Jessica Fletcher’s Maine: 4 quaint seaside towns that inspired the fictional village of Cabot Cove

Outdoor activities and bike rides are perfect for enjoying the beautiful scenery and stunning gardens of Maine. With its wild blueberries and love for lobster, Fletcher especially enjoys all the things that Maine has to offer, particularly during the fall and summertime. The inspiration for Maine Cove Cabot may have come from the suggestion that there are waterfront restaurants and darling harbors dotted along the stunning coastline of Maine. Interestingly, the show was actually filmed at Universal Studios in California, despite the clues that suggest otherwise.

During the journey, you have the option to make a pit stop for recently caught seafood like fish and lobster (or perhaps uncover a couple of mysteries). Additionally, this excursion showcases numerous lighthouses and stunning views of the waterfront, running parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. Opting for Route 1 ensures a more picturesque drive, while you also have the alternative of taking I-95. Cabot Cove bears resemblances to various towns along this particular stretch of coastline, where enthusiasts of the television series and novels will discover a range of locations from Rockland to Kennebunkport.

a small cottage with two chairs on the porch surrounded by flowers and greenery
Cottages at Cabot Cove. | Photo courtesy of the Cottages at Cabot Cove

1. Kennebunkport

In the lovely town of Kennebunkport, Cabot Cove’s allure is at its peak during the summer months when it becomes filled with tourists. Despite having a year-round population of approximately 1,000, some enthusiasts believe.

In the summer, commemorating 69 years in business, the temporary Nunans’s Lobster Hut serves as the residence for the small lobster fishing community of Cape Porpoise, approximately 2 miles away from Dock Square. Swimming, leisurely walks, and sunbathing are attractions for Goose Rocks Beach. A delightful destination for experiencing nature is the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in the nearby town of Wells, which Fletcher would truly enjoy. The Bush family estate can be found about a 90-minute car ride from Boston and serves as the charming coastal town of southern Maine, with Dock Square situated right in the heart of it.

The Cottages at Cove Cabot is a collection of 16 two-bedroom and one-bedroom cabins, formerly known as Sleepy Hollow Motor Lodge. These cabins offer full kitchens, some with full amenities such as a website, check-in, and check-out details. The package also includes other goodies and recipe cards, as well as a keepsake novel and souvenir tote bag. Fans of the book “She Murder Wrote” can enjoy a limited-time opportunity to stay in Cove Cabot and can accommodate several people. Additionally, guests can rent a bike surrey to explore the nearby beaches and fishing villages. However, the cottages are not named after the saltwater inlet or the show for which they are known. Complimentary beach cruiser bicycles are also available for guests to use throughout their stay, which would be loved by Fletcher Cove Cabot visitors.

several boats on the water
Boothbay Harbor. | Photo: Visit Maine

2. Boothbay Harbor

Harbor Boothbay, a fictional cove similar in population to Cabot Cove, is a bucolic coastal village with a waterfront dotted with fishing boats and lobster traps. The Maine Mutiny details the escapades of Fletcher, who loved to spend time on the water fishing with her local pals. She learned firsthand about the lobstering industry in Maine by booking a cruise with Cap’n Fish’s Cruises, which offers plenty of photo opportunities to capture the basking seals and lighthouses on the rocks.

Like Cabot Cove’s Mara’s Luncheonette, Cafe Moon Blue is a quaint local diner situated on the harbor. Come for breakfast and order the homemade blueberry pancakes topped with locally tapped syrup, or for lunch, enjoy a slice of homemade blueberry pie alongside finished lobster rolls.

a family orders at a walk-up window of a small red and white lobster shack
McLoons Lobster Shack. | Photo: Visit Maine

3. Sprucehead Island

At McLoons Wharf, you have the option to purchase take-out lobsters, and these lobsters are freshly caught each day from nearby fishermen. Reminiscent of Cabot Cove, McLoons Lobster Shack, a well-liked establishment in the stunning South Thomaston, offers a simple menu consisting of lobster rolls, steamed lobster meals, lobster stew, and Whoopie pies, which originated in Maine (a delicacy that could easily have been created at Sassi’s Bakery).

The dock is a particularly busy destination, especially in the fall and summer, where photogenic schooners set sail; hugging the Penobscot Bay, the town is the home to the popular Farnsworth Art Museum and the Maine Contemporary Art Center, which serves as a canvas for writers and art enthusiasts. Travel north to the Midcoast region of Rockland, Maine.

Fletcher offers an article to write about the annual Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine, which takes place in early August at Harbor Park and features pancake breakfasts, blueberry eating contests, and five days of lobster-themed events. She might remember that Lobster Cove’s Cabot is a favorite spot for local lobster fishermen, as she wrote in Murder She Wrote.