This tidal river in Maine is singled out from the rest of the state because so many oysters of such phenomenal quality are grown up and down its length. A tradition of bottom-planting took hold long ago on the Damariscotta, which results in slower growth, stronger shells, richer flavor, and more work for the growers, but it’s well worth it. Many consider the Damariscotta to be the ultimate destination for oyster lovers. See also Maine/NH Oysters