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Outside the Bubble: Southern Maine

Outside the Bubble is a new Harbus feature that will introduce you to fun yet wholesome excursions, activities and day trips in and around the Greater Boston Area.
For the first installment, we introduce you to Southern Maine. With its sandy beaches, clam shacks, picturesque small towns and lobsters galore, it’s no wonder that Maine is known as “Vacationland.” Since this lovely state is a mere hour’s drive up I-95N, Maine is a perfect place for a quick get-out-of-the-bubble jaunt. Here are five things to do on a day trip to Southern Maine.
1.     Outlet shopping in Kittery
If you’re a fan of J.Crew, Polo, Banana Republic, Gap, Nike, Brooks Brothers, Crate & Barrel or one of the 120 other brands with an outpost here, you’ll love the many deals to be had on this outlet-filled strip of Route 1. Aim to be there right when the stores open (usually 9am) to beat the crowds.

2.     Candy heaven at Yummies
Yummies, a paradise for everyone with a sweet tooth, is located at the end of the outlet stretch of Kittery. This little shop houses every type of candy you can think of, from retro classics to saltwater taffy to nuts, chocolates and decadent homemade fudge. If there’s one place to let your inner child run wild, it’s Yummies.

3.     Lobster lunch at Barnacle Billy’s
Don’t fill up on candy, because there’s a lobster with your name on it in the tank at Billy’s. There are two restaurants next door to each other that are both called Barnacle Billy’s, just to confuse you, so be sure to pick the second one, the original restaurant, where you can pick your own table on the deck and enjoy the view while devouring your lobster, sweet corn and clam chowder.

4.     Beach time in Ogunquit
Of the many beachside towns in Maine, Ogunquit is known for its old-fashioned trolleys, LGBT-friendly businesses and nightlife, great restaurants and a large public beach. Spend a few hours relaxing and inhaling the fresh, salty air, and it’ll rejuvenate you much more effectively – and healthily – than a can of low-calorie Red Bull.

5.     Dinner at Frankie & Johnny’s
I’ve been eating delicious meals at Frankie & Johnny’s every summer for as long as I can remember. This Cape Neddick institution is as infamous for its cash-only and B.Y.O.B. policies as its delicious, fresh, unpretentious food served in the owners’ own dining room. The lobster purses and seared tuna with coconut rice are personal favorites, as are the large salads topped with plenty of vegetables, fruit and nuts that come complementary with every entrée. Be sure to save room for dessert!

September 5, 2012
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