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COMING INTO ELLSWORTH on Rte 1, the Bucksport Road, you'll see Big Chicken Barn, The Humble Horse, Country Crafts, Patton Patton Pond Camping, and Out of Town Auto, Sunset Motel.

ELLSWORTH  is Hancock County's Shiretown and, curiously, the nation's second largest city, taking a back seat only to Los Angeles. We're talking about square miles here, not population even at the height of tourist season. We're thinking that whoever staked out Ellsworth had serious delusions of grandeur. What evolved is a bit more humble, but a whole lot nicer than any big city. Especially Los Angeles.

There was a time when we regarded Ellsworth as a rather disagreeable place that made people slow down on the way to Bar Harbor. We have come to think differently. Ellsworth is a remarkably nice community with several noteworthy amenities. Included are a state-of-the art YMCA, a nice library, a theatre with frequent live presentations, a prize-winning (and quite haughty) weekly newspaper, modern cinemas, a classical music station, and, just down the road, a great alternative community radio station. Ellsworth has a full slate of fast-food restaurants and a Super Walmart. There are eight public golf courses requiring no tee times within a half hour's drive. Good God I sound like the Chamber of Commerce.

Census data shows that during the 1990s Ellsworth was Maine's fastest growing city. Why Ellsworth grew almost 20 percent while the rest of the state limped along at four or five percent is
something of a mystery. Ellsworth has no big industrial employer. There is no college or university, and the local high school was judged to be among Maine's ten worst. There is no nearby interstate highway, major airport, commercial port, or big shopping mall. There are no astounding natural features. Taxes are quite high. Ellsworth can accurately be described as the gateway to Downeast Maine, but how many people dream of living in a gateway?

In recent years, Ellsworth has engaged in a bit of civic beautification, installing some greenery and decorative street lights. The City Manager suggested that these could account for people wanting to live here. Maybe, but we  remain skeptical.

At the BIG CHICKEN BARN  there are some hundred thousand old books and 21,000 magazines—the largest assortment in all of New England. Downstairs, 34 dealers provide a vast assortment of antiques and collectibles.

Not far from here is the BREEZY MAPLES FARM, where you can get horseback riding instruction or tack supplies.

Talk about nice—at COUNTRY CRAFTS  Maudine Cunningham sells unique Maine crafts on consignment without taking a cut for herself. Her idea is to create good word-of-mouth and to help the crafters, many of whom are elderly folks on limited fixed incomes. The result is great Maine-made crafts at heretofore unheard-of attractive prices.

The Surry Road is to your right.

Back on Rte One
, look for  Ken's General Repair, Mountain View Auto Sales, D's Motor Sports , AMHC, a place that does chair caning, and Haffas Farm, Pyro City, Downeast Refinishing, C&C Machine Shop. Ellsworth RV, Cross Fit Acadia, Helping Hands Garage, Auto Colony, Springer Gymnastics Center, EZ Self Storage, Cross Fit Acadia, Forest Ridge Campground, P.L. Jones Welldrilling, Organic Therapy, Twilite Motel, Homestead Motel, Coastal Eye Care, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ellsworth, and Court House Gallery.

HAFFAS FARM  began life as Halfass Farm, a name rejected by Ellsworth city fathers as too raunchy to adorn a local roadside sign. To owner Claire Wallace, it was just a play on words; seems that half of her animals are donkeys. That and the fact that the farm is a part-time thing; its operation, she admits, can be a bit halfass. Being an unusually good-natured and accommodating person, however, Claire changed the name. Visitors are welcome to stop by to see her friendly critters.

CROSS FIT ACADIA is no ordinary gym. It's a coaching facility— members come in only during scheduled sessions when  coaches are running classes.  This is not a place where machines are kept— it is a place where trained professionals turn bodies and minds into highly functional and efficient machines.  When you visit Cross Fit Acadia, there is always a certified trainer at your disposal. He or she will teach you physical skills and nutritional habits leading to a lifetime of fitness.

PYRO CITY is a Maine owned business serving all your fireworks needs. Launch your own dazzling pyrotechnics show with a full line of Zenith Shells, Fountains, Multi Effects, Roman Candles, Smoke Items, Firecrackers and more. Owner Steve Marson has been in the professional fireworks display business for many years and can advise you on a safe and memorable experience.

After a dozen years in the furniture refinishing business, David Conary has developed a unique procedure for refinishing furniture. Drop by DOWNEAST REFINISHING and see his work. He has a way of making vintage furniture look better than new.

When all is said and done, FOREST RIDGE CAMPGROUND has the area's lowest rates. "More Bang for your Buck," as the manager puts it. At Forest Ridge, you don't pay extra for electricity, Cable TV, or a sewer connection. There are none of those extra, annoying "Resort" fees! Here the Sites are large, the Nights are quiet, the People are friendly, the Lobster is fresh, and Downtown Ellsworth is only a mile away.

is the distribution center for medical marijuana.   Sorry, no free samples; to get some, you need a script from a legitimate physician.

Approaching Ellsworth on Rte 1-A, the Bangor Road, you'll see a sign directing you to The Telephone Museum.

If you’re at all interested in the history of popular  technology, you’ll want to visit THE TELEPHONE MUSEUM. Situated in a big gray barn on the Winkumpaugh Road, the museum traces the history of the telephone  network from Alexander Graham Bell’s patent in 1876 through the era of switchboard operators and early dial telephones to the more complex electro-mechanical switching systems that preceded today’s digital technology. Exhibits are hands-on—everybody (including kids) are encouraged to operate the old equipment. The people operating the museum have had life-long associations with telephone companies, and are crammed with fascinating information (like how Bell may not really be the telephone’s inventor!). The museum, open July, August, and September, charges admission: $4 for adults, $2 for children.

There is a
public beach and snack bar at Green Lake.

Look for a turnoff to the Branch Lake Camping Area,

Back on Rte 1-A, you'll see Canoes, Nice Twice Resale Shop, Bud Lee Electrical, Dewitt's Auto Repair, Phillips Farms of Maine, Maine Coast Baptist Church, North Winds Stove and Fireplaces.
Atlantic Landscape and Construction, Branch Lake Public Forest, Bonded Auto,, Tracy's Karate Studio, Taylor Electric, Ledge Way Apartments, Amy's Salon & Spa, Metaphysical Health Services, Coastal Care & Companionship, P.E. O'Halloran, Inc., Moto-Car, St. Thomas Traditional Anglican Chuch,  Storage Plus, U-Store It, Maine State Police Barracks, Air & Water QualityEllsworth Industrial Park, Card Enterprises,
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In 2012, the BRANCH LAKE PUBLIC FOREST added a new trail, more than doubling its hiking trail network.  The new 2.6-mile trail branches from the original one about a half mile from the gravel parking lot at the trail system’s entrance. It snakes north through wet woods across a small stream toward the lake’s edge, then loops around to send hikers back toward the first trail.

If you're fascinated by unusual automobiles, check out MOTO-CAR. Terrence Pinkham keeps on hand 40 or 50 special-interest cars, ranging form antiques to new limited-production mo

The Christian Ridge Road goes to your right. On it look for, Rose Acres Message Therapy, Beal's Auto Repair, Maine Estates, Kingdom Hall, Downeast Health Services, Ray Builders, Christian Ridge Church.

Back on Rte 1-A, look for Ellsworth Physical Therapy, Off Road, Brown's Communications, Inc.New Land Florist, Deer Run Park, All in the Family Resale Shop, Fuddruckers, B&B Tradewinds Variety, Tim Horton's Coffee Shop, Dorr Lobster & Crab Take-out, Sunrise Glass, Agassiz Historical OutcropWool 'n' Ewe, Woodland Studios, Friends & Family Market, Smile Design, Acadia Dental Arts, and Old Whitney House Antiques.

There is nothing humble about FUDDRUCKERS. The people there insist they serve the World's Best Hamburgers! It's possible they do. The beef is cooked fresh, never frozen, and buns are baked fresh every day. A toppings bar features every condiment imaginable and fresh produce, allowing customers to build their own Mega-Burgers! This is the only Fuddruckers north of Boston.

DORR LOBSTER & CRAB TAKE-OUT, based in Milbridge, is a well-established family business devoted to delivering the freshest product possible. The Dorrs handle most everything themselves; they catch the lobsters, pack them, and ship them out all over the world. There is just no way to get lobster any fresher.

The AGASSIZ HISTORICAL OUTCROP is where in 1864 professor Louis Agassiz of Harvard College shook up the fundamentalist religious community by concluding that scratches on the smooth rock surface were caused by glaciation, not the Biblical flood of Noah's time. It wouldn't be totally preposterous to say that this is the spot at which mankind entered into the modern age. This outcrop is in the National Register of Historical Sites

WOOL 'N' EWE LLC at 176 North Street is an interesting combination of sev
eral things. It's an antiques shop, with a nice selection of period pieces. It's a rug hooking shop—the largest year round rug hooking shop in Downeast Maine. And it's a crafts and gift shop, with plenty of interesting items for every pocketbook. Check it out. There's bound to be something you like a lot. Visit them on FACEBOOK.

Just before the Mill Mall is Dunkin Donuts / Baskin Robbins. In the Mill Mall is Sylvia's Cafe, Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic,Skowhegan Driving School, New England Dental Center, Eastern Maine Development Center, Dr. Candace Croft Chiapractic Physican & Associated Health Consultant, Acadia Burial and Cremation Direct, G.M. Pollack and Sons, Hilights Salon & Barber Shop, Craft BarnTag's Sports Bar, Four Seasons Hydroponics & Garden Supply, Hancock County Higher Education Center, SCORE, U.S. Cellular, Sleepers, Willey's Gun Shop, Machias Savings Bank.

Got a good appetite? We mean a really good appetite, an appetite that peo
ple sitting around campfires a hundred
years from now will expound upon. If you do you might want to try the Hibernator at SYLVIA'S CAFE.  This monster entree begins with a stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with a scrambler and accompanied by corned beef hash, two eggs, sides of bacon, sausage, and ham, and, of yeah, toast. It costs $30, but if you can eat it all in an hour, it's yours free.The indigestion, of course, is yours as well.

Appropriately, just down the hall there is a FREE MEDICAL CLINIC. You do need an appointment. Call 667-795

Indoor gardening is growing by leaps and bounds, and FOUR SEASONS HYDROPONICS & GARDEN SUPPLY is the place to get all the stuff you need to be a blooming success.

Just beyond the mall is a YMCA, Friend and Friend, Family Floor Store, Alberto's Hair Designs.

The YMCA is named for the late James Russell Wiggins, publisher of the Ellsworth American and wannabe poet. Wiggins was once managing editor of the Washington Post and ambassador to the U.N. under Lyndon Johnson. He had a seaside home in Brooklin, Maine, at which avid sailor Walter Cronkrite was a frequent visitor.

Back on Rte 1-A, look for Maine Reality.

A right at the fork will take you by Ravenswood, Ellsworth Meditation Center, The Upper Cut, Tom's Terrific Tattoos, General Bryant E. Moore Community Center, State Street Market, Love the Earth Consignment Shop, a small park,The Old Burial Ground, the Hancock County Court House, Ellsworth Historical Society, Ellsworth Public Library, William Ferm Attorney at Law, Apple Revival, Holmes Agency, Pyramid Studios, Hale and Hamlin, and Democratic Party Headquarters.

Joe and Anne Paradise both do the wonderful bird carvings found at RAVENSWOOD.

Tom Murphy of TOM'S TERRIFIC TATTTOS calls himself a body art aficionado. In business for more than 20 years, he was Downeast Maine's original Tattoo Master. Tom's skills range from applying traditional designs to drawing custom sculpted lines using the finest in tools and inks guided by his experienced hand. He has seen his art evolve from a badge of grungy outlaw culture to a highly respectible means of personal communication.

A left at the fork keeps you on Rte 1-A and takes you by Hewins Travel, Hairbenders, Downeast Osteopathic, Grunta & Chiasson, LLC, Hendricks & Salsbury, BHA, LLC, the Family Floor Store,Kid's Peace, Bay View Physical Therapy, Dr. Paul Albert, Carol A. Coakley, Key Nail & Tanning, JF Ackerman, DMD, and Atlantic Counseling.

A right onto Church Street will take you by the Acadia Naturopathic Clinic.

If you stay on Rte 1A, at the light look for  S.K. Whiting Pocket Park. A right here will put you on Main Street.

is carrying on with locally-owned businesses in the face of all the major franchises and big box stores on High Street south of Main. Several fill specialized niches such as Mexican, or Irish cuisine or Mediterranean cuisine and natural foods.

At the junction of  Rte 1-A and Main Street, a right turn will take you past Windsor Chairmaker, J.T. Rosborough, U.S. Post Office, Smooth Sailing Therapeutic Massage, Mainely Meats, The Mex, Flexit Cafe and Bakery, Harlow Gallery, Alchenist Salon, Monarch Design Group, Red Bear Press, Jackie Hainesy Handcafted Jewelry Studio, Pat Orchard Psychotherapy, Bliss Yoga Studio.

At SMOOTH SAILING THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, Eric specializes in what he calls the Working People's massage, a combination of Swedish and Sports massage, augmented with instruction in Oriental Medicine, Theraputic Massage, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Reiki. Eric is certified in both Reiki I and II.

FLEXIT may sound like a body-building program, but actually it's a popular restaurant in downtown Ellsworth. The name stems from the term "flexitarian," which refers to someone wh eats vegetarian part of the time, but meat at other times. A flexitarian is  said to be somebody who understands the health benefits of occasionally focusing on fruits and vegetables. In tune with this, the Flexit Cafe and Bakery provides diners several options, including comfort food like macaroni and cheese and real fruit smoothies.

A left takes you up Hancock Street. Look for the Old Creamery Antique Mall and Gallagher's Salon.

School Street goes to the right. (Curiously, there is no school on School Street.) Look for Morton's Moos Homemade Ice Cream, Computer Plus and Union River Gallery.

Besides good, homemade ice cream, MORTON MOOS offers hot chocolates from around the world. There is Belgium's Callebaut, Switzerland's Neuchatel, an American blend of five cocoas, Mexico Cacao, which contains chipotle and cayenne, and Mortons' Special Sipping Chocolate made from condensed Belgium cocoa. TripAdvisor gave Morton Moos its Number-One-Restaurant- in-Ellsworth rating.

promises to provide Ellsworth serious, year-round exposure to fine art and fine crafts. Limited edition prints from renown artists and poster prints are available. The gallery also offers complete custom framing services. Call 207-667-7700.

Back on
Main Street, look for  Acadia Realty Group, John Edwards Market, Wine Cellar Art Gallery, The Grand Auditorium, The Grand Gallery, The Rock and Art Shop , Riverside Cafe, Finn's Irish Pub, Jonathan Edwards Market, Josh the ArtistMain Street Auto Care, 86 This

If you'd like some
chuckles with your vittles, you might try 86 THIS! The menu includes such items as Minor Threat, Blat, Mountain Goat, Beet Knick, and Yam I am.  (Besides cracking jokes, the people here make great sandwiches.)

The GRAND AUDITORIUM  provides the Downeast region with a wide range of theatrical services - everything from live productions and classic films to special programs for children. The local Gilbert and Sullivan Society performs here. Call 207-667-9500.

THE ROCK & ART SHOPdoes a nice job of combining rocks and minerals and highly creative art. Here is perhaps Maine's finest collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, art, jewelry, and natural history objects. There is a vast assortment of quartz, fossils, mounted moths and butterflies, and exotic succulents. If you're at all curious about the world you live in, this place is a must.

Among other things, locals flock to the RIVERSIDE CAFE for the golden strawberry & cream waffles. At the Riverside, breakfast is served all day long and there is revolving weekend entertainment. The French fries here are among Maine's best, as is the clam chowder.

FINN'S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE claims it has  has the town's best beers on tap, brews perfect for downing this pub's great burgers, fish and chips, fresh oysters on the half shell, inventive fresh salads, and other delicious fare. The owners invite people to  experience what they call "the ultimate comfort foods," their meatloaf entree or homemade macaroni and cheese. Lorena is famous for her Guinness chocolate cake and other scrumptious desserts.  Finn’s has a full bar, lots of seating for small and large parties, and friendly servers. It’a local favorite.

A left just past Main Street Auto Care will put you on Franklin Street. In the Franklin Street Common, you'll find ZI Photography, and a small park. Nearby is Wild Styles Hair Salon, Astor Gillis Counseling, Gibson Financial Solutions, Chummies Bar, and Nail Nook.

Continuing on Main Street, look for
86 This!, Second to None Thrift Shop, The Cellar, Salon & Day Spa, Sealander Architects, Hands of Peace Reiki,  Ellsworth Chiropractic, Beal's Gifts, Beal's Jewelry, Ruth Foster's, Union River Book & Toy Co., The Outback: Karen's Cafe, Monteux Gallery, Wild Game Arcade, PG Rated Adult Books, New Releases—Maine Books, Blueberry Broadcasting, Dreamcatcher Antiques, Studio 3, Design Group CollabortiveBud ConnectionHair by Marie, Washing Baby Elephants Antiques, The Yoga Place, Rockett Computer, Hamel Dojo, Lifting Spirits,  Bangor Daily News Camden National Bank.

THE CELLAR is a casual, fine dining restaurant specializing in distinguished wines and great cheeses. The chef uses all local and fresh ingredients, and takes pride in preparing a little something for everyone.

The UNION RIVER BOOK & TOY CO. stocks more than 5,000 children's books.

At the light, a left onto Water Street will leads you past Coastal Interiors, Pepper's Pub, Robins's Romantic Supermart, Clothes Encounter, Mike's Country Store, EyesR.F. Jordan, Jack's Barber Shop, Union River Redemption Center, Psychic Tarot Card Reader, The Body Shop, Full Circle Printing Solutions, Dead River Company, Union River Harbor Park, Island Cow Ice Cream, Community Health Counseling Services.

ROBIN'S ROMANTIC SUPERMART is the place to shop for naughty apparel. On hand also are adult novelties and movies,  sexy lingerie, and smoking accessories.

is an old-fashioned, neighbohood tavern. It's where the locals go to socialize.

Besides its cute name, CLOTHES ENCOUNTER is perhaps the nicest thrift shop in the area.

This venerable market, MIKE'S COUNTRY STORE, has been open at the same location more-or-less continuously for over 120 years, a record in these and most other parts. The place to get penny candy and fabulous pizza.

Watch for the turn to Indian Point Park.

On the Bayside Road, look for Morgan Bayside Real Estate Agency.

From the light, a right will put you on State Street. Look for the Democratic Party Headquarters,  Hale & Hamlin, Holmes Agency, Pyramid Studios,
Macrevival, Ellsworth Library, Ellsworth Historical Society, and Hancock County Court House, State Street Market, Dirigo Montessori School, Tom's Terrific Tattoos, Avon Rep Nancy Morse.

PYRAMID STUDIOS stocks Maine's most diverse selection of gemstone and pearl jewelry.

The CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH  on State St. is a handsome example of early New England church architecture. Check out the Scandinavian motif on the nearby city hall. Across the street, the Tilsdale house, a classic Federal-style home built in 1817, has been converted into a modern public library.

Back on Main Street, you'll see the Emmaus Homeless Center, Rooster Brother, Riverside Glass.

A Down East magazine "Best in Maine" issue describes ROOSTER BROTHER as "two stories packed full of well-edited kitchen gear and ingredients (that) lure in serious cooks from miles around." The soft pretzels they make here are based are based on an old traditional recipe that shop owner George Elias spent years perfecting.

A left will put you on South Street. Look for the Lobsterpot Restaurant..

If you're leaving town on Rte 172, the Surry Road, look for The Black House, Ben's Store, Four Seasons Small Engine Repair, Saunder's Automotive, Harmon's Upholstery, Fortier Electric, Common Market Antiques and Books, Jordan Natural Christmas Tree Farm, and Mitch's Antiques.

he COL. BLACK MANSION (1824-1828), also called Woodlawn, is a three story, brick Federal country house with a columned portico and balustrades that was built as a combination home and office by John Black, a young land agent from England. It took three years to build, as the bricks came by sea from Philadelphia and the skilled workmen from Boston. Three generations of the Black family lived in this house, and it remained virtually unchanged throughout their ownership. The estate, with all the original rich furnishings, decorative objects, and historical artifacts, was bequeathed to the public by the grandson of John Black in 1928 and has since been administered by the Hancock County Trustees of Public Reservations. Located at the rear of the house are a restored country garden and a carriage house filled with interesting old carriages and sleighs.8 It is open June 1 - Oct. 15, Monday-Saturday, 10-5. Admission.

The people at FORTIER ELECTRIC  are wonderful. Over the years they have graciously helped me out of several nasty situations, usually without charging anything. I can't say enough good things about these guys.

This trek on Route 172, the Surry Road, continues into the Blue Hill Peninsula.

Back at the Junction of 1-A and Main Street, it you turn left onto Main St., you'll pass Harry Jones Real Estate, Emerson Energy Fuels, Angelo's Pizza, the Ellsworth Farmers' Market.

The turnoff to the left goes to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.

Stay right on the Washington Junction Road and you'll pass Acadia Engraving, Sinclair Builders, Katahdin Log Homes, Headlines Beauty Salon,  before you come to The Junction: Gladstone Under the Sun, Bucky's Satellite Components, Downeast Graphics, Sunrise Trail, Crossroads Apostolic Church. P.M. Painting & Auto Body, and Tracy's Auto Body.

The WASHINGTON JUNCTION ROAD is a fine way to bypass downtown Ellsworth if you're in a hurry to head further Downeast.

SINCLAIR BUILDERS has been building quality homes for over 20 years. All Sinclair custom-built and modular homes are constructed to meet or exceed federal, state, and local building codes. Sinclair Builders is also the local dealer and builder for Kathadin cedar log homes.

The DOWNEAST SUNRISE TRAIL runs eastward for 85 miles along what was once a busy railroad bed. The tracks have been removed and the trail offers hikers, bikers and ATV enthusiasts a beautiful, nearly flat corridor  running along the coast, providing spectacular ocean views.

BACK ON HIGH STREET, you’ll pass Windsor Chairmakers, Simon Pierce, Sun360 Tanning, Acadia Hearing Center, Sargent Real Estate, Cadillac Mountain Sports, Bicycle Shop and Rental, and Downeast Scenic Railroad.

Although we've never actually known anybody who thought, "Gee, wouldn't it be great to be able to get on a train and go from Ellsworth to Ellsworth Falls,"  this has, nevertheless, become a possibility, thanks to a non-profit organization called the Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust. The good folks here are making it possible to ride the rails in a restored vintage rail coach pulled by a vintage diesel electric engine. Tickets are $12 for adults ($17 if you want the privledge of riding in the caboose), less for kids. The DOWNEAST SCENIC RAILROAD does trips on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays until Columbus Day.

High Street
is Route 3 and the Bar Harbor Road, the road to Mount Desert IslandAcadia National Park. and

A right on Pine Street across from Cadillac Mountain Sports will take you by Striking Gold Jewelers and down to Atlantic Art Glass.

ATLANTIC ART GLASS at 25 Pine Street in Ellsworth is one of the coolest places we’ve been to for authentic art glass. Their glass blowing operation is open to the public to stop by and view. Ken and Linda  the owners are right out straight producing some of the most beautiful and colorful glassware to be found around the Downeast area. They may not have much time to talk , but  encourage folks to stop by and shop for a one of a kind creation.

Back on
High Street, look for Crystal Clear Family Pet Center,
Computer Essentials, Irvings, Prudential, Mobil,Subway, Denny's, Circle K, Machias Savings Bank, Comfort Inn, Turning Heads Hair & Beauty Salon, Enterprise Car Rental, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Richard Parks Furniture, Mainely Music, Town & Country Real Estate, Route One Oil & Lube Stop UPS Store, and L.L. Bean complex with an L.L. Bean Factory Outlet, Rac Rent-A-Center, and Key Bank.

DENNY'S, which never closes, has free WiFI and several interesting breakfast possibilities.

A road to the left goes up to
Key Bank and  Ellsworth Feed, and Seed.

THE UPS STORE At 216 High Street is the place to go for all your mailing and shipping needs. Besides shipping, you can receive faxes, and packages. They have both black and white and color copy machines as well as a notary service. Wondering how to get stuff back home? Bring it here. They'll pack it and ship it and save you the hassle.

L.L. BEAN'S ELLSWORTH OUTLET  offers returns and seconds at reduced prices as well as first-quality merchandise. A Maine institution, L.L. Bean's has an incredibly generous return policy. If you bought an item there, you can return it—no limitations on length of time you've had it or how you've mistreated it.  Such a policy invites abuse, but the brains behind Bean's feel the good will it engenders justifies its cost. (Nationally, factory outlets move around $6 billion worth of merchandise each year. New England has more outlets than any other region of the country.)

A right onto Washington Street takes you by  Libitzki School of Dance, Motifs Hair & Tanning.

Across High Street, look for The Gold Experts, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Reny's, Martha's Diner, Rumor Had It SalonShinbushi, Verizon Wireless Hanf Laundromat, High Street Barber Shop,
Family Dollar Shop, Shaw's Super Market, Sassy Nails & Tanning, Wendy's, and Chamber of Commerce Information Center, Prime Care, Burger King

TripAdvisor has rated MARTHA'S DINER  the Number One Restaurant in Ellsworth. We especially like the ham and eggs. The ham is a real steak, not the practically transparent stuff you get most places.

Back on Rte One, High Street, look for Key Bank, Merrill Furniture, Jasper's Restaurant & Motel,
The Gold Experts, Hancock Dental,  Complete Tire.

COMPLETE TIRE at 204 High Street is a lot more than a tire store. It offers complete underbody and brake repair, exhaust systems, and complete lube jobs. These guys get it done right.

Across from Complete Tire is Foster Street which leads to the Sew & Save Shop, Miele Vacuum Cleaners, Fahringler's Framing, Brown & Milliken Insurance, Bangor Savings Bank, Alternative Auto Electric, Hair Essentials Beauty Salon, Jim's Auto Repair.

Back on High Street, look for Town Auto, McQuick's, a turn to MedNow, Ray's Plumbing & Heating, County Ambulance, Pizza Hut, UPS Store, Harmon Tire, and Renee's Hair Design,
Look for  the Maine Coast Mall. Near the Mall, there is a Ramada InnGovernor's Restaurant, Coffee Express, and Hannford’s Super Market. In the Mall are  Radio Shack, Payless Shoe Source, Cozy Cat Farm Gifts for Ewe,  and T.J. Maxx. Nearby look for KFC/Taco Bell, McDonald's, Hampton Inn, and Walgreens Pharmacy.

The folks at COZY CAT FARM GIFTS FOR EWE specialize in Maine-made and New
England-made products as well as hand spun, hand knit items from their own sheep. Also featured is jewelry by Zagel Arts and other Maine crafters along with gourmet popcorn and salsa.

According to TripAdvisor, the HAMPTON INN is Ellsworth's Number One hotel.

you stay on Route One and head toward points Downeast. You'll pass Colortyme Rent to Own, Finelli's PizzaGoodwill, Acadia Village Resort, Maine Savings Bank, VIP Auto Discount, Carquest Auto Parts, Cigaret Shop, Primary Health Care Walk-in, Ellsworth Tennis Center, Ellsworth Uveitis & Retina Care, Dirigo Montessori School, Hair Essentials, Martha's Cafe & Cake, Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery, Thomas Flynn, M.D., David Branch, M.D., Maine Smoke Shop, Autohaus Apex Car Rentals, U.S. Cellular, First ImpressionsHair Studio, Lovely Nails, Linnehan's, Sherwin Williams, Gold Star Laundramat, and Maine Pet and Aquarium.

ELLSWORTH TENNIS CENTER  offers a whole lot more than the name implies. Besides tennis, there are racketball and wallyball courts, a complete fitness center, a big children's play area, a juice/espresso bar, and much more.

At FIRST IMPRESSIONS HAIR STUDIO you can get your hair cut at 5 a.m.
Peter, a good barber and staunch Libertarian, is Downeast Maine's premier alternative money source. Ask him to show you  North America's newest currency, the beautiful "Amero” or the latest issue of the decade old “Liberty Dollar.”

In the Eastward Plaza, look for Gilman Electric
The Clothes Closet, Downeast Kettlekorn, Eastward Bowling Lanes, Eastward Lunch, Comics Plus, The Connection Church.

Back on Rte One is Helen's Restaurant, Sherwin Williams, Aarons, Sears, Bangkok Restaurant, Advance Auto Parts, and NAPA Auto Parts.

Look for the turnoff to Home Depot, Camden National Bank, AT&T, and a Super Walmart..

Back on Rte One, look for Lee Auto Mart,  Ellsworth Jewelers, Morrison Chevrolet, RAC Rent-A-Center, Atlantic Tools, Ellsworth Wheels, Broughman Builders, inc., Downeast Kitchen Design.

The turnoff onto Rte 184 will take you past East Coast Performance. Keep going and you'll come upon Linscott Marine Service, Pro Auto Center, Lamoine Kennel, Lamoine General Store, Lamoine State Park, Chocolate Chip B&B,  and Lamoine Beach.

If cars excite you, check out the possibilities at EAST COAST PERFORMANCE on the Douglas Highway. Here you'll find all the add-on accessories to make your car or truck something really special.

Not far from Lamoine Beach is the CHOCOLATE CHIP BED & BREAKFAST, a really pleasant place to stay. The first thing we noticed was all the books. They were everywhere, hundreds and hundreds of books, books on shelves, on tables, in baskets—books for every sort of reader. Visitors are encouraged to take a book into the sunlit library or out onto a wraparound porch. Everybody seems to agree that a perfect accompaniment for a good book is one of Susan Hann's hot, fresh muffins.

LAMOINE STATE PARK, a 55-acre preserve on Eastern Bay, offers a generous assortment of pleasant campsites, including several overlooking the water. There's a boat launch, a pier for fishing, grassy fields, and picnic tables providing a view of Mount Desert Island.

Back on Route One, look for NAPA Auto Parts, Colwell Diesel, Jordan's Snack Bar, Restore, Coastline Homes, and Simon's Hancock Farms and Greenhouses.

JORDAN'S SNACK BAR is famous for its onion rings. Trip AdVisor has rated Jordan's as Ellsworth's Number One restaurant.

On your left is the
Thorsen Road. Look for Knight's Inn, White Birches Golf Course, Big Cat's  Catering, Merrill Bluebrries, Autobuff Auto Body.

The recently renovated WHITE BIRCHES MOTEL provides the most attractive rates in the Ellsworth area. This doesn't mean they scrimp on amenities. WIFI and children are free and pets are welcome. The two-room honeymoon suite features a king-size bed, living room, and Jacuzzi tub. The cable TVs provide premium channels, and local phone calls are free. There are senior, auto club, and extended stay discounts, and there are smoking rooms.

handles all sorts of car problems, everything from auto body repairing and painting to insurance claims. Among much else they do modern frame straightening, custom paint work, and emergency towing. Bring in your distressed vehicle for a free esimate or call 207/667-3542.

Back on Route One, look for Star Root Specials, Scottie's Bookhouse, Miles Motorsports, Miles Lawn Care,  MJ Seafood, Ashmore's Automotive Repair, Pine Tree Enterprises, Red Line, Maine-Made Gifts and Crafts,
Rigg's Rugs.

At MAINE MADE GIFTS & CRAFTS, Debby Ciampa takes great pride in the many unique, one-of-a-kind handmade items she handles. Debby consistently underestimates the value of her time; most often her prices are lower than you'll find elsewhere. Right now she is featuring American Girl Size doll clothes.

Look for the
Mud Creek Road, where you'll find Kim's Nursery & Boutique and the Iron Slipper Farm.

Back on Route One, you'll come upon Shirley's Gifts, Yarns & Crafts, Yu Takeout, Collector Shop Antiques, Wild Mountain Man Ray Murphy, Irving, Viking Lumber, and Tideway Market.

Although YU TAKEOUT specializes in unique-to-the-area Korean dishes, you can also get burgers, hotdogs, fried clams, and other Maine seafood delicacies. Where hostess Sonye Carroll really shines, however is in her Korean-style Buffalo wings, her signature egg rolls, wontons, teniyaki beef and chicken, wonton and Korean noodle soup, lo mein, sweet potato noodle, fried rice, and Korean hot and sweet and sour pork and chicken.

Just down the road, you'll come to the spot where RAY MURPHY, the world's foremost chainsaw sculptor, holds court. Murphy is an immensely talented artist, creating magnificent beasts from raw blocks of wood with his trusty chainsaw. He bills himself as the WILD MOUNTAIN MAN, but beneath his rough exterior lies the heart of a poet. He got his start back in his lumberjack days when he impulsively carved a bathtub from a fallen log, much to the merriment of his fellow loggers. They aren't laughing any longer. Ray went on to become famous, taking his art all over the country, racking up well over a million miles on his big bus. He has held crowds spellbound by carving people's initials on wooden belt buckles--while they were wearing them. Robert Ripley featured Ray in his syndicated column after a chainsaw-banishing Ray carved the entire alphabet onto a common lead pencil.

Look for
Ranch Road to your right. It leads to Kilkenney Cove and Cottage by the Sea.

We like getting breakfast at the TIDEWAY MARKET. Our favorite is their biscuits and sausage gravey, but there are several additional tempting offerings. For lunch, Scott's Steak Bomb is always good. Other favorites include homemade Italian sandwiches, wraps, salads, and a variety of warm grab 'n' go treats. There's also made-from-scratch pizza and their famous fried chicken tenders.  Between bites you can check your e-mail with their free WIFI. Visit them on FACEBOOK. 9/12

Back on Route One at just past the Tideway Market, a left onto Rte 182 will take you to Franklin. Look for R.E. Thomas, Inc., Franklin Road Auto Sales, Coastal Recycling Center, Richard's Garage, Hansen Motors, Hancock Cycle & Sled, H.G. Richard's Garage, Misty Mountain Boat Shop, Carpenter Works Builders, Bellows Woodworks, Grant Masonry, Franklin Memorial Park and Franklin Workshops, Swallows Nest Bakery.

provides a wide range of services including fiberglass repairs and wooden boat restorations. Owner Gary Leeman usually has some good used boats for sale. There are no mountains, misty or otherwise, hereabouts. How this flatlands shop got its name is a long story Gary will be all to happy to tell you.

At GRANT MASONRY, Danny Grant specializes in stone fireplaces and chimneys. Danny says he prefers working for "normal folks," not the ultra-rich, even when this means way less money. Danny also has a bustling Christmas tree business.

displays one of the few remaining galamanders, large-wheeled carts once used for transporting huge slabs of granite.

Patronizing the SWALLOWS NEST BAKERY might take a bit of planning, but it's well worth the effort. Psalm Courtemanche's bakery is only open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, but it's the place to go for frosted carrot cupcakes, sticky buns, strawberry cheese Danish, and chicken pot pies, to name just a few of the goodies usually available.

A left onto
Rte 200 will take you through Eastbrook to Waltham. Look for Franklin Husqvarna, DJJ's Live Bait, Tandoor Asian Food and Imports, Shalon Orchard, Winery & B&B, Dan's Welding, Eastbrook Variety, Dickens Farm, Hometown Fuel, The Gallery, Eastbrook Baptist Church, Eastbrook Fire Department, M&M Salvage, Summer Camp on Webb Pond, Cave Hill School, Alderbrook Boutique, Jim Lane Carpenter, and Treestump Leather and Guns.

SHALON ORCHARD WINERY, one of two East Coast certified organic wineries, specializes in organic fruit—apples, blueberries, cherries and raspberries. From these they make fine wines they sell  wholesale or retail from the farm. Unlike many sweet fruit wines, Shalon's tend to be dry dinner wines.

HOMETOWN FUEL in Eastbrook sells heating oil, diesel, and kerosene both residentially and commercially. Its pricing is very competitive. Call 207/565-2746.

At TREESTUMP LEATHER AND GUNS, 443 Cave Hill Road (Rte 200), Waltham, Chris Kravitt has earned a national reputation for making fine leather knife sheaths and gun holsters. He has made sheaths for some of the country's top knifemakers. Shop here for a nice selection of custom- or factory-made knives or a wide variety of interesting firearms.

Back on Rte 182, look for Golden Acres, Havey Oil, Franklin Town Offices & Recreation Center, Green Dooryard Nursery, Franklin United Methodist Church, Franklin Picnic Area, the Library, Down to Earth Pottery, and Franklin Baptist Church

Keith Herkotz says he loves to make pots. The pots he makes show his 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. All pieces are oven/microwave and dishwasher safe, as well as lead-free.

Look for the right turn onto Rte 200, which will lead you to Hog Bay Boat Sorage, Hog Bay Berries, BeattieWood Shade Gardens, Hog Bay Pottery, Fiery Mountain Gallery, Seaside Landscaping, Moosetrack Handweaving, and Spring Woods Gallery.

Rte 200 is a good place to see birds--eagles, hawks, and cormorants.

It's on a road that's off a road that's off the beaten track, but the trek to FIERY MOUNTAIN GALLERY is worth the effort. Featured is custom metal sculpture, block prints, and wood and iron furniture fashioned by Jeffrey Gagne. You'll especially enjoy his outdoor sculpture garden.

Keep going on Rte. 200 and you'll come to SPRING WOODS GALLERY, Paul and Ann Breeden's place. There are oils, acrylics, and watercolors by the Breedens and a nice assortment of native American pottery, jewelry and instruments. If you're into greenery, don't miss their Willowbrook Garden.

Back on Rte 182, look for the Franklin Trading Post, Atlantic Self Storage, a U.S. Post Office, Bayview Cemetery, Weyman Billings Memorial Field, Franklin Veterans' Club, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, Creative Kids, Inc., Maple Knoll Pizza, Country Hearts Antiques, and Hooper's Used Furniture.

Ounce for ounce, sea vegetables are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other class of foods, according to the folks at MAINE SEA COAST VEGETABLES  in Franklin. They offer four varieties -- alaria, dulse, kelp and laver, all of which are hand-harvested, sun-dried, and packaged without further processing. The idea may seem a bit strange to some of us, but people all over the world have been ingesting seaweeds for centuries. Evidently, they have reaped great nutritional benefits in a highly enjoyable fashion. Maine Coast Sea Vegetable's products can be found in many Downeast stores. Call 207-565-2907.

Country Heart Antiques
, specializing in primitives, country pieces, and kitchen collectibles, is one of Maine's nicest little antique shops. Open May thru October, it's a tad out of the way, but well worth the trip.

The BLACKWOODS SCENIC BYWAY, Route 182 connecting Franklin and Cherryfield, comprises more than 15,000 acres of Maine Public lands with scenic lakes, wilderness trails, and wild blueberry barrens. Visitors can hike to abandoned mines, kayak on pristine lakes, and hunt and fish in the Maine woods. Route 182 winds through some lovely woods and by several appealing ponds including Tunk Lake before reaching a picturesque picnic area. On Rte182 look for the Dynamite Brook Road, the Caribou Loop Connection Trailhead, Tunk Mtn./Hiddden Ponds, Spring River Lake Day Use Area, and Tunk Stream Campsite.

If you stay on ROUTE 182, you just might come across Catherine. She is easy to recognize; she has no head. Legend has it that if you don't offer her a ride, you'll soon die. There are several verp[sions of the tale, but most agree that she usually appears on foggy nights in a flowing dress, most often around Catherine's Hill or Fox Pond. Hundreds of people have reported seeing her, including many who had never heard of her. It really seems like strange things are happening here.

Back on
Route One, look for Tyke's Performance Edge, Ruth and Wimpy's Kitchen, Acadia Wellcovers, Dennis J. King Masonry, Country Rose Marketplace, Rubber Roofs of Hancock, Sierra Signs & Designs, Bible Baptist Church, Allen's Auto Repair, Precision Auto Body, No Frills Oil, Saltbox Restaurant, Piper's Auto Body, Chipper's Restaurant, Merchant's Auto Repair, ABM Mechanical, Inc., Hancock town line, lobster, Union Congregational Church of Hancock, Hancock Grocery, U.S. Post Office, Taunton Bay Education Center, Kim's Salon, Village Cafe, Best Wines, and Hancock Self-Storage.

If you stay on Rte 1, you'll come to RUTH AND DWIMPY'S KITCHEN  where quite often you can get the area's best deal on a lobster dinner. Here also is Hancock’s foremost celebrity Wilbur the Lobster, the world's biggest lobster sculpture. A few years ago, Roadway Express included Wilbur on its list of the 12 most interesting things to see in the United States. The 20-foot, fiberglass creation has been the subject of countless articles and mentions in tourist-related publications. Kirstie Alley offered Wimpy a blank check for Wilbur, but he turned her down. "That’s our logo," he pointed out. Ruth and Wimpy were featured nationally on The Cooking Channel in a show called "Hook, Line, and Dinner."

Your Sign is often completely responsible for the first impression your company makes. You need to make a good one. With complete professionalism, SIERRA SIGNS AND DESIGNS will put your best foot forward. They do both 2-D and 3-D interior and exterior signs, vinyl graphics and installation, custom vehicle graphics and magnetics, banners, lawn signs and real estate signs. With a Sierra Sign, people will want to get to know you.

At the SALT BOX RESTAURANT chef Mike Poirier and baker Alice Letcher serve  breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week and brunch on Sundays.
They take pride in adding their own touch to everything from chocolate chip cookies to a smoky pulled pork sandwich with beet fennel slaw.

At KIM'S SALON, you're likely to discover things about yourself you never even suspected.

It is easy to pass right by Melissa Ford's VILLAGE CAFE, but the people who do this miss out on something special. Everything at this locally owned and operated eatery is homemade, including the ice cream, sorbet, and gelato.

BEST WINES LLC stocks exceptionally good wine. The owner's husband is in the import business, and he brings in the very best. She assures me that fine wine needn't be expensive.

Watch for the right turnoff onto
Point Road to Worms With Fish Appeal Bait Shop, Old Pond Railway Trail, Hancock Town Hall, Hancock Point Kayak Tours, Raven Tree GalleryCrocker House Country Inn.

"Maine: An Explorer's Guide" gives the CROCKER HOUSE COUNTRY INN  credit for providing top quality at moderate prices and for having features that are appealing to children. (Near-by is the nation's second smallest post office.)

Back on Route One, look for a small park, Hancock Homes, Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors and Orchestra Players, Ironbound Restaurant and Inn, HILTs Landscaping, and Sullivan Harbor Farm Smokehouse.

Hancock has a nice LITTLE PARK  with benches, an old gazebo, a pair of cannon, and markers honoring Hancock men who served in all the wars—from the Civil War through the Persian Gulf.

Look for the memorial to Pierre Monteux, who founded the famed PIERRE MONTEUX SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED CONDUCTORS AND ORCHESTRA PLAYERS. During the summer, free concerts are held the last Wednesday of June and each Wednesday of July. Donations are accepted. A free children's concert is held in mid-July. Call 422-3931 for details.

is a bistro-style eatery featuring modern American cuisine. There are two dining rooms and a full bar. This establishment has a great selection of Mainecraft brews and spirits. Upstairs there are five charming guest rooms.

Maine's premiere artisanal smokehouse, SULLIVAN HARBOR FARM cures salmon fillets using an old-world, Scottish method that involves hand-rubbing raw salmon in small batches with salt and brown sugar.  After curing, the fillets are cold-smoked over a smudge fire of fruit wood in one of the company's small kilns. After eight hours, the smoked salmon fillets have a beautiful, thin coral-red crust. 

Further on a right turn onto the Eastside Road leads to the Tidal Falls Preserve, the Hancock Baptist Church, Three
Pines B&B and Farm, and Gull Rock Pottery.

The stonework
made at GULL ROCK POTTERY is wheel-thrown and hand-decorated. Their view of Mount Desert Island is unsurpassed.

This trek continues in Chapter Onward Eastward.

BACK AT THE MAINE COAST MALL, the right fork puts you on Route 3, the road to Mount Desert Island and most of Acadia National Park. Look for McDonald's, Rite Aide Pharmacy Goodwill, RAC Rental Center, Glidden Auto Body, Eagle's Lodge Motel, Agway, Branch Pond Marine, Ellsworth Car Wash, Rocky Point Clam Cakes, Small Animal Clinic, Downeast Boarding Kennel, Child Development Services.

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?

Across the way at the Triangle of Rtes 1 and 3, look for Jerry Jordan Optician, Smart Bytes, Edward Jones, Burdick Associates Landscape Design, H&R Rlock, Margaret Liv Blom,  MD, On Route 3, look for the Eagle's Nest Lodge, Birdsacre Sanctuary, Taste Jamaica, Prompto Oil Change, Midas Muffler, China Hill, Acadia Kitchen, Bath, & Flooring, Brown Appliance & Mattress, Thai Sana Restaurant, Colonial Inn, Betty's Hilltop House Restaurant/Cafe, Dunkin' Donuts.

EAGLE'S LODGE MOTEL, perched on a bluff and set well back from the road, provides a nice sense of seclusion  at the same time that it's near all vital community amenities. The 42-unit motel itself  provides features you expect to find in much more expensive accommodations. This includes cable TV, air conditioning, free Continental breakfast, free WIFI, free copy & fax service, free passes to the local YMCA, discount meals at local restaurants, and a complimentary daily newspaper. There are dog-friendly rooms with advance reservatons and a microwave and refrigerator in every room. The Eagle's Lodge is strategically situated between Bangor International Airport, Acadia National Park, and Downeast Maine.

, adjacent to the Stanwood Homestead Museum, is a 130-acre home to many species of birds. Often injured birds are brought here for rehabilitation. Open year-round, there are well-marked walking trails. (The museum, which is open mid-June to mid-October and charges a small fee, is a memorial to Cordelia J. Stanwood, ornithologist and author. Here there is an impressive collection of
mounted bird specimens.) During the summer, Birdsacre presents a children's story hour that features meeting Ollie, Birdsacre's famous barred owl, a story about Ollie or Ms. Stanwood, a nature trail walk, and refreshments.

TASTE JAMAICA is Downeast Maine's only completely authentic Jamaican barbecue. Open year round. You can take your food out or eat it there outdoors. Dogs are welcome.

CHINA HILL is a happy combination of Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Cantonese cuisine with salad and sushi bars.

The THAI SANA RESTAURANT serves authentic Thai food. Specialties include Thai Sana Salmon, Duck Pad Thai,  and Basil Lamb. Open year around, you can eat outside when the weather is nice. Open for lunch or dinner. This popular eatery has been tagged by TripAdvisor as Ellsworth's best restaurant.

The COLONIAL INN features an indoor, heated pool and hot tub, both open to non-guests.

Nearby is the turnoff to Home Depot Walmart, and Camden National Bank.

Back on the Bar Harbor Road, look for Darlings, Ellsworth Giant Sub, Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar, Mobil, Puffin Square, Enterprise Rent- A-Car, Super Shoes, Crazy Dave's Pit BBQ,
and Global Beverage Warehouse, Church of the Nazarrene, Tractor Supply Co., Marden's Family Bible Church, Coastal Car Care, King's Autobody & Auto Repair, Acadia Automotive, Mainely Vinyl, Downeast Fishing Gear, Stanley Subaru, Stanley Scooters, Portland Glass, Maine-ly Maine Gifts,  Timberland Acres RV Park, Wallace Interiors, Maine's Own Treats,  Ice Cream Outlet, Tate's Strawberries, Great Maine Lumberjack Show, SPCA, Standard Electric, Acadia Businesss Center, Volks Golf, Island Interiors Karate, Seacoast Fun Park, Ellsworth Chainsaw, Country Keepsakes, Acadia Gateway Motel, Coastal Builders, Penobscot Cleaning Service, Acadia Clipper Beauty Salon, Acadia Antiques, The Tourist Trap, Wild Acadia Fun Park, Oceanside Animal Hospital, Shear Design Salon Lobster Pound & Real Pit BBQ, Dysart's, Grand Rental Station, Dublin Gardens, and Downeast Eye.

Nobody stocks more varieties of beer and wine than GLOBAL BEVERAGE WAREHOUSE. Some 2,400 wines, 1,500 beers. This place may seem like a mega-big-box, cold and impersonal franchise from afar, but it's locally owned and operated.

ELLSWORTH GIANT SUB offers more than 60 varieties of sandwiches, but for you they'll make whatever you like. There's plenty of parking; buses and campers are welcome. They're open Monday thru Saturday year round. After lunch, drop by the Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar next door for dessert.

The BLUEBERRY HILL DAIRY BAR features 40 varieties of hard ice cream and 17 flavors of soft serve.

David Matz, chef/owner of CRAZY DAVE'S PIT BBQ, uses a secret blend of hand-selected native Maine hardwoods to create a flavorful smoke ring true to the venerable craft of old-school smoking. You can't find better BBQ ribs anywhere.

Shane King of KING'S AUTOBODY AND AUTO REPAIR does the full spectrum of auto repair including steel and aluminum fabrication.


At the MAINELY-MAINE GIFT SHOP, there is a sale room where items are marked down 50 to 70 percent. While you're there, check out The Old Salty.

he people at MAINE'S OWN TREATS offer free samples of the most popular of the 26 varieties of jams and jellies they make. This shop is billed as having the state's largest inventory of Maine-made food products. While you're there, you can pick up a free mail order brochure. Call 207-667-8888.

The GREAT MAINE LUMBERJACK SHOW has nightly performances mid-June to Columbus Day Sunday. Timber Tina invites you to come and enjoy The Olympics of the Forest, a fun show the whole family will enjoy.

We guess that the opposite of fast food is the low-and-slow Texas barbecue found at Trenton's LOBSTER POUND AND REAL PIT BBQ. The pulled pork in our sandwich had been smoked for a full 24 hours— guaranteeing it would stay moist. There aren't better bbq ribs anywhere, and the sweet corn tastes fresh from the vine. Trip Advisor gave this place its Number One, Five Star  Rating. At the height of the season, there's live jazz Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

The left turn onto Rte 204, the Lamoine Road, leads down to the Bar Harbor Golf Course, Best Damn Lobstah, and on to Lamoine State Park.

BAR HARBOR GOLF COURSE, an 18-hole, public, championship layout that's tough enough to challenge the finest players. The 600-plus yard 18th hole is an"untouchable"-- from the back tees, nobody has ever reached it in two.

When it comes to catchy business names, it's hard to beat BEST DAMN LOBSTAH!, LLC. Who else combines a superlative and a cuss word with a folksy regionalism and an exclamation? Besides creative name-calling, this family-owned business  provides fresh-as-possible live lobster, mussels, and clams attractively priced. The lobster is delivered daily off the owner's own vessel, The Georgia Peach.

LAMOINE STATE PARK is a something of a well-kept secrert. An attractive 55-acre park , it attracts folks who find MDI too crowded.  It has an oceanside setting with picnic and campsite areas, hot showers, a dock, boat access, a pebble beach and allows fishing. There are great views of the mountains of Mount Desert Island.

Don't look for SEAL COVE FARM in Seal Cove; it's in Lamoine. It's well-worth looking for, however, if only for its prize-winning goat cheese known as chevre. This deluctable cheese is crafted in the farmstead tradition, using only high-quality goat's milk from the farm. Artisans here are trained in the traditional methods of French cheese making; their cheeses rival the balanced flavor and texture of the finest French goat cheeses. The people here insist that happy goats produce tastier cheese, and that their happy goats enjoy much personal attention, resulting in products of unsurpassed high-quality. On many weekends, they sell pizza made entirely from ingredients raised on the farm and baked in their wood-fired oven.

Back on the Bar Harbor Road, look for Coastal Builders, Country Store Antiques,  Calvary Chapel Downeast, Fortune, Inc., Pine Tree Timberframes, Peaceful Pack Dog Training, Eastern Painting, Ltd., Acadia World Traders, Kisma Preserve, Romer Farms, J&P Farm Market, Weathervane Factory Outlet, Bar Harbor Biotechnology, Rainwise, Sewing by the Sea, Blacksheep Trading Co., Eagle Arboriculture, Woodshop Cupolas, Hapana Disc Golf, Unique Antiques, Pine State Motors, Bar Harbor Weathervanes, Sunrise Motel, a place offering bi-plane and glider flights, Metal Magic, Heart Works In Home Care, Harrington's Landscaping, Richard Parks Furniture, Bar Harbor Barn, Metal Magic, Larsen's Small Engine Repair, Chair Caning & Weaving, Accounting, Acadia Air Inc., Trenton Marketplace.

Nearby are the The ACADIA WORLD TRADERS  carries Downeast Maine’s largest selection of imports from Bali and other Indonesian islands. The stock is cool although the guy who runs the place has shown himself to be something of a whack job. Just don't turn your back on him.

Driving past the KISMA PRESERVE, you may see buffalo grazing in the pasture. The park, which charges an entrance fee, has more than 100 creatures, both local and exotic. It houses what probably is Maine's largest petting zoo. There are exotic creatures, including lions and tigers. A private, non-profit organization, Kisma management first of all is dedicated to enhancing the welfare of the animals. Trip Advisor says, "If you love animals and have a healthy respect for their needs, you will love this place."

J&P’s FARM MARKET is much more than fresh veggies. It opens in April with seasonal plants, provides lobster and other goodies throughout the summer, and stays open through the Christmas wreath season. Co-owner Peter Mayo insists he "strives for perfection" in everything he does.

SEWING BY THE SEA   stocks an outstanding assortment of Maine-related fabrics. Lots of blueberries, cranberries, lighthouses, puffins, and lobster.

"We're not a biker shop," Betsy is quick to point out, although her BLACKSHEEP TRADING CO. stocks lots of stuff, including sheepskins and the custom sheepskin motorcycle seat covers that bikers like. Many people, she notes, are intimidated by biker shops while there is nothing at all scary about her place. There is interesting stuff here for the whole family. You never ever know what you'll find. Look for all kinds of vintage posters, old tin advertising signs, genuine wooden lobster traps and buoys, and wonderful old photos. This is where I bought my cool, outback leather hats. Definitely worth the stop.

Phil Alley's ACADIA WEATHERVANES AND WOODSHOP CUPOLAS  is the area's original cupola and weathervane factory store. These family-crafted cupolas are built with only the finest materials using methods usually reserved for high-quality cabinetry. The cupolas, hand-made by the family crew and built to last, all come with witten guarantees. .

A great way to see Acadia National Park is from up above. ACADIA AIR, INC.  at the Hancock County Airport provides sight-seeing flights at reasonable prices.

Back on the Bar Harbor Road, look for the Narrows Too Campground, Open Hearth Inn, Johnson's Seafood  Shack,  R&R Automotive, Downeast Lobster Pound, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Information Center, Trenton Flooring and Furniture, Atlantic Sea Tank, Hancock County Airport, Morris Yachts, Trenton Grange Hall, Acadia Road Apartments, Lunt's Gateway Lobster Pound, Isleview Motel & Cottages, Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, and Thompson Island.

The structure now known as the OPEN HEARTH INN was built around 1820 by one of Trenton's earliest families. Many of the original architectural details have survived, including pumpkin pine floors, paneled wainscoting, and a large open-hearth fireplace, complete with oven and iron crane. In the mid-1940s, the house was converted to an inn, and over the years several cottages have been added to the property. According to local legend, the inn is haunted. In the mid-1800s, the couple who owned
the place were returning home by horse and buggy when they were caught in a freak snow storm. The next day, they were were found a couple of miles from home frozen to death. The story has persisted that over the years they have been seen in the inn by numerous guests.

THOMPSON ISLAND, which separates Mount Desert Island and the mainland, has still another well-stocked information center and a nice picnic area on saltwater.

This trek continues in
Chapter MDI.

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