Summers in Midcoast Maine are characterized by plentiful sunshine, delicious seafood, and memorable experiences. One way to enjoy all three of these things is to take a trip to Cabbage Island, ME! This tranquil island is just a 10-minute drive and quick ferry ride away from the town of Southport. It makes for a great day trip for visitors because of its seaside charm, signature clambakes, and rich history! We’ll explain why a trip to this hidden gem is worthwhile.
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About Cabbage Island, ME
The History of the Island
The Cabbage Island story begins in the early 1900s with the Holbrook family. In 1901, a man by the name of Ezekiel Holbrook purchased the island from his father. The island saw several different proprietors through the years. When Donald and Ruth Leavitt purchased the property in 1948, significant changes came to the island. For 23 whole summers, Ruth hosted a twice-daily clambake on the island, transporting visitors to and from the popular event using ferries. After Mrs. Leavitt sold the island in 1983, it became abandoned.
A Continued Tradition
In 1986, Mr. Wayne Moore purchased the island. It wasn’t long before locals asked him to bring back the clambake tradition that the Leavitt family had popularized. With the help of the Boothbay Harbor community, the Moore family, and Mrs. Leavitt herself, clambakes were brought back to Cabbage Island. Today, the tradition continues! Two clambakes are hosted each day of the week between June and September. This is one of the best things to do in Maine in July!
What to Expect During a Visit to Cabbage Island
Enjoy Great, Local Food
For most visitors, the Cabbage Island, ME, experience begins with a scenic tour of Boothbay Harbor aboard the Bennie Alice ferry. When guests step onto the island, the entire Moore family greets them! Immediately, guests smell the succulent feast of fresh Maine lobster and clams made the “Downeast” way. The clams and lobsters are cooked in seaweed, covered with rocks, and steamed from top to bottom. This method traps all of the flavors inside and creates a truly delicious experience! Be sure to leave room for dessert, too – Mrs. Leavitt’s famous Blueberry Cake is an absolute must!
What to Do After
After enjoying a meal, explore the unparalleled beauty of Cabbage Island! The panoramic views have attracted nature lovers for generations. The island even features activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, and hiking. After returning from Cabbage Island, guests usually scope out some of the best lobster shacks in Maine for their next meal!
Since Cabbage Island, ME, is a popular Boothbay Harbor area attraction, it’s best to reserve tickets in advance. Call ahead and be sure to check the boat schedule and ticket information on Cabbage Island’s website. The ferry operates every day of the week, but times vary. Entry into the clambake costs $38 per person and ferry tickets cost $26. The ferry departs from 22 Commercial Street in Boothbay Harbor.
Stay at Nearby Newagen Seaside Inn!
Fall in love with Cabbage Island, ME, and the surrounding area during a stay with us here at Newagen Seaside Inn in Southport! Our accommodations include elegantly decorated private cottages and traditional Maine guest rooms.
Each accommodation features comfortable furnishings, premium amenities, and sparkling views of the ocean. Plus, our on-property restaurant, The Pub, serves delicious New England favorites that will help guests refuel after a day of adventure. Visitors who like Cabbage Island’s clambakes will also love our on-site activities and events!
Midcoast Maine’s beautiful landscape and unique coastal culture are calling. Check our availability and start planning that vacation!