Slip over to Bass Harbor, on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, for an authentic taste of Maine. Unlike most harbors on the island, Bass is filled with working boats, not pleasure craft, and lobster traps, crates, and other gear top the wharves and docks. Head for the bright-yellow roof; that’s Thurston’s Lobster Pound, cooking local crustaceans since 1992. Before you grab a table in one of the bi-level screened-in dining rooms hanging over the water, read the directions at the entrance: Order first—that keeps the diners flowing. You’re here for lobster, but don’t miss the chowders, and save room for dessert. Be sure to drink in the equally delicious views from the lounge.
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