Casual attire is very acceptable all over the Blue Hill Peninsula, even at dinner. I was asking one of the staff people at our B&B what the dress was at the Arborvine Restaurant and she said, "Oh, everyone is pretty casual there. Of course, some people look like they just got off the boat."
I'm thinking grungy, right? Like no clean laundry for a couple of weeks kind of thing. I said, "My, that IS casual."
She said, "You better believe it. They'll come in with their double-breasted brass button blazers, white slacks and captain's hat."
"Oh," I said, "THAT kind of boat." Note to self. I must remember I'm in Maine.
Lobstering is one of Maine's biggest industries. Although you can get lobster in other New England states, Maine's lobsters are known to be the best and most plentiful. I learned from my kayak guide that Mainers hold people in Massachusetts in low regard because those Massachusetts types try to come up to Maine over the weekend and go lobstering. I asked my guide why lobstering was prohibited on Sunday. Was Maine a religious state? Heck no. The reason for the Sunday ban was to keep out all those Massachussetts people. The theory is that one weekend day is not worth the effort for those Massachessetts weekend intruders to come up and catch lobster.
So, why is lobster always cooked by throwing a live lobster in a pot? After all, you don't have to do that with shrimp. Because lobster meat can go bad quickly, you must cook a lobster while it's still alive. You must pick a green lobster, but don't eat it until its shell turns red. Never eat a cooked lobster with its tail uncurled, because that means it died before it was cooked (which is very bad).
For more information about Mr. Lobster, click on this link: FAQs about Maine Lobsters
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Polite Maine Drivers
The Maine drivers were the most polite drivers of all we saw on our east coast vacation. In Maine, as a pedestrian, all you have to do is put your toe in a crosswalk and the drivers from either direction come to a screeching halt. Contrast that with Bostonians who pretend they don't see you, and Philadelphians who see you but don't care.