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Guidebook for Blue Hill

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Guidebook for Blue Hill

Dining
The best fine dining in Blue Hill – excellent food and service in a refined, traditional New England cape house.
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Arborvine
33 Main Street
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The best fine dining in Blue Hill – excellent food and service in a refined, traditional New England cape house.
Award-winning Mexican cuisine on the coast of Maine? Yes! I would suggest you lunch early as they do fill up!
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EL EL FRIJOLES, Mexican Food
41 Caterpillar Hill Road
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Award-winning Mexican cuisine on the coast of Maine? Yes! I would suggest you lunch early as they do fill up!
Great breakfast and lunch to eat in or take out.
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The Harbor House
27 Water St
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Great breakfast and lunch to eat in or take out.
The Pub (enter from the rear garden) has an old-private-club feel but the staff make you feel like an instant member. The food & drinks are great too.
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The Brooklin Inn
22 Reach Road
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The Pub (enter from the rear garden) has an old-private-club feel but the staff make you feel like an instant member. The food & drinks are great too.
Reliably great food & atmosphere in an impressive shingle-style manor house.
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Barncastle Hotel + Restaurant
125 South St
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Reliably great food & atmosphere in an impressive shingle-style manor house.
By day, it's a delicious & charming lunch spot with great views over the whole waterfront.
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The Wharf Restaurant & Bar
15 Sea Street
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By day, it's a delicious & charming lunch spot with great views over the whole waterfront.
Classic Maine coast fare, authentic & local.
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Fish Net
162 Main Street
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Classic Maine coast fare, authentic & local.
There's almost always a line to get in but it does move along – try to arrive just before 11:30 to be toward the front if you want an outside table. Walk to or around the pond after lunch!
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Jordan Pond House Restaurant
2928 Park Loop Road
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There's almost always a line to get in but it does move along – try to arrive just before 11:30 to be toward the front if you want an outside table. Walk to or around the pond after lunch!
Incredible ingredients, location & service lead by Chef Devin Finigan, whose fine dining menu reflects the seasonal flavors of the coastal region and her own creative culinary palate. www.aragostamaine.com
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Aragosta at Goose Cove
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Incredible ingredients, location & service lead by Chef Devin Finigan, whose fine dining menu reflects the seasonal flavors of the coastal region and her own creative culinary palate. www.aragostamaine.com
My favorite casual bistro in Blue Hill, with unique space, gracious service and delicious dining.
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locals recommend
The Thurston Co.
66 Main St
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My favorite casual bistro in Blue Hill, with unique space, gracious service and delicious dining.
Great pub food, including fish & chips, burgers, curries, and a good array of local craft brews.
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DeepWater Brewing Company
33 Tenney Hill
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Great pub food, including fish & chips, burgers, curries, and a good array of local craft brews.
Beautiful space, great menu & service
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PROVENDER KITCHEN + BAR
112 Main St
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Beautiful space, great menu & service
Really interesting and delicious array of craft brews In a converted factory — and the food truck in the courtyard is fantastic too!
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Fogtown Brewing Company
25 Pine St
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Really interesting and delicious array of craft brews In a converted factory — and the food truck in the courtyard is fantastic too!
Incredible menu and service are bringing people into this tiny and charming village for dinner — if you go early, don’t miss the lighthouse and bell tower overlooking Penobscot Bay, in nearby Fort Point State Park.
T H E H I C H B O R N
10 Church St
Incredible menu and service are bringing people into this tiny and charming village for dinner — if you go early, don’t miss the lighthouse and bell tower overlooking Penobscot Bay, in nearby Fort Point State Park.
Essentials
The finest produce and delicious breakfast & lunch cafe as well.
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Blue Hill Co-op
4 Ellsworth Rd
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The finest produce and delicious breakfast & lunch cafe as well.
Traditional supermarket peppered with produce from local purveyors.
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Tradewinds Marketplace
15 South Street
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Traditional supermarket peppered with produce from local purveyors.
The place to pick up one of their house-made specialty sandwiches, chowders or breads before heading out on a day sail or hike.
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Buck's Harbor Market
6 Cornfield Hill Road
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The place to pick up one of their house-made specialty sandwiches, chowders or breads before heading out on a day sail or hike.
Sometimes someone need a pill. Or sunscreen.
Rite Aid
17 South Street
Sometimes someone need a pill. Or sunscreen.
Shops
Knowledgable staff, amazing collection of wines & local beers, as well as the best local cheeses, coffee & charcuterie.
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Blue Hill Wine Shop
138 Main Street
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Knowledgable staff, amazing collection of wines & local beers, as well as the best local cheeses, coffee & charcuterie.
Sophisticated home goods & ladies wear.
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MAE llc
49 Main St
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Sophisticated home goods & ladies wear.
Not a more curious or fascinating little shop around, with an affable proprietor.
Marlinespike Chandlery
58 W Main St
Not a more curious or fascinating little shop around, with an affable proprietor.
Great collection for summer reading.
Dockside Books & Gifts
62 W Main St
Great collection for summer reading.
Artfully hand-crafted collection.
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Rackliffe Pottery
132 Ellsworth Rd
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Artfully hand-crafted collection.
Classic old general store with simple provisions.
Brooklin General Store
4 Reach Rd
Classic old general store with simple provisions.
Well-curated home goods, woven goods, and jewlery.
THREE WISHES
28 Water St
Well-curated home goods, woven goods, and jewlery.
Everything Else
Everyone needs a pharmacy at some point on vacation, right?
Rite Aid
17 South Street
Everyone needs a pharmacy at some point on vacation, right?
Sailing lessons for young or young-at-heart, in a beautiful stone building overlooking inner Blue Hill Harbor.
Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club
44 Kyc Ln
Sailing lessons for young or young-at-heart, in a beautiful stone building overlooking inner Blue Hill Harbor.
Arts & Culture
Storied art school in a truly stunning location – any art or architecture buff should explore this intriguing place.
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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
89 Haystack School Drive
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Storied art school in a truly stunning location – any art or architecture buff should explore this intriguing place.
Movies, concerts and, yes, operas!
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Opera House Arts
1 Opera House Ln
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Movies, concerts and, yes, operas!
Stunning classic & modern paintings & sculptures, knowledgeable gallerists.
Liros Gallery
14 Parker Point Rd
Stunning classic & modern paintings & sculptures, knowledgeable gallerists.
Well-curated collection of contemporary fine artists from near & far, in a large converted barn.
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Cynthia Winings Gallery
24 Parker Point Road
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Well-curated collection of contemporary fine artists from near & far, in a large converted barn.
Modern & contemporary art gallery & sculpture park.
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Modern & contemporary art gallery & sculpture park.
Movies & Metropolitan Opera simulcasts in a meticulously restored art-deco bijou.
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The Grand
165 Main Street
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Movies & Metropolitan Opera simulcasts in a meticulously restored art-deco bijou.
Drinks & Nightlife
Indoor-outdoor restaurant-bar generally filled with a great mix of locals & visitors.
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The Boatyard Grill
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Indoor-outdoor restaurant-bar generally filled with a great mix of locals & visitors.
The good kind of dive bar / fisherman's pub.
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Marlintini's Grill
83 Mines Road
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The good kind of dive bar / fisherman's pub.
Sightseeing
Take one of their renown boat-building classes, tour the publications center, browse their store, or walk down to the boathouse and to their 200' dock – the place is stunning, the staff are brilliant.
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Wooden Boat School
29 Naskeag Point Road
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Take one of their renown boat-building classes, tour the publications center, browse their store, or walk down to the boathouse and to their 200' dock – the place is stunning, the staff are brilliant.
Hiking trails among blueberry barrens atop one of the highest points on the peninsula, with views across Penobscot Bay.
Caterpillar Mountain
Hiking trails among blueberry barrens atop one of the highest points on the peninsula, with views across Penobscot Bay.
Highly recommend a day-sail charter – ask for Captain Scott Mills.
Buck's Harbor Marina
684 Coastal Road
Highly recommend a day-sail charter – ask for Captain Scott Mills.
It's the coast of Maine, you may want to see a working lighthouse.
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Dyce Head Lighthouse
1 Battle Avenue
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It's the coast of Maine, you may want to see a working lighthouse.
One of the oldest continuously operating boatbuilding outfits in America. Highly regarded crafts-men & -women.
Brooklin Boat Yard
44 Center Harbor Road
One of the oldest continuously operating boatbuilding outfits in America. Highly regarded crafts-men & -women.
Drive to the Lookout and make your way all the way out into the Flye Point field. Stunning. Classic Maine coast.
The Lookout
455 Flye Point Rd
Drive to the Lookout and make your way all the way out into the Flye Point field. Stunning. Classic Maine coast.
This "reversing falls" goes in or out with the tides – popular spot for kayakers & surfers alike. About an hour past the listed high-tide time, the waters come to a stunning stand-still, every day!
Blue Hill Falls
This "reversing falls" goes in or out with the tides – popular spot for kayakers & surfers alike. About an hour past the listed high-tide time, the waters come to a stunning stand-still, every day!
Two trails offer hikes over fields & thru well-managed woods to the massive-rock summit overlooking south-facing views of the peninsula & nearby archipelagos.
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Blue Hill Mountain Trail
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Two trails offer hikes over fields & thru well-managed woods to the massive-rock summit overlooking south-facing views of the peninsula & nearby archipelagos.
The traditional country fair, every year on Labor Day week, is a setting in E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, written just down the road at his Brooklin estate.
Blue Hill Fairgrounds
233 Ellsworth Road
The traditional country fair, every year on Labor Day week, is a setting in E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, written just down the road at his Brooklin estate.
The Downton Abbey of Hancock County, now a house museum & park.
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Woodlawn Museum
19 Black House Dr
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The Downton Abbey of Hancock County, now a house museum & park.
Visually stunning national treasure.
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Acadia National Park
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Visually stunning national treasure.
Take an elevator to the 400'-high observatory at the top of the west tower!
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Penobscot Narrows Bridge
U.S. 1
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Take an elevator to the 400'-high observatory at the top of the west tower!
Nothing quite like a 300-year old granite fort built to defend against the French, then the British, then the Germans –
Fort Knox Road
Nothing quite like a 300-year old granite fort built to defend against the French, then the British, then the Germans –
You can disembark here to hike this remote part of Acadia National Park, or stay on the boat for a round-trip & pay just half-fare. Ferry leaves from Stonington.
Duck Harbor Campground
You can disembark here to hike this remote part of Acadia National Park, or stay on the boat for a round-trip & pay just half-fare. Ferry leaves from Stonington.
No other beach quite like this one on the East Coast, nestled between massive rock outcroppings.
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Sand Beach
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No other beach quite like this one on the East Coast, nestled between massive rock outcroppings.
Relatively light hike, incredible flora & views over open Atlantic waters.
Great Head Trail (Acadia National Park)
Relatively light hike, incredible flora & views over open Atlantic waters.
Great place to picnic, watch sailboats ply the Eggemoggin Reach, and look back at the big Deer Isle Bridge.
Scott's Landing Preserve
North Deer Isle Road
Great place to picnic, watch sailboats ply the Eggemoggin Reach, and look back at the big Deer Isle Bridge.
• Lighthouse Tours • Seal Island Puffin Tours • Lobster Fishing Tours • Ferries Isle Au Haut, the most remote island of Acadia National Park We enjoy bringing a picnic lunch on a simple round trip ride back and forth to Isle au Haut on the ferry – you don't even have to get off the boat to enjoy the stunning views of the archipelago between Deer Isle and Isle au Haut. The quietude. The vistas. The salt air. The birds. Just ... that. http://isleauhautferryservice.com/
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Isle-Au-Haut Stonington Dock
37 Seabreeze Avenue
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• Lighthouse Tours • Seal Island Puffin Tours • Lobster Fishing Tours • Ferries Isle Au Haut, the most remote island of Acadia National Park We enjoy bringing a picnic lunch on a simple round trip ride back and forth to Isle au Haut on the ferry – you don't even have to get off the boat to enjoy the stunning views of the archipelago between Deer Isle and Isle au Haut. The quietude. The vistas. The salt air. The birds. Just ... that. http://isleauhautferryservice.com/