Learn how to lobster fish on the Lulu – Bar Harbor, Maine

Learn how to lobster fish on the Lulu – Bar Harbor, Maine

Lulu Lobster Boat
Welcome aboard the Lulu! Our wildly popular tour is consistently one of the top-rated boat cruises in the region. We are the only lobster boat tour in Bar Harbor hosted on a traditional Downeast-style lobster boat. Lulu’s two-hour tour offers the most exclusive, personal and unique cruise in Bar Harbor. Sailing from the heart of the Bar Harbor waterfront at the beautiful Harborside Hotel & Marina. Come experience what is sure to be a highlight of your time in Maine!

During your cruise on Lulu, experience a sample of the life and work of the Maine lobsterman (or lobsterwoman!). Watch a demonstration of how lobster traps are hauled. We’ll describe all the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters (and many other sea creatures) find their way to the bait inside. Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine lobster. For example, did you know that lobsters smell with their leg hairs?

https://lululobsterboat.com/ for more info.

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Treworgy Family Farm – Levant, Maine

Treworgy Family Farm – Levant, Maine

http://treworgyorchards.com/ for all of the info

Located in Levant, Maine, Treworgy Family Farm operates the longest, continually run corn maze in Maine. Besides the fabulous corn maze, there is a petting zoo, ice cream and cafe and hayrides (and sleigh rides during the holiday season). All that and pick your own berries or flower bouquet while you are there.

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Fast Food Offerings – Machias, Maine

Fast Food Offerings – Machias, Maine

Sometimes you may have a finicky kid (or husband) who will only eat those old familiar foods that they already know. If you have one of those in your family, you may be reassured to know that the Machias area has a few traditional fast-food offerings. Machias is home to a McDonalds, a Subway and a Dunkin Donuts.

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Acadia Air Tours – Bar Harbor, Maine

Acadia Air Tours – Bar Harbor, Maine

TRANSFORM AN ORDINARY DAY INTO AN EXTRA-ORDINARY EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!
https://acadiaairtours.com/index.php

For as long as people have dreamed, they have been fascinated by the idea of flight, looking skyward with wonder and amazement. Today, ACADIA AIR TOURS can make that dream your reality. We offer five different scenic tours of Acadia National Park and the surrounding area from one of four different types of aircraft.

ALL FLIGHTS ARE FULLY NARRATED
If one of our “Specialty Flights” is not what you had in mind, consider an affordable “Scenic Flight” in our 7 passenger “AirVan”.The Australian built GA8 “AirVan” is a very impressive airplane which is uniquely well suited for air tour operations. AirVan features include:

Affordability – Best price guaranteed! Flights starting at $36.75 per person. Will beat any competitor’s advertised rate.
Views – High wing aircraft with unobstructed views. Every passenger has their own large, convex, “bubble” window which provides outstanding visibility and panoramic views for unequaled sightseeing and photographic opportunities.
Comfort – A large, sliding cabin access door makes the AirVan easy to load and unload. The wide body passenger cabin with a central isle has no middle seats. Each passenger has their own window seat. Factory Air Conditioning with individual “eyeball outlets” let’s each passenger adjust the temperature to suite their own comfort. Also, each passenger has their own headset so that they can talk to each other and to the pilot.
Professionally Narrated Tour by knowledgeable Commercial Pilot.
Walk-ups welcome! Reservations recommended but not required.
Romantic Sunset flights available – additional $50 option

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Eastport Pirate Festival – Eastport, Maine

Eastport Pirate Festival – Eastport, Maine

I think it was about five years ago, I was looking at real estate up in Washington County. I had a hot lead on a waterfront cottage for sale so I grabbed my son and we headed up for a weekend in coastal Maine. (We did spend most of day one sitting on a bench in Bar Harbor waiting to see what mega-celebrity was going to board a ginormous yacht, but I digress). After staying at my favorite little down east motel, The Blueberry Patch, we headed out to Eastport for breakfast (delicious Moose Island Bakery) – my first time in America’s easternmost city. As we parked the car by the waterfront, we saw a group of pirates headed towards us. Yes, pirates. As we walked towards the pier, we saw more pirates. Pirates were coming at us from all directions – big pirates, little pirates, baby pirates, even a few dog pirates. Unbeknownst to us, we had stumbled upon Eastport’s annual pirate festival, held every year towards the end of summer. The festival is traditionally held the weekend after Labor Day.

Tiny Eastport already hosts the largest fourth of July celebration in the state of Maine, and then swells to over 15,000 again a few months later to celebrate those plundering villains known as pirates (I do need to interject here that when I accidentally stumbled upon the pirate festival, it may have been a fluke, it may have still been early in the day, but I had no problem finding a parking space, despite the huge turnout). There are three full days of parades, fireworks, music, food, and fun contests for pirates of all ages. Visitors can participate in a bed race (yes, you read correctly – a bed race) or maybe bring your costumed pooch to compete in a pet pirate pageant. For the elder pirates, there is, of course, a rum party (and the following morning, a “hung over pirate morning rescue”). There is even a good natured plundering and pillaging of the nearby town of Lubec (But, never fear, Lubec gets their own chance to invade Eastport on a different day). It really is an experience in small-town festivities – which can be hard to come by these days, since everything seems so commercialized. So, just between us… let’s keep it our secret. And if you happen to be in Eastport in early September, don’t be surprised if you encounter some swashbuckling buccaneers wandering the streets and waterways – just utter an ‘ahoy, matey’ and join in the party.

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Tom’s Mini Mart – Machias, Maine

Tom’s Mini Mart – Machias, Maine

Probably the best kept secret in all of Maine. Head to Tom’s Mini-Mart and gas station on Dublin Street in Machias. Yup. The gas station. Walk in the back and you’ll find great service (order at the counter) and even greater food. Some of the best fish and chips in the county (or state). But, shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toms-Mini-Mart/141659139208011

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DownEast Scenic Railroad

DownEast Scenic Railroad

Departures Saturday and Sunday through mid-October.

The Downeast Scenic Railroad was named Best Day Trip in this year’s poll of Down East Magazine readers’ favorites. Thousands of Down East readers voted February through April for their statewide selections and the Downeast Scenic Railroad made the list. The full list of the Best Of honored businesses, places and more, appears in the July issue of Down East.

The “Best of Maine” awards occur annually and provide Down East readers the opportunity to nominate the Maine people, places and things that mean the most to them. Based solely on popular vote, the winners represent the best of Maine as identified by the people who know Maine the best: residents and repeat visitors.

This year thousands of readers nominated their favorites across Maine,” said Down East Editor in Chief Kathleen Fleury. “To be included in this list selected by the readers of Down East or the editorial team here means that you truly are part of what makes Maine so great. Our readers and team take the task of selecting the Best Of very seriously. It really is an honor.”

“We are certainly honored to be chosen as this years Best Day Trip by Down East Magazines readers.”, said Downeast Scenic Railroad/Downeast Rail Heritage Preservation Trust, Inc. President, Tom Testa. He added, “This is a huge acknowledgement to our board, generous supporters and especially our volunteers, all who have given in so many ways to help make the Downeast Scenic Railroad project the preservation and educational success it is today.”

http://www.downeastscenicrail.org/ride/ for more information.

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Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival – Sept 2-3

Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival – Sept 2-3

This year will be the best ever! For 30 years, the end of summer in Eastport, Maine, has been celebrated with a festival, a gathering, an homage to our local resources, especially the Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of Passamaquoddy Bay. Of course, no community festival is complete without a meal, and the Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival is no exception. The centerpiece of Salmon Sunday has always been the salmon barbecue. Through the years, the details of the events and the meal — the side dishes and desserts, the musicians, the wine, the servers and cooks — have varied, but the one constant that brings us back year after year is that delicious piece of grilled salmon. We eat under the big tent in a crowd of friends, neighbors and visitors. We look up from our repast and gaze contentedly at the breathtaking view of the Passamaquoddy Bay just a few feet away. Those of us who live here try not to take our stunning surroundings for granted, and we’re happy to share with travelers who are wise enough to step off the beaten path to seek us out. Come for music, arts and crafts, a Fiber Arts Show, galleries, gift shops and museums, locally brewed beers, (wine too), a farmers’ market, flea market, delicious seafood, and a fabulous salmon barbecue dinner.

https://eastportchamber.net/ for more info

SATURDAY, September 2
7:00 am-3:00 pm 19th Annual Paint Eastport Day. Register at Eastport Arts Center, 36
Washington Street. FMI call: 853-4166
9:00 am-11:00 am The Trees of Eastport – Walking tour led by horticulture consultant Paula
Kovecses. The unique trees that are Eastport treasures will be discussed. Meet
at 9:00 am in front of Peavey Memorial Library. FMI call: 207-922-9735
9:00 am-1:00 Flea for All, Eastport’s downtown flea market, along the sea walk, FMI: 853-
0099
10:00 am-4:00 pm Exhibition: Prints from Maine Aomori Printmaking Society, Tides Institute, 43
Water ST
10:00 am-5:00 pm Local Food and Craft Vendor Exhibits on Water Street, between Washington
Street and Bank Square
10:00 am-5pm Educational Exhibits, downtown, on Water Street, including Touch Tank; Maine
Salmon Federation, Maine Sea Compost, Maine Sea Vegetables & Maine
Aquaculture
10:00 am-3:00 pm Kids Activities at Peavey Library, Water St.
10:00 am-5pm Fiber Arts Show, Eastport Welcome Center, 141 Water St. See separate
schedule for workshops, demonstrations, children’s activities, Maine’s history
of mills and fiber, and more.
11:00 am-1:00 pm Farmers’ Market: Shop for fresh and organic produce, meats, jams, jellies, and
baked goods. Washington St, near post office. FMI: 454-3364
12:00 pm ‘til gone Chowders, Oysters and Fresh Crabmeat rolls under the Big Tent downtown, by
local restaurants, chefs & producers
12:00 pm ‘til gone Desserts at the Senior Center, 9 Boynton Street
12:00 pm – 5pm Salmon Hors D’oeuvres Plates of Snacks including Celebration of Local Foods
with Maine Cheese Guild, Maine Grains, local farmers and producers, and
locally produced craft beers, wine for sale also, all under the big tents. Cheeses
and other products for sale. Event sponsored by Fundy Acadia Regional
Adventures.
12:00 pm-5pm Soft Pretzels for sale with locally produced Raye’s Mustards, under the Big
Tents
12:00 pm-5pm Beer on Tap by Andrew’s Brewing Company of Lincolnville, ME; Lubec Brewing
Company of Lubec, ME; and Machias River Brewing Co of Machias. Salmon
Creek Wines, too. 30th anniversary wine glasses on sale.
11:00 pm-5pm Assorted Washington County Musicians, downtown under the tents
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Barracks Museum Open, Genealogy anyone?
2:00 pm-4:00 pm Installation, Forecast: Artists, Shoshannah White and Charley Young, TIMA’s
North Church Project Space, 82 High Street
2:00 pm-4:00 pm Tour of TIMA campus — tour the 6 buildings that make up the Tides Institute
and Museum of Art’s multifaceted programs, exhibits and shows
2:00 pm Tails of Quoddy Bay Puppet Show—downtown Amphitheater, rain location
Eastport Arts Center
4:30pm-5:30pm Paint Eastport Day Silent Auction & Reception, Eastport Arts Center, 36
Washington St., FMI: 853-4166 or 853-4650
Dusk Eastport Moonlight Movies, at the downtown Amphitheatre, Water Street, The
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, sponsored by Raye’s Mustard
SALMON SUNDAY, September 3
7:30am-9:00 am Eastport Salmon & Seafood Festival 5K Run Register on Sea Street behind
Motel East in Front of Quoddy Bay Lobster, FMI: 853-4644, 8:15am Kid’s OneMile
Run (ages 14 and under)
9:00am-11:00 am The Trees of Eastport – Walking tour led by horticulture consultant Paula
Kovecses. The unique trees that are Eastport treasures will be discussed. Meet
at 9:00 in front of the Peavey Memorial Library.
10:00 am Lobster Pound Tour, largest indoor tank on the Atlantic Coast, Lighthouse
Lobster & Bait, LLC. At the end of County Rd.
10:00 am-12:00
pm
George S. Harris Sr. Memorial Fishing Derby, Fish Pier, with Ozzie Townsend
10:00 am-4:00 pm Local Food and Crafts Vendors & Educational Exhibits Downtown on Water
Street between Washington Street and Bank Square. Exhibits by Maine Salmon
Federation, Maine Sea Compost, Maine Sea Vegetables & Maine Aquaculture.
10:00 am-4:00 pm Fiber Arts Show, Eastport Welcome Center, 141 Water St, see itemized
schedule under the Fiber Arts drop down menu of the website
www.eastportsalmonfest.com
10:00 am-4:00 pm Exhibition: Prints from Maine Aomori Printmaking Society, Tides Institute, 43
Water St.
10:00 am-5pm Members’ themed show at the Eastport Gallery on Water Street, theme TBA
11:00 am Fashion Show of Wearable Art, at Fiber Arts location, Port Building, 141 Water
Street
11:00 am-4:00 pm Oysters on the Half Shell, downtown at the Big Tent
11:00 am-4:00 pm Live music by Washington County musicians: multiple groups playing under the
big tent downtown
11:00 am-3:00 pm Salmon Dinner under the food tent at the Fisherman Statue. Grilled 8 oz
salmon fillet with Raye’s Mustard Salmon Sauce, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes,
peas, locally sourced greens with homemade dressing, rolls, and blueberry
desserts.
Included is an educational tour of the salmon pens by boat. Tours to the pens
will be by Dave Morang from Cooke Aquaculture.
All-inclusive for $18 (price includes 8% meals tax).
11:00 am-4:00 pm Beer on Tap by Andrew’s Brewing Company of Lincolnville, ME; Lubec Brewing
Company of Lubec, ME; and Machias River Brewing Co of Machias. Salmon
Creek Wines, too. 30th anniversary wine glasses on sale.
1:00 pm Eastport Historic Walking Tour with Gail McGlamery
3:00 pm Organ Concert musical selections on the Perry Congregational Church organ,
Shore Road, Perry, near the boat landing.
4:00 pm Silent Auction drawing. Must be present to win!

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