I just got back from my winter Road Trip to Maine. I know, “Winter Road Trip to Maine” almost sounds like an oxymoron BUT this part of Maine is amazing any time of year…much like our beloved Hudson Valley. If you decide to make the trip here are a few examples of my favorite things to do and see as you head up the coast. And, thanks to my friend and professional photographer, Lynn Karlin.
York, Maine –
Great antique places along Route 1 in York and Cape Neddick (my favorite, The York Antique Center, though there are others along Rt. 1 in York & Cape Neddick), home of Stonewall Kitchen (great place to stop for lunch)
Brunswick, Maine (1/2 north of Portland) –
- Frontier was envisioned by Michael Gilroy and his journey to create and build this place is amazing.
His background as an expedition leader to places around the world eventually brought him to Brunswick, Maine to create a permanent marketplace to inspire people on so many levels. Housed in Fort Andross, a restored textile mill on the Androscoggin River, it connectspeople and has become a destination where people gather to enjoy and explore Food, Film, Art and music that is inspired from all over the world. Website: www.explore frontier.com
- Cabot Mill Antique Center: Over 16,000 square feet. Also located at Fort Andross; 14 Maine Street, # 14; 207 725.285
Wiscasset, Maine –
- Treats (treatsofmaine.com) A great stop for Fresh baked Goods, great food and inspiring atmosphere. Cheese and wine also.
- A town with great antique shops a great town to see beautiful antique shops, including French & Co. Art & Antiques
Rockland, Maine –
- Farnsworth Museum – A great regional art museum with such major exhibitors as NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Currently on exhibit through January and February us a wonderful show of Louise Nevelson’s work and amazing contemporary rug hooking exhibit. I LOVE this museum. Visit it every time I visit Maine.
- Primo Restaurant Melissa Kelly’s (formerly Executive Chef of Sheepherding Inn in Chatham, NY) award winning restaurant. To quote the website: Welcome to Primo, an unbelievably unique combination of farming, raising animals and creating unforgettable dining experience.
Northport, Maine –
Swan’s Island – It’s like visiting somebody’s home, where you can see where these beautiful handwoven blankets are made…from hand spinning, dying and weaving. A wonderful story of a cottage industry that creates blankets, throws and scarves and sells the most beautiful organic merino yarn. Inspiring and an example of what we should cherish about American craftsmanship.
Belfast, Maine –
- (the) Lost Kitchen, 108 Main St., 207 930.2055 A new dining place that opened this past month in Belfast. Trust me, this place is going to be written up in the best of the culinary blogs and magazines…it is special. From the wonderful atmosphere to the fresh foods (from local farms and fisherman) to the creative menu, Chef Erin is right on her mark. I found it one of my most favorable dining experiences ever…loved the atmosphere, the vibe, the presentation, and the simple, yet fresh and delicious food. It just felt good to be there and part of this special town and place.
- The Good Table (the best kitchen store in the world for people who cook…ok, I am prejudice. (Tell Vicki I said “Hi”)
- Chase’s Daily for lunch 96 Main Street; 207.338.0555; An award nominated James Beard restaurant/bakery, cafe that is “Family farm to Family Table” restaurant. It’s the real deal.
- Heavenly Socks Yarn, Maine Street, Belfast, Maine heavenlysocksyarn.com ; probably my most favorite yarn shop ever. A personal and inspiring shop. great selection of local yarns, and Helen, the owner, is an activist knitter and you will be subject to some great, lively discussions!
Places to Stay on the way –
- York Harbor Inn: 480 York St, York Harbor, ME 03911 – (207) 351-1865]
- Mount Battie Motel, 2158 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville, Maine 04849Belfast and the area have a lot of Bed and Breakfasts….I am lucky enough to have friends, so I have no recommendations that I have personally stayed at. I do know Belfast has some nice inns, and that is where I would stay if I didn’t have great accommodations at Vicki’s!