I try to keep Mid-Coast Maine somewhat of a secret, but I’m going to spill a bit here. Since The New York Times and most recently, Coastal Living have been blabbing to the world about it, I figure the cat’s outtah the bag. I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite shops, Stonefish, and I can’t tell you about it without telling you more about the charming town of Port Clyde Maine. Port Clyde is where you can catch the Laura B. to Monhegan Island (highly recommended). You can also catch a yummy meal in the cutest shack of a restaurant on a pier ever, The Dipnet.
First, Stonefish: It is full of amazing antique finds, super-soft organic clothing, clever Tyvek clothing, hilarious New Yorker cartoon cards, aviary prints, original artwork, and perfect little housewarming giftees. The shop has four rooms, all of which are merchandised to perfection. The only problem is that the place makes you want to grab a UHaul and fill it up with stuff so that you can get it home. When you live 1500 miles away, this is a problem.
Here are a few places where you can stay when in Port Clyde. The Seaside Inn…
Or The Ocean House? This picture does not do its charm justice:
Personally, I think sea kayaking in Maine is HARD, and the lobstermen call kayakers “speed bumps,” but if you want to brave it, the scenery is sublime. In Port Clyde, they’ll hook you up here.
On your way home, you’ll be sad to leave, so a few miles down the road, stop at Granite Gardens. It’s mostly a landscaping business, but they have unbelievable coffee drinks and a cute antique store on the premises as well.
Then hit Moody’s Diner for breakfast about 40 minutes down Route 1 for breakfast. If you stop in Wiscasset, make sure you hit Rock Paper Scissors. Have fun stopping at all the antique shops along Route 1 between Thomaston and L.L. Bean’s – there are great finds to be had at most of them.