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Nicknamed, The Pine Tree State, this land is well-known for its
plethora of trees among other things.
Here are a few interesting facts about Maine:
- The official state animal of Maine is the moose. The state is home to approximately 76,000 moose, the highest moose population in the lower 48 states.
- The official state insect of Maine is the honeybee. The state has a rich beekeeping culture and even has a non-profit organization, the Maine Beekeepers Association, which was founded in 1976 to promote understanding of the insect’s importance.
- Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.
- 90% of the country’s lobster supply comes from Maine. Before they became the delicacy, they are today, lobsters were fed to inmates and indentured servants, or ground up and used as fertilizer, during the colonial era.
- Portland, Oregon is named after Portland, Maine. Founded by Francis Pettygrove
- Maine is the only state that shares its borders with only one other US state. That state is New Hampshire.
- Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain is the highest
point on the East Coast.
- Maine has its own desert, which spans 40 acres
outside the town of Freeport. The desert originally developed as a result of
over-farming in the area.
- The Maine Coon Cat, which is the official state cat of Maine, is the largest domestic cat
- Maine is known as “The Birthplace of
Prohibition.” The state was the first to ban the sale and manufacture of
alcohol in 1851.
- Donut holes were invented in Maine. Capt. Hansen Gregory, from Rockport, Maine came up with the hole in the donut after realizing the center of the pastry was not fully cooked in the middle.
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This bright red crustacean was once considered the “poor man’s chicken” and was even used as fertilizer. During the early 1800s, lobsters were so plentiful that they used to wash ashore in piles up to 2-feet high. Because of their abundance lobsters were used to feed slaves, as the meat was cheap and easy to prepare.
Today, lobster meat is revered as a delicacy and perceived as a luxury food item. There are two different species of lobster- clawed and spiny. There are a few things that distinguish them from each other, here is why Maine lobster is the most popular of the two:
Spiny Lobster – This kind of lobster lives in warm water and has long antennas. This spiny lobster does not have the large claws like a Maine lobster which is the feature that clearly distinguishes the two. The spiny lobster can be found in warm Florida waters, in the Caribbean and the southern California coast.
Maine Lobster – Residing off the northern coast, this lobster is well-known for its large claws, which are bountiful with meat. The cool waters of Maine make this lobster sweeter and more tender than its spiny counterpart.
Now that you know why Maine lobster is so delicious it’s time to try some from an authentic lobster shack.
Maine is home to many different lobster shacks, people travel from across the world to taste this delectable seafood.
Here are some of the lobster shacks you should visit while in Maine:
- The York Beach Bucket- Located right on Short Sands Beach next to the Sands by the Sea Motel has the most affordable and fresh lobster rolls in town. Fresh lobster meat is delivered daily from the Taylor Lobster Company out of Eliot Maine and the rolls are served in 2 ways: Cold with Mayo or Hot with melted butter. Both served on a soft, toasted brioche bun. Try them both and see which one you prefer. Most people prefer both!
- Lobster Cove- Enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view as you dine on the finest of seafood. This restaurant is just a short distance from the iconic Nubble Lighthouse.
- Fox’s Lobster House- Established in 1966, this family-owned and operated lobster shack also offers a beautiful view right on the next to the Nubble Lighthouse and deliciously prepared Maine lobster dishes.
- Lobster in The Rough- Visit this restaurant for authentic New England seafood, live music, and relaxing fire pits.
You might wonder if Maine Lobster is worth making a special trip for, and yes, it absolutely is!
When planning your trip to Maine book your accommodations at the Sands by The Sea Motel. Our locally owned motel is conveniently located just minutes from the authentic lobster shacks, and other popular attractions. Visit our website to view our rates and book your stay!