ACCOMMODATION, “most desirable” in Bar
Harbor. THORNHEDGE INN
on Mount Desert Street, according to Frommer's Dollarwise Guide to
African stuff, best and most. Deepest Africa
Imports, Deer Isle. Proprietor Jackie Pelletier grew up in South
Africa and is an authority on all things African.
Airport, closest to Europe. Bangor International
Airport. On the Great Circle Route, BIA is 500 miles closer to
Europe than any other U.S. airport.
Antioxidant-capacity, most. Wild blueberries, ninety
percent of which are harvested in Downeast Maine. Antioxidants are said
to fend off cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and other age-related
Antique cars, best collection. Seal Cove Auto
Museum, Seal Cove. This is one of the nation's premier collections
of vintage autos.
Art gallery, best cooperative. Island Artisans,
99 Main St., Bar Harbor. Twenty-four area craftspeople run this
Art Gallery Hotel, first, best, and only. The
Charles Inn, Bangor, Maine. Here you can see over 150
original-listed artists' paintings.
Atlantic salmon fishing, nation's best. That found
in the Penobscot River. A long-time tradition has it that the
first salmon caught each year is sent to the President of the United
States, although not all anglers have chosen to observe it.
Avant-garde artist, hailed as most accomplished in America. Marsden
Hartley of Corea, so hailed in 1917.
best in Bar Harbor (or anywhere else for that matter). The 20-cent cup
of black coffee (add a nickel if you take cream) at West End Drug.
deference to the perceived deep pockets of tourists.
Baseball pitcher, best from Maine. Brooklyn Dodgers
ace Sandy Koufax, who once dominated hitters like nobody else.
Upon retirement, he became a semi-recluse and bough a farm in Ellsworth.
Beach, best in Maine. Jasper Beach,
Machiasport. America's Best Online lists Jasper as among the 25 best
beaches in the United States.
Bed and breakfast associated with Little Women,
most closely. Thornhedge Inn, Bar Harbor. It
was built as a summer cottage by the publisher of Louise May Alcott's
Bed and breakfast, most green. Fiddlehead
Inn, Brewer. Here, all of the systems—heat, electric, etc.—are
focused on energy conservation. The folks here also serve a vegetarian
and breakfast, most inexpensive in Schoodic area. SUNSET HOUSE,
Gouldsboro. Most expensive room is $89, with a continental breakfast
Beef jerky, world's best. Smith's Log Smokehouse,
produce what many say is the world's finest jerky.
Beer, best. Bar Harbor Brewing Company,
Otter Creek. This company's Cadillac Mountain Stout took a platinum
medal at the 1996 World Beer Championship.
Bells, best. U.S. Bells, Prospect Harbor.
Richard Fisher's unique bells are lovely sculptures as well as
Bird, first known to have flown around the world. A common tern,
Bird carvings, best. Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest
Harbor. More than 200 carvings by the celebrated woodworker and painter.
Bird sanctuary, best. Stanwood Homestead
Sanctuary and Museum, Rte 3, Ellsworth. Hundred-acre nature
preserve is memorial to pioneer ornithologist Cordelia Stanwood
BLUEBERRIES, most items associated with same
Debbie's Blueberryware, Rte 1, Hancock. Besides her hand-crafted
blueberry pottery, Debbie stocks a huge number of blueberry-related
Blueberry barrens, most expansive. Wyman's,
Washington County. Ninety percent of the nation's wild blueberries come
from this area.
Blueberry pie, best in America. Helen’s
Restaurants, Machias and Ellsworth. Life magazine itself
bestowed this honor on these popular eateries.
Blueberry processor, world's largest. Maine Wild
Blueberry Company, Machias. This company processes 250,000 pounds
of berries a day and ships them as far as Japan.
Blueberry shop resembling a blueberry, most
closely. Wild Blueberry Land, Route One, Columbia Falls. This
dome painted blue is the perfect creative choice.
Book publisher, Maine's largest. Downeast Books,
of Down East Mgazine also puts
out an excellent assortment of Maine books.
Book shop, smallest. Pushcart Bookstore,
downtown Sedgwick, is housed in a 12-by-14-foot former cheese shop. The
shop provides a retail outlet for Pushcart Press and other small press
Brass Era (1896-1917)
Automobiles, best collection. Seal
Museum, Seal Cove. Undeniably th world's best
collection of brass era autos.
roads, best in America. The Carriage
Roads in Acadia National Park..
Buffet, best. Oriental Jade, Bangor,
according to readers of Bangor Metro magazine.
Building associated with American Revolution, only
one in eastern Maine. Burnham Tavern, Machias. This is the
place where patriots plotted the first U.S. Naval engagement.
Buried treasure, most likely location. Machias
vicinity. Some say pirate captain Richard Bellamy stashed loot
hereabouts. It is also said that Paul Revere buried a cache of
silver somewhere along the banks of the Penobscot River following the
disastrous Penobscot Exhibition..
Canoe, largest manufacturer. Old Town Canoe, Old Town,
Maine. This century-old company sells canoes through 800 U.S.
dealerships and 18 foreign countries. For centuries, the Penobscot
Indians built canoes here, and Old Town's original canoe was patterned
after those built by these Indians.
islands, most often. Mink.
Chainsaw sculptor, world's best. Ray Murphy,
Rte 1, Hancock. Ripley's Believe It or Not featured Ray after he carved
the entire alphabet on a common lead pencil.
Cigars, most. The Cigar & Smoke Shoppe,
407 Main St., Bangor. Owner Frank Coglitore stocks more than 200
brands, more than any other shop in Maine. He also has the state's
largest walk-in humidor.
Classic international cuisine, best. Thistle's,
of "new old food" to the palates of Downeasterners. No other regional
restaurant has a menu that covers the traditional cuisine of so much of
City, nation’s easternmost. Eastport. Parts of Lubec
lie further east, but Lubec is a town, not a city.
Clam chowder, best alternative. That of Cappy's Chowder House in
Clam Chowder in
2004, 2005, and 2006.
Coastal footpath, Maine's longest. Cutler Coast Reserve,
south of Holmes Cove. The 2,174-acre parcel contains 4.3 miles of
Coffee, best. Dunkin' Donuts, according to the readers of Bangor
Coffee, best buy. West End Drug Store, Main St., Bar
Harbor. A cup of black offee at this venerable soda fountain is 20
cents and has been for years. You'll have to cough up another five
cents if you take cream. Still a great deal.
College offering just one major, only. College of the Atlantic, Bar
Community radio station, best. WERU, Blue Hill. Interesting
and intelligent mix of materials.
Concerts, best free. The Pierre Monteux School for Advanced
Conductors and Orchestra Players presents concerts the last
Wednesday of July and each Wednesday of August. Call 207-422-3931 for
Crab Cakes, New England's best. Those served at the RIVERSIDE CAFE, Main
St., Ellsworth. This is according to Yankee Magazine.
Crabmeat sandwiches, best. Perry's, Rte 1, Stockton Springs.
Legendary sandwiches contain full half-pound of crab.
Crafts school, oldest and still best. Haystack
Mountain School for Crafts, Deer Isle. This venerable institution
has been offering instruction in crafts for over 50 years.
Crime rate, lowest in country. Maine. We hardly ever attack one another.
Croquet tournament, best. Claremont Hotel,
Southwest Harbor. Sanctioned by the U.S. Croquet Association in 1978,
it is Maine's oldest tournament.
Cultural guide, best. The Maine Crafts Association
publishes an excellent annual 80-page guide to the craftspeople of
Maine. Write MCA, P.O. Box 228, Deer Isle 04627, or call
Cupolas, best. Woodshop Cupolas, Trenton and Town Hill.Phil
Alley takes great pride in delivering the finest quality possible.
club, Maine's only. Belfast.
best. Nelson Decoys, Jonesport. Winner of too many awards
fishway, nation's largest. The one on the St. Croix River
The homemade strawberry pie served at
Helen's Restaurant in Machias.
dubious. Cutler's place near the top of the list of likely
targets in any future nuclear confrontation. The U.S. Navy has a
communications center here that keeps in touch with submarines aound
Diving bird, Maine's most abundant. The black guillemot.
Donut hole, first. Local legend has it that in 1847 Captain
Gregory of Camden poked a hole in a biscuit to place
it over one of the spokes in his ship’s wheel while he navigated. This
native son inventor is remembered annually in Camden’s Hole in the
food, best. College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. Exotic
grub most college kids can't imagine, much of which is grown on COA's
86-acre organic farm.The Princeton Review consistently rates COA Number
best. CHESTER PIKE'S GALLEY, Route
One, Sullivan. This is what no less an authority than Yankee Magazine
assured its readers. This place is famous for its chowder and its
Friday night fish fry.
Downeast Jamaican Jerk, best. KITCHEN GARDEN RESTAURANT, Village
Road, Steuben. This is according to "Yankee" magazine. Other
selections include jerk chicken and curried goat. Bring cash or check;
no credit cards. BYOB. Call 207/546-4269 a day ahead for
Dress shop, best. Grasshopper Shop, Bangor. Maine
Times readers gave the hopper the nod.
most. Pleasant Bay, east of Petit Manan. The ample supply
fish makes this the Maine coast's most popular habitat for bald eagles.
The eagle population in Maine has rebounded; they are listed as
"threatened" instead of "endangered" as they were in the 1970s. Still,
Maine eagles are far from common, and a sighting is always an
benedict, best. Testa's Restaurant, 53 Main St., Bar
Harbor. The keys limes in the sauce make the difference.
Ethnic restaurant, best. A tie between Ichiban
and Panda Garden, both in Bangor, according to readers of Bangor
artifact, oldest ever discovered in Maine. a small penny
unearthed in Blue Hill in the 1970s. Experts believe it ws minted in
Norway between 1066 and 1068.
settlement, first in new world. St. Croix Island between
Robbinston and Calais. In 1604, Samuel de Champlain and 80 other
Frenchman took up residence on this well-protected five-and-a-half acre
island. After one particularly unpleasant winter marked by hunger and
scurvy, they retreated to Port Royal, Nova Scotia.
Explorer, first of Maine Coast. Leif Eriksson
in 1003, according to John Cole in Maine Trivia.
riches, non-existent. Early explores to the New World
sought to find Norumbega, a City of Gold said to lie along a
great river in the north. This led them to what now is Bangor, where
they found a bare-bones Indian camp.
outlet, best known. LL. Bean, High St., Ellsworth. A wide
variety of discounted items from Maine's most famous store.
Mainers, nastiest. Samuel Waldo, an 18th century merchant
prince who once controlled vast acreages in Downeast Maine. According
to Maine State historian Thomas Griffiths, Waldo was aggressive,
ruthless, avaricious, and without mercy, always ready to betray
employees, servants, business partners, as well as friends and family.
Waldo County is named for this miscreant.
flagpoles, world's largest. Those manufactured by Joe and Glenith
Grey of Sargentvlle in the mid-seventies. They were a hundred feet tall
and five feet wide at the base.
archives, best. Northeast Historic Film, Main St.,
Bucksport. Said to be the country's premier regional moving image
hatchery, nation's oldest. Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery,
East Orland. Check out the visitors' center, aquarium, picnic area and
unique. Somes Sound, Mount Desert Island. Said to be the
fjord on U.S. Atlantic coast.
flown over a Maine community, most. Four. At one time or
another, British, French, Dutch and American forces have controlled
what now is Castine.
most indigenous. Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts
Spring in Bar Harbor. Maintained by the Bar Harbor Garden Club, these
gardens are a showcase for the native plants of Acadia.
facility. Bangor Floral, 96 Center St., Bangor. Situated
in an old church with lovely stained glass windows, a perfect ambiance
Flower, most often regarded as Mount Desert Island's
loveliest. The purple fringed orchis.
most. Downeast Maine. It's official; no place on earth is
foggier than Downeast Maine. Records are kept, and each year Downeast
Maine most always logs at least 180 foggy days.
Folklorist, Maine's first. John Josselyn,
who began writing about Maine in 1638.
Football, best place to watch it on TV. Mad
Hatter Pub and Grill, 166 Cottage St., Bar Harbor. Several large
flatscreen TVs, Strategically situated overstuffed couches, a menu
strong in snack foods (such as tri-colored tortilla chips topped with
mozzarella cheese black olives, onion, tomato, jalapeno, corn and
shredded lettuce), this is where we go to watch Tom Terrific lead the
fire, worst. The Great Fire of 1947 in which most of Bar
Harbor burned to the ground. Many of her grand "cottages" were
destroyed. It put a final cap on Bar Harbor's hooty tooty high society
best. Fort Knox, Prospect. Underground stairways, brick
archways, ramparts of master stone masons, and old canon make this a
great place for kids to play. Some of its walls are 40 feet thick.
French Jesuit mission, site of first one in North
America. Mount Desert Island, where Jesuits founded a mission
French possession, earliest in North America. Dochet's
Island in the Saint Croix River, which the French claimed in 1604.
Frog, Maine's most common. The wood frog,
often found in the state's peatlands. These creatures can be frozen for
up to six weeks and then fully recover when thawed.
Fruit farm, North America's largest. Cherryfield
Foods, Inc., Cherryfield.
Fudge, most flavors. Silkweeds, Searsport.
These guys usually stock at least 35 flavors of homemade fudge.
FURNITURE REFINISHING, finest. DOWNEAST REFINISHING AND
GALLERY, Ellsworth. David Conary has developed a unique
procedure for unsurpassed speed and efficiency.
Futons, best. Bedworks of Maine, Bangor. Featuring solid
hardwood construction, this company's futons are made with an attention
to detail unsurpassed in the industry.