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Bar Harbor Maine

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine – One of the Best Places to Visit in Maine & New England

Bar Harbor is well know by people around the world as a place of beauty and peaceful elegance. A recentNew York Times Travel article  give Bar Harbor a thumbs up for it unique collection of stores, restaurants and one of a kind activities.

Over looking Bar Harbor, Maine

A gift of Nature

The magic of Bar Harbor…romance, adventure, the rock-bound coast and soaring granite cliffs. From the stonewall-lined and tree-covered road leading you into our village, to the sweeping vistas from atop Cadillac Mountain, there is a special mystique to Bar Harbor. Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park, we have welcomed visitors for over a hundred years. And now we welcome you, too! Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park have a wide variety of offerings for visitors. There truly is something for everyone.

If you’re considering a vacation in Maine or planning to travel New England, Bar Harbor should top your list of destinations, as it is truly one of the best places to visit in Maine and New England. Not exactly a well-guarded secret, but not overrun with tourism either, Bar Harbor is a Maine/New England vacation spot beyond compare. And of course one of its many attractions is its close proximity to Acadia National Park – over 50 square miles of highly varied, beautiful terrain, hiking, and views.

If this is your first visit to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, we are sure that you will have experiences in this Maine vacation spot that will become fond, lifetime memories. If you are returning to the island, as so many do, welcome back. Each year the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce publishes ourguidebook to help you plan your island escape and to serve as your companion while on the island. We have included much of the information from the guidebook on this Web site for your convenience.

Best Seafood Restaurant in Mid Coast Maine

The best seafood restaurant in Mid Coast Maine.

I have eaten at many of the fine seafood restaurants in Mid Coast Maine and based on the location, the décor and the food, I have selected Anna’s Wateredge Restaurant as the best of the best. Experience Maine while dining on some great seafood on the water and looking out over beautiful views. Anna’s is the place to be.

There are many to choose from, each with its own take on how Maine seafood should be served. Anna's Water Edge Restaurant view From traditional to classic to modern fare, Maine has it all and is being recognized world wide as having some of the best eating establishments for great seafood.

Here we would like to introduce you to one of the traditional Maine restaurants of the Coast. Anna’s Wateredge Restauramt Anna's Water Edge Restaurant interiorRestaurant located in Phippsburg is a must visit seafood restaurant when on vacation in Maine.

Anna’s Water Edge Restaurant has been amazing guest for many years. They have inside or outside seating for their guest. The dining area is very rustic in its feel. The walls are covered with nautical items of old. The many windows provide expansive views of the working harbor in front of the restaurant. Imagine dining waterside while you experience the beauty of Maine with working lobster boats and a view that seem to go on forever.

The Food is traditional Maine prepared seafood with just a twist of culinary flair to make it interesting,Anna's Restaurant food pickled herring

If you are traveling through the Mid Coast region of Maine we highly recommend that you head to Annas and enjoy great Maine food and views

Anna's Wateredge Restaurant entrance

Ocean View

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Phippsburg Maine Day Trip

Phippsburg Maine is a wonderful day trip down this finger of land that jets out into Casco Bay. It gently follows the Kennebec River providing glimpses of water and deep forests. There are some hidden gems on this peninsula that make it a Phippsburg Mainepleasant way to spend the entire day.

We Started trip at in Bath on rt. 209 heading South past water inlets and tall marsh grass with open vistas of the river. We moved on past the entrance of Meadowbrook Campground one of our favorite places to camp in the area. Meadowbrook Camping Area is a second generation, family owned and operated campground nestled on 60 acres. They offer Cottage Rentals, Cabin Rentals, sites suitable to Big Rigs down to one man tents. Sites are spacious with options to be in the sun or tucked away in the woods.  They have a 1 mile nature trail that loops around a beaver pond, two playgrounds, heated showers and flush toilets, a laundromat, swimming pool, Lobsters & Clams cooked daily, Drifter’s Reef Snack Bar, arcade & rec hall and shuffleboard! We could go on about this wonderful campground. There’s something for everyone!  So, what are you waiting for?? Make your Maine Camping Reservations today, they do fill up fast!

Continuing our trip down the 209 we take a side road call Sabaco Road, passing by Wrong Way Road, heading for our lunch destination. We pass by Sabasco Harbor Resort. At this all in one resort you can enjoy rustic rooms to luxury condos. Dining rooms and outside lobster bakes. A golf course and tour boat. This is a great place to have wedding or just to get away with the family for a while.

On to our lunch destination, still traveling on the Sabasco Road we arrive at Anna’s Water Edge Restaurant. This is a small “Maine” restaurant that serves up some awesome food and a great view. From the parking area you look out overAnna's Water Edge Restaurant the cove with its water way filled with lobster buoys. A perfect scene for a picture or two.

You can order outside at the window and eat on one of their picnic tables overlooking the beautiful harbor or inside with table-side service. The inside is decorated with lots of nautical floats and pictures. You almost get the feel that you are on a fishing trawler heading out to see for your daily catch.

The menu was great and extensive. Local seafood of course. I ordered the pickled Herring to start with and my friend ordered the smoked crab dip. Both dishesPickled Herring were fresh and flavorful. Then onto the fried local clams. Yes! Yes! Yes! The best I have had in a long time. The sides of cole slaw were crisp and flavorful and the fries delicious. They have a wonderful dessert menu but we were way to full to try that. I give Anna’s a five star rating for location, food and service.

Onward we drove. After our culinary feast we decided we needed some walking time. It was very warm outside so we decided to make it a short cool stroll. We drove down to Popham. Past the Popham State Park, a 529 acres: spacious sand beach, bathhouses, freshwater rinse-off showers, picnic area with charcoal grills, trails and wildlife watching.

Onward  two miles further south on Route 209 to Fort Popham. We knew from past experience that this would be a cool short walk with some amazing views and interesting historical features. We walked in the coolness of the granite wallsFort Popham and peered out through the openings where cannons once were mounted to protect the mouth of the river. Hidden rooms and calcium formations gave a somewhat Eerie feel to the fort. After exploring all of the forts walls and hidden staircases we went down to the harbor and watched as fisherman tried their luck at catching the many fish that inhabit the mouth of the Kennebec River.

Feeling a bit hot and tired we went to the local grocery store that is located right on the beach and ordered up some ice cream combs. We went out to the beach Popham Beachand sat on one of the picnic tables and enjoyed the sights of the boating traffic and smell of the salt air.

Phippsburg is a wonderful area to spend the day. There are many attractions to keep you and the family busy. There are trails that walk along the river and ponds and a short mountain trail that offers great views. Beaches, Inns, restaurants and so much more. If you are in the Mid Coast area. take a day trip down to Phippsburg. You will be glad you did.

Farmers Markets Local Fresh Harvested and Produced Maine Products

Farmers markets in Maine provide you the opportunity to purchase the freshest, locally grown and harvested foods. The Maine markets enable the farmer or Farmer's Market in Maineharvester to bring their product directly to you with no middle man to up the price or delay the freshness to your table.

Almost every town has a farmers market located in a convenient location with plenty of parking. Below is a list of the markets that are in our Maine Mid Coast area. Please take the time to tour all of these great local grown and harvested food markets and enjoy the pleasure of eating the best, freshest products that Maine has to offer.

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Bath Freight Shed 27 Commercial St. Bath, ME 04530

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Sat   9:00 – 12:00

The Bath Farmers Market, just a stones throw from the peaceful Kennebec River, showcases the freshest food from all around Maine. From a huge cheese selection to unique treats there is something for everyone. Bring your friends and family, and a spirit of adventure as you explore our selection of vendors; we’ll have music, lots of parking along the street, and you can have lunch and browse downtown or picnic next to the river. In winter, visit us in the historic Freight Shed building, riverside.


Crystal Spring Farm, one mile up Pleasant Hill Rd from Maine St. 277 Pleasant Hill Rd Brunswick, ME 04011

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Sat   8:30 – 12:30

The market offers a variety of local produce, meats, seafoods, prepared foods, crafts, baked goods, cheeses, eggs, flowers and more! The market is located at the BTLT’s signature 320-acre property (Crystal Springs Farm) on Pleasant Hill Road in Brunswick and runs rain or shine—from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

BRUNSWICK FARMERS MARKET, On the mall below the gazebo Maine St. Brunswick, ME 04011

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Tue   8:00 – 2:00


FREEPORT FARMERS MARKET, In the Moose Lot located between the L.L. Bean Flagship and Home stores 95 Main St  Freeport, ME 04033

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Fri   1:00 – 5:00

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Mast Landing Walking Trail Freeport Maine

A walk on the Freeport, Maine’s Mast Landing Trail

A great trail for a quick walk or a long stroll. Located near the village of Freeport Maine PondMaine. Experience deep woods, well groomed trails and gravel roads for a leisurely easy stroll with viewings of local wildlife.

The mast landing walking trail in Freeport, Maine turned out to be a pleasant way to spend the morning. A easy walk with beautiful wooded trails and lovely vistas of waterways that are full of wild life and flowering plants.

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Mast Landing
Audubon Sanctuary

Located one mile from downtown Freeport at the head of tide on the Harraseeket River estuary, Mast Landing is actively used by area residents year-round.

The 140-acre sanctuary consists of open fields, salt marsh, an apple orchard, freshwater stream, and mature evergreen forest. Caretakers reside in the old farmhouse (a.k.a. Millmaster’s House).


Mast Landing Sanctuary’s open fields, apple orchards, alder lowland, and Maine Plants and Wildlifemature pine and hemlock forest provide a pleasant spot for walking, cross-country skiing and nature study. Mill Stream cascades over an historic dam and mill site before flowing into the tidal waters of the Harraseeket River.

The sanctuary attracts migrant shorebirds and songbirds and is a wonderful place to observe the courtship flight displays of nesting woodcock. Resident mammals typical of southern Maine woodlands include porcupine, mink, fisher, and deer.

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A Tour of Wolfe’s Neck Farm and State Park

Wolfe’s Neck is a finger of land located between Freeport and Brunswick Maine. This peninsula jets into Casco bay and boasts some wonderful farmland Wolfe's Neck State Parkand rocky coastline.

The land was named after the Wolfe family that settled the land in the 1700s. The farm is used to raise animals and fresh garden vegetables for purchase by the public. The farm also holds summer family barnyard programs for kids to learn the important need of fresh locally grown and harvested products, as well the care of the land we call home. You can buy Locally Grown Foodthe locally harvested products on the farm at their small stand. There is a Campground for folks that want to spend some time here in this beautiful part of Maine. You can rent Kayaks, canoe and bikes. There is a snack shack  with some awesome food. We had the pizza, hot dogs and French fries and their chocolate shake which was really good. There are many walking trails along the farm property to enjoy nature and get the feel of the farm land.

After our meal we set our sights on the state park which is just down the road. the cost is $3 per person to enter. The attendant was very helpful in getting us Walking Trailstarted in the right direction. It was a hot day and we wanted a short walk down to the water to catch the ocean breeze.

We parked the car and started our walk. The canopy of the woods kept us somewhat protected from the blaze of the sun and the rich green forest floor was stunningly beautiful. The walk down to the water was quick and down hill, just what we were looking for. The forest gave way to Casco Bay and the ocean breeze felt so good. The beach was very inviting and we started to explore the seaweed and the Sea Lifelife that might be hiding under the wet ocean plants. A young couple brought to our attention some jelly fish that were landing on the beach. some were clear as a looking-glass and others were brightly colored, purple, blue and red.

The views were breathtaking and the we strolled along the beach for a short time enjoying what we saw. the rock formations were very interesting in the way thatRock Formation they all fell in line as if someone had placed them in the same direction. Layering then neatly one over the other to create the stack of cards look.

Then we turned our attention to a sharp screech that came from over our heads. As we looked up we noticed a osprey diving towards the water and striking it head first. Then up it came with a fish of some sort in its claws. The Bird of Preyosprey flew over our head for some time clutching its meal and was joined be two others that seemed to be rejoicing at the fine catch it had made. All of a sudden the bird of prey veered to the South to a small island just off shore. At the highest point of the island was a tall spruce tree that had a nest located at the very top. Out from the middle of the nest came a smaller bird screeching at the top of its lungs. The bigger bird Osprey Nestlanded for a moment and fed the smaller bird and back up it flew and began its search for more food, circling over our heads again.

After this wonderful show we moved on up the trails away from the beach and started to walk along the trail that weaves along the shore. The trails are all well-groomed with wonderful view both of the water and the rich foliage of the forest. There are many trails that intersect one another and all seemed well-kept.

We walked up toward the direction of where we had parked our car and on our Picnic Areaway there we came up t0 some nice shaded picnic tables with metal fire pits for those folks that wish to have a nice meal. We noticed that they also allow clamming at times on the flats below. So you could dig up your meal and cook it right there. How awesome is that?

We made our way past the ferns and red squirrels and got back to the car. Refreshed by our experience and our new appreciation of this wonderful part of the world we live in.

If you are ever in the Mid Coast area I would highly recommend visiting Wolfe’s Neck. A Gem of the Maine Mid Coast.

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Sailing Charter in Maine

Sailing on the waters of Maine

Chartering a boat for a trip along the coast of Maine will give you and your guest a memory that will last forever. Experience the coast as only you can from the waters on board one of the many sailing charters available in this area.

Below is one of our favorites. The captains are knowledgeable. They take the time to tell you about all that you see and the history that lies behind what you are surveying. Captains Peary and Bethany make you feel right at home on their ship and are very enjoyable to be with. When I went on board with them for a short sail they had a wonderful cheese platter prepared for us along with some cool drinks.  They have now purchased a schooner, The Alert, which we will provide information on below.

Enjoy Maine from the deck of a sailing vessel. A great Maine experience.

The Sailboat Tevake Charters

Sailing in MaineTevake Sailing Charters depart from Bailey Island on the docks of Cook’s Lobster House in the town Charter a sailboat in Maineof Harpswell Maine. Captains Perry and Bethany take up to six passengers on their classic two masted sailing vessel ”TEVAKE”. They offer two, four, and six hour trips. They also offer custom Charters. Call for reservations.






N73º.748′ W69º.99′

68 Garrison Cove Road
Bailey Island, ME 04003

Captain Peary and Bethany’s newest venture is the Schooner Alert.

ALERT Windjammer CruisesAlert Sailing Charters

N73º.748′ W69º.99′ Garrison Cove Road
Bailey Island, ME 04003

phone: 207-841-9125, 207-833-5531

Schooner “ALERT” is a 70ft Maine built wooden tall-ship that offers Two, Four, and Six hour public and private sailing cruises for up to 28 passengers.