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Top: Frank Sprague lifts a fresh bag of clams and lobster out of his lobster pot at his waterside business, Sprague’s Lobster Shack in Wiscasset. Above: A crimson colored field of blueberry plants, long past their spring ripening, on a foggy road near Bar Harbor.

trust the handwritten fan letters they have tacked to the walls from previous visitors. The chowder is that good. Drive 10 minutes north and you will hit Ogunquit, a coastal town not to miss. Known as one of Maine’s most diverse and gay-friendly towns, it hosts some of the best piano bars and dinner theaters around. Ogunquit also celebrates fall right with costume parades, a town pumpkin carving display and an annual high heel dash that draws in locals and tourists by the hundreds. Don’t even bother asking who is going to win, everyone who is familiar with this town tradition already knows. “I don’t know how he does it but Richard wins every year,” Jimmy Lucibello says with an eye roll while dressed in heels,

a pearl necklace and a leopard print bra. Richard Cobb is a well known waiter in town who confidently wins the race each year with a cartwheel. The dash takes place on Perkins Cove in Ogunquit. One of my most memorable days on my trip was passing couples quietly walking the Marginal Way at sunrise. The Marginal Way is a mile-long paved coastal trail that connects Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach. “Can you believe this,” whispered one woman to her husband, grasping his hand and pointing at the rocks illuminated by the sun. If the sun participates, everything glows with a heavenly softness. This trail tends to stun people into silence. I took the trail and returned to watch lobster boat crews come and go.

Old Port/Ricker Hill Orchard

“Oh, I almost feel bad,” squeals a customer as she cautiously approached a live lobster being held up for display. Giggling she shakes her head and moves away. Portland’s Harbor Fish Market is a no-frills harbor house that invites you to be nosy and take a look at how it is all done. During my visit Alex Bouloche, a fish monger, excitedly brought out one of the day’s largest lobsters and showed everyone how much it weighed before putting it into a huge tank for someone to purchase. The market is wall to wall display cases piled with ice and mounds of oysters from all over the state, scallops the size of a baby’s fist and glistening fish of all varieties It is a AWAY | 7

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AWAY Magazine is a travel magazine for those who want to have travel experiences off the beaten path. This fall issue focuses on travel in C...

AWAY Magazine/Jennifer Coombes  

AWAY Magazine is a travel magazine for those who want to have travel experiences off the beaten path. This fall issue focuses on travel in C...

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