Finding great lobster in Kennebunkport is probably at the top of nearly every visitor’s list (except you shellfish allergic folks – I send my condolences), and visiting during the winter months doesn’t change that. And surprisingly, it doesn’t make it much harder! But yes, I said it. The W word. And while there is still tons of
glorious fall weather to enjoy, the days are getting a bit shorter and the temps a bit cooler. I for one am always reluctant to admit that fall will undoubtedly fade into winter and I will have to eventually break out a real coat. And mittens. But there is one thing that always jars me into acceptance, and it happened this past weekend. Nunan’s Lobster Hut closed for the season. Don’t fret! There are still lots of spots to enjoy that perfect Maine lobster you’ve been craving, and you won’t have to venture far from the Maine Stay Inn to enjoy it.
- For the next few weeks, you can still get that old fashioned lobster shack experience at Mabel’s Lobster Claw on Ocean Avenue, or the down home Maine feel at Arundel Wharf, just a block from the Maine Stay. Both offer that traditional charm you think of when you think of classic Maine. Once the weather gets too cold for them to keep their pipes from freezing, pop over to Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells for that old fashioned flair.
- You can almost always count on Federal Jack’s to be serving, and since they keep tanks for lobsters, it’s a spot that has never disappointed when it comes to delivering a fresh, hot old fashioned lobster dinner. Even in January!
- David’s Kennebunkport also whips up a mean lobster dinner within walking distance. And by that I even mean walking in the snow kind of walking distance. Seriously it’s like 2 minutes away. It will take longer to warm up the car than get there on foot. Plus, they earn big bonus points in my book for a stellar water view.
- In the heart of Dock Square, just a hop, skip, and a jump from our Kennebunkport bed and breakfast, you’ll find Alisson’s Restaurant, which is almost as consistent as Federal Jack’s when it comes to operating hours. So while you won’t get a great water view, you can pop in for a quick (and award winning) lobster roll that’s sure to satisfy.
- In Cape Porpoise, situated right on the harbor, you’ll find Pier 77 and the Ramp, which offers breathtaking views of Goat Island lighthouse and Kennebunkport’s fleet of lobster boats. And great lobster. Obviously.
Now, I know that this just barely scratches the surface of places to get great lobster in and around Kennebunkport, but it’s a handy list to keep in mind during an off season visit – now get eating!