Enjoy warm blueberry muffins at breakfast, steam clams and lobster at your beachfront campsite, or bring home farm-market treasures to cook up in your cabin.
Where to Eat
The Bold Coast region is renowned for its fresh-from-the-ocean seafood and wild blueberries. The cold, clear seawater provides the perfect habitat for lobsters, clams, mussels, scallops, and salmon. And most of the world’s wild blueberries come from right here on the Bold Coast. So don’t be surprised to find fresh seafood and something made with blueberries (salad dressing, milkshakes, pie, chocolates and even beer), on just about every menu you encounter.
Lobster shacks are abundant along the side of roads, in the towns, and on the piers, and it will be up to you to decide which place has the best lobster roll. Do you like it with mayo or drawn butter? In a hot dog bun or a grilled hoagie? Served alongside French fries or hand cut onion rings? Join in the fun of finding what you consider to be the perfect lobster roll…then get ready for Round 2, as you search for the Bold Coast’s best piece of blueberry pie!
Local restaurants may be found on the interactive map. Keep in mind that most dining establishments close by 8:00 PM, and many are closed on Mondays.
But lobster and blueberry pie aren’t the only things to eat in the region. Aficionados of craft beers and wines will get their needs met, too, with stops along the Maine Beer and Wine Trails in Lubec, Machias, Cherryfield, and Gouldsboro.
Many locally crafted, locally sourced treats await, like authentic Mexican food in Milbridge and Gouldsboro, hand-made Peruvian chocolates in Lubec, seasoned sea salts from the Gulf of Maine, pickled wrinkles in Prospect Harbor, smoked seafood in Winter Harbor, stone ground mustard in Eastport, and farm-to-table coffee roasted in East Machias.
Farm stands and Farmer’s Markets held almost daily somewhere in the region burst with fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables, locally made cheeses and yogurts, fresh baked goods, locally-raised meats, and much more. Most rental cabins and houses come equipped with everything you’ll need to cook at home, and local grocery and other stores (see the interactive map) stock a good supply of kitchen items.
Join the celebration of our favorite local foods at the Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival, Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, or the Chocolate Fest just across the international border in St. Stephen.
Where to Stay
The Bold Coast region boasts a variety of historic homes lovingly restored into charming Bed & Breakfast accommodations. A few examples include Elsa’s Inn on the Harbor in Prospect Harbor, Englishman’s Bed & Breakfast on the river in Cherryfield, the Inn at Schoppee Farm on the Machias River, the Talbot House Inn in East Machias, the Home Port Inn in Lubec, Milliken House Bed & Breakfast in Eastport, or Calais Crossing River House.
Families and independent travelers will appreciate cabin accommodations like MainStay Cottages & RV Park in Winter Harbor, Ocean Spray Cottages in Harrington, Welch Family Farm in Roque Bluffs, Cobscook Bay Cottages in Perry, or Seaview Cottages in Eastport.
The Bold Coast region has far too many well-situated private rental cottages, houses, and cabins to count, and many are posted today via online booking services like HomeAway.com or AirBnB.com. Cutler and Jonesport are especially good places to look for private online listings, as there are no Inns or B&B’s. For a full array of lodging options, see the interactive map.
For those who enjoy sleeping under the stars, numerous public and private campgrounds are scattered along the coast. Learn more about camping on the Bold Coast.