Blueberry Muffins in Harpswell, Maine

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Wednesday, August 11, was another overcast and foggy morning when we departed Boothbay. Foggy enough to have the radar on and ready, but with enough visibility to see.

A foggy departure again. Up ahead is a very brave group of young sailors out for their lessons.
As we passed by the sailing school, the visibility was better than it had looked.

Approximately one mile from Boothbay Harbor, we could see the Burnt Island Light. It looked familiar to me, but I don’t think we have been by here before…….

Burnt Island Light, built in 1821, is the second oldest surviving lighthouse in Maine. It hosts a living history museum run by the State Department of Marine Resources. This historic site is an educational and recreational facility for teachers, school children, summer visitors and boaters.
Cuckold Lighthouse. I know we saw this one on our journey from Five Islands to Tenants Harbor.

Three hours into the day’s ride and we were close to our destination of Harpswell for the next two days. Coming around the tip of Haskell’s Island there was a tiny little structure. I snapped a photo because it was cute. Later, I googled Haskell’s Island to see if that little building had any history.

Haskell Island. The story (legend) that appears in Horace Beck’s 1957 book, The Folklore of Maine, involves rats, cats, and death. A blog, New England Folklore gives a good description of the tale if you are inclined to learn more.

Back to our story….. no horror here.

The route from Boothbay Harbor to Dolphin Marina – 22.6 nautical miles, just over 3 hours.

We had reservations at Dolphin Marina because we heard really good things about this family-run marina. Founded by the Saxton family in 1966, they own and operate the marina and restaurant on Basin Point Peninsula. After making contact with the dockhand, we were instructed to “pick up any mooring.” There were two only empty ones in front of the docks. We picked up mooring #22. After securing the line, I turned, looked around, and said to Al, “I am NOT comfortable here! Too close.” We dropped #22 and moved a little farther out to #13. Much better.

Shortly after we settled in, a sailboat chose mooring #22. A sailboat that was longer than our Kadey Krogen. They moved off that mooring just like us.
Dolphin Marina is famous for its fish chowder. We ordered take-out to have on the boat with a salad I had made. The fish chowder comes with Dolphin’s also very famous blueberry muffins. The blueberry muffins looked delicious, but they are just not my thing with dinner so into the freezer they went. The chowder was very good, but Dean’ seafood chowder is better. 😉
Thursday morning was once again foggy. Warm air, cool water = fog. No problem, it all cleared by 9:00 am.

Remember the blueberry muffins from last night’s fish chowder dinner? Dolphin Marina has another tradition – complimentary blueberry muffins and coffee is delivered to each boat every morning. On the docks AND out on the moorings. I was impressed. That is 5-star concierge service to us.

Jared delivered our blueberry muffins and they were delicious!

After that delicious treat, we spent the morning in ordinary boating ways. Dolphin Marina also has free laundry – a nice clean washer and dryer!! What every cruiser desires, even when you have your own little washer/dryer onboard. 

No reason to use the dryer on a day like this. Love the smell of clothes dried outdoors in spite of the look on our flybridge!
Al took a walk on the shore.
I set up my little loom for a new project, warping in the cockpit.

The marina provides a chart with “dinghy excursion” around the local area. We love dinghy excursions, especially on a hot day, so that became our afternoon activity.

The red line marks the dinghy excursion route out and around Bailey Island and Orrs Island. It took us 90 minutes and we figured it was about 15 miles around.
Lots of pretty houses on both islands.

There was an interesting bridge that connects Bailey and Orrs Islands. In 1928, when it was decided that a bridge was necessary to span Will’s Gut, the narrow passage between the islands, the swift current presented a challenge. Cribstone Bridge was built without cement using only long slabs of granite stacked on top of each other in a crisscross fashion  The spaces between the slabs allows the tide to flow through the “cribwork” and the granite is heavy enough not to be dislodged.

The 1200-foot Cribstone Bridge between Bailey and Orrs Islands
The 10,000 tons of granite slabs were stacked criss-cross to form the bridge.

The dinghy excursion was a nice way to spend the afternoon.Lots of pretty sights

Dolphin Marina has a highly rated restaurant on site that specializes in Maine coastal fare.

Dolphin Restaurant

We called this dinner our second 27th belated anniversary dinner and enjoyed it more than the first belated dinner.

Although I thought I wanted one last Maine lobster dinner, the description of the sea scallop dinner called to me and did not disappoint at all. Al had a very delicious seafood cioppino.  AND, blueberry muffins accompany ever dinner. Al ate his, of course, but I saved mine for the next morning.

People were right! We also highly recommend Dolphin Marina in you are cruising in the Casco Bay region. Those blueberry muffins are delicious at any time of day.

3 Responses

  1. Olli Silander

    I lived in Brunswick for almost 5 yrs (mid ‘70’s) and crossed the Cribstone Bridge countless of times. The eateries have changed, but the food from the sea & oven were always wonderful.

  2. James Zajac

    I’ve spent a little time in Maine but not nearly enough. Will have to go up and spend some more maybe a couple of weeks.

  3. Susie

    Sounds like y’all have had a great visit to Maine. All your posts bring back wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing.

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