A Great Walk With A Dog in DownEast Maine

A Great Walk With A Dog in DownEast Maine

Downeast Sunrise Trail.

Access to the Downeast Sunrise Trail is just minutes away from most of our properties.  It is a multi-use corridor connecting eastern Maine and the head of the East Coast Greenway
from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida.  It is part of the ‘ice age’ trail.

That’s right.  You could feasibly take the pup for a walk down the entire eastern seaboard.

The trail has a website and facebook page where they update trail conditions — very important with winter snows and spring muds.

One of their newest features is an app where one can enhance the appreciation of the ice age.  This is what is written on the app’s website:

The Ice Age had a profound effect on the Maine landscape. This effect is very pronounced in the Down East region, where a vast sheet of glacial ice sculpted Cadillac and surrounding mountains, carved out the Sommes Sound fjord, and left spectacular sand barrens.

The Ice Age Trail is comprised of the finest and most accessible of these features. It follows the margins of the last great North American continental ice sheet and coincides with many Down East tourist attractions.

We invite you to use this interactive trail map and guide to enhance your appreciation of the Maine landscape during your next visit or to take a virtual tour. In either case, we hope the time you spend here will be both informative and enjoyable for you.

REMEMBER TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PET.

 

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3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera in DownEast Maine

3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera in DownEast Maine
  1. Machiasport Town Pier in Bucks Harbor.

  1. Route 182 Frankin to Cherryfield in autumn

Franklin Maine

 

  1. Campobello Island

Campobello Island

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I Found The Best Bakery in DownEast Maine

I Found The Best Bakery in DownEast Maine

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.  I am ALWAYS the person to try out a new bakery and make it my mission in life to try to stop at every bakery that I pass on every roadtrip that I take.  There are so many wonderful little shops that have tasty goodies, it’s hard to pin down just one.  Luckily, we don’t have to, do we?   We can just narrow it down to area or town.

So what is my favorite bakery in DownEast Maine?  I would have to say Moose Island Bakery in Eastport.  Located right on the main street – Water Street – you’ll see it in one of the historic old buildings.  Walk in and you’ll think you died and went to sugar heaven — the windowed counter is fully of sweet confections .  They have breads and cakes and cupcakes and scones.  Settle in with the local newspaper or the free wifi, some coffee and enjoy a breakfast pastry or savory croissant.  On clear days, enjoy the waterfront deck and views to Campobello Island and maybe even a whale or two!

Just see if you can resist sweet confections called Snowballs, Chocoholic’s Choice, French Creme Puffs and, of course, the Maine traditional Whoopie Pie.  Their motto is “Life is short; eat dessert first.”

When you visit the website, make sure to make note of their webcam — check out the weather, the views, the birds out over the ocean.

The drive to Eastport is about an hour drive from Machias and 90 minutes from Milbridge. They are Monday through Saturday from 6:30am to 4pm and Sunday from 8am to 2pm. They are closed for inclement weather.

Some Google reviews are:
I go here a lot. Very friendly. I especially love drinking coffee on their deck on a summer day. My husband says they have the best cinammon rolls he’s ever eaten. Believe me, he’s eaten lots of them!

Some of the yummiest macaroons, peanut butter brownies I have had in a long time

Great customer service and great selection. Highly recommend this place!

Delicious baked goods, but go early in the day as things do sell out.

We always stop for cafe and treat… It has become a tradition for its great bakery. And a plus if you are sitting out and you spot a whale!

 

 

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Raye’s Mustard Mill – Eastport, Maine

Raye’s Mustard Mill – Eastport, Maine

Winner of the Maine Tourism Association’s Down East and Acadia Regional Tourism Award!

TOUR THE RAYE’S MUSTARD MILL

Fourth-generation owners Kevin and Karen Raye and their friendly staff are happy to provide tours of The Mill and invite visitors to sample each of the small batch crafted mustard flavors. For those who visit when The Mill is not in operation, a video allows visitors to get a glimpse of the mustard-making process.

RAYE’S PANTRY STORE
A GENERAL STORE FULL OF GIFTS AND MORE

The Pantry Store, located at the front of the mill, is a well-stocked gift shop featuring the full range of Raye’s internationally acclaimed yellow and brown mustards, as well as Maine-made food products, gifts and locally-produced arts and crafts. Both The Mill and Pantry Store are popular tourist attractions and are open year-round – visitors are always welcome!

https://rayesmustard.com/

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McCurdy Smokehouse Museum – Lubec, Maine

McCurdy Smokehouse Museum – Lubec, Maine

Please check the website for more information…http://lubeclandmarks.org/index.html
The McCurdy Smokehouse, located in Lubec Maine, was the last traditional smoked-herring facility in the United States when it closed its doors in 1991. On July 15, 1993, the McCurdy Smokehouse complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Lubec Landmarks, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was incorporated in 1995 and obtained the McCurdy Smokehouse complex the same year. Today, Lubec Landmarks maintains the property and has developed a museum about the fishing industry in the skinning/packing shed and is working to preserve the other buildings.

Gallery, Gift Shop and Smokehouse Museum hours:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily

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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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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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Summers End Folk Festival, August 18-19

Summers End Folk Festival, August 18-19

Well, it’s not REALLY the end of summer, is it?

Summers End Folk Festival is situated on the small island of Grand Manan, nestled in the south western corner of New Brunswick, Canada – the SEFF is a festival founded on creativity, the arts and bringing music into the community of Grand Manan.

Summers End Folk Festival, now headed into its eighth year was started with the hopes of being the basis of many ongoing opportunities and beginnings in the arts community on the Island. At the heart of the festival you’ll find two things, a love for good music as well as the people of this community. This is our way of trying to do something positive and beautiful within the community.

Summers End is a festival spanning two days (August 18 + 19, 2017). We host a wide range of performers both new and established. This years festival will consist of 10-15 performers over two nights in an intimate outdoor setting, just
steps away from the ocean.

The festival attracts anywhere from 400 – 600 attendees, both local and from abroad – for many people this is a chance to take in both amazing artists as well as some of the most beautiful scenery eastern Canada has to offer (the bay of Fundy is one of the seven wonders of the world!).

http://summersendfolkfestival.tumblr.com/about for more info.

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Roosevelt Cup Yacht Race – Aug 19 and 20th

Roosevelt Cup Yacht Race – Aug 19 and 20th

The Passamaquoddy Yacht Club sponsors several races per season. This one starts off Campobello Island and is a two day race, followed by one of the best parties of the year! Race awards, delicious food, good company! Starts at 4 pm EST at Prince Cottage in Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
http://www.passamaquoddyyachtclub.org/ for more info.

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Moose Island Bakery – Eastport, Maine

Moose Island Bakery – Eastport, Maine

Welcome to Moose Island Bakery. Locally owned and operated, Moose Island Bakery has been satisfying Eastport’s sweet tooth since 2011. We make a wide variety of pastries, creative cakes, breads, cookies, brownies, breakfast sandwiches, and other baked goods to tantalize your taste buds.

Moose Island Bakery is located in beautiful, historic downtown Eastport, Maine, the eastern most city in the United States. The bakery is situated at 75 Water Street and overlooks the waterfront and Campobello Island across the bay.

OPEN YEAR ROUND!

Come on in and enjoy a fresh muffin, or maybe a slice of our chocoholic’s choice, with a fresh hot cup of coffee while sitting on our spacious deck watching the ships pass in the bay. You may even be fortunate enough to see a whale or two that frequent the bay in the summer.
Moose Island Bakery opened its doors on July 1st, 2011. In addition to a full line of baked goodies, our bakery offers breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and Internet service at our waterfront location.

http://www.mooseislandbakery.com/

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