Wine Tasting in DownEast Maine

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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:


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



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



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



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

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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I Found The Best Bakery in DownEast Maine

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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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This Is My Favourite Cocktail Bar in DownEast Maine

This Is My Favourite Cocktail Bar in DownEast Maine

Skywalkers Bar and Grill is a small local bar with good food, good drinks and friendly people.  It’s sort of the Machias version of Cheers — walk in the first time a stranger, then every subsequent visit, you become a regular and everyone really will know your name.

Besides eat and drink, Skywalkers offers entertainment on most nights — everything from local musicians, to non-alcoholic nights for teens to touring acts (coming in February — a male revue!).

Skywalkers is located at 86 Maine Street in  Machias.


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The Perfect Picnic Spot in Maine

Bad little Falls Park, Machias

Bad Little Falls Park Machias

I owned property for at least a year in Machiasport before I ever stopped at Bad Little Falls Park in Machias.  What a treasure.  If you are heading east on Rt 1, it is the last right turn before you go over the river into downtown.  There is a small parking area for 4-5 cars.  The park is hidden — not really visible from the road — there is a pedestrian bridge over the falls.  The falls are spectacular as they crash over the rocks — you really can’t appreciate them unless you are on foot.  There are several decks, gardens and picnic areas.

Since I discovered it, it’s become my go-to spot to pack up a lunch and eat in a beautiful setting before running my other in-town errands.

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The Best Burger in Maine

The Best Burger in Maine

Helen’s Restaurant in Machias Maine is already known for their amazing pies.  But their newest addition to the menu is a truly memorable burger.

I am pretty adventurous when it comes to food.  I figure that all strange combinations need to be tasted — either they are awful or they are delicious.  In this case… delicious.  Blueberries, bacon, and goat cheese make the perfect sweet/salty combination.

The burger — The Blue Goat.

Fresh Angus burger

grilled onions


Meka’s blueberry jam

Raye’s blueberry mustard

Garden Side Dairy goat cheese

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