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Cruises, clambakes, art galleries, and always the sea...



Wander down to the shore in town, and you'll see lots of signboards and ticket stands for the boats that operate on cruises out of Boothbay Harbor.

Your cruise may include a search for seals, water birds, whales, and other marine life, or perhaps a clambake or a chicken bake afloat.

When the moon is near full, special moonlight cruises are arranged. Cruises can be anywhere from one to three hours in length. Ask around to find a style, length, and price that's right for you.

Boothbay Region Art Gallery

This gallery (tel 207-633-2703) on Oak Street has three shows of local artists each season, plus paintings on view daily. The handsome old brick house was built in 1807 of bricks brought from England as ballast in ships which came to carry away Maine lumber. In such a forest-rich region, this brick house is a curiosity.

A Clambake on Cabbage Island

Go down to the Tugboat Inn on Main Street, look for the Boothbay Steamship Terminal, and climb aboard the m/v Islander for a cruise out to Cabbage Island in Linekin Bay and a real Down East Maine-style clambake.

Clams and lobsters are steamed amid seaweed the old-fashioned way and served up twice a day from late May (Memorial Day) through early September (Labor Day).

The total cost for the clambake includes the delightful round-trip boat cruise, a cup of fish chowder, two lobsters, steamed clams, corn on the cob, new Maine potatoes, and Maine blueberry cake and coffee for dessert.

The scenic island has games, paths, and sitting areas for you to enjoy as well. Telephone for clambake reservations at least a half hour before sailing time.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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