For clam digging
The sweetest clams are the ones you dig yourself. The muddy edges of Ferry Beach in Scarborough, Maine, are full of quahog and soft-shell clams, and the town clerk (207-730-4020) issues up to 10 one-day nonresident licenses per day ($10). Harwich, Massachusetts, seeds its shellfish flats with small clams that grow into big ones, and the flats of Pleasant Bay are one of the easier places to harvest them. The Harwich harbor master (508-430-7532) charges $20 for a one-day nonresident permit. Limewood Beach in Branford, Connecticut, is washed with the plankton-rich waters of Long Island Sound. A $10 one-day permit from the town clerk (203-315-0678) lets you dig for quahogs and soft-shell clams and collect mussels and oysters; parking is limited.