ADOPTED Paul Bunyan as its symbol. Standing in front of the Bangor
relates to a by-gone era of seemingly unlimited resources. He is
celebrated for prevailing over nature with brute force, clearing timber
from Maine to Minnesota, laying waste to millions of trees. Never mentioned is the
indescribably ugly scar his unabashed clear-cutting would have left
upon the land.
Bangor could have adopted a more relevant symbol, Henry David
Thoreau. The famed naturalist/philosopher visited Bangor in the
1860s on his way to Mt. Katahdin. Thoreau's love for the natural world
and belief in frugality makes him an appropriate figure to revere.
Bangor can also lay claim to a modern-day icon of the literary world, Stephen
King. Although the chamber of commerce guide is silent on the
subject, Bangor's leading tourist attraction is the King residence on
West Broadway. Here visitors can see King's famous wrought iron spider
gate and perhaps catch a glimpse of the great man himself. King has
sold more books than any other author in history, and while his critics
often are less than adoring, King's popularity shows few signs of
Bangor, which over a century ago was the world's busiest lumber
shipping port, has many beautiful, historic structures, both
commercial and residential. Bangor's whereabouts was determined by the
depth of the Penobscot River. For the pioneers, his was as far
into the Maine woods as you could bring a large sailing vessel. The
city's location is still of commercial importance. It is on the Great
Circle route, making Bangor International Airport 500 miles closer to
Europe than any other U.S. terminal.
COMING UP I-95 towards Bangor, you'll come
to the Coldbrook Road, on which is situted Dysart's Truck
Stop, before you reach the I-395 Junction.
DYSARTS is an old-fashioned
truck stop that's become
It's open 24 hours, and you'll get trucker-size portions whether you
order the Yankee pot roast or Daisy's renowned bread pudding. There's
no glitz here, but plenty of honest-to-gosh good value. This is a
family business that is fun to visit because everybody obviously
genuinely likes everybody else. In his guide to Maine, Charles Calhoun
called Dysart's "a beacon in the darkness on I-95..." Not long
Dysarts introduced the "Logger Burger," a hamburger capable fo
family of four. Dysart's second cookbook is out, with all proceeds
again going to cancer charities.
stay on I-95, you'll come to exits for Union Street, Ohio
Street, Broadway, Stillwater Avenue, and Hogan
Road. Stay on I-95 if ou're heading; for Orono, Old
Town, or points North.
A turn onto I-395 will take ou to the exits for Hampden, downtown
Bangor, downtown Brewer., and Route 1-A, which
leads to Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island.
many American cities, Bangor has had to struggle to keep a viable
downtown following the arrival of an outlying mall. So far, Bangor
has been reasonably successful. Shopping downtown here can be fun.
Shops, most of which are owner-operated, are highly individualistic.
Many times lower prices compensate for exposure to the elements and
somewhat less convenient parking.
Taking the Bangor Exit off I395 will put you on Main Street.
by China Harbor, Irving,
Bangor Auditorium, Fireside
Inn, Geaghan's Pub and Restaurant, Bangor Chamber
of Commerce Info Center. Cash X-press, Hollywood
Casino, Subway, Main Street Garage, Car Wash, Tim Horton's,
McDonalds, Herman Tattoo and Body Piercing, Cigar Shoppe, Realty
of Maine, Shaw's
Supermarket, Bangor waterfront, Darling's Waterfront Pavillion, Seasons in Maine, Dunkin
Donuts, Central Fire Station, Homeless Shelter, Police
Department, People's United Bank.
racing in Bangor goes back to pre-Civil War times. BASS PARK,
world records. No fewer than fifteen immortals
of harness racing's Hall of Fame have competed here. During July,
racing programs are held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays and
Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Call 207-947-6744.
750,000-square-foot, $132-million, riverfront facility, includes a
casino with 1,000 slot machines, video poker, an inexpensive restaurant
featuring a rather good buffet, and a seven-story, 152-room hotel. It has added poker and roulette. This
is Maine's only casino. If you can resist the temptation to throw money away gambling, it's a fine place to eat.
Concert organizers at DARLING'S WATERFRONT PAVILION have
succeeded in bringing to town a wonderfully diverse and
attention-getting group of entertainers. Headers have included Keisha,
Phish, Miranda Lambert, Lil Wayne, and Rob Zombie. The pavilion truly
has provided fun for all.
A left will put you on Union Street which leads to Bangor International Airport and the Airport Mall. Look for Bandgor Historical Society, Isaac Farrar
Mansion, and Cornerstone
Framing & Fine Art. In the Mall, look for Marshall's, Ocean
State Job Lots, Fashion Bug Plus, Staples, Hannaford's
Market, Edge Video, Top Care Nails, Johnson Florist, Regis
Salon, Gazebo Sports & Gifts, Kokopoelli's,
Rent-A-Center, Maine Indoor Golf Center, Maine
Shop, Radio Shack. Beyond the mall is the Bangor
HISTORICAL SOCIETY (situated in the Thomas A.
Hill House, 159 Union St., 942-5766) provides maps for self-guided
walking tours thru s eight remaining historic districts.
Across the street from the
historical society is the beautiful ISAAC FARRAR MANSION (947-2008),
which is open to the public (admission
$1). This fine old house (circa 1845) purportedly is haunted by the
ghost of a distraught governess. It retains many of its original
features, such as carved mahogany paneling, curved and slo at
their retail store in the Bomarc Industrial Park.
Bean's is Maine's oldest independent meat packer. Founded in 1860,
Bean's has been run by the same family for five generations. The
company is known for its spiral-cut, honey-glazed hams, sold across the
country by mail order. Each ham is slowly sugar-cured and smoked the
old-fashioned way. At their retail store, they also prepare special
meat packages at considerable savings. They will pack meats for
shipping. Tours of the plant can be arranged. Call 1-800-649-1958;.
doors, marble fireplaces, and stained glass windows.
FRAMING & ART at 259 Union
Street just beyond the Hammond-Union Street intersection will provide a
frame for just about anything. On display also is a variety of prints
and original art
A left off Union
Street onto Hammond Street will take
you by Bangor Theological Seminary and businesses that include Chapel
Floral, The Growing Place, Papa Gambino's,
Jimmy V's, Fairmont Market, Ground Round, Days
Inn, Movie Magic Cinemas, Hero's Sports Grill and
Entertainment Center, Tim Horton's, Fairfield Inn, Econolodge,
Blackbeard's, Ramada Inn, Howard Johnsons,
Motel 6, Webb's RV Center, Ranger Motel, Chases
Family Restaurant and Hideaway Lounge, Sports Arena, Morgan
Center, and Morfitas School of Dance.
At the BANGOR
there is an old-fashion soda fountain where everything is free.
going straight on Main Street and you'll pass Penobscot
Theatre Company, Valentine
Footwear, Best Bib &
Tucker, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Verve Burritos, Maine Holistic Center, House of Brides
& Formal Wear, Lumiere
Photographic Studio, Haworth Academic Center, Nosturnen
Draft Haus, Main Street Music
Studio, Bella Luna, The 4:20 Shop, Beal Realty, Bella Hair Studio, Edge Video,
Bangor Window Shades, Bus Terminal, Zen Asian Bistro & Lounge, Discovery
Cafe, Taste of India, Knapps Music, Rebecca's,
Paddy Murphy's, Herbal Tea
& Tobacco, Mexicali Blues,
Edwin Martin of the LUMIERE PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO
has been making photographs since 1980. He has a graduate degree in
photography from Indiana University, has worked as a photojournalist
and a collections curator. He has taught photography at three
universities. Since coming to Bangor in 2001, he
has been primarily concerned with making a collective portrait of the
face of Maine. Working with the Bangor Museum of History, he has
photographed in factories and public and private buildings as well as
photographing people in a variety of leisure and ceremonial activities.
In a "Best of Maine" issue, Down East magazine said that BELLA LUNA gave the Queen City just
what it always needed: a hip little women's boutique...as exciting as
the affordable prices and great customer service.
According to its
Mission Statement, the MAINE DISCOVERY MUSEUM
aims "to educate children
and families, encourage creativity, nurture a sense of wonder, and to
challenge all to learn in new and innovative ways. Exhibits and
programs are designed to be be fun, interactive and thought
provoking, and encourage
participation by children and families of all abilities and
socioeconomic backgrounds." The folks here seem to be living up to this
ambitious agenda; the place is definitely worth a visit.
Look for West Market Square
with its distinctive modern sculpture and Broad Street.
In Market Plaza,
look for the Charles
Inn, and Big Easy Lounge &
Cafe and Broad Street Market.
INN, downtown Bangor's only hotel, is an older
stylish and elegant establishment with all the amenities travelers
looking for. It's convenient to restaurants, pubs, parks, and
waterfront strolls. Enjoy a daily deluxe continental breakfast.
In the lobby there is a nice art gallery and free Internet.
Located at 20 Broad St. Call 207-992-2820.
If your're driving, you must turn right onto State Street, which leads to the Eastern Maine Medical Center and,
eventually, to Orono and the University of Maine. Look for the Yankee Cobbler.
walking, you can proceed straight onto Central
Street. Here you'll come upon
IPanema Bar & Grill, Giacomo's,
11 Central, Epic Sports, Central Street Yoga, Central Street Studios, KaBang, Coco Loco, Friar's Bakehouse, Top Shelf Comics, Om Lard Yoga, Briar Patch, Central Maine Farm House, The Bennett Gallery, Rock & Art Shop, Bagel Central, Bangor Museum and History
Center, UMaine Museum of Art, Northeast Reprographics, Burr
Printing, Maritime International,
Blind Faith Tattoes, Java Joe's, and Book Marc's.
Yankee Magazine says FRIAR'S BAKEHOUSE
England's "best slice of heaven." According to Yankee, Brohers
Kenneth Leo and Donald Paul bake dIvine breads along with sinful
whoopie pies and other treats."
The Sohns Family,
which runs The Rock
and Art Shop on the Bangor Road in Ellsworth, have opened a
companion shop in downtown Bangor. Here the emphasis is on art and
gifts. As Tony Sohns puts it, "If the first store is a rock shop with
gifts, the new one is a gift shop with rocks." An important part of the
new shop is the SOHNS GALLERY, featuring
showings by Maine artists changing every three months.
Keep the kids happy by picking up some books at THE BRIAR PATCH
on Central Street. Included here is a large selection by Maine authors
BAGEL CENTRAL on Central Street is a
bakery offering terrific bagels, pastries, vegetarian specials and
specialty gourmet recipes.
Paul Zebiak at MARITIME INTERNATIONAL is always buying and
selling gold, silver, platinum, and also diamonds. Established
in 1979 as Maritime Coins, his company over the years has
developed markets in antique watches, estate jewelry and historical
memorabilia, with a particular interest in militaria, specifically
worldwide medals, orders and decorations..
On Harlow Street, look for BYDESIGN ART GALLERY. All they show is original art by regional artists. No prints allowed and no artists from far away.
11 CENTRAL STREET is a beautiful place to eat, all
exposed brick walls and hardwood floors. You can get pretty much
anything you want —everything is made fresh and to order. They're open
from 4 p.m. til midnight, six days a week. Closed Tuesday.
Street, look for Qi Gong Studio, Book Marc's, Bangor City Hall,
Pierce Memorial, Tesoro Pizzeria & Restaurant, Bangor
Library, Diversified Ink
Tattoo Studio, Club Ice & Jazz Club, Federal
Building, Peace and Justice
Center of Eastern Maine, Intown Plaza: Bangor Music Center,
Driving School, Gosslin's Bakery, Media Works Enterprise,
Collette's Art Studio, Brogue Insurance and Financial Services, MAS
Home Care, Vet Center, Citizens of Maine, Child Development Service,
Laundromat, Premier Tae.
PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER OF EASTERN MAINE is
engaged in a
number of social causes--everything from the Maine state budget crisis
and the desecration of the Maine woods to religious conflict in India
and the future of Haiti. There is usually something special happening
at the center. If you lean
toward progressiveness, you might want to stop in and meet the good
You're required to
turn right here and proceed on State Street.
Look for Ageless Treasures, Downeast Coins and Collectibles,
Yankee Cobbler,m Frati Pawn Shop (where Stephen King has said he gets
inspiration), State Street
goes past Eastern Maine Medical Center,
Hogan Road, and on
to Orono. Businesses along the
way include Authentic Thai Food,
Dollar Store, Diversity, The Buy & Sell Shop, Citgo, Posh Salon, Legacy Sandwich Shop, Frank's Bake Shop, State Street Wine Cellar, Miller Drug, S.J. Rollins Technologies, Hose Fire Museum, Bangor Women's Health Care, Papa Gambino's, Coffee Express, Irving, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cascade Park, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center.
a high-quality second-hand store,
specializes in cameras and consumer electronics. There's also plenty of
jewelry on hand, all discounted 50 percent. Stephen King has said he
gets most of his ideas here. (King's house on Outer Broadway, with its
famous spider gate, attracts plenty of gawkers.)
Centuries ago, shoes were invented, and soon
there was a need for cobblers to repair them. Then, in modern times,
shoes became commodities, items casually discarded when they got old, unfashionable, or damaged. Bucking this trend is Jonathan Lambert of YANKEE COBBLER,
who for over a decade has been using century-old techniques to repair
shoes in his State Street shop. We had all but given up on our favorite
sandals when the straps of one came loose from the sole. On a hunch we
brought them into Jonathan, and for a few bucks he made them good as
new. Located at 25 State St., this is the only cobbler in Maine north of Waterville. Open
year round, the shop is handicapped accessible and acepts credit cards
and personal checks. You can get orthopedic alterations here.
Knowledgable locals overwhelmingly prefer the STATE
CELLAR at 195 State St. They
know they'll find over 50 types
of cheese, 225 different beers, and 850 different wines. They know they
can depend upon the staff to be friendly, informed, and totally
accommodating. Finally, they look forward to the store's monthly wine
tastings and wine dinners at local restaurants.
displays at LOUGEE & FREDERICK'S on
State Street in Bangor. These guys have won numerous awards. Over onm
Center Street, BANGOR FLORAL is
situated in a beautiful converted church.
The Fiddlehead Restaurant
In the heart of Bangor's downtown, THE FIDDLEHEAD RESTAURANT
takes a fresh look at "fine dining". Using only the finest
ingredients, the folks here bring a little extra finesse to
comfort-style dishes, interpreted from cuisine ranging from the Far
East to Down East. Changing seasonally, each menu
finds something for every taste and mood. Much of the produce and meats
are acquired locally and, when possible, from New England-based
farmers' markets. The full bar offers of house-made cocktails,
created with fresh-squeezed juices and natural purees; each
made-to-order with particular requests a specialty. Provided also is an
ample selection of non-alcoholic beverages, from bellinis to the house
signature cucumber-mint lemonade.
In Downtown Bangor,
international cuisine is provided by Pakistani,
Indian, and Chinese restaurants. Exotic spices and simple fare are
offered by owner Farzana Khan at Bahaar Pakistani Restaurant.
Biryani, massala, palak paneer, curries, traditional breads, mangoe
shakes are just a few of the items available.
Bangor city fathers haven't chosen to name property
after STEPHEN KING. There is no Stephen King boulevard or
King Memorial Park.
Local entrepreneurs don't seem inclined to cash in on King's notoriety,
either. There is no Overlook Hotel or Needful Things curio shop. Maybe
business people shy away from associating themselves with horror.
What's more likely, however, is that they are just acting like Mainers,
people very much inclined to tend to their own business, not that of
others. King likes living in Bangor in part because people don't treat
him like he's anything special. He can grab breakfast at the local
coffee shop without there being any more
fuss than somebody saying "Mornin', Steve."
Evidently, King has asked the Chamber of Commerce not
visitors to his house. It is, after all, a private residence, and King
can hardly be expected to extend a personal welcome to every curious
person who comes along. Still, King hasn't asked us to keep his
whereabouts a secret. We couldn't anyway. Just about everybody in town
knows that King lives on West Broadway in an early lumber baron's old
house. We are sure that the readers of our book are highly literate
types who want nothing more than to photograph King's house and gate.
Still, King has attracted more than his share of whackos. One guy who
shows up in town from time has covered his van with documentation that
King murdered John Lennon. Another guy appeared in King's kitchen and
told Tabitha he was taking her hostage. "The hell you are," she replied
before retreating to a neighbor's house from which she called the
police. Another time, a mysterious package apeared outside King's gate.
The police, suspecting it was a bomb, blew it to bits. It turned out to
be a copy of "It" that a fan had left in hopes of having it
autographed. Stephen King is Downeast Maine's only REALLY FAMOUS
PERSON. Oh, sure, we have Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln's first vice
president, who had ties with Hampden, and Dorothea Dix, who did
everything she could to help the mentally ill. And, of course, some
famous rich people like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers spent time on
Mount Desert Island, but they weren't really from there. King, on the
other hand, is ours. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono
and was living in a trailer in Hermon and working at a Bangor laundry
when the vivid shower scene in Carrie caught the attention of the folks
According to Yankee Magazine, the Best Tour of Stephen King.dom
is the "Tommyknockers and More" which provides "the skinny on
everyone's favorite horror maven." According to Yankee, "this
motorcoach tour highlighting sites that have either played a role in
his books or were featured in his movies. The lineup includes fan
favorite Mount Hope Cemetery, where King himself presided over the
funeral of Missy Dandridge in Pet Sematary. Tickets are $20 per
person. Call 800-916-6673.
Bangor has other outstanding used book shops. PRO LIBRIS, with
more than 20,000 current and out-of-print books in stock, is strong in
issue-oriented materials. Lippincott Books has besides many
ordinary used books a large stock of rare and valuable volumes. Book
Marc's on Harlow St. has both new and pre-read books, and has
added a cafe where you can borrow a book while you sip your coffee and
eat your bagel.
When we got into a jam, we ot really good
service from COY'S TOWING AND AUTO CARE at 1576 Hammond St. The
guys here went way out of their way to help us out.
If you exit I-95 onto Broadway, the first place you'll
see to your left is Tri City Pizza. Further on past China
Light is the Broadway Shopping Center. Look for Tim
Horton's, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken,
TJ Maxx and More, Amato's, Hannaford
Super Market, Home Goods, Sherwin Williams, Bangor
Bank, Movie Gallery, Bobo Chinese Restaurant, Hallmark,
Empire, Payless Shoes, and U.S. Cellular.
A turn off I-95 onto Broadway will direct you to
businesses that incvlude Tri City
Pizza, Headies Glass Gallery,
China Light, Tim Horton's, KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Jimmy V's, Governor's, T.J. Maxx, BoBo Chinese Restaurant, Sun Tan City, Sherwin Williams, Gold Crown, Planet Fitness, Aaron's, Empire, Hannaford, Family Dollar, Rite Aide, Walgreen, Subway, Dunkin' Donuts, Eye Center Northeast, Glad Tidings Church, KevLan, Gifford's Ice Cream, Judson Heights Center: Cigaret Shopper,
Broadway TV &
Appliances, Dunham's Furniture, Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop, The Growing Place.
On Stillwater Avenue look for The Centre. Here you'll
find the House of Pizza, Elegant Nails, a Federal
Credit Union, Specialty Sweets, Liberty Income Tax
Service, All-State, All About Travel, Lamb's Book Store, VIP
Across from the Mall on Stillwater, look for Blue
Seal Feed, Mallside Discount Outlet, Merrill Merchants
Bank, China Wall Restaurant and Lounge, Day's Jewelry,
Wight's Sporting Goods, Home Design Center, Tool
Supply, and Liberty Mutual. Nearby look for McQuick's and
Across Stillwater, look for a Goodwill Store, Petco,
the Happy China Buffet, Pet Quarters, Sylvan Learning
Wallpaper Expo, Jo-Ann Stores, Dollar Tree,
Home Depot, Chili's Grill & Bar, Carpet One,
Talbot's, Concentra Urgent Care, Central Maine Harley Davidson, a Subway, Postal Center, Pepino's Mexican Restuarant, The Gold Experts, SuperCuts, Verizon Wireless, Papa Johns, Kohl's, L. L. Ban Outlet, Old Navy, A.C. Moore Arts
& Crafts, Famous Footwear, Dress Barn, Big Lots, Party City, Ultra Beauty, Pet Smart, Sally Beauty Supply, Party City, Game Stop, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hobby Lobby, and Texas Roadhouse.
North of Hogan Road, look for Target and the Natural
If you think that health food stores are too pricey,
pleasantly surprised at many of the
prices at the NATURAL LIVING CENTER. There is, for example, a huge
selection of herbs and spices at prices up to 80 percent lower than
those of supermarkets. "We try to buy smart and pass the savings on to
our customers," says co-owner Barbara Geiger. She says that people come
from as far away as Portland to shop for health foods. Also on hand are
a fine Oriental food selection, a terrific book section, and,a huge
variety of imported beers and home-brew equipment. NLC stocks at least
a dozen varieties of rice. Nationwide mail order 1-800-933-4229. At
their Natural Way Cafe, they have good soup, sandwiches, and cookies
along with a whole lot more.
The Bangor Mall on Hogan Avenue and Stillwater
is Bangor's major shopping center. Shops include Abercrombie &
Fitch, Advance Auto Parts, Aerie by American Eagle
Outfitters, Aeropostale , American Eagle Outfitters, Arby's,
Bangor Savings Bank, B. Dalton Bookseller, Bangor Sub & Deli, Bank
of America, Bath & Body Works , BC Sports Collectibles, Berg
Sportswear, Best Buy, Bob's Sugar House, Bugaboo Creek Steak House,
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Charlotte Russe, Christmas Vacation Shop,
Christopher & Banks , Cinemas 10, CJ
Banks, Claire's, Comedy Connection, Computer Essentials,
Dairy Queen / Orange Julius, Deb, Dick's Sporting Goods, EB
Games, Finish Line, Flavor of India, Foot Locker,
Gap, GapKids, GM Pollack & Sons, GNC, and
stores in Bangor and Ellsworth, provides Computer Service Centers
for small businesses and home users. Services include networking
support and an excellent selection of new and used systems along with
custom-built computers with whatever components customers choose.
Also in the Bangor Mall are a, Hannaford
Super Market, Hickory Farms, Hollister, Hot Topic,
J.B. Robinson Jewelers, JC Penney, JCPenney Portrait
Studio, JCPenney Salon, John's Collectibles, Journeys,
Justice, Just for girls!, K·B Toys,
Kay Jewelers, Lane Bryant, LensCrafters,
Lids, Macy*s, Maine Mobility, Maine Porcelain,
MasterCuts, Minuteman Mobile, Motherhood Maternity, New
Company, Olympia Sports, Oriental Express, Oriental
Jade, Pacific Sunwear, Patrick's
Hallmark, Payless Shoe Source, Pearle Vision Express,
Personalize Me, Piercing Pagoda, Proactiv Solution, Radio
Shack, Ruby Tuesday, Sbarro's Italian Eatery, Sears, Select Comfort,
Space Port, Specialty Sweets, Spencer Gifts, Staples,
Star Nails, Starbucks Coffee, Studio 2000, Sunglass Hut, Sweet Stuff,
The Children's Place, The Optometrist, The Shoe Department, Things
Remembered, Trade Secret, Uno Chicago Grill, US Cellular, Verizon
Wireless, Victoria's Secret, Yankee Candle, and Zales
On the north side of Hogan Road, look for the Bangor
Business Park. You'll find a WalMart, a Kentucky Fried
Chicken, Burlington Coat Factory, the Ski Rack, CITI
Financial, Van Syckle Auto Sales, and the Longhorn
In Springer Place, there is the Downeast Credit Union, Bonney
Center, Dr. Linwood Colson, Life Share
Management Corp. Nearby, look for the 99 Restaurant & Pub,
Super Shoes, Quirk Auto, Darling Ford,
Denny's, and Sam's Club.
In Shaw's Plaza, look for Shear Attraction, Malibu
Tans, Quiznos, Strictly Formal, Natural Nails,
an Armed Forces Recruiting Center, Marlene's
and Bull Moose Music,
Back on the southside of Hogan Road, there is a Big K Mart,
Little Caesars Pizza, Hands of Hope Thrift Store,
Appleby's, Miquel's Mexican Restaurant, Bangor
Inn, an Olive Garden, Finest Hearth, and a Comfort
F. PERRY CITY FOREST,
accessible via Kittredge Road and Tripp Drive, encompasses more
than 680 acres of
wildlife habitat and working forest . It features more
than 4 miles of access roads and more than 9 miles of trails for
running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
The ORONO BOG BOARDWALK, open seasonally, is popular with folks
wishing to experience the beauty and fascinating plants and animals of
a Maine bog. The one-mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the
forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet
crosses the town line into the University of Maine owned part of the
bog in Orono. Along the way, it passes through changing
vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted
center of the Orono Bog.
N.H. BRAGG & SONS,
industrial supply company,
keeps a very low profile in the Bangor Industrial Park, but, to those
in the know, it makes available a large, discount hardware and
automotive supply outlet. Prices here are just a bit above wholesale.
A well-kept secret in Bangor is the availability of smoked hams
prepared by W.A.
BEAN AND SONS.
The COLE LAND TRANSPORTATION
MUSEUM is notable for its great
variety. On display are over 150 vehicles ranging from an antique baby
carriage to a locomotive and railroad station, horse-drawn logging
sleds and logging trucks, wagons and sleighs, vintage cars and trucks,
snowplows and fire trucks. Adults $5, children age 19 and under free,
seniors over 62 $3, AAA discount $4. (You find the place by taking Exit
45B off I-95, turning left at the first light, then left on Perry Road.)
PADDLE AND CHOWDER SOCIETY is a nonprofit
organization of people whose common interest is canoeing, kayaking, and
other related outdoor activities. Members are found throughout New
England. Out-of-state visitors can get in on the society's trips. Call
Kate Judy at 207-843-7983.
ST. JOHNS CATHOLIC CHURCH
has marvelous, recently-restored European stained-glass windows.
Bangor boasts the nation's oldest symphony orchestra and the
state's only year round repertory
Winterport, situated 12 miles south
of Bangor on Rte 1A, was important
a century ago as the last anchorage on the Penobscot River that always
remained ice-free. WINTERPORT HISTORIC DISTRICT, a
cohesive, homogeneous grouping of late 18th, 19th and early 20th
century buildings is in the National Register of Historic Places.
If you head south on Main Street (Route 15)
here, you'll find yourself on the Orrington Road. Look for High Tide Restaurant & Bar, First United Methodist Church,
Save A Lot Food Store, Balance, Hair & Body, Brewer
Public Library, Mobil,
Cowan's Citgo, Jct.
395, Brewer Health Center, Van Raymond's, St.
Teresa Catholic Church, A Body In Knead, Tozier's Market,
Cap's Tavern, TD's Pizzeria, Pepino's,
Ron's Cafe, School Hose Antique Mall,
Brookside Grill, Premier Granite, Second Congregational
Church, Wiswell Farm Green House, Maine Karote, Show's
Donuts, Pizzaland, Mutt & Jeff
Grooming, Orrington House of Ice Cream, River Road
Vetinary Hospital, Payne Gardens, Lighthouse Church of
God, U.S. Post Office, Mobile Marine Services, Little
Care, Orrington Antiques, Kindred Spirit
Vetinary Clinic, Christmas Tree Farm, Edward K. Arey
Communty Center, North Bucksport United Methodist Church, Well
Drilling, Carol's Neighborhood Gym, Vance's Tropical
Church, Bob's Small Engine.
Back in Brewer, just off North Main Street on Center
Street, look for Brawn Computer
Services, Brewer Floral & Gift, Between Friends /
Next Generation Theatre, Pam's Furniture, and Innovations
Heading east, North Main Street turns into Route
9, a straight shot clear to Calais. On North
look for Boomer Fitness, Computer Repair, North
Center, the City Center, Hair and Company, Jester's, City Side Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Paradis IGA, Citgo, Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant, Thrift Store & More, Edge, DC's
Variety Store, Tangles Hair & Nail Salon, Jimmie's Ice Cream & Grille, Indian Trail Park,, Duff and Associates, St.
Church, Twin City Baptist Church, Eale
Ridge Senior Citizen Mobile Park, Penobscot Salmon Club,
East Coast Auto Body, Eagle's Nest Restaurant, Airline
Motor Inn, River's Edge Variety Store, Crosby's Gun Shop,
North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist Church.
Large portions are what make the EAGLES NEST RESTAURANT in
Eddington noteworthy. The burger we had there reminded us of a small
meatloaf. The restaurant, situated on Route 9, also keeps prices modest.
Look for the turn onto Route 178, which takes
you to Milford. On Rte 178, look for Walton's
Campground, S&S Auto Sales, Penobscot River Public
Boat Launch Facility, The Dragon Forge Blacksmith Shop,
Concept Autoworks, Leonard's Mills, Penobscot
Experimental Forest, and Claudia's Seafood.
Back on Rte 9, look for Rideout Gardens,
Peavey Manufacturing Co., Eddington Store, Backdoor
Studio, Eddington Town Offices, Crewley Farm
Restaurant, Stinson's Auto Sales,
Auto Works, Weathervane Factory, New
Hope Hospice, Eddington-Clifton Civic Center, East
Eddington Community Church.
A right turn puts you on Rte 46, which leads to Bucksport.
Back on Rte 9, look for the Tradewinds
Variety Store, Eddington Auto Sales, Clifton Town
Offices, Krafty Kreations Gift Shop, and the Clifton
A right onto Rte 180 leads to Rebel Hill
Marine, Dietrich Gunsmithy, Mott's Garage, the Otis
and, eventually, the City of Ellsworth.
Back on Rte
9, look for Parks Pond Campground, Sawmill
Course, Amherst General Store & Restaurant, Tannery
Perfection, and Knadler Real
WOODS GOLF COURSE, a new family-owned and operated facility 15
miles east of Brewer, is a nine-hole, par 36 course with
secluded fairways cut through the Maine forest, following the natural
contours of the land. The large, undulating greens and tight fairways
are enhanced by landscaping throughout, presenting golfers of every
level both challenges and beauty.
Way back in Brewer, the Twin City
Plaza is home to EMMC Family Medicine of Brewer,
Dollar Tree, Winterport Boot, HHC
Healthcare, Bedworks, L Factor, Cosmos Prof,
Celtic Moon Rising, Maine Savings, H&R Brock, Atlantic Home Health Inc., MMIC Family Medicine, Snap
Fitness, Maine Center for Integrated Rehab, China Rose Buffet.
The shop CELTIC MOON RISING carries an interesting assortment of
goods, including imports from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
This is Maine's only dedicated Celtic shop.
Down State Street is the State Street Plaza. Look for Reboot
Repair, Hair & Co., Riverview Tattoo, Curves,
and Jimi's Trading Center.
In Brewer, Wilson Street turns into Rte 1A, the
road to Ellsworth. After crossing the bridge into Brewer,
you'll pass High Tide Restaurant & Bar, Bangor Discount Furniture, Brewer Historical Society Clewley Museum, , Shear Delight,
Brewer Auditorium, Village Green Motel,
Brewer Motor Inn, Brewsters, Sun Tan
City, Movie Gallery, Pat's Bikes, Yoshi, Jason's
Pizza, Advance Auto Parts, and Dunkin Donuts.
The HIGH TIDE RESTAURANT & BAR,
which serves Satuday and Sunday brunch, features a Raw Oyster bar and
also a Bloody Mary bar. Open year round, there is summertime outdoor
dining beside the scenic Penobscot River.
On the right is the Brewer Shopping Center with its various
businesses. Look for Hannaford Super Market, Family Dollar,
Designs by Donna, Electrolux, Maine Smoke
Shop, RAC Rent-a-Center, Edge Video, Purse Hollywood, Infinity 24 Hair & Spa, Dream Dress Bridal, U.S.
Cellular, Laundry and Cleaners, Insurance Shoppers,
Rainbow Chinese Restaurant, Pine Tree Karote,
Hayes Unfinished Furniture, and Bangor Savings Bank.
Nearby look for a Tim Horton's, Kostas Restaurant and bar,
Rite Aide Pharmacy, Walgreen's, Cozy Inn, Tradewinds Variety, Prompto,
New Stable Inn, Vacationland Village Inn &
Suites, Cigarette Shoppe, Coach
Restaurant, Downeast Sticks 'n'
Stones Bead Shop, Aubuchon
Hardware, Prompto Oil Change,
KFC/Taco Bell, Subway, Noodles,
and DQ, and Playland Adventures.
VILLAGE INN & SUITES has
had a major
facelift. Nor long ago, a local area couple bought the place and
completely refurbished it. It has been transformed, brought up from
having a decidedly shady reputation to being kid-friendly and downright
wholesome. The place has been given a Maine theme—here a moose, there a
bear, over there a loon. The bar is gone, replaced by the Lighthouse
Christian Cafe, a coffeehouse with live Christian music.
PLAYLAND ADVENTURES bills itself as the largest, can’t-miss
attraction for family fun in Maine. It's home to Maine’s original
Bounce Zone, including a 95-foot Obstacle Course and Maine’s largest
Indoor Slide! It's a wonderful place to let kids loose to have a ball!
Across the way is Kool Rayz, VIP
Auto, Morall Brakes, DQ, McDonald's,
Bangor Brewer Lanes, Burger King, Pizza
Hut, Marden's, Penobscot Cleaning Services, Sullivan
Tire, Tire Warehouse, Sunrise Glass, Machias Savings Bank, Urban
Garden Center, Goodwill, Unique Boutique Resale
Shop, House of Hunan, Quiznos
Subs, Lee Credit Now Auto Sales, Chapter 11 Closeoout Furniture, Bangor Car Care,
Downeast Auto Body, Downeast Toyota, Ruby Tuesday, Super
Donuts, Weathervane Restaurant,
and Show Case Homes.
on your right features
retro fifties decor, the only such place in New England.
acquired my goodwill the day I needed a keyboard for my Mac. Found a
good-as-new Apple keyboard there. Price? Two bucks. Later I got a
fine digital camera for four and after that a top-of-the-line,
hundred-dollar Sony radio for seven. For ten bucks, you can get a
discount card that gives you a ten percent discount on every purchase
for a year. Oh, every day a certain color labels provides a 50 percent
discount. When you pay, the cashier thanks you for supporting their
program. Is this a great world or what?
Wilson Square has the Brewer Medical Center and My Gym.
Further on, you'll see a Lowes and the onramp to I-395.
Look for Maine Fireworks, Mitchell's Antiques, Brewer
Therapy, Results Physical Therapy, Big Jake's Go Karts, Traditions Golf Club, and Pat's Pizza.
TRADITIONS GOLF CLUB
carts, mini golf, driving
range, snack bar and interesting 9-hole golf course. During the off-season, it offers indoor golf.
Watch for McKay's RV Center, Port Harbor Marine, Dysart's
Stop, Brewer Physical Therapy, Irving, Country
Shop, Holden Family Campground, Holden
RV, Renaisance Dogs, Swish Cleaning Center, Maine
Military Supply, Garrett's
Rental, Holden Self Storage. Horse and Rider, Hill View Mini Barns, Cagne Concrete Products, Myerowitz Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic, Tomb Cemetery, Al
Homes, Sarah's House, Harold's Transmission Service, Old Paddy Hollow Antiques, Holden Bait, Holdren Community
Learning Nature Trails, Red Barn Campground,
Red Barn Diner, Ace Hardware, Mid-Coast Fine Antiques, Holden
Millwork, an old cemetery, a Mobil Service
Center, Big Bang Boom Fireworks, Rock Solid Disc Golf, McLeod's Guns and Coins,
Jim's Coin & Country Store, Jone's Lobster Company, Ledbetter's, Hummingbird
Hollow, Darlene's Dolls, U.S. Post Office, Grace Baptist Church, and Merrill Bank.
OLD PADDY HOLLOW GIFTS & TREASURES offers a
huge variety of antiques and gift ideas. Come here for
personalized signs and handcrafted greeting cards. Craft classes are held regularly.
CAMPGROUND on the
Bar Harbor Road in Holden offers 120 sites, most with water, sewer and
electric hookups, some with 50 amp service. Situated just a few minutes
from I-95, the campground is handy both to Bangor/Brewer and
Ellsworth/Mount Desert Island. It's basically Bar Harbor at half the
The RED BARN
situated next to the campground, provides breakfast all day along with
lunch and dinner. There are fresh pastries and bread made on the
premises. There's also lobster, fresh fish, daily specials, and a
children's menu. Eat inside or outside, your choice.
According to the folks at BIG BANG BOOM FIREWORKS,
Cinderella had fireworks at her wedding, and you should too.
Consequently, they have put together fireworks packages
especially for nuptialian occasions. Nothing like starting out married
life with a blast.
Looking for something new and fun? Consider ROCK SOLID DISC GOLF.
Don't know what this is? Disc golf is a lot like traditional golf,
except players use specifically made plastic flying discs instead of
balls, throwing them at above-ground targets. There are different
types of discs for different purposes. The player begins by "driving"
from a designated tee area and continues toward the target, throwing
each consecutive shot from where the previous throw landed. Play
continues until the disc is tossed into a basket. Presently under
construction, Rock Solid ultimately will be a challenging 18-hole
course. Right now you can play Rock Solid's front nine for just
$5. Rental discs are available free of charge.
junction of Rte 46, a right will take you to Bucksport.
Continuing on Route 1-A, look for Dysarts,
Grand Lodge of Maine Library & Museum, Phantom Fireworks, C&M Family Market, Dunkin Donuts, a Subway
Furniture, Foto-Fixer, Lucerne
Self-Storage, Lucerne Veterinarian Hospital, Down
East Dive Shop, Acadia Spray Foam Insulation, Lucerne Auto Sales, Lucerne Inn, Lucerne-in-Maine
Club, Field Stone Estates, Nice Twice, Sportman's Court.
The LUCERNE INN is
haunted. There is a long
history of things going bump in the night, lights mysteriously turning
on and off, and objects spontaneously setting sail. It seems that Sam,
the caretaker of the place when it was a stagecoach stop, caught his
wife extending excessive hospitality to a guest in room 8. Enraged, he
murdered the offending couple before offing himself. Word has it he's
still mad, and cursing the place (although he never bothers the
Like your courses hilly? You'll love the LUCERNE GOLF CLUB.
Besides hills, it boasts some of the finest greens found
anywhere. This challenging Donald Ross
course, established in 1926, is a truly fine 9-hole test of any
player's abilities. The
green fees are among the lowest around. Seniors play a popular 9 a.m.
Monday morning scramble. Call 207-843-6282.
Keep going and you'll see a turnoff to Jenkin 's Beach and Violette's
Landing on Green Lake.
This trek continues in Chapter