Outdoor seating at the Lobster Shack
Since we were having such a good time visiting familiar restaurants, the next stop was an easy choice. We headed to Cape Elizabeth for lunch at the Lobster Shack. In addition to being a decent eatery, the Lobster Shack possesses a unique pair of assets: it is wonderfully perched on a stretch of rocky coastline you can ramble upon before or after dining, and; the restaurant affords views of the “Two Lighthouses”.
Although Two Lighthouses gets a fair amount of tourist press (only one remains operational and you will also hear this one referred to as the Cape Elizabeth Light) I don’t find it terribly impressive. Neither lighthouse has public access and it is difficult to get an unobstructed of either as well.
Maybe I’m out of the loop but I’ve never heard that you can get better glimpses of either beacon than available from the Lobster Shack (and neither looks all that impressive from here). Still, if you have a checklist of Maine lighthouses you can cross them both off while chowing down on fried clams at the Lobster Shack.
This is your view when eating at the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
A better bet is simply ambling about the shoreline in front of the restaurant, which is flat but quite expansive. It is beautiful and safe to scramble about and you will notice a lot of kids and dogs (accompanied by their owners) out on the rocks fronting the Lobster Shack. The food is boiled lobster and fried seafood – nothing fancy but quick and tasty. I didn’t get any pictures inside the Shack, but it is crammed with curios and an amusing place to eat. Because the place was already packed by the time we arrived it was outdoors on the many picnic tables, perhaps a better option to relish the sunshine today.
Cape Elizabeth Light (the "twin" lighthouse which continues to function)
After lunch we returned to the oldest and perhaps grandest of all Maine lighthouses, Portland Head, at Fort Williams. Kim and I have been here countless times, but Spencer couldn’t clearly remember this landmark, so a visit was necessary. As always, nice to catch up with an old friend – we never get tired of seeing Portland Head, it is just so gorgeous! And for the first time ever, we paid our way into the museum here. It is only a few rooms, but the admission isn’t exorbitant and the exhibits are quite informative. We probably only tarried inside about twenty minutes, but it was time well spent. Afterwards we cruised South Portland for a bit before steering into Portland and checking in at our last hotel for the trip, the Hilton Garden Inn at Old Port.
Portland Head makes everyone feel like a gifted photographer, lol...
Once checked in we hit the cobblestone streets of Old Port with a vengeance. There was plenty of new shops to intrigue us and enough old favorites to wax nostalgic at the same time. Dinner was at Fuji, Spencer’s first sushi restaurant when she was an infant! When Spencer was new to the planet, Fuji was located by the Portland Jetport and the only sushi joint around. We would carry our newborn in and be flattered by folks telling us how beautiful our child was, and embarrassed shortly thereafter as she started wailing, lol. Even though Portland has garnered a fantastic rep as a foodie haven and there are many sushi options these days, Fuji remains a top shelf option. We had an excellent dinner and more memories tonight.