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Guidebook for Midcoast Favorites (mostly up-to-date 2/2021)

Kristin

Guidebook for Midcoast Favorites (mostly up-to-date 2/2021)

Food Scene
Chef owned Breakfast, lunch or special taco night dinners, tasty, fresh and served with a smile. Homemade granola, kombucha, also has a taco truck Cold Toes Tacos.
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Boynton-McKay Food Co.
30 Main Street
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Chef owned Breakfast, lunch or special taco night dinners, tasty, fresh and served with a smile. Homemade granola, kombucha, also has a taco truck Cold Toes Tacos.
Cozy, friendly down-home diner ("no ferns, no quiche!") for blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup or fish and eggs, potatoes and refilled coffee cups. Open early since the sun comes up before 5 in the summer!
Marriners
35 Main Street
Cozy, friendly down-home diner ("no ferns, no quiche!") for blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup or fish and eggs, potatoes and refilled coffee cups. Open early since the sun comes up before 5 in the summer!
Excellent croissants, pastries and pies. Closed for a period in Winter. At this update: 2/2021 Camden location closed, Lincolnville location (at least) should be back in Spring.
The Red Barn Marketplace
2060 Atlantic Hwy
Excellent croissants, pastries and pies. Closed for a period in Winter. At this update: 2/2021 Camden location closed, Lincolnville location (at least) should be back in Spring.
Chef owned. Creative menu with a Mediterranean bent, fresh local specials, great service, and bartender, excellent beer on tap, fine wine collection, try the Bulgarian Feta with fresh honeycomb, or the duck fat poutine if it's on the menu!
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Fresh and Co
1 Bay View Street
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Chef owned. Creative menu with a Mediterranean bent, fresh local specials, great service, and bartender, excellent beer on tap, fine wine collection, try the Bulgarian Feta with fresh honeycomb, or the duck fat poutine if it's on the menu!
Chef owned Sushi restaurant often featuring whatever came out of the water a few hours ago, great spot in Rockland, Maine, just 7 miles south of Camden.
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Suzuki's Sushi Bar
419 Main Street
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Chef owned Sushi restaurant often featuring whatever came out of the water a few hours ago, great spot in Rockland, Maine, just 7 miles south of Camden.
Cappuccino, Latte, Teas, the morning community hub, gluten free bakery offerings as well. They are moving locations so double check online for their current address.
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Zoot Coffee
31 Elm St
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Cappuccino, Latte, Teas, the morning community hub, gluten free bakery offerings as well. They are moving locations so double check online for their current address.
Super fresh seafood, more than just lobster, the whole experience is worth the drive. Outdoor seating, casual, go after a lighthouse hike or beach visit, sunset is spectacular.
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McLoons Lobster Shack
315 Island Rd
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Super fresh seafood, more than just lobster, the whole experience is worth the drive. Outdoor seating, casual, go after a lighthouse hike or beach visit, sunset is spectacular.
Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons in the Summer, a 10 min walk from our door. Local farmers and artisans selling everything under the sun from locally made tofu to flowers. Get your coffee and pastries and freshly made mobile oven pizza there too. Corner of Rawson and Washington roughly.
Camden Farmers Market
116 Washington St
Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons in the Summer, a 10 min walk from our door. Local farmers and artisans selling everything under the sun from locally made tofu to flowers. Get your coffee and pastries and freshly made mobile oven pizza there too. Corner of Rawson and Washington roughly.
Chef-owned, fresh raw bar, many other delicious & creative dishes with and without fish. Stunning location on the Rockport Harbor, go for a walk before dinner. Variety of price options but NOT a budget eatery. Friendly bar seating vibe for one.
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18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill
18 Central St
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Chef-owned, fresh raw bar, many other delicious & creative dishes with and without fish. Stunning location on the Rockport Harbor, go for a walk before dinner. Variety of price options but NOT a budget eatery. Friendly bar seating vibe for one.
Creative pub food and bocce. Friendly and fun.
The Jack
43 Mechanic St
Creative pub food and bocce. Friendly and fun.
Super fresh, best Thai north of NYC. Very popular. Call ahead to reserve for dinner. You might be able to slip in without a res at lunchtime.
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Long Grain
31 Elm Street
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Super fresh, best Thai north of NYC. Very popular. Call ahead to reserve for dinner. You might be able to slip in without a res at lunchtime.
American pub food and drink. Good prices. Outdoor seating with harbor view.
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Sea Dog Brewing Co.
1 Main St
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American pub food and drink. Good prices. Outdoor seating with harbor view.
Pho and beers, sushi too
Kurafuto
5 Bay View St
Pho and beers, sushi too
Great coffee, teas, pastries, cookies and gifts corner of Route 1 and Route 90 in Rockport
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Great coffee, teas, pastries, cookies and gifts corner of Route 1 and Route 90 in Rockport
Great restaurant a short walk from the house, doing takeout during COVID including cocktails. Locally owned and operated. Mediterranean pastas, pizza, salads, meat & fish. Greatest happy hours used to happen here. Hope they do again. Outdoor seating weather permitting.
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40 Paper
40 Washington Street
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Great restaurant a short walk from the house, doing takeout during COVID including cocktails. Locally owned and operated. Mediterranean pastas, pizza, salads, meat & fish. Greatest happy hours used to happen here. Hope they do again. Outdoor seating weather permitting.
Gourmet general store with local produce, great microbrew beer selections, wines and all kinds of yum. They also make the best thin crust pizza in the region (and I used to live in Italy so you can trust that!). Great lunch stop as well. Daily delish hot bar for a full meal or grab and go for home heating, sammys and salads, also hot pizza by the slice.
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Lincolnville Center General Store
269 Main St
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Gourmet general store with local produce, great microbrew beer selections, wines and all kinds of yum. They also make the best thin crust pizza in the region (and I used to live in Italy so you can trust that!). Great lunch stop as well. Daily delish hot bar for a full meal or grab and go for home heating, sammys and salads, also hot pizza by the slice.
Corporate but nice community vibe. Pretty good (very) thin crust pizza, to go or eat in, good large salads, decent beers on tap and an easy place to sit and have lunch or dinner at the bar or in a small booth.
Flatbread Company
399 Commercial St
Corporate but nice community vibe. Pretty good (very) thin crust pizza, to go or eat in, good large salads, decent beers on tap and an easy place to sit and have lunch or dinner at the bar or in a small booth.
Local hangout, almost always open, even during COVID. Cozy bar, greatest outdoor spot for a drink, a full dinner or a snack. Warming heaters on outside deck for shoulder months. Food is upscale pub. Pretty good seafood, burgers, reasonable prices, great lobster bisque, average beer & wine selections, great desserts! Fireplace inside. Super busy in summer. 2nd greatest spot for full moon rise, best spot for local watching, and boats coming in and out of the harbor.
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Waterfront
40 Bay View Street
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Local hangout, almost always open, even during COVID. Cozy bar, greatest outdoor spot for a drink, a full dinner or a snack. Warming heaters on outside deck for shoulder months. Food is upscale pub. Pretty good seafood, burgers, reasonable prices, great lobster bisque, average beer & wine selections, great desserts! Fireplace inside. Super busy in summer. 2nd greatest spot for full moon rise, best spot for local watching, and boats coming in and out of the harbor.
On Lincolnville beach. Good seafood plates, lobster rolls, nice beer selection, sit outside or take it out. closed in Winter.
McLaughlin's Lobster Shack
On Lincolnville beach. Good seafood plates, lobster rolls, nice beer selection, sit outside or take it out. closed in Winter.
Haven't been there yet but have heard good reviews, brand new take out place by the couple that owns Long Grain. "Best Of What's Around" BOWA.
BOWA
31 Elm Street
Haven't been there yet but have heard good reviews, brand new take out place by the couple that owns Long Grain. "Best Of What's Around" BOWA.
Microbrewery with dining options and outdoor seating
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company
40 Marshall Wharf
Microbrewery with dining options and outdoor seating
Drinks & Nightlife
The View from across the harbor. Bar food at outdoor tables on the harbor, live music. NOTE: this burned down in 2020 (what didn't?) May be rebuilt and open again summer 2021, second best view of Camden and the harbor, from the other side.
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Rhumb Line
59 Sea St
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The View from across the harbor. Bar food at outdoor tables on the harbor, live music. NOTE: this burned down in 2020 (what didn't?) May be rebuilt and open again summer 2021, second best view of Camden and the harbor, from the other side.
Around the corner. Great creative drinks (including takeout), excellent happy hour small plates. Get there early for a seat. Outdoor seating except in winter. Friendly locals, plenty of singles. COVID changed everything but hopefully this place will survive.
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40 Paper
40 Washington Street
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Around the corner. Great creative drinks (including takeout), excellent happy hour small plates. Get there early for a seat. Outdoor seating except in winter. Friendly locals, plenty of singles. COVID changed everything but hopefully this place will survive.
Fantastic rooftop bar (in season) pricey drinks, walking distance, top of Bayview hotel, call to see if you need reservations.
The View
16 Bay View Street
Fantastic rooftop bar (in season) pricey drinks, walking distance, top of Bayview hotel, call to see if you need reservations.
Very upscale Inn with a great restaurant and a secret great bar, especially in Winter. Pricey drinks, superb service and a roaring fire and sofas in the area adjacent to the bar. Or in Summer, snag a rocking chair on the porch and order a drink there with a friend.
Camden Harbour Inn
83 Bay View Street
Very upscale Inn with a great restaurant and a secret great bar, especially in Winter. Pricey drinks, superb service and a roaring fire and sofas in the area adjacent to the bar. Or in Summer, snag a rocking chair on the porch and order a drink there with a friend.
Parks & Nature
The view of the rising moon, the fireworks, the gorgeous harbor and town of Camden. 3 ways to hike up, there is a driving road but what's the fun in that? Trail head for the steep climb is 2 blocks from our door - ask us. Easier/longer hiking trail is called the "carriage trail" about 2 miles from the center on Route 52, cars park on pull off on side of road. An all season trail, well used.
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Mount Battie
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The view of the rising moon, the fireworks, the gorgeous harbor and town of Camden. 3 ways to hike up, there is a driving road but what's the fun in that? Trail head for the steep climb is 2 blocks from our door - ask us. Easier/longer hiking trail is called the "carriage trail" about 2 miles from the center on Route 52, cars park on pull off on side of road. An all season trail, well used.
Swimming, canoeing, kayaking or SUP on a big lake
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Megunticook Lake
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Swimming, canoeing, kayaking or SUP on a big lake
Lovely secret spot on Megunticook lake with swimming ledges. Walk the Blue trail for a high view of the lake, walk the Orange trail for the best swimming spots.
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Fernald's Neck Preserve
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Lovely secret spot on Megunticook lake with swimming ledges. Walk the Blue trail for a high view of the lake, walk the Orange trail for the best swimming spots.
Easy walk up to a round top blueberry hill overlooking Penobscot Bay, beautiful at every season, pick or buy fresh-picked blueberries in season. Local secret: go at sunset on a clear full-moon night, watch the moonrise as the sun sets, it will cure whatever ails your soul.
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Beech Hill Preserve
316 Beech Hill Road
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Easy walk up to a round top blueberry hill overlooking Penobscot Bay, beautiful at every season, pick or buy fresh-picked blueberries in season. Local secret: go at sunset on a clear full-moon night, watch the moonrise as the sun sets, it will cure whatever ails your soul.
Hiking, biking,X-C skiing, Views to move to Maine for. In the thick of summer it's a bit full but shoulder seasons/Winter it is a must! It is worth a day-trip. Avoid Bar Harbor in summer unless you really want the tourist scene.
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Parc national d'Acadia
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Hiking, biking,X-C skiing, Views to move to Maine for. In the thick of summer it's a bit full but shoulder seasons/Winter it is a must! It is worth a day-trip. Avoid Bar Harbor in summer unless you really want the tourist scene.
Probably the best "beach" in the midcoast. Actual sand, some picnic tables, some shade, great ledges to the right of the beach to wander or pick your private spot on. About a 40 min drive from us, depending on summer traffic.
Lucia Beach
Probably the best "beach" in the midcoast. Actual sand, some picnic tables, some shade, great ledges to the right of the beach to wander or pick your private spot on. About a 40 min drive from us, depending on summer traffic.
A closer beach, two beaches actually, one on the right of the ferry terminal is smaller ("townie beach" ) and not as touristed as the larger one, opposite the shops. Several good seafood options for lunch. Takeout or eat outside. Low tide on the big beach is pretty cool, goes on forever. During the full moon rises you can usually find a few parties and bonfires on these beaches.
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Lincolnville Beach
2402 U.S. 1
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A closer beach, two beaches actually, one on the right of the ferry terminal is smaller ("townie beach" ) and not as touristed as the larger one, opposite the shops. Several good seafood options for lunch. Takeout or eat outside. Low tide on the big beach is pretty cool, goes on forever. During the full moon rises you can usually find a few parties and bonfires on these beaches.
Many trails, that all connect. You can access from parking area up Route one just north of our location or by climbing up the steep face of Mt Battie a few blocks away and spend the day wandering the trails, bring the map! There is also parking and access off Youngtown road in Lincolnville. In Winter, THIS is the best place to park for skiing up the multi-use trail, (XC skiers, walkers, snowmobiles and cyclists )a long slow uphill gravel road that leads to Cameron mountain trails.
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Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Road
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Many trails, that all connect. You can access from parking area up Route one just north of our location or by climbing up the steep face of Mt Battie a few blocks away and spend the day wandering the trails, bring the map! There is also parking and access off Youngtown road in Lincolnville. In Winter, THIS is the best place to park for skiing up the multi-use trail, (XC skiers, walkers, snowmobiles and cyclists )a long slow uphill gravel road that leads to Cameron mountain trails.
One of my favorites, great view of the lake also connects to the State park trails. A nice 3 + hour one way strenuous hike: from Maiden's Cliff, over ridge trail to Ocean Lookout to Mt Battie. Wear ice spikes in ice & snow! Some steep ups and downs!
Maiden Cliff Trailhead
321-415 Turnpike Dr
One of my favorites, great view of the lake also connects to the State park trails. A nice 3 + hour one way strenuous hike: from Maiden's Cliff, over ridge trail to Ocean Lookout to Mt Battie. Wear ice spikes in ice & snow! Some steep ups and downs!
Great, easy and beautiful walk or bike on gravel drive along the ocean, local swim off the granite ledges in almost any weather! Parking in off season at the Children's chapel or the Rockport golf club to walk. Can drive and park on the point in summer if you must.
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Beauchamp Point
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Great, easy and beautiful walk or bike on gravel drive along the ocean, local swim off the granite ledges in almost any weather! Parking in off season at the Children's chapel or the Rockport golf club to walk. Can drive and park on the point in summer if you must.
Shopping
Upscale consignment and the women of the Midcoast's community hub!
Serendipity Fine Consignment
44 Elm St
Upscale consignment and the women of the Midcoast's community hub!
Heavenly shop selling everything lavender, (you'll smell it before you see it). Locally grown lavender fields in Appleton, a few miles inland, by the owner are transformed into soaps, lotions, bug spray you WANT to wear, sachets and everything you can think of. She also carries gorgeous handmade home goods and apparel made of Irish wool.
Glendarragh Farm
22 Main St
Heavenly shop selling everything lavender, (you'll smell it before you see it). Locally grown lavender fields in Appleton, a few miles inland, by the owner are transformed into soaps, lotions, bug spray you WANT to wear, sachets and everything you can think of. She also carries gorgeous handmade home goods and apparel made of Irish wool.
Men's fine and fun consignment, run by a hip couple with impeccable taste.
Curator Consignment
383 Main St
Men's fine and fun consignment, run by a hip couple with impeccable taste.
Sweet spot to while away some time, drink coffee, peruse books.
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Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café
33 Bay View Street
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Sweet spot to while away some time, drink coffee, peruse books.
Used books floor to ceiling and then some, the owner tucked into a corner. Upstairs on Main street, secret spot for sure. But if you are a book lover, not to be missed.
Stone Soup Books
35 Main St
Used books floor to ceiling and then some, the owner tucked into a corner. Upstairs on Main street, secret spot for sure. But if you are a book lover, not to be missed.
Full of gifts for those who didn't get to visit Camden and much more.
The Smiling Cow
41 Main St
Full of gifts for those who didn't get to visit Camden and much more.
Gorgeous home goods and design. Unique rugs
JoEllen Designs
21 Main St
Gorgeous home goods and design. Unique rugs
full grocery, beer, wine, pharmacy
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Hannaford Supermarket
145 Elm Street
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full grocery, beer, wine, pharmacy
If you're a maker/crafter check this out in groovy Belfast.
Fiddlehead Artisan Supply
64 Main Street
If you're a maker/crafter check this out in groovy Belfast.
Essentials & small grocers
Local small grocery right downtown at crossroads. Fresh & frozen foods, canned goods, dry goods, bakery, beer & wine, prepared foods, lobsters in the tank. Locally owned and operated. Busy at all hours. Open 7 days/week.
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French & Brawn Marketplace
1 Elm Street
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Local small grocery right downtown at crossroads. Fresh & frozen foods, canned goods, dry goods, bakery, beer & wine, prepared foods, lobsters in the tank. Locally owned and operated. Busy at all hours. Open 7 days/week.
Close to the house. Good selection of groceries including, fresh local fruits and veg in season, meats, cheeses, fish, good beer and wine selection. Very popular pizza spot for take out pies or by the slice. Prepared foods for grab and go.
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Megunticook Market and Catering
2 Gould Street
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Close to the house. Good selection of groceries including, fresh local fruits and veg in season, meats, cheeses, fish, good beer and wine selection. Very popular pizza spot for take out pies or by the slice. Prepared foods for grab and go.
In the Reny's shopping center on Rte one. Shop while you wait for your laundry.
Clean Bee Laundry
83 Elm St
In the Reny's shopping center on Rte one. Shop while you wait for your laundry.
Closest to the studio, 8 minute pleasant walk.
Camden Clothesline
96 Washington St
Closest to the studio, 8 minute pleasant walk.
Pharmacy for all your needs downtown Camden
Walgreens
35 Elm Street
Pharmacy for all your needs downtown Camden
Excellent organic produce, bulk grains and beans, good beer, wine, prepared foods, cafe and all around center of groovorganica and social justice in Belfast whose downtown is a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon.
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Belfast Co-op
123 High Street
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Excellent organic produce, bulk grains and beans, good beer, wine, prepared foods, cafe and all around center of groovorganica and social justice in Belfast whose downtown is a great place to spend a morning or an afternoon.
Arts & Culture
Big Wyeth collection, a really lively place to see art contemporary as well as masters.
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Farnsworth Art Museum
16 Museum Street
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Big Wyeth collection, a really lively place to see art contemporary as well as masters.
It's a beautiful place, the main entrance is down on the other side of the hill from the grand hillside view. See the lovely gardens and unique benches, pick wild strawberries or dance to free music or enjoy magic shows or nighttime movies in the amphitheater behind the library in summer, or visit the ice sculpture carving contest in winter. Across the street is the hillside known as Harbor Park, great spot for photos, sitting with coffee, picnic lunches or catching the fireworks with the crowd during the 4th of July or Windjammer weekend.
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The Camden Public Library
55 Main Street
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It's a beautiful place, the main entrance is down on the other side of the hill from the grand hillside view. See the lovely gardens and unique benches, pick wild strawberries or dance to free music or enjoy magic shows or nighttime movies in the amphitheater behind the library in summer, or visit the ice sculpture carving contest in winter. Across the street is the hillside known as Harbor Park, great spot for photos, sitting with coffee, picnic lunches or catching the fireworks with the crowd during the 4th of July or Windjammer weekend.
Cool architecture, contemporary art. First Friday of each month Art Walk
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Center for Maine Contemporary Art
21 Winter St
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Cool architecture, contemporary art. First Friday of each month Art Walk
Entertainment & Activities
Great movies in a beautiful theatre as well as live music, livestream opera and more.
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The Strand Theatre
345 Main Street
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Great movies in a beautiful theatre as well as live music, livestream opera and more.