June 26, 2011

Boating: Waterside restaurants dot the charts of hungry boaters


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Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster on South Freeport’s waterfront is among several dining spots around Casco Bay where boaters can tie up.

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The restaurant offers local fare, fresh seafood and a raw bar; the deck offers breathtaking views of the bay. Reservations are recommended. The marina has 40 slips and a few tie-ups, and a call on VHF Channel 9 will get you docking assistance.

The Chebeague Island Inn (www.chebeagueislandinn.com/restaurant.html) prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients in creative ways. Dinner is served nightly, lunch every day except Sunday, and there's a Sunday brunch. The prices of the selections reflect the quality of ingredients and the expertise and creativity in preparation.

If there is room at the town's Stone Wharf, you can dock your boat or dinghy for a fee. The Chebeague Island Inn also offers moorings and launch service, or you can anchor off the Stone Wharf to the northeast of the ferry's path and take the launch in for a fee.

The above sampling barely scratches the surface. Points East magazine offers a list of restaurants as part of the marine directory on its website at www.pointseast.com/directory.php. Click on "Restaurants."

The Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast by Taft, Taft and Rindlaub has docking and dining information for virtually every harbor along the coast.

With a little effort, you'll find so many options it will take all summer, if not longer, to try them all.

Gail Rice is a freelance writer in Maine. She can be contacted at:



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