Live Like a Midcoast Maine Local- 12 Insider Secrets
It’s not always easy to travel somewhere and feel as if you live there. But when we do travel we all want an authentic experience. Visit us and let us help you live like a local. Here are our top twelve secrets for the perfect getaway in Maine:
- Spend a morning or afternoon or evening with the crew at Port Clyde Kayaks. You will be in capable and experienced hands as you enjoy the coast of St. George Peninsula from sea level. For a special treat, book a full moon or bioluminescent tour. And often times a friendly seal will accompany you on your adventure!!
- The restaurant Café Miranda seats just twenty-eight people, has a huge menu, offers big bold flavors, and is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. What makes this little gem even more impressive is the close quarters where they dish up some tasty treats. Ask for a seat at the counter, specifically the two seats to the right, so you can watch all the action in front of the wood-fired oven. It’ll be dinner and a show watching the chefs work their magic right front of you!
- It can be tough to get a reservation at Primo Restaurant, but did you know that you can walk in and sit upstairs in the Tavern? They offer the full menu plus the Tavern menu and no reservations are required (go early, around 5:00, so you don’t have to wait for a table).
- As you’re driving north on Route 1 through Warren you’ll come upon School House Farm, an adorable and friendly farm stand. They offer fruits and veggies and a small selection of good cheeses. But best of all they have hand pies and cider donuts. They may not be healthy for you, but they sure taste good!
- Psst! We have a back way into Camden that gets you out of Route 1 traffic and is one of the loveliest drives in the area. As you’re traveling north on Route 1 take a right on Pascal Ave. and drive through Rockport. Stop and pay homage to Andre the Seal in the harbor if you wish. Then follow Central Ave. to Russell Ave. You will pass Aldemere Farm. Make sure you stop and say “Moo” to the gorgeous Belted Galloway cows who may be munching on lunch in the fields. Then on to Camden where you can park on one of the side streets and walk to Main Street.
- Farnsworth Art Museum is a fantastic museum with free admission on Wednesday nights in the summer months and also on the nights of Rockland’s First Friday Night Art Walks. (Check their website for details and hours of operation).
- Beech Hill Preserve offers a fabulous little hike with rewarding views of Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills. In early August they sell fresh wild Maine blueberries at the stand in the parking lot.
- Not only is Morse’s Sauerkraut a European market with products direct from the continent, there’s a little restaurant where you can enjoy lunching on pickles, sauerkraut, pierogies, reubens, and so many other yummy things!
- Beth’s Farm Market is known to locals simply as Beth’s. It is a beautiful and extensive farm market with vegetables direct from the farm as well as baked goods, eggs, milk, and even seafood fresh from the ocean.
- Rockland Café located on Main Street usually has some of the best prices on a steamed lobster dinner. You’ll see lots of locals.
- Bixby Bar & Co has a Chocolate Tasting Bar. Learn how the chocolate confectionaries are made and then do a little to find your favorite.
- In the quieter times of year Eclipse Restaurant hosts Meatball Mondays. Enjoy a plate of spaghetti and meatballs for a reasonable price. You’ll see lots of locals here, too.
Come visit us. The innkeepers at our Maine bed and breakfast are always up on the latest insider secrets. We will welcome you like family and help you experience your getaway in Maine like a local.