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Mother Hoods: Spruce Head Island, Maine

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy


If you caught last week’s profile on designer-mama Julie O’Rourke, chances are you are already searching Airbnb and planning a trip up to coastal Maine. Here, the hard-working islander shares her sweet spots around Spruce Head for a surefire good time with both kids and adults alike.

What are your favorite places in Spruce Head Island to:

Eat with the kids?
“On Sundays, we like to eat pizza and oysters at Primo in Rockland, always early and always upstairs. Try Long Grain in Camden for the best Thai food. They have books and toys if you ask for them. Finally, Chase’s Daily in Belfast for breakfast, treats, and an indoor farmers market.

Eat with just adults?
Drifter’s Wife in Portland. Suzuki in Rockland.”

Shop for kids?
Little Boutique in Portland for clothes. Rock, Paper, Scissors in Wiscasset for gifts.”

Shop for yourself?
Judith in Portland.”

Play with your child?
“Anywhere outside.”

Play with your adult friends?
“Anywhere outside.”

Get out in nature?
“We like to take the ferry from Rockland to Vinalhaven or Northhaven, and swim in quarries. Maiden’s Cliff in Camden to pick Blueberries. Rockport Harbor to go fishing.”

Any good flea markets/thrift shops?
Marston House in Wiscasset for the most beautiful textiles and antiques. There are also tons of weird antique stores along Coastal Rt. 1.”

Any good museums/art installations?
“We have a new contemporary art museum, CMCA, in Rockland.”

Where do you take out-of-town visitors?
Nebo Lodge on North Haven and Nina June in Rockport.”

Any tourist-y places that are worth it to visit?
“There are many touristy towns that are always fun to visit and get a lobster roll, or go to a county fair.”

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