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Making the Most of Midcoast Maine

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I have been visiting Midcoast Maine as a New York escapee since I was a very wee lad. My family found an old farmhouse in a quiet dairy farm community, a perch from which we've watched as 'civilization' has crept further and further up the coast. The midcoast hasn't been immune to change, but it has certainly clung to old habits, which is one of its most enrapturing (and frustrating) qualities.
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12 Purple Heart Hwy, Brooks, ME 04921, USA
When I asked for the story of Ralph's Cafe, I got a laugh line that, while well practiced, smacks a whole lot of the truth. “We bought it,” said Mike, the steadfast man doing everything but cooking, “because then we wouldn't have to look for jobs....
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13 Oak Hill Rd, Belfast, ME 04915, USA
With Mack Page in charge, you get a strong sense you've got a well-oiled machine. Which is just as it should be, given his stolid, green-and-red, 70-ton, 1946 diesel electric locomotive emblazoned with a moose head and 'B&ML' (Belfast and...
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35 Main St, Belfast, ME 04915, USA
On a hot summer day in downtown Belfast, Maine – the small, midcoast, ex-seafaring and ex-industrial city near the northern tip of Penobscot Bay – to slake a thirst or satisfy a sweet tooth, I'd head to Daves' [sic] Old Fashioned Soda Fountain and...
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40 Marshall Wharf, Belfast, ME 04915, USA
There is another beer with the city's name on it, but don't be misled; the only brewery now truly native to Belfast, Maine, is Marshall Wharf. With a rotating showcase of more than 40 varieties to its name – everything from a low-alcohol kolsch to...
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Camden, ME, USA
Start the day with the Farnsworth Art Museum and then hike the state park to take in gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains meeting the sea. After window-shopping in the fishing village, take a drive to the classic 1920's Moody's Diner. Whether...
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Camden Harbor, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Camden, Maine is a great place to visit in the summertime. 'Where the mountains meet the sea' is it's moniker, and it's very true. It's the first place on the eastern seaboard where the mountains do meet the sea, with Mount Battie being seen in...
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280 Belfast Rd, Camden, ME 04843, USA
Most people who go to Camden Hills drive right up Mount Battie, which is a nice drive with a great view of the harbor. But the park has so much else to explore. The Ocean View Trail is a particularly excellent choice. It is fairly strenuous, but...
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1986 Western Rd, Warren, ME 04864, USA
I have lived in Mid-Coast Maine for quite a while now, and I saw the hand painted signs for Beth's Farm Market for easily several years before I finally went there to see for myself what they might have in store. I can't believe I waited so long!...
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Muddy Pond, Damariscotta, ME 04543, USA
Maine is known for its ponds. And don't let the word "pond" fool you into thinking that's a small place. A pond can be as big as any lake you might imagine. And believe me when I tell you, there're fish in those ponds. Big ones. So rent a canoe,...
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Damariscotta, ME, USA
In October in Maine, it's mushroom hunting season. Eastern Europeans know what I'm talking about. Bring a bucket, or just hold your shirt out like a plate and fill 'er up, then go home and make sure none of them are poisonous (!) and enjoy! Eat...
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2 Elm St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, USA
Whether you enjoy your Pemaquid oysters practically at the very source of the oyster itself, at King Eider's at the oyster bar upstairs (a great pub and restaurant in small but vibrant Damariscotta, Maine) or one of the other fine eating...
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Muscongus Bay, Maine, USA
Well, that's not exactly true. They serve you a lobster with a corn on the cob, or if you have a kid who won't eat lobster, they'll slap a hot dog in a bun for you. They do have steamers or muscles steamed up in a muslin bag and served as is in a...
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Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, USA
We call them DART (Disappearing America Road Trip) and the whole point is to find the things that are disappearing before you can no longer find them at all. Here an eight lane alley with the counter service for burgers and grilled cheese still...
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132 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay, ME 04537, USA
Since opening in 2007 with 128 acres and 3,600 feet of tidal shorefront, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has grown to a whopping 295 acres. Equal parts masterful and magical, the gardens comprise formal plantings and themed gardens, woodland...