The Treasure In Owl’s Head, Maine

General Store, Owl's Head, Maine, where angels tread.
General Store, Owl’s Head, Maine, where angels tread.

Daily Prompt: Tourist Trap

What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

There is something about the coast of Maine that beckons my wife and I. During the nineties we spent several falls their. We purposely chose the week beyond what the prediction was for the peak foliage. The reason is that we still wanted to catch the beauty of the brightly colored leaves, but without the convergence of tourist – like us.

My wife and I can find a secluded spot with a view of the ocean and the pounding or lapping waves and be perfectly content. A bottle of wine, some cheese, a spread of jelly, a blanket, crackers and leave us alone.

We found a few spots like that in Maine. Places where no one else would think of going.

It might sound as though we don’t like to be bothered by people; not so. We want to speak only when spoken to and we want our people that way to. Maine for the most part is like that. That’s what makes the coast so inviting to us; it is really the people. They are so genuinely friendly, but first you must enter their space. They are far too polite to be intrusive to you. At least, that is our experience.

From time to time I hear stories about how cold and unfriendly people on the east coast can be. Let me share a story:

We got a late start one day. We were heading to Port Clyde. It is a sleepy little village quintessential of what one might think for the east coast. (I hate that term ‘sleepy little,’ just thought I’d throw it in to give the place the charm most would recognize.)

On the way there, believe it or not, I got lost. In Owl’s Head we saw a little place. It was a grocery/post office/hardware/restaurant. I went in looking for directions.

Behind the counter was small man with a near angel appearance. He was preparing sandwiches at the grill, likely for a lunchtime rush. His smile was warm, friendly, and kind. His hair was soft and white like cotton. His face was small and smooth.

He slowly walked to the counter. “Let me guess,” he said. “You’re lost.”

“Yes,” I smiled. “I’m heading to Port Clyde.”

He stood on his tiptoes and craned his neck to look at my car with my wife inside. Then he looked me over. “You and your wife look like good folks. Rather than go home after your vacation why don’t you just move here. We’d love to have ya.”

I hesitated. “That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.”

“Really,” he said. “We’d love to have you.” He than gave me directions to Port Clyde.

When my wife and I go anyplace it is never the scenery, it is the people. You can buy pictures of places or commit them to memory, but you can’t buy or take a picture of a warm experience like that.

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  1. I think Maine would appeal to me as well. It just conjours up books by Stephen King . A sea beating aginst a mysteriious coastline and people having perhaps dark secrets. My imagination would go with the area. However, distant dreams being in Europe. Loved your article.

  2. I have been in Maine once when I worked in the US and I would like to go back. I enjoyed a lot reading your story. Thanks.

  3. Loved the story. I remember talking to a lady at a store who was on vacation, and who had moved to Maine from New Jersey, and she was telling me it was like another world, meaning that it was beautiful, with nice friendly people, and she even gave an example by telling me that people would leave their farm produce in front of their house, with a jar next to it, so you can take what you need and pay for it by depositing your money in the unattended jar. She was so thrilled with moving there and genuinely happy to have made that her home.
    It is funny also because this relates to my post today a bit.

  4. Sums up Maine! There are many of these lovely little general stores in Maine! As a native Whitefielder, I’d love to recommend the Alna Store and Husseys Hardware. Two experiences that should be had.

    • Thanks, I now live near the west coast and don’t foreseen any trips in the near future, but we plan to do so in about two years. I will write down you recommendations and try to fit them in our agenda.
      Thanks fro reading and being thoughtful enough to recommend something you hold dear.

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