Coastal Flavor of Way Downeast

Coastal Flavor of Way Downeast
West Quoddy Head

Bold Coast at its finest...West Quoddy Head (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

With the calendar pointing to May 1st and the sun coaxing temperatures to climb near 60 degrees, the beckoning outdoors was just too alluring to pass up. 

Where to go however was the million dollar question on such a delightful spring day. 

Options abounded, but in the end, the family and I decided to meander along Downeast and search out a few back-road treasures whose glimmer is often overlooked by the seasonal traveler. 

Although well-known coastal destinations like Bar Harbor are understandably popular, it was our intention on this day to try and enjoy some tucked-away places that uniquely meld solitude and beauty into a natural bliss.   

As we have come to learn, such contentment is invariably found down winding roads still aching from winter’s frost heaves, and whose identity can sometimes only be determined by the guesswork of a map sleuth. Yet in the end, a determined pursuit always reaps an equally satisfying reward along coastal Maine. 

Beals Island

The "nets" of tradition never tear...Beals Island (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Not surprisingly, this was the case for our family on this grand first of May.   

From the quintessential fishing villages of Corea and Beals Island to the easternmost town in the country – Lubec, Maine, our journey was filled with the traditions and colors of the coast – even if spring’s greens were lagging behind joining in on the parade of hues that accented the seascape. 

The punctuation mark for this Bold Coast experience was a visit to the candy-caned striped sentinel that charmingly presides over West Quoddy Head along the International Quoddy Loop. 

On this day, there was a distant haze but no fog, which was a treat indeed. 

Without a misty shroud to contend with, the breathtaking expanse of the Grand Manan Channel of the Bay of Fundy was in full view and begging to be admired. 

We will look forward to return trips to Downeast Maine later this spring and summer as the lupines begin to bloom, but we also know that we will not come by again anytime soon the peaceful quietness that joined hands with the unsurpassed natural beauty on this sun-kissed gift of a day. 

Glisten of Jasper Beach

Doused and glistening...Jasper Beach, Machiasport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Public boat ramp in Lubec

Daydreaming...Lubec (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Lubec Narrows

A stone's throw away...Lubec over to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Easternmost point

Rock solid at the most easternmost point in the United States...West Quoddy Head, Lubec (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Discarded color

Abandoned by the tides...Jasper Beach, Machiasport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Wharf on Beals Island

"EeZzMoney" needs a bit of pampering...Beals Island (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Vigilance

Vigilance never takes a break...Corea (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

History in Lubec

Time is not on their side...Historic waterfront, Lubec (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Weather beaten

Weather beaten...Jasper Beach, Machiasport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Creativity lives on

The work of a creative hand...West Quoddy Head, Lubec (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Links

Linked like the buddy system...Corea Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Nets on Beals Island

Waiting to show off their buoyancy on a line...Beals Island (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Lubec fishing vessels

Nestled safe & sound at their moorings...Lubec (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Sail Rocks

No friend to the mariner...Sail Rocks off West Quoddy Head (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Corea Harbor

A day of rest...Corea Harbor (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

West Quoddy Head Light

Distinctively charming...West Quoddy Head (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Neighborly span

Neighborly span to our Canadian friends...Lubec (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Storefront

A little bit of everything...Lubec (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Jasper Beach path

Green path promises to lead to the warm overtures of spring...Jasper Beach, Machiasport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Machiasport

Shop 'till you drop...Machiasport (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Quiet

Quietness afloat...Beals Island (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Drab meets cheer

Drab meets cheer...Jasper Beach, Machiasport (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Tradition in Lubec

Once the lifeblood of a community...Lubec (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

A lack of clarity

A lack of clarity...West Quoddy Head (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Proud of their heritage

Proud of their heritage by the sea...Lubec (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

History tows the line

History tows the line at water's edge...Lubec (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Standing majestic sentinel

Standing majestic sentinel...West Quoddy Head (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Cut off by time and the tides

Cut off by time and the tides...Lubec (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Guiding by day or night

Guiding by day or night...West Quoddy Head (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)