Once you step foot into Maine, you’re introduced to an entirely different way of life—exactly what we set out to depict in our “One-day Live Like a Local” Itinerary for the Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine. For example, Captain Jack’s Lobster Tours are a great way to learn how lobsters are caught from a real Maine lobsterman.
(If you ever wanted to know why live lobsters are actually bluish-green, the answer is that the red pigment in lobsters’ shells only emerges when they’re cooked.)
No one else on the Midcoast offers this kind of up-close and personal window into how a local lobsterman makes his living, so spend a few hours on a Captain Jack Lobster Tour for a fun and fascinating ride. Check out this recent article on his tour called “A Maine Lobster Boat Adventure.”
Or perhaps you’d rather explore Rockland and the beautiful areas surrounding it on land rather than on sea. The local bike and coffee shop Bikesenjava (BNJ) at 481 Main Street “has become the unofficial clubhouse for local cyclists, triathletes and adventure racers alike.” Stop in and rent a comfortable bike for the very reasonable price of $20 a day for an Electra Townie “with seven gears that can get you up any hill around here” or, for serious cyclists, $35-50 a day for a performance road bike.
Bikesenjava also provides a free map highlighting beautiful rides throughout the state. Most of the staff at Bikesenjava have lived in the Midcoast for more than 20 years and are happy to point you in the right direction for a great day on your bike. For outstanding views, consider an island tour (hop on the Rockland ferry to North Haven or Vinalhaven or drive up to Lincolnville to get on the ferry to Islesboro).
Bikesenjava has a satellite location with rental bikes on Islesboro three days a week (M-W-F). Bring a picnic, ride around the islands all day, stop at the beaches and relax. Or, if you prefer to stay closer to Rockland, take the popular Owls Head Loop, a 12-mile ride highlighted by a lunch stop at the Owls Head General Store, famous for the “Seven Napkin Burger” featured on the Food Network Magazine. From there, head to Crescent Beach and Birch Point State Park and Beach.
Traveling is all about gaining a different perspective. Sometimes we locals forget to live like locals with all of these fun things to do in our home town. We love providing neat, off-the-beaten path things for our guests to do…so feel free to peruse our special guest Itineraries to see which one best fits your travel plans in Maine.
For more information about Captain Jack Lobster Tours visit http://www.captainjacklobstertours.com/ or call 207-542-6852. For more information about Bikesenjava visit http://www.haybikesenjava.com/ or call 207-596-1004.