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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Maine Coast for Less in Rockland


5. Oddball Day

The Maine Lighthouse Museum's collection of Fresnel lenses.  

Experience classic Maine culture outside of Rockland for a day. Start out in nearby Rockport at Willow Bake Shoppe, a quaint house on Route 1 that serves old-fashioned molasses doughnuts ($4.80 for a half-dozen). Next, head to the Maine Lighthouse Museum ($5) on the harbor, which houses the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses. Drive about an hour south to Bristol to visit Pemaquid Point ($2), where you can walk along the rocky coast before climbing to the top of a lighthouse built in 1827. Be sure to stop into the neighboring Fishermen's Museum, which houses a 28-pound stuffed lobster caught in the seventies, colorful buoys, and various fishing tools and lobster traps from the nineteenth century. Head back north on Route 32 and stop for lunch in Round Pond at Muscongus Bay Lobster, for your choice of hard-shell lobster ($9.99 for two pounds) or soft-shell lobster ($6.99 a pound). On Upper Round Pond Road, take a refreshing post-lunch dip at the swimming hole at Bristol Dam, whose water is a much more manageable temperature than frigid Pemaquid Beach nearby. On the drive back up to Rockland, stop at Moody's Diner on Route 1 in Waldoboro for solid diner food that’s satisfied customers for more than 80 years. Order the haddock fish and chips with coleslaw ($9.99) or the homemade chicken croquettes with gravy (two for $5.69 or three for $6.89) if you need a break from seafood. Make sure to save room for a piece of their famous pie; local favorites are blueberry or coconut cream ($3.69 or $5.38 à la mode).

Published on Jul 27, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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