A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

A great brewery in Bar Harbor – Atlantic Brewing Company

Do you like beer?  Then the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor is a great stop.

According to their website:

The Atlantic Brewing Company began as Acadia Brewing in 1990. At first the brewery was located inside the Lompoc Cafe in downtown Bar Harbor and had a maximum capacity of just one barrel at a time. Within a few years the demand for our beers had grown so much that we moved the brewery two doors down from the restaurant and increased our capacity to seven-barrel batches. However, by 1998, we had outgrown that facility as well and so we moved again – this time to our current location on the Knox Road. Our estate brewery was built on the grounds of a 19th century Maine farmstead, that employs native vegetation and local stonework.

 

They have several locations in and around the Bar Harbor area and offer tours and tastings.  Here’s what you need to know:

The have three tours daily from Memorial Day through mid-October.  Reservations are not required, but they can only accommodate 25 people per tour.    The tours are approximately 20 minutes long, followed by a tasting. Children are allowed on the tour, but obviously not the tasting.

The addresses are:  We are at 15 Knox Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 and 52 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration

Smelt Fry and World Fish Migration Day Celebration

April 21 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 Pm

 

Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fisheries fun! Over the years, these festivities have grown from a small community potluck centered on the commercial smelt harvest to a well-known regional event serving 500+ guests. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am until 4pm. Throughout downtown Columbia Falls, there will be activities and displays that feature the inspiring fisheries and conservation work of DSF and their partners. All of the DSF venues are within a ¼ mile radius of downtown Columbia Falls and transportation between sites is available. This is truly a family-friendly event!

The Annual Smelt Fry is a wonderful way to welcome spring. Come learn what projects are happening within the fisheries and about DSF’s regional involvement. Local foods will be featured with smelts, alewives, and mackerel being smoked at the DSF smoker, venison stew served at the Heritage Fish Camp, and a seasonal fried smelt dinner and dessert made with local blueberries at the Wreaths Across America gym. Airline Brewing Co. will also be offering their Maine-brewed beer this year!

Before the Smelt Fry, consider going for a hike nearby with Downeast Coastal Conservancy at Ingersoll Point in Addison. Maine Master Naturalists, Walter and Carol Muth will help lead a group hike, highlighting the developing splashes of spring throughout the preserve on Saturday, 4/21 at 9am. Visit http://downeastcoastalconservancy.org/events-calendar/ for more information on the hike.

Share your Smelt Fry pics using #smeltfry #worldfishmigrationday

We hope you can join us for our annual Smelt Fry & World Fish Migration Day Celebration!

Details

Date:
April 21
Time:
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2034702773484283

Organizer

DownEast Acadia

Venue

Downeast Salmon Federation
187 Main St
Columbia Falls, ME 04623United States
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Where To Buy Organic Food in Machias, Maine

Where To Buy Organic Food in Machias, Maine

There are several sources of organic foods in the Machias area of Maine.  And that’s not even counting the myriad of farmer’s markets and roadside stands that dot the landscape during the warmer months.

 

Whole Life Natural Market

Although their produce selection can be a bit limited at times, they are an excellent source for organic and natural grocery products, cleaning products,  and pet products, as well as vitamins and herbs.  They also have a good variety of organic or sulfate free wines.

Some of the best kept secrets about Whole Live Natural Market

–They have an excellent selection of local gift items — need to bring home a small gift for your pet sitter?  You’ll find it here.

–One half of the store is dedicated to a small cafe which has excellent food.

–They have a ‘lending library’ of books

For folks that live locally, they have a co-op buying club.

4 Colonial Way, Store 3, Machias, ME 04654 (Address formerly known as 80 Main Street)

Phone: 207-255-8855 ~ Fax: 207-255-8866

Email: info@wholelifemarket.comhttps://www.wholelifemarket.com/

Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Closed Sunday

 

Machias Marketplace

This is a small space that holds, basically fresh-from-the-farm produce and local baked goods (and chocolates!).  It is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays year-round at 10am (winter hours close at 4pm).  Starting in the spring, hours will increase and Saturday mornings will be added.

If it corresponds with your vacation schedule, you can order online the week before your stay from their extensive special order list and pick it up on Thursday.  (email me for more details)

Bonus:  The space is used for Yoga and Tai Chi other days of the week!

291 Main Street. Behind Posh
Machias, Maine 04654

Hannafords

The main grocery store in Machias surprisingly has a good variety of organic and/or local produce, as well as a small natural food section (about 1/3 of an aisle).
149 Dublin St, Machias, ME 04654
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Cocktail of the week — Frozen Berry Martini

Cocktail of the week — Frozen Berry Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz  strawberry infused vodka
  • 2 oz white creme de cacao
  • 5 oz strawberries about 1 cup, fresh or frozen
  • 3 oz of vanilla ice cream 2 full scoops

 

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender with 1 cup of ice, and process until smooth.

  2. Pour the cocktail in the prepared glasses and garnish with a fresh strawberry (or, even better — a chocolate dipped strawberry).

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A great cafe and shop in Machias, Maine

A great cafe and shop in Machias, Maine

Just because Washington County, Maine is sparsely populated, doesn’t mean that you can’t find specialty items.   One such store is the fabulous Whole Life Natural Market and the tiny Saltwater Cafe located inside the store.

Located at 4 Colonial Way in downtown Machias, they are open six days per week (closed Sundays).  They carry most of the natural foods products that you may be familiar with at your local natural food store, but they also carry many, many local items (it’s my go-to place to purchase little local gifts for friends and family members).  They also have a table with lots of local resources and a lending library.  And… perhaps best of all… they have a good selection of local and organic wines.

The cafe is open for lunch and has sandwiches, soups and yummy desserts.  Follow their Facebook page – they post their menu daily.

Their web page – wholelifemarket.com

Their phone is – 207-255-8855

email – info@wholelifemarket.com

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The best coffee in DownEast Maine

The best coffee in DownEast Maine

I, personally, own two vacation rental properties in Down East Maine… both in Machiasport.  I love being a host and love to make our guests’ stay special. Whenever I can, I leave a little welcome gift for my guests.  Most often, whenever available, it’s locally roasted Bold Coast Coffee.

The local coffee company is a family affair, with the beans roasted in the family patriarch’s garage turned roaster.  I was lucky enough to have a tour of it a few years back and the spotlessly clean little ‘factory’ smelled just heavenly.  The beans are sourced in Costa Rica, on a farm owned by the coffee company where the beans are picked by hand — so there is a direct link straight from the plant to the coffee cup.

The coffee is available in several roasts — from decaf to espresso and everything in between.

It is available for purchase at several stores in Maine (listed below)  and also from the website.

A2Z PROVISIONS
BARING GIFTS @ KNOCK ON WOOD
BEST WINES
DAILY PERCH CAFE
EAT LOCAL EASTPORT CO-OP
BLUE YONDER GIFT SHOP
FIVE ISLANDS FARM
GEORGIE KENDALL
GORHAM GRIND
IPSWICH BAY SOAP COMPANY
IRONBOUND RESTAURANT
LAKESIDE ORCHARDS
MACHIAS HARDWARE COMPANY
MANNAFORD’S IGA
MONICA’S CHOCOLATES
PEACOCK HOUSE
R & M IGA
RAVENS NEST
RIVERSIDE TAKE OUT
SULLIVAN HARBOR FARM SMOKEHOUSE
TASTEFUL THINGS
THE FRENCH CELLAR
THE MAINE COFFEE BAR
THE STORE AMPERSAND
TILLER & RYE
WHITING BAY BED & BREAKFAST
WICKED AWESOME MAINE VACATION RENTALS
WORLD FAMOUS SCHNITZEL WAGON
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The Best Spot For A Selfie in DownEast Maine

The Best Spot For A Selfie in DownEast Maine

 

Have you seen the giant blueberry in downeast Maine?  Giant blueberry?  Yup.

Wild Blueberry Land Gift Shop and Mini Golf is in Columbia Falls, Maine.

As you drive up Route 1 between Ellsworth and Machias, you suddenly come up a large blueberry, which is actually a bakery and gift shop for…. wait for it… all things blueberry, of course.

The first thing that will draw you into the store is the aroma wafting through the screen door.  The store sells blueberry pies and blueberry scones, always freshly baked.

Although it looks like a throwback to the tourist traps of the 1950’s, the giant fruit is much younger — built in 2001.  Besides the bakery, they also stock jams, jellies, honey, vinegar and other food items.   It’s your one-stop shopping for gifts, both food and the traditional t-shirts, magnets, coffee mugs, and other cool Maine-themed items.

The owners, “Farmer Dell and Chef Marie” Emerson, stress the difference between blueberries and WILD blueberries.  They describe wild blueberries as:

The Wild Blueberry is one of only three fruits native to North America. The other two are the cranberry and the wild grape. Wild Blueberries are grown on a two year cycle, harvesting every other year. These rare gems grow on the glacial soils that provide perfect conditions to prosper in this Northeast corridor of America.  In the fall we burn our fields to control the competition and prepare for the harvest in the following year.  This trick was taught to the settlers by the Native Americans, who held the Wild Blueberry in high esteem.  The Wild Blueberry has been proven to provide many health benefits, can be used to preserve meats and other foods, and is absolutely delicious. Maine has been blessed with this completely natural, wild, wonderful treasure.

Wild Blueberry Land is open seven days a week in summer and weekends in autumn.

Visit their website for nutritional tips like this one:

According to Talking “Superfoods” with Nutrition Expert Regan Jones “Wild Blueberries and other “superfoods” may help you lose weight, boost your mood, lower your cholesterol, and they’re real foods, not overly processed foods meant to mimic the nutrient that they’re promoting. Foods like eggs for protein, beans for fiber, sweet potato for vitamin A, salmon for omega-3s and of course, wild blueberries for antioxidants are the “superfoods” that people should be eating. Wild Blueberries are great cooked down into a sauce with a bit of water and balsamic vinegar as a topping over roasted pork.  They can also be used to make chia blueberry seed jam to spread on toast. Mix them into yogurt and granola or throw them into a smoothie. Some fruits are better if they are frozen. In the case of Wild Blueberries, since they’re picked and frozen at the peak of freshness, all the nutrients are locked in. Fresh may be picked at the right time but often loses nutrients during travel time and while sitting on store shelves. When choosing fresh, look for as local as possible.”

 

WILD BLUEBERRY LAND

1067 US HWY 1

COLUMBIA FALLS, ME 04623

(207) 483- BLUE (2583)

Farm number: (207) 483-3884

 

 

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Wine Tasting in DownEast Maine

Wine Tasting in DownEast Maine

YES.  There are wineries in Maine.  In fact, there is an entire Wine Trail in Maine. The wine trail tagline is ‘worth the trip’ and we agree – well worth the trip.

Currently, there are over twenty different wineries all over Maine as part of the Wine Trail.  These are spread out, of course, across all of the state of Maine – it would be some task to visit them all.  (And I’m not saying not to do it… I know that I’d be up for the task!).

Several of the wineries are in the DownEast region.  These include:

BARTLETT MAINE ESTATE WINERY & SPIRITS OF MAINE DISTILLERY

Our tasting room is a beautiful destination in its own right. Located in Gouldsboro on the Schoodic Peninsula, halfway between Ellsworth and the Petit Manon Wildlife Refuge, we’re housed in a unique, handwrought stone building. We’re just a short drive from picturesque Maine villages and spectacular coastal views and beaches. So come experience a whole new generation of fruit wines and bring home a delicious memory to savor—in more ways than one.

175 Chicken Mill Pond Rd.
Gouldsboro, ME 04607
(207) 546-2408
www.bartlettwinery.com

 

BAR HARBOR CELLARS

Wine tastings occur all day long during the season. For $5 you may choose up to 6 samples from our wine list. White grapes, red grapes, and specialty wines are the categories including the Ice Wine, which is a smaller sample. You may keep track of the wines you try and when you finish you have a list to take with you to choose the wines you would like to purchase. Purchasing 3 bottles saves you $3.00 and you get to take home a carrier with Sweet Pea’s likeness on it. After the tasting, you will be offered a Cider House hard apple cider sample using 7 Maine apples from New Glouster. It is done in the English style which is to the dry side. It is available in “Howler”-sized jugs which should be drunk within 5 days. Remember wine always makes a great gift as do our sundry items.

854 State Highway 3
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3907
www.barharborcellars.com

 

SHALOM ORGANIC ORCHARD FARM & WINERY

We are located high on a ridge with beautiful views surrounding the farm. To the east the sun rises over our East Orchard and the Schoodic mountains; to the south stretches Frenchman’s Bay and the mountains of Mount Desert; to the west, the sun sets behind our West Orchard and the hills of Dedham & Bangor. We are located about 35 minutes from Bar Harbor and the Nova Scotia ferry, within sight are several beautiful lakes to enjoy water recreation and fishing. Nearby enjoy our lovely woods, or trails to hike the Schoodic Mountains. In the winter, there are ponds for ice-skating, snowmobile trails nearby, and bountiful opportunities for cross-country skiing.

158 Eastbrook Rd. (Rte 200)
Franklin, ME 04634
(207) 565-2312
www.shalomorchard.com

 

CATHERINE HILL WINERY

661 Blackswoods Rd.
Cherryfield, ME 04622
(207) 546-3426
www.catherinehillwinery.com

It was a dreary downeast day in November of 2010. Almost by accident we stumbled upon an abandoned , weathered farmstead. Seemingly forgotten by time, and in serious need of intervention, this deserted, neglected place whispered to us. The barn in particular, held fast by post and beam and peg, seemed a fine space in which to launch our small winery. Paired with a local ghostly legend, we had the impetus for creating Catherine Hill Winery. The project was set in motion, and following a thorough conversion of the barn to wine making facility, we crushed our first grapes in this new world. We opened with six wines in the spring 2012, and are extremely proud to currently offer more than 15 uniquely crafted wines.

Most of the wineries offer tours and tasting rooms.  Some are open only seasonally, so make sure you contact them or check on their website before you head out.

 

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