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NYC to Maine gastro road trip Part III
September 2, 2010, 7:10 am
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[tweetmeme]CONTINUED from My Magical NYC to Maine Gastro Road Trip Part I and NYC to Maine Gastro Road Trip Part II. I should probably try to be a little more creative with these blog titles. My apologies in advance – this particular entry is lacking in food porn. For that, you may want to revisit prior entries or skip to the next in the series (Part IV).

SATURDAY NIGHT: Brunswick > Rockport (1 hour)

I fought desperately to stay awake after our third lobster roll of the day, but eyelids… so… heavy… I didn’t want to leave our courageous driver awake alone, so I tried my very best to stay awake (but failed). It was only about an hour or so from Brunswick to Rockport, where we had booked what seemed to be the only free room that was anywhere near Rockland and didn’t run $200 a night for a 2-night minimum stay. We rolled into our lodging for the evening around 9 pm, food coma-ed and bleary-eyed.

The 7 Mountains Motel had had a cancellation, and proprietor Joyce Braley had called me back to let me know I could have a room for four with two double beds for $100 (plus $5 for the guv’nor) on Saturday night.

I guess I was super-excited to be in an honest-to-goodness motel. A motor hotel!

I have fond memories of road tripping all over the US as a kid with my family, staying at KOA campgrounds and seedy motor inns, jealously eyeing the kids whose families were RVing it. 7 Mountains was not at all seedy, but it had that motel-y je ne sais quoi. When we checked into our room, it felt like a bonafide road trip! I am happy to report that the room was clean though it smelled a little dusty, and the bathroom spotless. The ceiling was a bit low, which didn’t bother me since I’m stretching it when I claim I’m 5’2″, but you’ll see 6’5″ Sean here doesn’t have a whole lot of head room. If you are a giant, this may not be the motel for you. I also feel like it is my duty to point out that the leaves were stenciled, that’s right, stenciled, onto the wooden walls. We busted open a bottle of Rioja and chatted for a couple of hours, then promptly passed out in a lobster roll haze.

7 Mountains Motel
360 Commercial St (Rt 1)
Rockport, Maine 04856
207-236-3276
joycebraley@yahoo.com

SUNDAY MORNING: Rockport > Rockland Breakwater (15 minutes)

We arose from our slumber and were all set to get going for the day by 9 am. We shared some mediocre coffee and some really delicious homemade blueberry muffins and coffee cake (thanks, Joyce!) before checking out and going along our merry way. Ellie wanted to check out the Rockland Breakwater, a mile-long stone pathway jutting into the Rockland Harbor leading to a lighthouse at the end. The park itself was populated with memorial benches remembering loved ones, encouraging passerby never to take a single breath for granted.

We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day.

The breakwater is supposedly 7/8 of a mile.

But when we finally reached the lighthouse at the end, the guy at the lighthouse assured us it was at least a mile.

We hung out at the end of the breakwater to enjoy the view of the harbor, watching sailboats pass and wishing we lived in Maine. Or at least “summered” in Maine. I love it when people use “summer” as a verb. I want to be one of those people.

Somehow, the walk back seemed a lot longer. Probably because we were starving. There’s nothing like a cool ocean breeze and brisk walk in the morning to work up an appetite for lobster, I’ll tell you that.

Rockland Breakwater
Rockland Harbor
Rockland, ME 04841
207-785-4609

Next up, NYC to Maine gastro road trip Part IV!

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