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From fresh lobster to farm-to-table cuisine, you’ll find plenty of destinations to enjoy some great food in Maine. Many visitors head to this state specifically for the abundance of fresh seafood and lobster. Still, you’ll find plenty of seasonal eateries, natural foods destinations, and upscale dining destinations across the state for a real taste of New England.
Lobstering is a popular activity in Maine and you’ll find plenty of fresh seafood options served up at both coastal and inland dining destinations across the state. Fresh lobster is a mainstay of the dining menu at hundreds of restaurants across the state and you can make the most of your visit with a lobster tasting tour.
Maine boasts nearly 230 miles of coastline so there’s ample opportunity to explore the fishing villages and take in scenic coastal sites. Make a pit stop at one of several restaurants along the coast for your fill of surf and turf platters and fresh lobster tail. Lobstering is still a big part of the economy in Maine and you could even go on a boat tour to see how lobsters are caught.
When you’re in Freeport, don’t miss the chance to visit some of the farms that serve seasonal fare and freshly-picked items during the warmer months. Whether you're in the mood for farm-to-table cuisine or want to pick some fresh fruit of the season, you’ll find several locally owned farms open to the public.
Seasonal dining destinations in Maine are a popular choice for foodies because dining at one of these locales means you get to enjoy the latest crops of the season and experience something new. Many restaurants host special events throughout the season, including themed dinners, wine pairing sessions, and chef’s table-style experiences.
Don’t miss the chance to eat at Nebo Lodge in North Haven when visiting Maine from June through October. The lodge is located in the heart of Penobscot Bay and serves a wide selection of local produce, fish, meat, cheese, and other foods right from the island. This is also a popular destination to enjoy wine and cocktails.
Summertime calls for outdoor picnics and trips to the farm so be sure to make a pit stop at The Well at Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth when visiting in June. This 122-acre working farm sits right next to strawberry fields and the menu at the restaurant changes every day. Book a table at The Lost Kitchen during the holiday season to enjoy an extravagant multi-course dinner.
Several restaurants in Maine boast stunning views of the ocean and harbor. Take in a scenic dining experience with views of the Kennebunk River in Kennebunkport or dine inside a barn with views of the farm fields at The Barn at Flanagan’s Farm.
Let your appetite be your guide as you explore restaurants, farms, and eateries around the coast of Maine and beyond. Staying at a Best Western Maine property puts you within easy reach of several gourmet dining destinations, local eateries, and cafes where you can sample New England cuisine and other favorite foods of Maine.
Satisfying New England Appetites for Fresh Seafood
With nearly 230 miles of coastline, traveling in Maine is not only fun, but scenic too. Bring your camera to capture the historic lighthouses, fishing villages, the jagged cliffs and the Isles of Shoals, located near the New Hampshire state border.
Coastal Maine is also one of the best locations to find American lobster, since Maine is one of the top producers of lobster. Stop in one of many coastal restaurants to enjoy a feast of surf and turf or lobster tail, for a delicious meal.
Lobstering and commercial fishing continue to be mainstays for the economy of Maine, in addition to maple syrup, maple sugar and bottled water.
Be sure to schedule time to visit Bar Harbor's Acadia National Park, one of the most visited National Parks in America. This historic park features woodlands, mountains, lakes and a beautiful ocean shoreline.
Coastal Maine offers plenty of lodging options, with Best Western hotels located in York, South Portland, Freeport, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor and Bar Harbor.