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The best way to Rockland, Maine

August 26, 2012

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THE BEST WAY TO ROCKLAND, MAINE

From LAX, you can fly into Boston, the nearest big airport, nonstop on American, JetBlue, Virgin America and United; direct (stop, no change of planes) on US Airways; or connecting (change of planes) on US Airways, United, Delta, American, AirTran and JetBlue. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $398.

It's a three-hour drive to Rockland. Or you can fly little Cape Air from Boston to Rockland (www.capeair.com). If it's a clear day, you get a wonderful view of the coast. Restricted round-trip fares from Boston begin at $273.

WHERE TO STAY

I love the look of the cottages and houses offered by Summer Maine, (207) 596-6295, http://www.summermaine.com, many of them classic beach houses on the St. George Peninsula. Fletcher Hall, the woman who handles the rentals, is very helpful. Weekly prices range from about $800 for a cottage in the off-season to about $3,500 for the bigger houses in peak summer.

WHERE TO EAT

Chase's Daily, 96 Main St., Belfast; (207) 338-0555. The vegetarian restaurant serves lunch Tuesdays-Saturdays, brunch Saturdays and Sundays, and dinner Fridays. Lunch entrees about $6-$12, dinner entrees $17-$20.

Cod End, Commercial St., Tenants Harbor; (207) 372-6782, codend.com. Open daily in the summer (closed in the off season). Dinner entrees from about $10 and up.

Cameron's Lobster House, 18 Bath Road, Brunswick; (207) 725-2886). Open daily. Main dishes from $8.95-$21.95, less for sandwiches.

WHERE TO SHOP

Liberty Tool Co., 57 Main St., Liberty; (207) 589-4771, http://www.libertytoolco.com. Open daily from March until December.

Lobster Lane Book Shop, 67 Island Road, South Thomaston; (207) 594-7520, lobsterlanebookshop.com. Open weekends only in the summer and early fall.

Big Chicken Barn, 1768 Bucksport Road (Route 1), Ellsworth; (207) 667-7308, http://www.bigchickenbarn.com. Open daily except major holidays.

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