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Salad Bar
, best. Ruby Tuesday, Brewer and Bangor, according to readers of Bangor Metro magazine.



Salsa, best. SISTER'S SALSA, Penobscot. This is a fresh refrigerated salsa preserved naturally with fruit juices, vinegar and salt.





Sardine cannery, site of first. Eastport, where a cannery was established in 1876. Maine is the only state in the nation with facilities to can and pack sardines.



Sea captains, most. Searsport. Between 1870 and 1900, more than 200 captains of deep water merchant vessels called Searsport home.



Seafood restaurant, best. Fisherman's Friend, Stonington. If you can believe the now defunct Maine Times, this place is tops.


Seaport, deepest in continental United States. Eastport.



Self-help organization, best. H.O.M.E. Inc., Orland. Helped hundreds of area residents beat poverty.



Sheepskin stuff
, most. Blacksheep Trading Co., Trenton. We get warm and fuzzy just thinking about all the cool, er, warm stuff they have.



Sheet music
, most. Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill. Here is an incredible collection, upwards of a million examples of old sheet music.



Shipmasters
, most. Searsport, Maine. During the 1870s and '80s, ten percent of the shipmasters in the U.S. Merchant marine hailed from here.



Ship's chandlery,
largest discount outlet north of Boston. Hamilton Marine, Rte 1, Searsport.



Ship's chandlery
, nation's oldest. S.L. Wadsworth & Son, Eastport. Operating since 1818.



Ships models, best. BLUEJACKET SHIPCRAFTERS, Searsport. The modeling kits this company makes quite likely are the world's finest In continuous business for over a century, they're also the oldest.




Shoe store,
country's oldest. Colburn's, Belfast. Folks have been outfitting their feet here since 1832.



Smoked hams, best. W.A. Bean and Sons, Bangor. Spiral-cut, honey-glazed hams are sold nationwide by mail order.



Smoked salmon, best. Grindstone Neck of Maine, Winter Harbor. Owner Carl Johnson is a perfectionist, and his smoked salmon is as good as can be.



Snake
, Maine's largest. The black racer, which can be more than six feet long. The good news is Maine has no poisonous snakes.



Snowplow, first. The one invented by Don A. Sargent of Bangor.



Solar observation, first made in North America. That of Harvard professor Samuel Williams in 1780 from Isleboro.



Stained glass windows, most incredible. Baptist Church, Sedgwick. This old, poverty-stricken church with a leaking roof has windows worth some $10 million.



Staircase,
best. The Ruggles House, Columbia Falls. The most noted architects have found the hand-carved flying staircase astounding.



State park island, only one in Maine. Warren Island, just west of Islesboro Island. This 700-acre park features trails, a picnic area, and campsites.



Steak,
best. Texas Roadhouse restaurant, Stillwater Avenue, Bangor, according to readers of Bangor Metro magazine. Here can can pick your own cut of cow.



Stephen King memorabilia,
best selection. Betts Bookstore, Hammond St., Bangor. Proprietor Stu Tinker, King's friend and neighbor, stocks a copy of everything by King along with an ever-changing selection of King collectibles.



Sunrise, first to see it. During much of the year, folks at the summit of Cadillac Mountain are the first U.S. citizens to see the new day.



Sushi, best. Ebisu, Union St., Bangor.



Surf, best. Schoodic Point, Schoodic Peninsula. No other point of land on the Atlantic seaboard juts further into the open ocean.



Symphony orchestra, nation's oldest. Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Bangor. This venerable community orchestra was founded in 1896, and hasn't missed a season since.


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Tea and popovers, best. Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park. Go here only if you don't mind rubbing elbows with Rockefellers and Vanderbilts.



Thrift shop, least expensive. The Recycle Shop, Cherryfield. This shop, associated with Bar Harbor's Maine Sea Coast Mission, charges just 10 cents an item. (Further donations are gratefully accepted.)



Tides, world's highest. Bay of Fundy. Tides here can reach 25 feet.



Tiffany stained glass windows, most in Maine. St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor.



Tobaggon run, longest. Camden Snow Bowl, Camden. Said to be longest tobaggon run in North American.



Tombstone, most celebrated. Buck Monument, Rte 1, Bucksport. Stone is said to be imprinted with the foot of a witch Col. Buck had executed for witchcraft.



Toothpicks, world's first. Those fashioned by Charles Forster of Bangor soon after the Civil War.



Town, country's easternmost. Lubec.



Town name used by concerns situated elsewhere, most often. That would be Bar Harbor. The Bar Harbor Golf Course, Bar Harbor Marine, and Bar Harbor Weathervanes are in Trenton, Bar Harbor financial Services is in Ellsworh, and Bar Harbor Foods is in Whiting,



Transportation museum, world's best. The Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Owl's Head, Maine. Here you'll find one of the world's finest collections of original and representative pioneer aircraft along with a core collection of pioneer engines, automobiles, carriages, bicycles and motorcycles. The Museum draws between 75,000 and 80,000 visitors annually.


Troop greeters, best. The volunteers at Bangor International Airport who over the years have personally and warmly welcomed the return of more than half a million warriors.



Tropical fish, best. Vance's, Bucksport. You can see fish here you won't find anywhere else. They're wonderfully healthy, too.



Truck stop, best. Dysart's, Exit 44, I-95, Bangor. This family-run concern is local legend. Readers of Maine Metro magazine credited this place with having both the area's best dessert and best breakfast..



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Underground raillroad, northernmost stopover. Brewer House B&B, Calais.



U.S. easternmost point . Quoddy Head State Park in the town of Lubec.


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Vegetarian fare, best restaurant to get it. Taste of India, Bangor, according to readers of Bangor Metro magazine.



Vessel, most celebrated launched from Downeast yard. Roosevelt, built on Verona Island in 1905. This was Adm. Robert E. Peary's steel-sheathed Arctic exploration vessel.



Vessels, most owned by an organization. Upwards of 100, the vessels comprising the fleet of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Included are the training ship State of Maine, the tug Pentagoet, the barge Central, the research vessels ARGO Maine and Friendship, the historic schooner Bowdoin, and dozens of smaller craft.



View from an over-night accommodation, best. The sweeping panoramic sight of Frenchman Bay and the mountains of MDI from The Bluff House, Gouldsboro. It's a breathtaking sight you'll never forget.


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Wading birds, Maine's largest. Great blue herons. Scientists say these birds have been visiting the Maine coast for more than 40-million years.



Walk, easiest providing best view in Acadia Natinal Park. Flying Mountain Trail from the Fernald Cove end of the Valley Cove truck road in Soutwest Harbor. Hikers get a fine pararoma of Somes Sound and several islands including the Cranberries.



Walk-in humidor, Maine's largest. The Cigar & Smoke Shoppe, Bangor. This is a great place to get good cigars.



Walrus bones, site where they were discovered in Maine. Penobscot Bay at Orrington.



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Whale museum, Maine's only. The Bar Harbor Whale Museum, West Street, Bar Harbor. Dedicated to the study and understanding of whales, voluntary proceeds go to Allied Whale, the marine mammal research group at College of the Atlantic.



Whale watching, best guarantee. Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 39 Cottage St., Bar Harbor. Money back (minus a 20% service charge) if you don’t see a whale. This company’s $3-million jet-powered catamaran is also the world’s fastest whale-watching vessel.



Whirlpool, Western hemisphere's largest. Old Sow, Eastport. You can inspect it up close and personal on the Deer Isle ferry.



Wings,
best, Downeast Maine's best. Those served at Brewsters in Brewer.



Wine list, best in a restaurant. New Moon Cafe, Bangor, according to readers of Bangor Metro magazine



Winery, best. Bartlett Maine Estate Winery, Rte 1, Gouldsboro. Unusual semi-sweet and dry fruit wines.



Woman author, first to be admitted to the Academie Francaise in 346 years. Marguerite Yourcenar of Mount Desert Island in 1980.



Women, first in nation to cast ballots in a national election. Gertrude Southard of Bangor and Alice Skolfield of Lewiston.



Woodwork, best. The Ruggles House, Columbia Falls. The intricately carved woodwork in this historic house (which is open to the public) was done by an unknown whittler armed only with a simple penknife Legend has it that an angel appeared to guide and steady his hand during his untold hours of labor



Wreaths, world's largest producer. Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington. Under Donation, most heatfelt, we would submit the 5,000 wreaths this company donates each year to adorn the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.



Writer, most famous, best selling, richest, etc., etc., etc. Stephen King, who resides on West Broadway in Bangor. King has sold more books than any other writer in history.



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Yachts, best. The Hinckley Company, Southwest Harbor. The fiberglass vessels this company makes are unsurpassed.



YARN, largest selection. SHIRLEY'S YARNS AND CRAFTS, Rte 1, Ellsworth. More than 2,500 different hand-knitting yarns from all over the world.











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