One of the joys of being part of The B&B Team is the opportunity we have to work with great Innkeepers at great Inns in great locations. Many of the locations are in well known ‘destination locations’ and some are in less known ‘undiscovered’ locales.
Eastport, Maine is a small town on an island accessible by a causeway and is touted as the eastern most US city, where the sun rises first. Just northeast of Bar Harbor off US Route 1, definitely worth the journey.
So…what’s new in Eastport and what makes it the newest must see destination? To start with there is The Pickled Herring, Eastport’s newest upscale dining venue. But don’t let the word upscale turn you away. More like innovative…clam martini!… that got my attention. Here are a few excerpts from Trip Advisor reviews that tell it all.
“A most wonderful surprise in a beautiful but under visited Maine seacoast town. If in the area of Eastport, it is definitely worth the detour.”
“A great meal in an interesting little town, I would recommend a trip to Eastport anyway, but the addition of The Pickled Herring means you can now get an excellent meal while you are there.”
“Eastport has come of age with the recent opening of The Pickled Herring Restaurant. Everything is fresh, prepared to order and the wood fired grill imparts a wonderful flavor.”
These reviews not only praise a wonderful new restaurant but they also give the reader a glimpse into a most interesting town. To go back a few years , a 2005 article from Fodor’s Travel News describes Eastport as “still undiscovered by the sunburnt crowds that jam Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor every summer, Eastport’s surroundings are as scenic as the more popular downeast destinations.” Eastport may still be undiscovered in 2009 but for those that work and have businesses there they know there is plenty of ‘downeast Eastport’ to share with the lucky visitors that ‘discover’ their part of the world. The wealth that the town and surrounding area offers is unique. Another quote from the Fodor’s article describes the town as having a “wonderfully eccentric vibe”. With many of the 2,000 locals being artists, writers, filmmakers and now innovative restaurateurs, the creative atmosphere could be catching.
Another way to see Eastport is from the viewpoint of someone that has been vacationing there for almost half a century!
“Let me start by saying I have been going to this island city since the 1960’s. Not a lot has changed in all those years (not a bad thing) we have made a lot of friends here and always look forward to our next trip back. The sunrise over Campobello is amazing, gotta get up early though. So much to see: the Old Sow whirlpool, the tremendous tides, life in the slow lane for sure.”
So whether you stay at a turn of the century campground (as these folks did) or a lovingly renovated, elegant Bed and Breakfast like The Chadbourne House, Eastport’s unparalleled scenery, home grown traditional festivals and events and creative locals welcome you to ‘discover’ them. Come with an explorer’s heart and you won’t be disappointed!