Saturday, July 16, 2011


(does not include Mid-Coast or Portland)

Sights & Sites
Maine Birding Trail –; 82 sites across 8 topographical regions, from 239-acre Evergreen Cemetery (Portland) to 47K acre Acadia National Park; North Woods is site 79; hard to reduce this 3.5M acre behemoth down to 1 best locale for spotting birds, but if you paddle West Branch of Penobscot River, might see black-backed woodpecker or white-winged crossbill finch.

Saddleback Mountain – 976 Saddleback Mountain Road; 207-864-5671;; high-elevation alpine terrain; for summer visits, note that is in heart of Rangeley Lakes Region, with numerous lakes and streams; boating, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, and swimming.

Sights & Sites
Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site – K I Road; 207-941-4014;; contains Gulf Hagas, canyon featuring mossy glades, pools, and waterfalls, on Pleasant River’s West Branch and National Natural Landmark; about 1.5 miles downriver, another national landmark: “Hermitage,” roughly 35-acre large Eastern White Pine tree grove.

Palace Diner – 18 Franklin Street; 207-284-0015;; elevates breakfast to meal of day; 15 stools in 1927 dining car; worth special trip.

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Chase Hill Bakery – Cooper’s Corner (Lower Village); 207-967-2283;
Bars & Nightclubs
Old Vines Wine Bar & Restaurant – 173 Port Road (Lower Village); 207-967-2310;
Goose Rocks – Cape Porpoise;; 3-mile sandy stretch.
Hidden Pond – 354 Goose Rocks Road; 207-967-9050;; luxury cottages on 60 acres of beach-forest land.
Inn at English Meadows – 141 Port Road (Lower Village); 207-967-5766 or 800-272-0698;; clean and contemporary.
Tides Beach Club – 254 Kings Highway; 207-967-3757;
Old Vines Wine Bar & Restaurant – 173 Port Road (Lower Village); 207-967-2310;; moderately priced comfort food.
Pedro’s – 181 Port Road (Lower Village); 207-967-5544;; Mexican fare with beach-y vibe.
Zen & Co. – 13 Western Avenue (Lower Village); 207-967-8899; typically low-key shop selling affordably priced products that “encourage mindfulness and spirituality”; such as Tibetan singing bowls.

Kittery (includes Badger Island & Kittery Point)
Bars & Nightclubs
Black Birch – 2 Government Street; 207-703-2294;; American gastropub.
Anju Noodle Bar – Wallingford Square, #102 (Foreside); 207-703-4298;; hearty bowls of ramen pair beautifully with various house-made ferments & sauces.
Black Birch – 2 Government Street; 207-703-2294;; American gastropub.
Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier – 16 Chauncey Creek Road (Kittery Point); 207-439-1030;; great, fresh, lobster shack.

Sights & Sites
Marginal Way – from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach; 207-641-2200;; among New England’s only paved, public shoreline footpaths; spans little more than 1 mile along spectacular coast; sweeping panoramic views over Atlantic Ocean from benches along way; land donated to town in 1925 and non-profit organization established in 2010 to protect; make sure to give respects to 1948 Lobster Point Lighthouse.

York (includes Cape Neddick, York Beach, York Harbor & York Village)
Sun & Surf – 265 Long Beach Avenue (York Beach, at Anchorage Inn); 207-363-2961;; can eat on patio overlooking York Beach, weather permitting; lobster.

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