Find out why Rockport ME was named the Best Travel Destination in August


What do Sri Lanka, Morocco, Edinburgh and Rockland, Maine have in common?

All are considered top destinations to travel to in August.

Rockland’s tourism industry has the lobsters to thank for another accolade this summer, after being named one of the “10 Best Places to Travel in August” in the world by travel magazine AFAR. Not that this will save the lobsters from the pot, of course.

Rockland was one of three US cities to make the cut, along with Washington DC and Big Sky, Montana.

Why visit Rockland this summer?

Each city on the AFAR list has a specific reason to visit during the month of August — in Rockland’s case, it was “forgetting the summer diet for the best possible reasons,” as writer Mark Ellwood puts it.

Those reasons include the native lobster, which will be the guests of honor (and main course) at the world-famous Maine Lobster Festival.

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The “Crustacean Festival” takes place from July 31 to August 4, 2024 in Penobscot Bay. In addition to traditional favorites like bisque and rolls, visitors can sample more creative interpretations like turnovers and fried dumpling.

What AFAR said: ‘There’s more to the bash, with a cooking festival for those keen to show off their kitchen prep schools, and a 10km road race. The highlight, however, is the Great Crate Race on Sunday afternoon, where anyone reckless and athletic enough can sign up. try running over fifty lobster traps strung together like a bobbing obstacle course across the harbor. This is a true community effort, staffed almost entirely by local volunteers and run by a nonprofit that funnels all money earned back into community programs in Midcoast Maine.

Travel Tips for the Maine Lobster Festival

AFAR recommended lobster lovers reserve a room at the 250 Main Hotel due to its convenient location within walking distance of the festival.

For those not within driving distance, flying to Rockland normally requires via Boston on the regional airline Cape Air. AFAR suggested an alternative: fly to Portland, with seasonal service to a number of cities including Washington DC, Baltimore and Charlotte, and then drive to Rockland, “a scenic detour that takes about 90 minutes.”

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