Favorites — Beyond Portland

The Coast of Maine is filled with one little town after another, each with its own style, charm, and character.  Listed below are just a few favorites to get you started.


  • Royal River Grillhouse A full dining room menu as well as a great great cozy bar, and the best burger and fries. Very nice deck on the river in season. A favorite after a session at LL Bean in Freeport, and away from the crowds.
  • Estabrook’s Nursery Also in Kennebunk on Rte. 1 South
    An excellent source for Maine-hardy shrubs, flowers, and plants.
  • NOTH, or Not Over The Hill A group of mostly retired executives who meet at 7:00 every Wednesday morning in the winter for a day of skiing, usually at Sugarloaf, occasionally at Sunday River. There is always someone to go as fast or as slow as one wants to go, and the conversation is stellar.

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  • Farmers Market Every Saturday morning, year-round, is one of the best around and well worth the drive. Check the site for current location.

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Take the time to explore the three peninsulas that make up the town of Harpswell, next to Brunswick.

  • Dolphin Marina & Restaurant Wonderful lobster and fish chowders, served with a homemade Maine blueberry muffin, and an outstanding view out to Eagle Island.
  • Black Sheep Wine Shop A small interesting shop with wines that you will not find at the supermarket. Run by a very knowledgeable husband and wife team.

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Boothbay Harbor

About a 2-hour drive, a charming taste of downeast Maine, and the surrounding area is lovely; the sailing is great here too.

  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens An unexpected oasis on Maine’s coast—a real hidden treasure.
  • Ports of Italy Upstairs at 47 Commercial St. What a find. Creative Northern Italian cuisine, a great wine list, and very friendly service. Nice roof deck in the summer.
  • Thistle Inn Great atmosphere and great food. My birthday favorite.
  • Spruce Point Inn A really nice resort and spa at the tip of Spruce Point overlooking the ocean.

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