New Hampshire to the west and the Atlantic Ocean with Nubble Lighthouse to the east. From Mt. Battle you have a panoramic view of Penobscot Bay and Camden not to mention the scenic vistas along the way.

Kennebunkport, Rangely, Bridgton and Bar Harbor offer their own spectacular, colorful views without the summer crowds. You can even enjoy a Chondola ride at Sunday River to take in a bird’s eye view before the snow flies! Check out some of the best places in Maine to go leaf peeping. With unseasonably warm temperatures this year and very  little autumn rain, it’s a perfect time to extend your visit to the Pine Tree State before winter sets in. You can still ride the Pumpkin Train at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad during the weekend of October 28th and 29th. Enjoy the foliage, hot cider and cookies and explore the museum! Children can decorate a miniature pumpkin to take home with them. Free for museum members!

Directions to Mt. Agamenticus, York, Maine

Directions to Mt. Battle, Camden Hills, Maine. Take Rte. 90 for an even more scenic drive!

So gather the family, pack up the car and head north to “Maine, the Way Life Should Be”. Enjoy a cup of chowder or lobster stew along the way, take a road off the beaten path and experience Maine’s natural Autumn beauty.

You may even see a mountain blush!  

Recently while in a fish market in North Hampton, New Hampshire I asked where they got their oysters.

The young lady behind the counter couldn’t pronounce it, but having lived in Boothbay for 12 years I knew exactly where she meant, the Damariscotta River. Many consider Damariscotta, Maine to be the ultimate destination for oyster lovers.

Crassostrea virginica, the American or Eastern oyster, is native to the great state of Maine. Native Wabanaki people are believed to have harvested oysters from the river long ago, as documented by several historic oyster middens in Maine. What remains of Whaleback Shell Midden, Glidden Midden and other shell heaps on the Damariscotta River were created over 1,000 years ago.   You can see the middens in Damariscotta and Newcastle while kayaking in the river or you can take a short hike behind Roundtop Ice Cream in Damariscotta to the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site. Take a Damariscotta River Cruises aquaculture tour aboard the 50′ River Tripper, including live music cruises and oyster tastings or for the more adventurous, a self-propelled tours of the farms with Midcoast Kayak.

Since 2001, on the last Sunday in September, the Pemaquid Oyster Company and Schooner Landing Restaurant in Damariscotta host the annual  Pemaquid Oyster Festival, a fundraiser with all profits going to the Edward A. Myers Marine Conservation Fund. Myers, from Walpole, Maine, was a pioneer in the aquaculture business. If you missed the festival or just want to enjoy them in Boothbay Harbor – try them baked, fried or on the half-shell at Mine Oyster or The Boathouse Bistro.

The Oysterater website lists 11 varieties of oysters from the Damariscotta River region alone: Wawenauk, Pemaquid Point, Whaleback Cocktails, Glidden Point, European Flat, Wiley Point, Norumbega, Pemaquid, Dodge Cove, Ebenecook, and Damariscotta.

Glidden Point Oyster Farm in Edgecomb sells their oysters nationwide, including Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Glidden Points are grown forty feet deep in the frigid Damariscotta River, making them possibly the deepest and coldest grown oysters along the East Coast. They are also the only oysters in the world that are hand-harvested by divers. Oysters in the tidal river are slow grown taking four years to mature. Barbara Scully started Glidden Oyster Farm 31 years ago while working full time at DMR.  After 12 years, when she turned a profit, she quit her full-time job to become a full time oyster farmer. Read her story here. About a year and a half ago Glidden Oysters was purchased by Ryan McPherson.  Oysters are still in Scully’s blood though and she now operates Barbara Scully’s Oyster and Lobster Market, officially know as The Lobster Store where you can find freshly harvested Damariscotta River oysters, raft purged Maine littlenecks and steamer clams, and hand selected hard bottom lobsters from the islands of the Boothbay region, as well as gift items and shucking tools. You’ll see her quaint, little shop on the River Road in Edgecomb, Maine just down the road a piece from Glidden’s Oyster Farm.

Awww shucks, take a ride along the scenic River Road and stop in to pick up some oysters, clams or lobstahs today!

For more information on oysters in Maine, check out the links below.
The Oysterater website has a wealth of information with  300+ oysters and 125+ oyster bars!
Maine Sea Grant Oyster Trail
Guide to Maine Oysters 
The Oyster Guide
Oyster Farming Booms Along the Coast


 Whether on a bright, sunny day or when Mother Ocean is kicking up her heels from an offshore storm, a drive down the Pemaquid peninsula is well worth the trip!

Pemaquid Lighthouse is definitely the main attraction, but there’s so much more too see: Colonial Pemaquid, Round Pond, and Pemaquid Beach to name a few.

Colonial Pemaquid, a National Historical Landmark,  takes you back in time. Visit the museum and learn a little about their historical artifacts. There is an excavation site, an old graveyard and the early 20th century reconstruction of Fort William Henry to explore. Stop by The Contented Sole for lunch or dinner and a lovely water view!

Round Pond, Maine is an “off the beaten path” village that has a “Monhegan feel” without leaving the mainland. Here you can visit one of the best country stores around, The Granite Hall Store. You’ll find unique gifts & cards, Irish woolens, housewares and a wall of penny candy! They also serve Gifford’s ice cream that you can enjoy outside in their Adirondack chairs. Just around the corner is Muscongus Bay Lobster where you can enjoy lobsters in the rough while listening to music on the weekends. The Anchor Restaurant has indoor seating with a great view. A great way to spend and afternoon!

Pemaquid Lighthouse is a treasure at sunrise, sunset and the hours in between. Be sure to respect Mother Nature and the posted warnings during high surf so a rogue wave doesn’t knock you into the icy Atlantic! The Fisherman’s Museum, focused on preserving the fishing and marine heritage of the Bristol area and run by the Coast Guard, houses historical artifacts in the ground floor of the Lighthouse Keeper’s house. You can even climb up the spiral staircase of the lighthouse for a bird’s eye view.

Pemaquid surf during offshore Hurricane Bill circa August 2009.

 

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