The best part of my yearly trip to Maine is going back to my favorite haunts (read here). One of the things that was on our bucket list was to go back to Cabbage Island for dinner. For me, there’s no better way to spend an evening in Maine than being outside and eating dinner at a clambake. For my best friend, who worked at Cabbage Island for 2 Summers in a row, it was a trip down memory lane.
The trip to Cabbage Island starts with a picturesque boat ride that departs from Boothbay Harbor. It’s a short boat ride but you get to see a little bit of the beautiful Maine coastline. When you disembark onto the island, the Moore family welcomes you like you’ve been friends forever. You can’t help but notice the buzzing scene: All the passengers scatter to the picnic tables, the young bright-eyed servers scurrying across the lawn with drink orders, kids running around having the time of their lives, and everyone looking genuinely happy to be there.
They cook the clambake in a traditional “Down East” way in seaweed, steamed from the top to bottom, covered with tarpaulins and rocks. This method cooks the seafood perfectly and keeps all the sweetness intact. The bell rings twice once for the New England fish chowder and the 2nd for the lobsters, steamed clams, corn-on-the-cob, and potato. The meal ends with an epic blueberry cake. Needless to say, the meal is a feast and it’s the best clambake experience I have ever had.
Nothing says quintessential “Maine” than a clambake on Cabbage Island. It’s my bucket list item for Maine and you have to experience it for yourself.