Cabbage Island is my favorite place to enjoy a traditional lobster bake, period. If you are touring the Maine coast, you already know that lobster pounds are everywhere along Rt. 1 and that almost every restaurant offers steamed lobster. It may be easier to sit roadside or in a busy restaurant while you enjoy your crustacean, but what sort of memory will that experience provide? Cabbage Island will give you a wonderful, unforgettable memory, not only of the lobster you consumed, (two of them!), but of the friends and family that you enjoyed the experience with.
Your Cabbage Island experience begins with a boat ride. The Bennie Alice has two decks and an open bow that will let you act out your best Titanic fantasy. Bennie Alice is equipped with comfortable bench seating on both decks, restrooms, and a bar. You enjoy a narrated trip through Boothbay Harbor and on to Cabbage Island, where the true fun begins! Disembark and make your way to your choice of patio, inside, or lawn seating. Each option features traditional picnic tables. Once you are settled in at your chosen spot, your server will take your drink order and bring seafood chowder to your table.
Enjoy the chowder, but try to make time to visit the center of the operation, where the shore dinner is being prepared by a hard working team of young people. (Photo op!) A bell will be rung, loudly, to alert you that your shore dinner is ready and waiting. You will need to stand in line for you meal, but this is not a slow moving line by any means! Your clams, lobster, baked potato, onion, egg, and corn on the cob meet your plate with assembly line precision. All necessary eating utensils have already been provided at your table...the rest is up to you!
Enjoy a leisurely shore dinner, but leave room for dessert and a chance to visit the gift shop for a chat with the family matriarch, who runs the little shop after she has finished greeting island guests as they arrive on the island.
Be aware that cash is the only way to go on Cabbage Island, checks and credit cards are not accepted. Also, do not tuck away or lose the ticket that you receive before you board Bennie Alice in Boothbay Harbor. One part of it allows you island access and the other part feeds you!
Cabbage Island is handicap accessible, but you will be traveling up and down a gangway on both ends of the trip.
I have visited Cabbage Island for both lunch and dinner. I prefer dinner for the chance for a beautiful moonlit cruise back to Boothbay Harbor afterward.
Bring your camera! Photo ops abound on Cabbage Island and your server will be more than happy to take group pictures for everyone.
Cabbage Island is my absolute favorite place to enjoy a lobster dinner with friends and family; I can't wait to return next year!
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