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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Seal Cove Auto Museum – Mount Desert Island

Seal Cove Auto Museum – Mount Desert Island

The Seal Cove Auto Museum fosters joyful experiences for people of all ages and interests. Our collection features some of the earliest automobiles and motorcycles, as well as clothing and accessories, from 1895 through the early 1920s. Antique auto enthusiasts, history buffs, as well as anyone who simply loves stories or wants to experience something entirely different, will delight in this unique collection.
Inspired by over 50 vehicles, the Museum shares exciting stories about this transformational time in American history. Stories about invention and innovation, art, design, women’s rights, and social and economic changes can be traced through the early automobile, when inventors were experimenting with steam, electricity, and gas-powered engines. The Seal Cove Auto Museum shares these stories — the innovation, ingenuity, and the power of imagination — that created these vehicles and transformed life in America.
The current exhibit, Auto Wars: Then & Now, explores the debate a century ago over whether or not to allow cars on Mount Desert Island, and how the ultimate decision in 1916 forever changed the nature of MDI. The exhibit is presented in a “choose your own adventure” style, allowing YOU to decide whether you are for or against cars, and follow either the pro- or anti-auto arguments to explore the impact of community decisions on the landscape.
The Museum hosts many programs and events throughout the year including demonstration days, Cars & Coffees, dances, dinners, kids’ activities, and more. Visit our website for more information.
.https://www.sealcoveautomuseum.org/

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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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Maine Beer Trail

Maine Beer Trail

Taken from the VisitMaine website. Please check the website for more information.
https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/dining-and-nightlife/the-maine-beer-trail/

In the mid-1980s, when Dave Geary sold his first pints of Geary’s Pale Ale, there were only 13 craft breweries in the entire United States. Today, Maine has around 50 breweries crafting hundreds of unique beers. Yes, it’s a competitive field, but it’s also a close-knit and friendly one. Maybe it’s our coastal location, but they’ve all got a “rising tide raises all boats” philosophy. It’s in that spirit that the Maine Brewers Guild was founded.

GRAB YOUR PASSPORT
That spirit, and Maine’s very distinctive hospitality, combined in 2009 with the creation of the Maine Beer Trail. It connects nearly 50 craft breweries, both inland and on the coast. Visit Rocky Coast Brewing in Ogunquit or Kennebec River Pub & Brewery in The Forks, Black Bear Microbrew in Orono or The Bag and Kettle Brewpub at the top of Sugarloaf. Be sure to grab a Maine Beer Trail Passport when you hit the road. Visit 10 breweries, and you’ll be rewarded with a Brewers’ Guild hat; 20 breweries gets you a t-shirt.

You can enjoy the Maine Beer Trail even if no one in your party is willing to make the noble sacrifice of being the designated driver. Take a guided tour with The Maine Brew Bus, complete with beer, snacks, tours and, yes, beer trivia. Or just stick to Portland. There are nearly a dozen breweries just a short walk or cab ride apart, including Shipyard Brewing Co, Sebago and—note the name—Rising Tide Brewing Company.

WHATEVER YOUR THIRST
Maine’s breweries are located all over the map, not just literally, but figuratively as well. At Friars’ Brewhouse in Bucksport, Brother Donald Paul of the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary brews his trademark Whoopie Pie Porter. Penobscot Bay Brewery in Winterport uses the beer they brew to make their signature beer-flavored ice cream. And in a rustic space on Portland’s waterfront, In’finiti Fermentation & Distillation not only brews beer, but distills their own vodka, whiskey and rum.

Maine may have a crazily diverse selection of breweries, but they all share one common theme: They’re serious about making an absolutely great product.

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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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