Can you identify this beloved coastal town?
Photographed by Susan Cole KellyYou’ve driven along Route 1 a million times, been through all these towns, but with thousands of miles of jagged coastline, there’s so much yet to see. So when a road heading east beckons, you make the turn and journey to the very tip of a neck of land that retains its original Native American name. There, you find a fishing village on a protected bay. Just offshore are three small rocky islands and — not too far in the distance — the bare, rugged hills of an iconic tourist destination that attracts two million people a year. This town, however, remains off the tourist trail, and you may feel as if you’ve discovered a coastal Maine secret, were it not for the big, beautiful summer homes on its shore and the 99-year-old, nine-hole golf course (golfers enjoy views of an island that shares a name with a Robert Louis Stevenson novel). The summer colony even has its own chapel, founded in 1889 by the daughter of a wealthy Yonkers carpet merchant who had it modeled after a church she’d seen in Sweden. Although this town is pure Maine, you wouldn’t be the first to hear its name and think it was in Italy.
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