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Lobster’s last call? Perish the thought

Posted by Paul Kandarian  July 19, 2013 09:50 AM

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With summer in full, nearly literal boil, it’s hard to think of lobster season ending. But it will,for the most part, as many lobster boats dock for the year when cold returns.

New England Inns & Resorts is putting out a “Last Call for Lobster” packages, which can be found at www.NewEnglandInnsandResorts.com, packages that vary by property and include things like “Lucky Lobstering” at the Chebeague Island Inn, in Portland, Maine. Here, you can join a Maine lobsterman for a two-hour trip around Casco Bay, learning about the creature, in a package that includes two nights lodging, gourmet breakfast daily, afternoon tea and more. The boat ride is with Capt. Jedediah Spear (if that’s not a great fishing name, we don’t know what is) aboard the Sea Nile. Your catch will be steamed and served with the regular fixings, or you can opt for a five-course lobster tasting, with wine pairings. Packages start at $1,160 for two people, taxes not included, and are available through mid-September.

Another possibility is “Lighthouses and Lobsters,” at Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, Maine, a package for two that includes two nights anywhere on property (including the lighthouse), lobster dinner for two, self-guided lighthouse tour and directions to vantage points to see other area lighthouses. Main Lodge rates start at $149, with lighthouse rates starting at $219. Two-night minimum is required, and rates don’t include tax and service charge. Use promotion code SHR109 when booking.

Other Maine inns running lobster-related deals are Captain Lord Mansion in Kennebunkport, with its “Lobster Boat Cruise and Dinner Package,” at $159 per couple, and the “Rockport LobsterFest Package” at Emerson Inn by the Sea, which gets you three nights stay, a variety of amenities and two tickets to the 17th Annual Rockport Rotary LobsterFest Aug. 10. Package prices vary by room, running from $497 to $1,067. The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth has a “Lucky Catch Package,” a family oriented deal that gets you three nights in a two-bedroom cottage, four tickets to the Lucky Catch lobster boat cruise, four fresh lobsters from the boat, and a $50 gift certificate from Portland Lobster Company. Packages start at $689 per night, and are available through Oct. 14, based on four-person occupancy.

There’s always room for more lobster, and for more packages, visit www.newenglandinnsandresorts.com

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