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The Great American Wedding Part 1: Rehearsal Dinner at Stewman’s Lobster Pound in Bar Harbor

Detroit natives Bianca and Michael had never even visited Maine when they picked the state for their wedding. Yet, they knew instinctively it would be perfect as they zeroed in on Bar Harbor (the Acadia Region), selecting the historic Bar Harbor Inn for the reception site.

Like so many couples who plan a destination wedding in Maine, Bianca and Michael wanted to feature lobster prominently at one meal, so they selected Stewman’s Lobster Pound for the rehearsal dinner hosted by Michael’s parents.

Overlooking Frenchmans Bay, Stewman’s is on the property of the Bar Harbor Regency at 123 Eden Street. Though it is located on hotel property, service is not limited to hotel patrons, and couples do not have to host their wedding at the Regency (or the sister Bar Harbor Club property) in order to use the lobster pound for a rehearsal dinner.

After a ceremony rehearsal on the Bar Harbor Inn lawn, Bianca, Michael, their families and guests traveled by Oli’s Trolley to the Bar Harbor Regency grounds. They stopped first at the poolside Tiki Bar for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, then moved on to Stewman’s for their lobster dinner. (Lobster wasn’t mandatory, but one of several choices on the special rehearsal dinner menu.)

Stewman’s staff helped lobster newbies, teaching them how to remove lobster tail meat, crack claws and access other morsels of succulent lobster.

Like so many Acadia Region lobster pounds, Stewman’s waterside location insures guests will be treated to a lovely sunset under the right conditions. The long pier just beside Stewman’s reaches out into Frenchman Bay, allows nice views of the Nova Scotia ferry dock right next door, and is great for picture taking.  Bianca and Michael, who had initially worried about posing for photos, easily shook their jitters as we snuck out of the party for a few minutes to take advantage of the lovely sunset light.

Stewman’s can accommodate groups of up to a hundred, and soon a second Stewman’s location should be open on West Street (in walking distance of downtown Bar Harbor.)

Unlike some lobster pounds which are more self-service affairs, Stewman’s offers restaurant-style table service and  an extensive menu which includes other seafood, burgers and vegetarian fare.

If Stewman’s isn’t the right fit for your function, take a look at  Downeast Lobster Bakes, Beal’s Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor,  Abel’s Lobster Pound (207-276-5877) on the side of Somes Sound, and Thurston’s Lobster Pound in Bernard.

*The glitch that keeps me from loading slideshow images in order has still not been worked out. Hopefully a solution will be found soon so that slideshow images can play in chronological order, which would make much more sense!

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