LUBEC, Maine — Maybe the presidential motorcade should have kept driving east on U.S. Route 1 this past weekend for a side trip to Lubec.
The easternmost town in the country was named on Monday the third best little beach town in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure magazine.
In a listing of the top 23 little beach towns, ranked by readers, Lubec is number three. Maine doesn’t appear again on the list until Ogunquit shows up at number 18.
Travel and Leisure named Lubec in its 15th annual World’s Best Awards, which are compiled through readers’ nominations.
The story states: “For travelers seeking casual retreats for sand and surf, these uncrowded and unpretentious spots from Florida to Hawaii make ideal and affordable trips.”
The ranking states that the awarded little beach towns offer a quieter, off-the-radar destination that holds a broader appeal.
First place went to Boca Grande, Fla., and second was Chincoteague, Va.
The article states that “Lubec is all the way Down East, right near the border with New Brunswick, Canada. Its assets include an elegant Victorian Greek Revival–style downtown, 97 miles of shoreline, two lighthouses, and easy access to the former Roosevelt summer home on Campobello Island, which is now an international park.”
“Beach towns are a mainstay of the hot months, a beacon for countless citizens looking for a reprieve from the daily grind,” the article says. “The Great American beach town, apart from being idle as all get out, is also resolutely democratic, conscious that the sand belongs to all.”
The online story also includes a slide show of the best little beach towns.
The full list of beach towns awarded can be found at www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-best-little-beach-towns.