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…

Fuel Line Hint

   When I picked up my small outboard from Sonny’s last week they asked me two questions and gave me a simple suggestion. They asked me “Does your fuel tank have gas in it?” The answer, “Yes.” Next question “Has it been sitting in it all winter?” The answer “Yes.” Turns out they’ve found that…

Go Fly a Kite!

The Bug Light Kite Festival occurs every year the third Saturday of May and what a beautiful day they had this year. It’s hosted by the South Portland Historical Society which has a small museum with free admission during the festival and a little store stocked with kites for those who might want to try…

Time for Ice Cream? – Try Gifford’s

  Sometimes I want ice cream. I know I shouldn’t but I do and I want hard serve, preferably Butter Pecan or something similar. Today was an ice cream day. The hottest day of 2017 by a long shot with the temperature topping 94° Fahrenheit so I headed for Toots a little west of Yarmouth,…