US Route One is the main street through Wiscassett, Maine. There is no other way to get from the southern coast to the mid coast because there is no other bridge within 100 miles on which to get over the Sheepscott River. We locals avoid it like the plague during the summer because the traffic is backed up for five miles north and south, from Memorial Day until Labor Day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The cause of the clog is a little shack on the side of the road at the edge of town called Red's Eats. It's supposed to have the best lobster roll in the state. Of course we locals know that there are 50 other places like Red's that sit on the ocean in a far more picturesque setting and charge either the same price or less for their lobster roll! C'mon people, you've got to know this is a tourist trap! But they don't, and people will sit an extra hour in traffic, spend another half hour looking for a place to park, stand in line in the hot sun for another hour, and eat their dust-covered, exhaust-infused lobster roll anyway.
In the meantime, there's also a charming little place on US Route One right in the middle of Wiscassett called Treats. It's a cafe that serves terrific pasteries and egg sandwiches for breakfast, delicious lunches, and the best coffee in the state of Maine - Carrabassett Coffee. It has all kinds of goodies including cheeses, fresh-baked-on-the premises bread and rolls, great wine, etc. Seating is one big farmhouse table. You're forced to chat with your neighbors!
My partner Tom and I FINALLY got there ourselves last Sunday and had a wonderful sandwich and cup of coffee. I thought I'd whip out a little sketch of the place to share with all of you. It's really worth stopping by especially now with all of the foliage in full bloom.
Treats • 8" x 8" watercolor • SOLD