Savor a breakfast of warm blueberry pancakes in your cabin, order lobster and mussels at your favorite seaside restaurant, or pick up some farm-market treasures for your day at the beach.
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. Lobster shacks are abundant along throughout the region. 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!
Most of the world’s wild blueberries come from right here on the Bold Coast. So don’t be surprised to find something made with blueberries (salad, ice cream, pie, chocolates and even beer), on just about every menu you encounter.
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.
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. 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.
Roadside 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. Farm stores like the Machias Marketplace, Columbia Falls General Store, and Eat Local Eastport offer fresh foods and other fine products with more business hours each week during the season.
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, New Brunswick, Canada.
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. Vacation rental managers like Wicked Awesome Maine can help you choose just the right spot for your adventure.
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.
For a full array of lodging options, see the interactive map.