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Blue Hill Peninsula / Deer Isle
ways of getting onto the Blue Hill Peninsula are Rtes 175 and 15 from
Orland, Rte 176, and Rte 172 from Ellsworth. Rte 175 will take you
along Blue Hill Bay to the Castine Peninsula. Rte 15 leads to North
Penobscot and to Blue Hill. Forget about fast food or all-night gas
stations down here -- neither exists. There are public restrooms in the
Blue Hill municipal building
TAKE ROUTE 172 (the Surry Road) to go from Ellsworth to Blue Hill. You’ll pass the Black House, Ellsworth Family Veterinary Clinic, Mitch’s Antiques, Common Market Antiques and Books, Surry Yoga, Jordan Natural Christmas Tree Farm, Pugnuts Ice Cream, Institute for Humane Education, Surry Inn, U.S. Post Office, Blue Moon Images Gallery, Surry Gardens, Advanced Diagnosis, and Surry Store.
PUGNUTS ICE CREAM serves insanely great small-batch ice cream, gelato, fancy ice cream cakes, and cool novelties.
SURRY GARDENS is Downeast Maine's premier full-service greenhouse and nursery company. On hand is a huge selection of trees, perennials, fruit trees and shrubs, roses, vines, water plants, bedding plants, vegetable starts, and herbs. Many rare and exotic plants can be found here.
To the left is the turnoff to Rte 176, the Morgan Bay Road. Look for the Morgan Bay Zendo, Surry Music Therapy Center, Surry Machine and Mower Shop, Morgan Bay Farm, Ice Cream Lady, Turtle Mountain Mythic Art, East Blue Hill town line, Gravelwood Farm Stand, Blue Hill Marine Services, Blue Hill Village town line, Fine Art Photography Gallery, and Hypno-Health, Gravelwood Farm Stand, John Peters Estate, Wellness Chiropractic, Webber's Cove Boatyard, The Boatyard Grill, Boatyard Antiques, Branch Pond Marine, Merle Grindle Agency, Massage Therapy, Avalon Mail Boutique, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
The meditation practice at the MORGAN BAY ZENDO includes elements from Zen, Ch'an and Vipassana schools of Buddhism.
Alan Wittenberg (M.A., Certified Music Therapist, American Music Therapy Association) in in charge of the SURRY MUSIC THERAPY CENTER on Cross Road in Surry. Individuals with physical, emotional, and cognitive difficulties find that music therapy opens new channels of communication and contact, bringing joy, beauty, and serenity to many individuals.
TURTLE MOUNTAIN MYTHIC ART is a bit hard to find, but well worth the effort. The gallery is in a big house situated at 52 Bear Springs Lane. There are signs to help you with your quest. The artist, Scarlet Kinney, is a master of both mythic and schmanic renditions. She has been trained in schmanism, an alternative method of healing, by Indians from two different traditions. Hers is the only Downeast gallery offering art of this kind.
Gravelwood Farm, with an untended, honor system vegetable stand, is home to Wanda's Frozen Cow Pies.
If you want waterfront dining in Blue Hill, you have but a single choice: THE BOATYARD GRILL at 13 East Blue Hill Road. The food here is outstanding, whether you choose fresh grilled seafood, lobsters, salads, or burgers. You can eat inside or out. There is a full bar and free WIFI. It's just a short walk from downtown Blue Hill and, for drivers, there is plenty of free parking. Enjoy the working boatyard atmosphere.
Back on the Surry Road, you'll come upon WESMAC, Surry Kennels, Downeast Denture, Surry General Store, Classic Cars, Surry General Store, Michael Hewes & Company, Steve's Computer Repair, Blue Hill Accounting, The Ark Animal Shelter &Thrift Shop, Blue Hill Fairgrounds, Radiant Healing, Birdwalk Studio, Hydro Photon, Inc., and Farmer's Market.
Surry is home of the SURRY OPERA COMPANY, famous for its cultural exchanges with the former Soviet Union.
MICHAEL HEWES & COMPANY is a full-service building contractor specializing in complex residential projects and historic restorations.
Across from the BLUE HILL FAIRGROUNDS is a right turn that takes you to a trail leading up Blue Hill. The mile-long hike to the bald, craggy summit (topped with an unmanned fire tower) takes about 45 minutes.
Back on the Surry Road look for Down to Earth Pottery, Simplicity, Blue Hill Landing, Creature Quarters, The Cubby Hole, Hair Mowers, Classic Nails, Peddler's Wagon Greenhouses, Blue Hill Yarn Shop, Yanni's Pizza, Rackliffe Pottery, Emerson Antiques, Davis Agency Real Estate, 13 Moons, Verde Salon, Blue Hill Bay Landscapes, the Activity Shop, Downeast Meets West, Ayushri Yoga, Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill Laundry, Blue Hill Food Co-op, The Cafe.
Keith Herkotz says he loves making pots. The pots he makes show this love. You can see them at DOWN TO EARTH POTTERY shops in Blue Hill and Franklin. His fine stoneware pottery is all hand-shaped on the wheel or freeform and fired at 2300 degrees F. All pieces are oven/microwave and dishwasher safe, lead-free, and beautiful to behold.
A road to the right goes to Penobscot Solar.
Wondering what to get for your favorite Witchey Woman? The guys at 13 MOONS sell gifts and supplies for Wiccans and Pagans and can make any number of darkside suggestions.
The BAGADUCE MUSIC LENDING LIBRARY houses an extraordinary collection of over half-a-million music-related items. Open 10-5 Tues., Wed., and Fri. and by appointment. Call 374-5454.
You can get fresh produce at bargain prices even if you aren't a member of the BLUE HILL FOOD CO-OP. Check it out. You're sure to find something you like. It's on the right as you're entering downtown Blue Hill.
On Main Street in Blue Hill look for trg, Master the Mayhem, A Quiet Moment Day Spa, Pure Maine,Fresh Fish Market, The Meadows, EBS, Downeast Properties, Blue Hill Garage, Liros Gallery, Cub Cadet, Blue Hill Tea & Tobacco, Handworks Gallery, North Country Textiles, Jud Hartmann Gallery, Fairwinds Florist, Mill Stream Deli, Bakery & BBQ, Maine Environmental Research Institute, Peninsula Property Rentals, Kneisel Hall, Head of the Bay, Blue Hill Wine Shop, Saltmeadow Properties, Compass Point Real Estate, Weekly Packet.
At BLUE HILL TEA & TOBACCO, you can check out Blue Hill pipes, a unique line of pipes made especially for co-owner David Witter. Also on hand are many premium cigars and more than 400 varieties of wine, some of which are readily affordable.
At HANDWORKS GALLERY, there is a good collection of fine contemporary crafts by Maine artists.
Just down the street, NORTH COUNTRY TEXTILES offers low prices on discontinued items.
Jud Hartmann is engaged in depicting in bronze the woodland Indian tribes of the Northeast. His work, shown at the JUD HARTMANN GALLERY & SCULPTURE STUDIO, is primitive and powerful, evoking primal emotional responses in many people. Exhibited also are paintings by several strikingly original artists.
PENINSULA PROPERTY RENTALS handles this beachfront beauty, situated just 30 feet from the ocean's edge! An oceanside covered porch affords magnificant views of Mount Desert Island. The oceanside master bedroom allows one to hear gentle waves lapping onto the beach. Above the garage, there are extra sleeping accomodations with full bathroom, TV, internet, and washer-dryer. In the main house, there is a well-kept woodstove, and wall electric heaters are available if needed.
Jim and Bonnie Paulas at SALTMEADOW PROPERTIES are hometown professionals who know the area intimately and take pride in matching buyers and sellers. Among their interesting listings is a unique 4,400 sq. ft., three-story barn brought up from New York State and re-built on a private eighteen-acre site that features 900 feet of ocean frontage.
Just beyond Sara Sara's, on the Parker Point Road, you'll find the Blue Hill Public Library, Liros and Leighton galleries, and Watsu & WaterDance Therapy, a nice public park on the water. There is a public beach and good playground equipment. Fishing is popular off the town pier behind the fire house.
The BLUE HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY holds a big book sale every Saturday during summer. In the off-season, the sales are the first Saturday of every month.
For nearly a century, the people at LIROS GALLERY have been recognized internationally as specialists in fine paintings and Russian icons. A multi-generational family business dedicated to quality and tradition, Liros has shown a wide variety of American and European art of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Gallery services include: art and frame conservation and restoration, quality custom framing, and art appraisal for insurance and estate valuations. The business was established in 1926 by Serge Liros' father Akliros in Berlin. Renowned for his expertise in old master paintings, museums and fine collectors quickly became his clients. After the War the gallery moved to Athens, Greece, and in 1949 to New York City. In 1986, Liros moved to Blue Hill.
ROUTE 15 from Blue Hill to Orland goes by Blue Hill Books, First Baptist Church of Blue Hill, John Rugec Custom Builder, Coastal Carpentry, Sawyer Carpentry, Wight's, Blue Hill Farm Country Inn, Pines, Pentcostal Assembly, R.W Bowden & Sons, Lookin' Fine, Professinal Pet Grooming, Blue Hill Country Garden, Avalon Custom Yachts, Babson & Co., Horsepower Farm, G.M. Allen and Sons, Inc, and Blueberry Patch Shop, coming out on Route One at a Big Apple Food Store.
ROUTE 177 out of Blue Hill takes you by the Captain Merrill Inn and Restaurant, Merrill and Hinckley General Store, Rowantrees Pottery, George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill Inn, The Old Cemetery, A Flair for Hair, Curves, Bloomin' Orchid Co., and New Stock. before hooking up with Rte 15.
Look for the turn to Penobscot Solar Design, Balsam Cove Campground, Toddy Pond Stor-All, and Wanderin' Moose Campground.
Back in downtown Blue Hill, a left off of Main Street will put you on Water Street heading to the Holt House, Blue Hill Center for Yoga, Paradise Tattoo, Three Wishes, William McHenry Architect, De-Li Coffee House & Deli, Vacation Cottage Rentals, The Barnacle, Horton Emerson Park, Emerson's Antiques, Red Gap Books, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and a public boat launch.
The HOLT HOUSE on Water Street, administered by the local historical society, is a restored Federal house with period furnishings and exceptional stenciling. It is open 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday during July and August. Admission is $1.
Corey Paradise of PARADISE TATTOO has a knack for creating great-looking tattoos. Corey offers original award-winning designs or he can work from your own ideas and/or artwork to create just the effect desired. All in a professional environment using completely sterile, single use needles. Call 207-902-0263.
As much as possible, the folks at GREENSPEED JUICING use locally-grown, organic vegetables in their fresh juice and smoothies. If you have a favorite concoction not yet on their extensive menu, they'll blend it just for you.
Three wishes probably won't be enough when you visit THREE WISHES, a wonderful little gift boutique in Blue Hill. You're bound to end up wishing for at least a dozen things. It's tucked in on Water Street, just a bit out of sight.
Proceeding straight through downtown, look for Sotheby Real Estate, Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Sara Sara's, Fairwinds Florist, Fresh Flowers, Fine Arts Gifts, First Congregational Church, Arborvine Restaurant, The Vinery, Borealis Press, MAE llc.
John Hikade, the chef at ARBORVINE, brings 25 years of experience and boundless creativity to an eclectic and always special menu. He is assisted by his wife Beth who has put an impeccable eye for detail into decorating Arborvine's interior. Her period pieces, such as antique linens, shaker furniture and half-hull models, magnify the warmth of the restaurant’s myriad working fireplaces. Flower and herb gardens grace the grounds.
Open seasonally, THE VINERY, Arborvine's brew pub, is located nearby. Served are handmade pub fare as well as hand-crafted beers from our Arborvine's own micro-brewery, Deep Water Brewing Co. Stop byfor a beer and a game of bocce in the back yard, catch the game on a 52' tv, or enjoy dinner with a large crowd! No need for reservations unless you are a party of 8 or more.
Wendy Hays, proprietor of MAE, emphasizes beauty when she selects merchandise for her shop.
A turn to the right will take you by String Theory before the road joins Route 15.
STRING THEORY features yarns from all over the world. Emphasis is on natural fibers, including wool, silk, alpaca, and mohair. In addition to String Theory's Hand-dyed Yarn, you'll find Manos, Malabrigo, Noro, Lorna's Lace, Fiesta, Elsebeth Lavold, and more, including exquisite local yarn from Northern Bay Handspun Fibers. Along with yarn and spinning fibers, String Theory carries a complete array of knitting supplies, handmade buttons by Shipyard Point Glassworks, bags by Julie Haveneran exciting selection of books, and patterns, paintings, sculpture, and jewelry by local artists.
Turn left and you'll come upon The First Bank, Tradewinds Marketplace, Rite Aide Pharmacy, Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, The Wave Frozen Yogurt Cafe, Dunkin' Donuts, Many Paths to Healing, VAcation Cottages, Tree of Life Food Pantry, East Light, Irving, South Street Market, Blue Hilll Peninsula Dental, Mainescape Garden Shop, The Bay School Store, NAPA Auto Parts, A Shade Different, Blue Hill Dentistry, Maine Coast Vetinary Hospital, Barncastle Inn and Restaurant, Parker Ridge, Hairplanes
THE WAVE FROZEN YOGURT CAFE serves such classic flavors as chocolate, peanut butter, strawberry, and a tasty, no-sugar-added vanilla. These may be crowned with a choice of 60 toppings—from sliced almonds and fresh strawberries to gummi bears or fruiti pebbles.
MAINESCAPE is a relaxing sort of place with many nicely kept beds of carefully labeled perennials. If you like, you can walk down to the waterlily pond and sit a spell on the comfortable lawn chairs. The sales help is courteous and knowledgeable. Prices are reasonable.
BARNCASTLE is neither a barn nor a castle. Its name notwithstanding, this remarkable place is an inn and fine restaurant. Built in the 1880s, it was the first of Blue Hill's grand summer cottages. It's in the National Registrar of Historic Places.
Stay on Rtes 15/176 and look for Auto Repair, Commuity Pharmacy of Blue Hill, Psychotherapy, Lisa Zawalski Psychiatry, Theresa Neigel Psychotherapist, Power Wise, Stephen Benson Psychologist, Catherine Morse Psychologist, Sophie Spurr Attorney at Law, Peninsula Property Rentals, Pure Pilates, Acupuncture, Tidal Car Wash, Jonathan Fisher House, Mike's Market II, Marlintini Grill, Viking Lumber, Peninsula Metamorphic Arts and Learning, Sedgwick Town Line, Hiram Blake Camp, Mark Bell Pottery, Christmas Greens Shop, and Custom Cotton.
On Rte 176, you'll come to the JONATHAN FISHER MEMORIAL, a Federal house built in 1814 by Fisher,. It includes paintings, furniture and a collection of his unusual inventions. Renaissance man Fisher, a Blue Hill resident, was a scholar, minister, artist, and inventor. Fisher was a gifted, though largely untrained, artist and printer. He labored for over 30 years to produce a series of more than 100 small woodblock prints of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals – among many other subjects. The majority of these were published in 1834 to illustrate his book Scripture Animals, a religious and educational work for young people. Tours of his house are conducted between 2 and 5 p.m. July 1 to mid-Sept.
You’ll come to Rte 175, the road to South Blue Hill and Brooklin.
Keeping on going South on Rte 172, you’ll enter Sedgwick. Look for the North Sedgwick Baptist Church.
You’ll pass the road to Helen Rendell Fine Art.
Back on Rte 172, look for Shades of Gray, Basil Bowden Carpentry, Seaside Storage, Cabinetry, The Granite Shop, Signs, and Sedgwick Antiques.
Route 172 ends, and a left turn leads to Brooklin.
BROOKLIN dubs itself the "Boatbuilding Capital of the World." Locals say this small Maine town has more boatbuilders per capita than anywhere else on the planet. Brooklin is home to Wooden Boat Magazine and Wooden Boat School. E.B. White lived here, and Walter Concrite used to sail in occassionally to visit former U.N. Ambassador James Russell Wiggins.
On the road to Brooklin, look for a Blue Hill Reversing Falls, Arbor-OptionsTree Service, South Blue Hill Cemetery, South Blue Hill Baptist Church, Haight Farm, Sleigh Bells Shop, Lobster Crate, Compost, Pony Poop, Perennials, 5 Star Nursery, a Cattle Pound, Creature Quarters, the turn to Atlantic Boat Company and Lookout Restaurant & Inn, Bowden Hall, Brooklin Farmer's Market, The Nu Shop, Mad Mama's Vintage, Brooklin General Store, Betsy's, The Maples Lodging, The Brooklin Inn, Curry Studio, Mitchell Baun Photography, Snyder Studio, Streeter Studio, Center Harbor Sails, Starbound Canvas, Reach Knolls Oceanfront Camping, Gallery, Oddfellows Hall, The Ice Cream Lady, Eric Dow Boat Shop, Blue Ledge Carpentry, Rockbound Chapel, Hylan Boatbuilders, Post Office, Reach Road Gallery, Means Hill Farm Organic Produce, Benjamin River Upholstery, Eggemoggin Baptist Church, Davis Piano Company, Sargentville Library, Eggemoggin Textile Studio.
Route 175 north from Brooklin reaches BLUE HILL REVERSING FALLS, a narrow passage with impressive tidal surges. This is a rare reversing falls, and it attracts adventurous whitewater canoeists and kayakers.
In South Blue Hill, you can visit HAIGHT FARM where hydroponically-grown produce is the order of the day. Call 374-2840.
The LOOKOUT RESTAURANT & INN has been owned and operated by the descendants of the Flye family for over a century. Today, it is a unique country inn and gourmet restaurant. On hand is a super selection of wines from around the world.
THE NU SHOP in the heart of downtown Brooklin is a family owned and operated, upscale consignment operation offering a fascinating and always eclectic mixture of cool stuff. They'll ship for customers and sell on e-Bay for consignees.
A left onto the Naskeag Road will lead you to Coastal Creations, Maine Hooked Rugs, WoodenBoat, Christmas Shop, Beth Eden Chapel, and the Naskeag Pier.
The road to the left leads to the Brooklin Boat Yard.
The folks at THE BROOKLIN INN describe their menu as "eclectically organic" and boast that it features organic produce and organic Maine-raised beef, lamb, and poultry. Their specialty, they say, is fresh fish, caught nearby. Their award winning wine list is four single spaced pages, "with many good wines cheap." Their Pub features steamers, Mussels, Oysters, clams, Haddock sandwiches, Guinness Beef stew, Pizza, and Cheesburgers which, they insist, are the best around. Open year round, reservations are suggested.
THE ICE CREAM LADY crafts her confections in small batches using only the freshest ingredients. She selects locally grown and harvested blueberries, strawberries, peaches and maple syrup to enhance natural flavors to their fullest. She even uses farm fresh eggs from her own chickens! Hers is a family-run operation dedicated to hiring friends and neighbors in the production of extraordinary premium ice cream of the finest quality.
Who says you have to spend big bucks to stay next to the ocean? OCEANFRONT CAMPING AT REACH KNOLLS provides rustic campsites on the shore of Eggemoggin Reach. Sites are large and secluded, assuring maximum privacy. Prices are easily affordable by everybody. There are sites for recreational vehicles as well as tents, and the lobsters are right off the boat.
At REACH ROAD GALLERY, Holly Meade specializes in printing from woodblocks. She has won national recognition illustrating children's books.
Back in Blue Hill, keep going straight on 176 and 15 if you want to go to Brooksville, Sedgwick, Deer Isle/Stonington, Penobscot and Castine (for a more direct route to Castine take 177 to South Penobscot).
At road’s end, R te 15 goes left to Deer Isle and Rte 176 goes right to Penobscot and Castine. Take the right and you'll go by by antiques and handmade furniture.
A left at Gray's Corner will point you toward the Brooksvilles (North Brooksville, West Brooksville, South Brooksville and just plain Brooksville) , This is the way to Cape Rosier and the Holbrook Sanctuary.
If you take the left towards Deer Isle, you'll go by Pen Bay Boat Co., Richard Taylor Ceramics, Snow's Cove Preserve, Gallery Untitled, Auto Body, Victor L. Smith.
In Sedgwick is the DANIEL MERRILL HOUSE, built in 1795, and kept as a museum by the local historical society. The building is the centerpiece of a National Historical District. The house was built for Rev. Merrill, Sedgwick's first minister. The simple two-and-a-half story house with symmetrically placed unadorned windows and a classic early Georgian front entrance contains many interesting artifacts of local history as well as a historical library. Open 2 to 4 Sundays, July and August.
In Brooksville, you'll find SOW'S EAR WINERY on Route 176 right by the Herrick Road. Here, you're invited to sample the cider and fruit wines. The dry, English-style cider is made from the juice of organically grown, unsprayed apples. It is allowed to ferment naturally in oak barrels, a process that sometimes takes two years to complete. Fruit wines are made from summer rhubarb and choke cherries. Wines here are coarsely filtered, allowing continued development in the bottle and the creation of sediment as a result of ageing. Gail Disney creates rag rugs in her weaving studio here.
BUCKS HARBOR MARKET in South Brooksville is a real old-fashioned general store where you'll find plenty of supplies as well as icredible baked goods, including fresh-baked focasia bread often times still warm from the oven.
Cape Rosier is a sparsely-populated peninsula devoted largely to HOLBROOK ISLAND SANCTUARY, a 1,345-acre state wildlife preserve with hiking trails, and picnic areas. The 115-acre island is accessible by private boat. Helen and Scott Nearings' homestead has been turned into a farm education center. Eliot Coleman, who has developed innovative cold-season growing methods, has his garden here.
Back on Rte 15, look for Millbrook Company, Sedgwick Storage, Gallery at Caterpillar Hill, a scenic overlook, Caterpillar Hill Professional Building, Elf Center, Pine Ridge Golf Center, Tasha's, Grindal & Son Construction, 2nd Edition Quality Resale Clothing, Hair Extrodinaire, Eggemoggin Country Store, Bill's Boat Storage, Old Cove Antiques, El El Frijoles, and Christian Science Society.
MILLBROOK COMPANY, a family-friendly restaurant in Sedgwick, was called one of Maine's Best New Restaurants by Down East magazine. Held in especially high regard was the restaurant's sticky buns, which, according to Down East, Blue Hill Peninsula-dwellers stand in line to get.
The GALLERY AT CATERPILLAR HILL occupies one of our planet's most beautiful spots—a panoramic view of Penobscot Bay, its islands, nearby mountains, and distant headlands. Ongoing efforts over the past several years, the Caterpillar Hill Initiative, have been aimed at preserving this area as an educational facility of perpetual beauty.
TASHA'S take-out restaurant offers cuisine that is really quite excellent. You can get items such as a variety of Fried Appetizers, Garden fresh Salads, and Sandwiches hot from the grill such as Steak and Cheese, Cheese Burgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwiches and much more. For your sweet tooth, there is a large variety of Giffords Ice Cream. Check out the Full Menu. The PINE RIDGE GOLF CENTER offers a 18-hole Miniature Golf Course surrounded by natural landscaping and a 250 yard Driving Range with both artificial and grass tees along with a sand trap. Your host, Natasha, will make you feel at home. Open seasonally, May thru September.
The EGGEMOGGIN COUNTRY STORE serves as the center of community life hereabouts. On hand are pretty much all of life's necessities—fresh produce, meat, and other staples; a wonderful little bakery; the latest videos, fuel, magazines and newspapers, and 24 and more varieties of soft serve ice cream. Here also is an Agency Liquor Store. You can buy gifts and recycle cans and bottles. A large bulletin board will keep you up to speed regarding community happenings.
The people at EL EL FRIJOLES take pride in serving high-quality Mexican food that is tasty, healthy, and nutritious. They make pretty much everything from scratch, every day, and strive to use as many local and/or organic ingredients as possible. They don't add sugars to things that shouldn't be sweet nor fat to food that doesn't need it. They can modify most entrees for people with special dietary needs. Best Mexican food in Sedgwick, they joke (since it is Sedgwick's only Mexican restaurant). Service with a sense of humor.
A left will take you by the Eggemoggin Textile Studio. Turn right and Look for Summerbeam, Eggemoggin Custom Carpentry. Sailing Lessons, and the Deer Isle Bridge.
Legend has it that plans for the DEER ISLAND BRIDGE were drawn by a high school kid working on a term paper. Three such bridges were actually built, two of which fell down. If this story is true, the Deer Isle Bridge is the sole survivor. Does this story leave you feeling lucky or doomed?
At the Bridge Landing, Chamber of Commerce Information Center, Eggemoggin Road to your right takes you onto Little Deer Isle. Down this road you'll find Dreamweaver and the Eggemoggin Inn.
Back on Rte 15, past Downeast Fishing Gear, Krusty Krab, Red House Bed and Bath, Murphy's Therapeutic Massage, Harbor Farm Store, and across a lenghy causeway to causeway beach, Scott's Landing, Eight to Noon Muffin Shop. On the Old Ferry Road, look for Pearson Design Studio. Then on Reach Road, you'll find Greene Ziner Gallery and William Mor.
WILLIAM MOR is a maker of stoneware and seller of Oriental rugs. He also is a connoisseur of fine tribal and village rugs and kilims, selling them along with vegetable-dyed Afghan and Tibetan carpets woven under projects guided by the organization Cultural Survival.
After that on Dow Road, there is the PEARSON LEGACY GALLERY, which features Maine artists.
Back on Rte 15, watch for Saint Brendan-the-Navigator Episcopal Church, Eaton Oil Co., Island Nursing Home, Madelyn's Drive In, Galley Market, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, Reach Performing Arts Center, Dave & Dave's Auto Repair, Artisan Woodworks, Susan L. Hutton Gallery, Frederica Marshall Gallery, and Turtle Gallery.
At Elena Kubler's TURTLE GALLERY in Deer Isle, the summer schedule consists of a series of two- and three-week theme shows featuring high-quality works of various media. This gallery has been cited nationally as one of the places to find the best in Maine arts and crafts.
A road to the right goes to Dow Studio, the Healthy Island Project and Deer Isle Artists' Gallery.
Heading into Deer Isle Village, take a right into a small downtown area. On your left will be the Gallery Mozelle, Spencer Insurance Agency, Fibula Jewelry and Gallery, Shepard's Select Properties, Sophie's Cup, Periwinkle, Red Dot Studio, Harbor Ice Cream, Island Gallery, Deer Isle Artists Association, a U.S. Post Office, Chase Emerson Memorial Library, a veterans' memorial, Pilgrim Inn and Whale's Rib Restaurant, Kingman Gallery.
At 56 Pressey Village Road look for Bunzy Sherman, The Potter.
Back on Rte 15, you'll see the Church of Jesus Christ, Haskell's Painting, Maine Camp Outfitters, Olson Electronics, Island Heritage Trust, Old Schoolhouse Antiques, Burgess B&B, Church of the Nazarene, Katy Allgeyer Art Studio, Barter Lumber Company, Red Door Pottery, Wildflower Gallery, Deer Isle Museum and Archives, Island Heritage Trust, and Deer Isle Country Club.
Look for the turnoff turnoff onto Goose Cove Road, Crockett Cove Woods Preserve, and The Cockatoo.
CROCKETT COVE WOODS PRESERVE, situated a few minutes northwest of Stonington, is a 100-acre preserve containing a fog forest: a rich, quiet, mossy forest of mature spruce, fir, and pine that thrives in the damp, foggy environment prevalent along Deer Isle's south coast. There is a short self-guided nature path. From Stonington, head northwest on the road toward the town of Sunset. Shortly after passing through the village of Burnt Cove, turn left on Whitman Road. Follow along the cove until the pavemet ends and a dirt road departs to the right. Drive 150 yards to a small parking area with a registsration box. Admission is free.
The COCKATOO at Webb Cove in Stonington specializes in fresh quality seafood and THE COCKATOO II PORTUGUESE RESTAURANT located at Goose Cove in Deer Isle specializes in both fresh quality seafood and prime beef.
Entering Stonington, we pass a Physique Fitness Center, Sue's School of Dance, a boat works, the Island Medical Center.
A road to the right leads to Clam Factory Gifts, New England Coastal Photography, Seaside Stitchery.
On the Airport Road, look for Siri Beckman's Studio.
On the Sand Beach Road, you'll find Penelope Plumb's Art Barn.
On Rte 15, look for Buxton Boats, Community of Christ, Church of the Nazarene, Katy Allgeyer Art Studio, Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy, The Galley, Seaside Pharmacy, Community Center, Suzie Q's Sweets and Curiousities, Stonington Opera House and Opera House Arts.
Employees at BURNT COVE MARKET, V&S VARIETY AND PHARMACY, and THE GALLEY got their act together and bought their places of employment. The resulting Island Workers Cooperative, with 45 members, is one of the nation's largest worker cooperatives.
Taking a left onto Stonington's Main Street, you'll see Harbor Tours, The Drydock, The Island Agency, Aragosta, Unexpected Treasures, Downeast Properties, Harbor Cafe, Boyce's Motel, Inn on the Harbor, Island Approaches, Stonington Public Library, Camden National Bank, Fisherman's Friend Restaurant, Coastside Bio Resources, Island Ad-Vantages Newspaper, C. Watson Gallery, Stonington Ice Cream Company, Jill Hoy Gallery, Stonington Public Library, Deer Isle Granite Museum, Island Approaches, TOddfellows Hall, NAPA Auto Parts, D Mortsenson Gallery, Coastal Hair Designs, a U.S Post Office, Downeast Properties, Shepard's Select Properties, Deer Isle Granite Museum.
ARAGOSTA, which is Italian for "Lobster," provides a Mediterranean flavor to all lof its dishes. Chef Devin Finigan, who has cooked at Restaurante Jardin with Spanish chef Macarena de Castro on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, brings authentic experience to her waterfront restaurant. No where on earth will you find better butter-poached lobster ravioli.
Located in the heart of the scenic fishing village of Stonington, BOYCE'S MOTEL has welcomed guests to the warmth and comfort of our friendly family-run business for over five decades. Overlooking beautiful Stonington Harbor, Boyce's is within easy walking distance of restaurants, gift shops, and the Isle au Haut mail boat.
HARBOR CAFE takes special pride in its lobster rolls. Fairly priced, they provide more lobster for less money than anywhere else. The lobsters are super-fresh as well; they have come off the boats of local lobstermen. On Friday nights, the Cafe hosts a big Seafood Fry; the servings are super-generous, and seconds are on the house. Mondays feature two-for-one Boarded Specials. There are special menus for children and diabetics. The Harbor Cafe is open Year Round.
ISLAND APPROACHES has a wonderful mix of Maine souvenirs and gifts for all ages, specializing in embroidered and printed products. Tees and sweatshirts for infants, toddlers, youth and adults. Outerwear, rain gear, hats, sunglasses, water bottles, backpacks, duffels, and tote bags for your outdoor activities. Blankets and loungewear to keep you cozy. Lots of other fun items as well.
SHEPARD'S SELECT PROPERTIES on Main Street in Stonington and Blue Hill has been in the Real estate business for a good long time. Father and Son Don and Richard Lord can direct buyers to the areas’s finest coastal properties presently on the market.
The tiny DEER ISLE GRANITE MUSEUM on Main Street documents Stonington's quarrying tradition. The museum's centerpiece is an 8- by 15-foot working model of quarrying operations on Crotch Island and the town of Stonington at the turn of the last century.
According to Yankee Magazine’s Summer Guide, the lobster stew at FISHERMAN’S FRIEND RESTAURANT is Maine’s best. The homemade pies also came highly recommended. They've also added Harbor View Store, a full-service convenience store stocking all the provisions sailors might want.
A turn to the right takes you to Flower Bedlam and Stonington Fire Depatment.
ISLE AU HAUT, reached by mailboat from Stonington, holds the off-shore portion of Acadia National Park. Exploration is by foot or bike (there are no rental bikes.) Accommodations include five lean-tos at Duck Harbor Campground. Contact Acadia Park Headquarters or write P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor 04609 (207-288-3338). Also on the island is a small village and The Keeper's House, Maine's only lighthouse inn.
A right back at the Opera House will lead you to Island Fishing Gear & Auto Parts, Suzy's Scissors Shack, a Post Office, Marlinespike Chandlery, Dockside Books and Gifts, and Pres du Port B&B.
Staying on Rte 15 will complete the loop back to Deer Isle Village. You'll pass Hoy Gallery, The Island Agency, Ocean View House Antiques, , Square Deal Garage, Nora's Nest, Penny's B&B, R.L. Greenlaw and Son, 99 North Coffee, a miniature village, Water's Edge Wines, Geoffrey Warner Studio, Anne-Claude Cotty Gallery & Workshops, Pirates's Den Antiques, Sea Ayre Gallery & Gifts, Coldwater Seafood, Red Barn FArm Store, Dean's Automotive & Small Engine, Eagle Mere Gallery.
Jill Hoy of JILL HILL GALLERY has been painting Stonington land and seascapes for more than four decades. She is known for her use of bright, primary colors and masterful depiction of sunlight.
Look for Lorraine Lans Fine Art Studio on Seabreeze Avenue.
Stay on the Indian Point Road to find Shari Ciomei's Studio.
On the Main Road, look for J.C. Coombs Autos and Alice's Unique Folk Art.
Watch for the turnoff to Olde Quarry Ocean Adventures.
Back on the Deer Isle Road, you'll find Blue Heron Gallery, Peter Beerits Sculpture, Go Figure Gallery, and Christine York Studio. Look for Ron's, Belinda's Coastal Hair Fashions, Donna's upholstery, Richard Roftow Artist, Gary Douglass and Sons Builders, Clamdigger Restaurant, Clamdigger Storage, Tom's Greenhouse, Sea to Tree, Juskaws Jewelry, Wilkinson Sculptures, , Seamark, Bruce Bulger, Deer Isle Designs, Community Arts,
You'll see the turnoff onto Sunshine Road. Look for Round the Isle Mini Golf, and Nervous Nellies Jams & Jellies.
If you get out to NERVOUS NELLIE'S JAMS & JELLIES, check out Peter Beerits playful wood sculptures. The man has a great sense of humor, and obviously enjoys doing them. Yankee Magazine says Nervous Nellie's is New Engand's "Best Everything Place." According to Yankee, "It's a tearoom jam and jelly kitchen, and sculpture garden."
We pass an antiques shop as we pass back into Deer Isle Village. Look for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Eaton's Pier, Maine Camp Outfitters, Turtle Gallery.
Near-by, Carroll Kane builds his famous Adirondack chairs. These have arms wide enough to serve as tables. His shop is open most days.
The HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS conducts a series of one- two- and three-week workshops in such crafts as glassblowing, weaving, quilting, potterymaking, and screen printing. Visitors are welcome to 1 p.m. tours Wednesdays through August. Call 207-348-2306.
Deer Isle is enjoying a modest revival of its famous granite industry. In the days before reinforced concrete, Deer Isle's distinctive pink granite was used in many major New York and Philadelphia structures, including the Triborough Bridge. It also was used in the Kennedy Memorial in Arlington Cemetery.
MAINE CAMP OUTFITTERS in the Post Office Building at 300 Sunset Road, Sunset, does custom embroidery and screenprinting and offers a large selection of promotional items as well as Maine gifts. You'll find camping supplies, fleece clothing, and sweatshirts in all sizes, including children's. Call 1-800-560-6090.
Many Deer Isle residents who aren't fishermen are artisans. These make the island interesting to explore since their shops and galleries are situated down many unlikely looking roads.
Ronald Hayes' PEARSON'S JEWELRY is known nationwide. Doug Wilson does interesting metal sculpture. If you like fine photography, check out the TERRELL S. LESTER STUDIO-GALLERY.
At Elena Kubler's TURTLE GALLERY in downtown Deer Isle, the summer schedule consists of a series of two- and three-week theme shows featuring high-quality works of various media. This gallery has been cited nationally as one of the places to find the best in Maine arts and crafts.
Bill Fothergill and Lucy Flint are both painters and sculptors. Bill says this is in the European tradition; over there, artists commonly are skilled in diverse disciplines. Bill is infatuated with the female form while Lucy is a surrealist. You can see their work at their Blastow's cove studio.
At their GREEN HEAD FORGE, Jack and Harriet Hemenway make sculpture and jewelry in silver, gold, and iron.
Westward from Stonington, a scenic backroad follows the shore, affording spectacular views of the Camden Hills, Vinalhaven, North Haven and many other islands dotting East Penobscot Bay.
Watch for B & M's WOODEN TOY SHOP. Here Burlyn Eaton builds a wide variety of wooden toys and furniture, guaranteeing everything he builds for a full year.
Back on Rte 176 in Penobscot, you'll see the NORTHERN BAY MARKET. Whether you prefer lobster, crabs, or clams, you'll find them fresh here, and at the best prices around. You can get freshbaked bread and pastries here as well. Toss in some cold beer and soda, and you have everything you need for that picnic.
Look for BLOSSOM FARM on the Back Ridge Road. Here Dave and Theresa Weigel and a big, black German Shepard named Mojo enjoy the spectacular views while drinking Go-Chi, a delicious-tasting health tonic that made David feel so good he up and rode his bicycle to Maine from Orlando, Florida. The antique Blossom Barn is known for the poem painted by an itinerant poet in the 1970s. To learn more about Go-Chi and to help support restoration of Dave's farm (and, by extension, the planet) visit www.berrybest2u.com.
The BAYVIEW TAKE-OUT & MARKET on Bayview Road in Penobscot has Downeast Maine's best haddockburgers. Other notable eats include many varieties of sandwiches, burgers, fried fish, clams, scallops, etc. The best take-out place hereabouts.
Keep going and you'll reach Rte 199, which leads to the Castine Peninsula.
CASTINE was established as a trading post by the Plymouth Pilgrims (they subscribed to the sail now, pay later ethic; they were obliged to earn money to pay for the Mayflower) and is the only community in the county to have flown under four national flags--U.S., England, France, and Holland. In 1635, Miles Standish was dispatched to Castine to take the town from the French. He failed, and the French kept control. There is a very active local historical society, which has placed markers all over town celebrating various noteworthy occurrences.
The first grid-connected OFFSHORE FLOATING WIND TURBINE in the United States sits off the coast of Castine. It has long been known that offshore wind is a whopper of an energy resource waiting to be tapped, especially in Maine. The United States has an estimated 4,000 gigawatts of offshore wind potential, which is about four times America’s current generation capacity. The University of Maine led the team that developed the concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine.
As you come into Castine, you'll pass the Carriage Shed Antiques, Castine Golf Club before you come to Maine Maritime Academy. A left will take you downtown. There you'll find Endicott Real Estate, Saltmeadow Proerties, DeRaat Realty, Castine Historical Handworks, Castine Realty, Gallery Antiques, Bah's Bakehouse, Compass Rose, Dudley's Refresher, Castine Variety, Eaton’s Boat Yard, Dennett’s Wharf, Mainely Solutions, and the Pentagoet Inn. There are historical markers all over town.
DUDLEY'S REFRESHER is named for Dudley Saltonstall, a Revolutionary War figure who was pretty much of a bust. In 1779, he led a fleet of ships hoping to chase the British out of Castine. He failed, the Americans were routed, and most of the fleet sunk. Several ships still sit at the bottom of the Penobscot River. Saltonstall later became a privateer, which was a polite term for pirate. The owners of Dudley's Refresher, Michael Rossney and Michele Levesque, say they plan to reinterpret the iconic Maine clam shack. They intend to emphasize local ingredients in their offerings of fried clams, lobster rolls, burgers, fries, ice cream, and a few oddities such as beer-battered fish tacos.
We aren't exaggerating when we say CASTINE VARIETY serves the world's best lobster rolls. Found here is an immense version of the classic New England treat—chilled meat in a buttered, toasted, split-top bun. Owner Snow Logan, who cooked at Maine Maritime Academy, was trained as a chef at the University of Hawaii. If you're not into lobster, there are plenty of other made-from-scratch tidbits, including Snow's famous handmade donuts. The prices here are amazingly attractive.
The good folks of Castine have fought a tireless battle to save its elms from the ravages of Dutch Elm Disease. They've had considerable success, and visitors can see many of these fabulous trees.
On Perkins Street, look for WILSON MUSEUM and the adjacent PERKINS HOUSE. The museum was built in 1921 to house the anthropological collection of local resident John Howard Wilson. Included are artifacts from cultures all over the world. Downstairs there is a replica of an 1805 American kitchen. Next door is an operating blacksmith forge.
The JOHN PERKINS HOUSE, Castine's oldest, housed British officers during both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Guided tours of the house in the summer include demonstrations of open-hearth cooking, with guest invited to taste the results
Leaving Castine, you can take Rte 166A to Penobscot town line and by a big boatyard, then Rte 175 to Orland. Look for G.M. Allen & Son and the Wild Blueberry Patch Shop. In downtown Orland, watch for the Orland Bed and Breakfast, before you get back to Rte One.
SISTERS SALSA, which you can find at most Shaw's and Hannaford’s markets, is made locally from fresh vegetables and juices.
Further down the road, you'll find Old Things Antiques and Collectibles, Orland House Bed & Breakfast, Bicentennial Park, and the Orland Historical Society.
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