One of the nicest perks of traveling by RV is saving enough cash to experience the “extras” along the way. Sampling each region’s best seafood is definitely high on our list of vacation extras. This week, we go in search of the very best seafood towns on America’s Northeast coastline. Jump in, the seafood sampling is scrumptious!
Boston and Points North
If we say “Boston”, do you say “clam chowder?” Beantown is a treasured destination for seafood loving RV campers. Insiders tell us that Legal Seafoods, with several Boston locations, has primo Northeastern Clam Chowder. Skipjack’s is also another excellent seafood restaurant. A couple of other traditional Boston seafood “haunts” include the No Name Restaurant and the Union Oyster House which bills itself as America’s oldest restaurant (since 1826). By the way, beautiful Ellis Haven Campground in Plymouth is just 30 minutes south of Boston.
Just north of Boston be sure to check out Woodman’s. Don’t let its rustic appearance fool you, you will find some of the best lobster anywhere at Woodman’s.
Go two hours north to Portland, Maine for more mouth-wateringly fresh seafood. Definitely plan a stop at the legendary Harbor Fish Market. The selection of right-off-the-boat seafood will bedazzle creative RV cooks. And did we mention that halfway between Boston and Portland is a chance to experience authentic Maine clambakes? Foster’s Downeast Clambake on Maine’s York Harbor features fabulous seafood in a lively clambake atmosphere.
Pinehurst RV Resort in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, is fifteen minutes south of Portland, centrally located for your Maine leg of this RV seafood expedition. And if you’re game to drive farther north into Maine, follow the coastline and be sure to sample the region’s quintessential crab shacks. Red’s Eats in Wiscasset is a fine example of Maine’s legendary roadside carry outs.
Boston and Points South
Start your “Boston south” RV seafood search by taking a short drive from Boston to historic Falmouth Village, Massachusetts. Falmouth is where you’ll find the Quarterdeck seafood restaurant, home of the region’s largest lobster salad sandwich! It’s also splendidly scenic, situated right on Vineyard Sound.
Meander along the southern Massachusetts coastline, enjoying seafood bisque at Lindsey’s Family Restaurant in Wareham on Cape Cod or the house specials at Mattapoisett Chowder House.
Continue your search for great fish, shrimp and lobster in Rhode Island. Towns such as Portsmouth abound with seafood shops like Stonebridge Shellfish, so be sure to pick up salmon, clams or scallops to cook in your handy RV kitchen.
Finish your RV camping and seafood feasting tour in Connecticut, with seafood experiences at villages like Noank. The Fisherman’s Restaurant in that town offers a fantastic menu and unforgettable views of Palmer’s Cove. Oh, and speaking of views, don’t miss the view of Long Island Sound from Dock & Dine in Old Saybrook, CT.
There’s still more seafood to be experienced on America’s Atlantic shoreline, but we’ll save that for another post. We hope this quick tour in search of America’s best Northeastern seafood whets your appetite for yet another RV camping adventure!