Step Falls Preserve

A drive west from Freeport, along winding two lane roads thru rural Maine, conveys you to rolling mountain county near Newry. Head north on Route 26 for a few miles and you’ll come to a small sign on the right marking the entrance to Step Falls Preserve parking lot. The preserve, originally set aside by…

Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate

If you love chocolate, and you’re in Freeport, be sure and stop at Wilbur’s. Two school teachers started the business as a candy store around 1983 and not long after decided to start making their own chocolate specialties with distinctive Maine twist like chocolate Moose, chocolate Lobsters, and chocolate covered blueberries. If your taste runs…

Treats – Wiscasset

My wife and I discovered Treats on a day trip to visit Owls Head Lighthouse that found us in Wiscasset too early for lunch at Red’s but needing something to take off the niggling edge of hunger. Treats fit the bill. It’s a specialty shop with fresh-baked goods made on site, fresh coffee, homemade soup,…

Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge sneaks up on you. Driving north, or south on US 1, a two-lane highway through remote coastal Maine, you round a curve and encounter this beautiful, elegant bridge. I had driven this road several times before I realized the bridge has an observatory in one of the towers. It’s reputed to…

Side Street Café – Bar Harbor

Hungry in Bar Harbor? Try the long established Side Street Café, a short walk from the Village Green in the center of town. It’s busy, especially during summer, but the food is good, reasonably priced, the atmosphere relaxed and the service is friendly. This past winter they expanded and remodeled the business to accommodate their growing…

Harbor Fish – Portland

You can find Harbor Fish Market at 9 Custom House Wharf, a narrow street off Commercial Avenue in Portland, Maine. When you get there you’ll discover one of the oldest and best markets of its kind to be found anywhere. The market dates from the 1800s and, through their wholesale business, provides fresh seafood for…

Bug Light – South Portland

  The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse commonly known as Bug Light sits at the end of a 2500-foot breakwater built in the 1800’s to protect the harbor from Atlantic storms. The light is usually closed to the public but opens four times a year to the public hosted by the South Portland – Cape Elizabeth Rotary…