Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day Trip to Kennebunkport & Mabel's Lobster Claw

Indian summer! The weather is perfect: sunny days, cool nights and no crowds. Today family came up to visit.

We went to Kennebunkport for the day. Kennebunkport is a charming seafaring town known for the Bush's, quaint shops, grand hotels and busy marinas.  Its only a 15 minute drive from Ogunquit (about 10 miles). Kennebunkport is also known for some great restaurants.

One restaurant worth visiting is Mabel's Lobster Claw. "Mabel's" is located on 124 Ocean Ave. You go through the Dock Square and take a right on Ocean Avenue, and its on the left before you get to Walkers Point.
Mabel's is known for Lobsters and Clams, and sits near a busy marina where lobster boats bring their daily catch.
At Mable's we had lobster rolls, clam rolls and shrimp. The lobster roll was perfect: light mayonnaise on a toasted bun overfilled with fresh lobster, with a side of fries and coleslaw.  The coleslaw was delicious because there were no  preservatives or mayonnaise.
Mabel's is just a simple little place with outside dining, inside dining with  wooden booths (which are the same booth's as we have on our breakfast porch!). There are pictures of celebrities on the walls and they make their own blueberry bread!
No visit to Kennebunkport would be complete with out viewing Walkers Point, home of Pres. George HW Bush.  The Bush "cottage" compound sits on a peninsula that is know as Walkers Point. You can't get on to the point, but there are great photo-ops on the side of the road, and there is short term parking.
 Ocean Avenue meanders along the rock Atlantic with craggy coves and twisted trees. The drive on Atlantic Avenue includes: Marinas,  St Ann's Episcopal church, grand hotels and summer "cottages".
The Wedding Cake House is located in the town of Kennebunk. The Gothic mansion is loaded with high Victorian details reminiscent of a wedding cake. The "Kennebunks" have interesting architecture: early colonial, colonial, Federalist, Victorian, and Maine summer cottage. The houses are much more grander than Ogunquit. Ogunquit was a fishing colony, turned artist colony. The Kennebunks were part of the shipping trade years ago, which is reflected in the rich history and architecture of its buildings.
Ogunquit Beach Inn

The Details:
Mables Lobster Claw
124 Ocean Ave
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
207. 967.2562
Full Bar, Outside dining.  Casual Dining. Credit Cards accepted.
Great lobster, good slaw. "Two thumbs up" If you are up visiting Kennebunkport, Mabels Lobster Claw is a must! Reservations Accepted.

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