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Sign is often completely responsible for the first impression your
company makes. You need to make a good one. With complete
professionalism, SIERRA SIGNS AND DESIGNS
in Hacock will put your best foot forward. They do both 2-D and 3-D
interior and exterior signs, vinyl graphics and installation, custom
vehicle graphics and magnetics, banners, lawn signs and real estate
signs. With a Sierra Sign, people will want to get to know you.
SOUTHWEST BOAT MARINE SERVICES
in Southwest Harbor serves the individual needs of anybody with a boat.
From metal fabrications and welding to underwater hull inspections,
Southwest Boat is the company to turn to.
Kayakers staying at the SUNSET HOUSE B&B in Gouldsboro find access to both fresh and salt water.
Besides general auto repair, Tim Bybee of TDP AUTOMOTIVE on
Rte 1 in Steuben has the area's only Mustang Dynomometer, the
instrumentation high performance dragsters employ to coax the most from
their machines. ASE certified, Tim can fill your nitrous oxide tank and
use his AFR meter to custom tune your ride. If you're intent on getting
there in a hurry, Tim is your guy.
How do you please the locals, summer people, and tourists all at the same time? The folks at THE GOOD KETTLE
have found a way. They combine simple, good, home-style cooking with
high-quality ingredients to provide nutritious, wholesome, delicious
food. Home-grown produce is combined with wines, Maine brews, and
cheeses from all over the world. On hand are Maine-made ice cream,
baked goods, entrees, soups, and cheesecake. The folks here pack
picnics for daytrippers (call ahead, 207/567-2035). All of this is
pretty much guaranteed to please the pickiest palates of any and all.
Looking for something hot? On Main Street in Ellsworth, THE MEX has been serving its memorable sauce since 1979. Call 207-667-4494.
We like getting breakfast at the TIDEWAY MARKET.
Our favorite is their biscuits and sausage gravey, but there are
several additional tempting offerings. There's also made-from-scratch
pizza and fresh chicken tenders. Between bites you can check your
e-mail with their free WIFI. Visit them on FACEBOOK.
At TUCKER MOUNTAIN LOG HOMES
in Sullivan skilled logsmiths build custom-designed, handcrafted
dwellings. Unique digs like these are available nowhere else in Maine.
Although YU TAKEOUT
specializes in unique-to-the-area Korean dishes, you can also get
burgers, hotdogs, fried clams, and other Maine seafood
delicacies. Where hostess Sonye Carroll really shines, however, is in
her Korean-style Buffalo wings, her signature egg rolls, wontons,
teriyaki beef and chicken, wonton and Korean noodle soup, lo mein,
sweet potato noodle, fried rice, and Korean hot and sweet and sour pork
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.
Sardine cannery, nation's most highly automated. Stinson Seafood Company, Prospect Harbor.
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
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.
Snack foods, healthiest. Gladsone's Under the Sun, Ellsworth. This local company uses as many fresh Maine agricultural products as possible.
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.
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
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
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..
Underground raillroad, northernmost stopover. Brewer House B&B, Calais.
U.S. easternmost point . Quoddy Head State Park in the town of Lubec.
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.
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.
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.