Kathryn’s guidebook

Kathryn

Kathryn’s guidebook

Food scene
Small but nice deck by the tidal river, great fish chowder, some eclectic menu items, boiled lobster, lots of PIE, but a long wait if you don’t get there early for dinner.
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Helen's Restaurant
111 Main Street
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Small but nice deck by the tidal river, great fish chowder, some eclectic menu items, boiled lobster, lots of PIE, but a long wait if you don’t get there early for dinner.
Riverside Takeout has great crab rolls, lobster rolls, and organic salads, but their hours are limited. You can find them on Facebook. If you are really lucky, they might be serving their fried scallops as a special.
Riverside Takeout
Riverside Takeout has great crab rolls, lobster rolls, and organic salads, but their hours are limited. You can find them on Facebook. If you are really lucky, they might be serving their fried scallops as a special.
Provisions
The French Cellar has a solid selection of wines, sakes, and Maine craft beer. They also have excellent local and imported cheeses and sometimes a killer mushroom pate.
The French Cellar
4 Colonial Way
The French Cellar has a solid selection of wines, sakes, and Maine craft beer. They also have excellent local and imported cheeses and sometimes a killer mushroom pate.
Hannaford is a full-service grocery store and has a surprisingly good selection of organic products. They also will cook lobsters for you to pick up and consume elsewhere. We do have lobster crackers and pickers in the kitchen. Be careful about hard-shell lobsters though if you are not used to shucking lobster. If it is hardshell season, you might just want to get lobsters at a restaurant so that the kitchen can shuck it for you if the shell is too hard. If not, there is a hammer in the laundry room drawer-haha. (no joke though)
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Hannaford Supermarket
149 Dublin Street
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Hannaford is a full-service grocery store and has a surprisingly good selection of organic products. They also will cook lobsters for you to pick up and consume elsewhere. We do have lobster crackers and pickers in the kitchen. Be careful about hard-shell lobsters though if you are not used to shucking lobster. If it is hardshell season, you might just want to get lobsters at a restaurant so that the kitchen can shuck it for you if the shell is too hard. If not, there is a hammer in the laundry room drawer-haha. (no joke though)
Whole Life Market has a small cafe, books and clothing, and a good selection of organic foods and homeopathic products.
Whole Life Natural Market
4 Colonial Way
Whole Life Market has a small cafe, books and clothing, and a good selection of organic foods and homeopathic products.
Sightseeing
Bad Little Falls Park has a lovely footbridge over the “machias,” which means “bad little falls” in Passamaquoddy. There are rocks to sit on and a picnic area on the south side of the river. Each Thursday from 5-7 PM, there is live music through September.
Bad Little Falls Park
Bad Little Falls Park has a lovely footbridge over the “machias,” which means “bad little falls” in Passamaquoddy. There are rocks to sit on and a picnic area on the south side of the river. Each Thursday from 5-7 PM, there is live music through September.
The Burnham Tavern is a historic museum honoring the history of Machias as the site of the first colonial battle with the British.
Burnham Tavern Museum
Main Street
The Burnham Tavern is a historic museum honoring the history of Machias as the site of the first colonial battle with the British.
Campobello Island is part of New Brunswick, Canada, and was the childhood and summer home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. You can tour his “cottage” and the rest of this bucolic island. One of our favorite lunch spots is next to Head Harbour Lightstation, an incredibly scenic spot whose topography resembles more that of the Greek isles than Downeast Maine. If you want to tour this lighthouse, you will have to time your visit with the tides because the lighthouse becomes inaccessible during each high tide. (Note: Campobello itself is accessible only if the Canadian border is open.)
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Campobello Island
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Campobello Island is part of New Brunswick, Canada, and was the childhood and summer home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. You can tour his “cottage” and the rest of this bucolic island. One of our favorite lunch spots is next to Head Harbour Lightstation, an incredibly scenic spot whose topography resembles more that of the Greek isles than Downeast Maine. If you want to tour this lighthouse, you will have to time your visit with the tides because the lighthouse becomes inaccessible during each high tide. (Note: Campobello itself is accessible only if the Canadian border is open.)
Gifts and Shopping
Berry Vines is a very cute shop on Route 1 that carries local products and consignment wares as well. If you are looking for tasteful presents, this is the place.
Berry Vines
97 Main St
Berry Vines is a very cute shop on Route 1 that carries local products and consignment wares as well. If you are looking for tasteful presents, this is the place.
Nature and Fitness
The University of Maine at Machias offers day passes to its fitness center and pool: https://machias.edu/fitness-center/facility-hours-events/
University of Maine at Machias
116 Obrien Avenue
The University of Maine at Machias offers day passes to its fitness center and pool: https://machias.edu/fitness-center/facility-hours-events/
87 miles long, the Downeast Sunrise Trail is steps from our house. Just go down Cooper St., and you’re on the trail. This is a great walk or bike ride, all very scenic.
Sunrise Trail
87 miles long, the Downeast Sunrise Trail is steps from our house. Just go down Cooper St., and you’re on the trail. This is a great walk or bike ride, all very scenic.
Sunrise Canoe and Kayak near the dyke offers guided and self-guided tours with rented canoes and kayaks. They even deliver within 30 miles!
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Sunrise Canoe and Kayak
168 Main Street
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Sunrise Canoe and Kayak near the dyke offers guided and self-guided tours with rented canoes and kayaks. They even deliver within 30 miles!
Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke is part of the Downeast Coastal Conservatory. This 191-acre park has the largest tidal falls in Maine. You will find nearly all hikes in the area more beautiful than rigorous. There isn’t much elevation here, but that makes area hikes accessible to most people. Make sure to bathe yourself in bug dope if you are hiking before July and then use a regular amount after that. If you are hiking in May, you might want mosquito netting to keep the black flies at bay.
Reversing Falls Park
Reversing Falls Road
Reversing Falls Park in Pembroke is part of the Downeast Coastal Conservatory. This 191-acre park has the largest tidal falls in Maine. You will find nearly all hikes in the area more beautiful than rigorous. There isn’t much elevation here, but that makes area hikes accessible to most people. Make sure to bathe yourself in bug dope if you are hiking before July and then use a regular amount after that. If you are hiking in May, you might want mosquito netting to keep the black flies at bay.
Activities
Porter Memorial Library at the end of the street is a historic library with a beautiful adult reading room with the original fireplace and a children’s section downstairs. You can borrow movies in addition to books, and there are special events, such as kids’ storytime, as well.
Porter Memorial Library
92 Court Street
Porter Memorial Library at the end of the street is a historic library with a beautiful adult reading room with the original fireplace and a children’s section downstairs. You can borrow movies in addition to books, and there are special events, such as kids’ storytime, as well.
City/town information
Our favorite hike in the area is Cutler’s Western Head. You can take the longer version, which is about 3 miles, or you can take a right at the trail sign to bypass that 1-mile loop. (We prefer the longer portion, in particular because of the way it brings you into the sweeping views.) The most direct way to get to the trailhead is via Route 191 in East Machias, but before leaving Cutler, you must drive through it to appreciate one of the most iconic fishing villages in Maine. You also will see a U.S. Navy communications station, which has one of the world’s most powerful radio transmitters. Since the Cold War, this station has had the capacity to communicate with submerged submarines around the globe. The Bold Coast Charter Company has puffin tours, which are apparently amazing. These tours are fully booked for the rest of the 2021 season, mainly due to rebookings related to the pandemic. Calling about last-minute cancellations might be worthwhile, or you can keep this in your back pocket for a future visit.
Cutler
Our favorite hike in the area is Cutler’s Western Head. You can take the longer version, which is about 3 miles, or you can take a right at the trail sign to bypass that 1-mile loop. (We prefer the longer portion, in particular because of the way it brings you into the sweeping views.) The most direct way to get to the trailhead is via Route 191 in East Machias, but before leaving Cutler, you must drive through it to appreciate one of the most iconic fishing villages in Maine. You also will see a U.S. Navy communications station, which has one of the world’s most powerful radio transmitters. Since the Cold War, this station has had the capacity to communicate with submerged submarines around the globe. The Bold Coast Charter Company has puffin tours, which are apparently amazing. These tours are fully booked for the rest of the 2021 season, mainly due to rebookings related to the pandemic. Calling about last-minute cancellations might be worthwhile, or you can keep this in your back pocket for a future visit.
From the quaint town of Lubec (about 45 minutes east), one can see Canada’s Campobello Island and the extreme tides that bring frolicking seals. Spending time at the water’s edge is just lovely in Lubec, but bring an extra layer because the temperature is often 10-20 degrees cooler there (great to keep in mind if it’s hot everywhere else!). Try to align your trip to Lubec with the operating hours of Morano’s Pizza, amazing authentic Jersey pizza. Lubec Brewing Company is a small operation with a wide selection of craft beer and a lovely beer garden. Lubec also has a nice farmer’s market on Saturday mornings during the summer. Feel free to bring one of our coolers from the laundry room with ice packs on day trips so that you can bring cold items with you or gather local products to take back to the house. Quoddy Head State Park is a picturesque spot with hiking trails and lighthouse tours (check the hours though).
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Lubec
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From the quaint town of Lubec (about 45 minutes east), one can see Canada’s Campobello Island and the extreme tides that bring frolicking seals. Spending time at the water’s edge is just lovely in Lubec, but bring an extra layer because the temperature is often 10-20 degrees cooler there (great to keep in mind if it’s hot everywhere else!). Try to align your trip to Lubec with the operating hours of Morano’s Pizza, amazing authentic Jersey pizza. Lubec Brewing Company is a small operation with a wide selection of craft beer and a lovely beer garden. Lubec also has a nice farmer’s market on Saturday mornings during the summer. Feel free to bring one of our coolers from the laundry room with ice packs on day trips so that you can bring cold items with you or gather local products to take back to the house. Quoddy Head State Park is a picturesque spot with hiking trails and lighthouse tours (check the hours though).
Eastport is about an hour east from Machias and is a quintessential coastal Maine town. Think Bar Harbor or Camden but much smaller. We love going to fun and creative Sweetie’s to buy their delicious candy and getting some excellent brews at Horn Run Brewing is a must (no food there, but there is usually a food truck around though we haven’t witnessed it ourselves). If you want boiled lobster, Quoddy Head Lobster has great lobster and generous pours of white wine, but you should be prepared for a really long wait and blazing sun, depending on the day. You can get a pretty good poutine at The Happy Crab and they have pretty cheap cocktails too. Check the Eastport calendar because they also have musical performers at the small amphitheater next to Horn Run Brewing. The Tides Institute and Museum of Art is a lauded local art treasure focused on exhibitions and artist residencies. You might want to make sure that a cruise ship has not docked in Eastport before you go. Whether you begin in Lubec or in Eastport, you can take the Eastport Ferry from one to the other. Their Facebook page and websites have their Friday-Sunday hours. This is a great way to get a two-in-one experience. Both places are great to visit, but neither downtown will necessarily keep you occupied all day. If you are here during Pirate Festival season, you will find Eastport “pirates” invading Lubec or Lubec “pirates” invading Eastport. Pretty fun time!
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Eastport
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Eastport is about an hour east from Machias and is a quintessential coastal Maine town. Think Bar Harbor or Camden but much smaller. We love going to fun and creative Sweetie’s to buy their delicious candy and getting some excellent brews at Horn Run Brewing is a must (no food there, but there is usually a food truck around though we haven’t witnessed it ourselves). If you want boiled lobster, Quoddy Head Lobster has great lobster and generous pours of white wine, but you should be prepared for a really long wait and blazing sun, depending on the day. You can get a pretty good poutine at The Happy Crab and they have pretty cheap cocktails too. Check the Eastport calendar because they also have musical performers at the small amphitheater next to Horn Run Brewing. The Tides Institute and Museum of Art is a lauded local art treasure focused on exhibitions and artist residencies. You might want to make sure that a cruise ship has not docked in Eastport before you go. Whether you begin in Lubec or in Eastport, you can take the Eastport Ferry from one to the other. Their Facebook page and websites have their Friday-Sunday hours. This is a great way to get a two-in-one experience. Both places are great to visit, but neither downtown will necessarily keep you occupied all day. If you are here during Pirate Festival season, you will find Eastport “pirates” invading Lubec or Lubec “pirates” invading Eastport. Pretty fun time!
Roque Bluffs is about 15 minutes away and is home to Roque Bluffs State Park, which has a nice beach (remember that these are Maine beaches) and scenic hiking trails.
Roque Bluffs
Roque Bluffs is about 15 minutes away and is home to Roque Bluffs State Park, which has a nice beach (remember that these are Maine beaches) and scenic hiking trails.