Reversing Falls in Pembroke, Maine

Pembroke Maine Reversing Falls

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).

Follow the trail through the fragrant forest.

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The best coffee in DownEast Maine

Bold Coast Coffee. Maine Vacation Rental

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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A Holiday Review of Featherbed Island House

Featherbed Island Snowy Sunrise

We spent a wonderful eleven days over Christmas and New Year at this beautiful property! The northeast was engulfed in a deep freeze, but the house itself was wonderfully warm. Our children (10, 8 and 6) loved having the property grounds to themselves for sledding, playing in the snow, checking out the ice in the cove, and finding animal tracks. We loved the house, in particular for it’s beautifully equipped kitchen and outstanding views. Lots of great books, music and games also supplied.

Machias has some great places to visit (Helen’s Restaurant, Whole Life Cafe and Food, and the French Cellar), and the area in general had plenty of good day trips despite the winter weather (the stunning Acadia National Park, the Roque Bluff State Park, the West Quoddy Lighthouse and State Park, and Cobscook Bay).

Owner Maria was very quick and easy to communicate with.

Would love to stay here again if we could – a truly memorable place to celebrate our first ever white Christmas.

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The Best Spot For A Selfie in DownEast Maine

Maine Vacation Rental Cottage

 

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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Tai Chi in Machias, Maine

Tai Chi Machias Maine

Tai Chi for Health –

Machias Marketplace (behind Posh), Route 1 Machias –

Mondays – 4:30-5:30 pm
Enjoy the gentle movements of this ancient Chinese practice, which builds better balance and calms the mind.  Open to all, no prior experience necessary.

$5  Suggested donation, though it’s ok to come for free

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A Little Bit Of History in DownEast Maine

Liberty Hall, Machiasport Maine

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.[2] 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

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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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SNOGA. Snow plus Yoga. Yes, it’s a thing.

SNOGA.  Snow plus Yoga.  Yes, it’s a thing.

If it has to do with snow and winter activities, you can bet that someone in Maine would have discovered it.  The newest craze is SNOGA — yoga in that fluffy white stuff we call snow.

I first heard of SNOGA through an article in the Bangor Daily News.  It was invented (I suppose) by Holly Twinning of Maine Yoga Adventures.  Yoga is done with some modifications — no poses lying down, and sometimes the use of snowshoes to help with balance. (However, the extra weight of snowshoes can also hinder balance-keeping on some poses).  I have to admit, I’ve never thought about doing a headstand with my head buried in snow, but it strangely appeals to me.

Maine Yoga Adventures is located in Orono, Maine (about a two hour drive from Machias).  Looking at their website, they offer amazing adventures, not just all over Maine, but all over the world:

Maine Huts & Trails Adventure
Ice Climb, Snowshoe & Soak Adventure
Katahdin Ascent Adventure
Winter Skidaddle Weekend Adventure
Tuscany Adventure

 

 

Maine Yoga Adventures
PO Box 502
Orono, Maine 04473
207-299-0082
maineyogaadventures@gmail.com

 

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I Found Some Wonderful Artwork in DownEast Maine

Expressions Art Gallery

There is no doubt, Maine attracts artists of all kinds — painters, musicians, craftsmen.  One store that is a treasure of local art is Expressions Gallery, located right on the main street of Machias, Maine.  The Gallery and Studio have over 30 artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their work.

Shoppers can find hundreds of locally made treasures, from photographs of the beautiful local landscape, wool afghans from local sheep, to jewelry and pottery.

As a bonus, the gallery offers tons of special events that are open to the public (with reservations).  They hold learning to knit groups and the very popular ‘sip and paint’ nights.  Contact them to arrange a private group event.

Expressions Art Gallery Expressions Art Gallery

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Wine Tasting in DownEast Maine

Maine Vacation Rental

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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