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Maine Lobster Festival
Aug 25, 2005 04:44 AM 2339 Views
(Updated Aug 25, 2005 04:45 AM)


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Do you love lobster??? Well, the Rockland, ME Lobster Festival is the place to be annually the first week in August. The temperature was mild, not hot like the south and the seafood was a plenty!

Since Rockland is situated right on Penobscot Bay, the lobster is plentiful and cheaper than anywhere else in the world. Of course the prices were increased due to the actual 'festival', but still reasonable.

We flew into Portland Jetport Intl. and drove 80 miles to Rockland (may I suggest Alamo rent a car...their lines were the longest as I picked up a car and returned it). The ride is very scenic and relaxing. We went on Tuesday and left Friday for the cheaper hotel, air, and festival fare. The crowds were smaller as well.

The main delicacy of the festival of course is lobster ($14 single, $24 double, $33 triple), but there is also, clam strips, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimp, clam chowder, fried dough (taste great!), corn on the cob, funnel cakes, thai food, hot dogs, fries, sausage & peppers, blooming onions, lobster bisque, along with many other great choices. One booth even sold fried snickers, oreo's, milky way, & twinkies! Drinks are pretty expensive, so I recommend getting a soda or water at the Rite Aid on the corner.

May I suggest staying at the Trade Winds motor inn. It is directly across the street from Harbor Park where the festival is held. BOOK EARLY! Rooms are taken fast. Their main dining area which is casual is a great place to eat before the festival starts (Tuesday night). Wednesday festival opening is FREE. Everyday there after is $7 per adult. I think kids and 12 under are free.

One of the highlights of the trip was being able to tour the USS Wasp naval ship. How often do you get to be aboard one of those? NEVER. There was a sea of white uniforms each day at the festival that would make any American proud.

I highly recommend this trip. You'll go home stuffed!!

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