The Fishing Town of Lubec, an Exploration of Jasper Beach, and a Great Evening at Machias River Brewing Company
The few days we spent exploring Campobello Island, West Quoddy Lighthouse, and Boot Head Preserve we camped in the town of Lubec, Maine, famed for being the easternmost incorporated town in the U.S. Though we spent most of our time out exploring we did spend a couple evenings walking around the town, checking out the historical fish houses, looking at the harbor area, and grabbing a beer. We also spent our last morning there hiking along the shore on the south side of town. Lubec is a (really) small town, but one with a lot of character and history. Situated on an ice-free port, the town has long hosted shipping and fish packing companies; these stimulated other businesses including a large canning company, but by the 1970s all but one of the town’s major employers closed, leading to a decline in population.
The morning we left we drove down the coast to the town of Machias from where we drove out to one of my favorite places in Maine: Jasper Beach. In addition to being a beautiful cove, the rocks of the cobbled beach sing when the waves crash over them. Since our visit coincided with low tide Tom and I explored the north side of the cove which features some amazing geology, including caves and a free standing arch. We also walking a bit across the forest of the headland and upstream along a creek that drains into the bay.
After surveying for a couple hours we headed back to town to get a glimpse of Bad River Falls and stop at the Machias River Brewing Company. Owners Danielle and John provided us with some excellent beer (my favorite being the Crooked River Porter), great conversation, and some custom vegan nachos with extra grilled veggies for me.
What a beautiful place! Lubec looks idyllic. Shame that so many of these little towns dependent on the fishing industry have gone into decline (reminds me of my time in Newfoundland). Jasper Beach sure is pretty!
Newfoundland is at the very top of my list! When were you there? I imagine it to be like Maine or Nova Scotia – but more beautiful. I too really enjoy those small coastal towns and fishing villages.
I lived there for two years back in ’92-’93. You absolutely must go. It has some similarities with Nova Scotia and Maine but is also very unique. There’s a rawness and end of the earth feeling in Newfoundland that I just love. Seeing icebergs/whales is incredible and there is beautiful hiking (provided you don’t mind the mud).
I love the raw, the extreme, the remote in landscapes. I know I really must get there. We’d hoped to do it this summer but it didn’t work out.
Gorgeous beach! I can just hear the waves on the cobblestones. No wonder you two are smiling!
It’s a beautiful and very quiet place! Perfect for a peaceful afternoon.
The Maine coast has some really pretty sunsets for sure.