Join Sandy for a relaxing Forest Bathing Walk along Frazer Point Picnic Area.
50% of proceeds for this walk shall go to local Winter Harbor organizations: SACC, ACWC, SI and SAFA.
Special Offer of only $20.
(Regular fee in Season is $40)
Space is limited.
Please RSVP at least 12 hours in advance. Tea and snacks shall be served. Once filled, you may be added to a wait list. Carpooling is highly recommended due to FREE Admission ~ Acadia National Park Days.
Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
“The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers and veterans to celebrate some important moments for our parks and opportunities for service in those parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.
The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and includes national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state.
Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion, which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.
Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
Yancy’s Pizza is located at 332 North Street in Calais, Maine. They offer great pizza and casual meals — subs, salads, comfort foods, Italian. A few years ago they relocated to this sunny new location.
Click here for hours and info. but you can view the menu here.
A great spot for a picnic!
East Machias’ town center rises on hills flanking both sides of a narrow, boulder-strewn stretch of the East Machias River. A bridge leads from the rail-trail to narrow Mill Park along the opposite bank. A sign lists successive mills that stood here, and old mill parts are displayed, sculpture-like. The village’s two bridges create a nice walking loop. As in neighboring Machias and Machiasport, wonderful federal and Victorian-era architecture is all about. Not to be missed: Washington Academy’s 1823 main building and the soaring 1836 First Congregational Church.
The oh-so-interesting phenomenon of reversing falls can be seen in the narrows between Dennys Bay and Cobscook Bay in Pembroke, Maine.
Because the tides in the area are among the worlds highest tides, that, combined with the large rock ledge, makes the falls appear to reverse several times per day.
Fun Falls Facts:
*Reversing Falls is a town park.
*Historically it was a farmstead.
*The cemetery remains (on the right side).
*Opposing currents create reverse waterfall at low tide.
*There are strong currents at all sides.
*There is an old shipwreck on the left hand shore.
*Check the tide table to be there at low tide.
From Machias, it is about a 45 minute drive north on Route 1 to Pembroke.
It is a right hand turn off of the highway just before the post office (if you pass it, turn around at the gas station).
After turning right off route 1 north, go to the end of the road, turn right then a quick left onto Leighton Point Road where there is a sign (well, sometimes not) that says “Reversing Falls”.
Go 3 3/10 mile up that road and take the right onto Clarkside Road. There is also a sign that says “Reversing Falls & Cobscook Trails” (high up on a telephone pole).
Follow that to the end and take a left at the intersection.
Follow that to the end (about 1 1/2 miles on a dirt road).
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.
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.”
The tiny town of Machiasport is home to about 1000 residents. I don’t think there currently are any stores in the town – that’s how small it is. Machiasport is comprised by several villages including Starboard, Larrabee, Bucks Harbor and the actual village of Machiasport. As you travel down Route 92 through the pine trees, you will go around the bend where the road meets the ocean and there you are… in the village. Currently, the village is home to the Machiasport Historical Society and beautiful Liberty Hall which is being lovingly restored.
According to Wikipedia:
Liberty Hall is set on the west side of Port Road (Maine Route 92) in the dispersed village center of Machiasport. It stands on a rise, facing east toward the Machias River. It is a two-story wood frame structure, with a front-facing gable roof, clapboard siding, and a stone foundation. The roof is topped at the front by a small tower, which has an elaborately-decorated open belvidere (viewing platform) with round-arch openings and quoined corner supports, topped by a mansard roof and weathervane. The roof is a replica of the building’s original, which was at one time replaced by a shallow-pitch pyramidal roof. The main facade is symmetrical, with a center double-door entrance topped by a lintel with bracketed molding. Flanking the entrance are doubled sash windows, taller versions of which rise on the second floor. The central second floor windows have round-arch tops. Similar windows adorn the sides, all capped with stylistically similar lintels. The building corners are quoined at the first level, and pilastered at the second. The interior is arranged with a vestibule area in the front, a meeting space on the first floor, and a performance auditorium with stage on the second floor.
Construction of the hall was authorized by the town meeting in 1873, and the building was completed the following year by Andrew Gilson, a Machias contractor and politician. The hall was used not just for town meetings, but also served as a venue for community events, meetings of community organizations such as the Grange, and as a performance venue for traveling shows. The town closed the building in 2000 due to structural conditions, and renovation efforts are currently underway by the Friends of Liberty Hall. The exterior has been restored (included the restoration of the tower’s original appearance), and funds are being raised to restore the interior