Cabbage Island Clambakes

established in 1956

The Experience

Your journey to Cabbage Island begins at Pier 6 in picturesque Boothbay Harbor. Here, you will board the Bennie Alice and enjoy a narrated scenic cruise while you take in Maine's breathtaking coastline. As you step off the boat, Bob and Wayne Moore will greet and welcome you to the island. With indoor and outdoor dining options, you will have ample choices on where to sit.

Cabbage Island guests are treated to a traditional Downeast clambake including fish chowder, two lobsters, clams, golden corn on the cob, potato, onion, a hard steamed egg and Maine's finest blueberry cake. We cook our clambakes in traditional fashion - steamed over open fires between thick layers of seaweed and covered with tarpaulins to seal in all the great flavor and natural sweetness.

After you enjoy your meal, take time to explore the natural beauty of Cabbage Island. Whether lounging under the shade of the great oak tree or exploring the wooded trails to Hawk Point, Cabbage Island's beauty has attracted artists and those seeking a peaceful reprieve for years. Take advantage of island activities such as horseshoes, volleyball and badminton or take a peaceful stroll along the shore. Whatever you do, your trip to Cabbage Island will be remember for years to come.

Our History

In the late 1800s, the Holbrook family was granted several islands in Linekin Bay, including Cabbage Island. In 1901, Ezekiel Holbrook purchased the island from his father but later sold the island to a local dentist who used the island as a summer retreat. The island changed hands throughout the early 20th century until 1947 when Donald and Ruth Leavitt bought the island. Together, the Leavitts started Cabbage Island Clambakes, hosting guests twice daily for their famed clambakes. After 23 years, Ruth Leavitt shuttered the business and moved away from the island. Cabbage Island again changed hands a few times until it was abandoned in the early 1980s.

In 1986, Wayne Moore purchased the island. Once word spread through town, Wayne was approached by local fishermen who encouraged him to restart the clambakes. With the help of his family and Mrs. Leavitt herself, Wayne and his brother, Bob, restarted the clambakes on Cabbage Island. The clambakes have been a perennial attraction to visitors since 1989 and continue to grow in popularity.