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Guidebook for Blue Hill

Sean

Guidebook for Blue Hill

Food Scene
This is our favorite casual dining on the Peninsula. Excellent food, wonderful owners, and great prices. It gets super busy in the summer, so if you can go there just outside of the "prime" lunch/dinner hours you will have less of a line to manage.
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EL EL FRIJOLES, Mexican Food
41 Caterpillar Hill Road
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This is our favorite casual dining on the Peninsula. Excellent food, wonderful owners, and great prices. It gets super busy in the summer, so if you can go there just outside of the "prime" lunch/dinner hours you will have less of a line to manage.
Wood fired pizzas using local ingredients. Has gotten crazy busy in the last few years and now require strict reservations made on Mondays ONLY.
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Tinder Hearth
1452 Coastal Road
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Wood fired pizzas using local ingredients. Has gotten crazy busy in the last few years and now require strict reservations made on Mondays ONLY.
We love this place, while others will swear Bagaduce Lunch is superior (they are both good). We prefer Fish Net because it is super close, affordable, and we always have fun. Fried fish, seafood, and soft serve cones or sundaes. It's not fancy, but isn't that sometimes best? Small playground for kids, picnic tables outside, wait service inside.
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Fish Net
162 Main Street
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We love this place, while others will swear Bagaduce Lunch is superior (they are both good). We prefer Fish Net because it is super close, affordable, and we always have fun. Fried fish, seafood, and soft serve cones or sundaes. It's not fancy, but isn't that sometimes best? Small playground for kids, picnic tables outside, wait service inside.
If someone is offering to buy you dinner, go to Arborvine! It's arguably the best restaurant on the Peninsula and the older crowd (yacht, country club, $$) love it. Might be a little stuffy for smaller children.
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Arborvine
33 Main Street
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If someone is offering to buy you dinner, go to Arborvine! It's arguably the best restaurant on the Peninsula and the older crowd (yacht, country club, $$) love it. Might be a little stuffy for smaller children.
Marlintinis is an average quality bar/restaurant with a standard menu of sandwiches, pasta, seafood, etc. It is OK food at best, and we only list it since their "bar" area is family friendly with tables, free popcorn, and television if you need a fix.
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Marlintini's Grill
83 Mines Road
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Marlintinis is an average quality bar/restaurant with a standard menu of sandwiches, pasta, seafood, etc. It is OK food at best, and we only list it since their "bar" area is family friendly with tables, free popcorn, and television if you need a fix.
Very scenic place for lunch or dinner. Fried seafood and ice cream. Check out the Reversing Falls which is directly adjacent.TEL#326-4197
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Bagaduce Lunch
145 Frank's Flat Rd
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Very scenic place for lunch or dinner. Fried seafood and ice cream. Check out the Reversing Falls which is directly adjacent.TEL#326-4197
This place has great sandwiches for eat in or take out. Also breakfast. TEL# 472-7027
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The Harbor House
27 Water St
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This place has great sandwiches for eat in or take out. Also breakfast. TEL# 472-7027
This is a seriously authentic lobster shack where you can sometimes even see the boats offloading directly to the holding tanks. Menu is simple with lobster, clams, and fried side treats being the main fare. BYOB and plan to go on a clear day to enjoy the view (only outside seating).
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Perry's Lobster Shack
1076 Newbury Neck Rd
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This is a seriously authentic lobster shack where you can sometimes even see the boats offloading directly to the holding tanks. Menu is simple with lobster, clams, and fried side treats being the main fare. BYOB and plan to go on a clear day to enjoy the view (only outside seating).
Best. Ice. Cream. Ever. Homemade and totally amazing. Call for hours.
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Morton’s Moo Homemade Ice Cream
9 School Street
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Best. Ice. Cream. Ever. Homemade and totally amazing. Call for hours.
Another favorite of ours, Union River is a great seafood restaurant with an amazing view. They get very busy, but handle the crowds with years of experience. No reservations accepted, but you can have a cocktail by the River while you wait for your table. Open June-October TEL# 667-5077
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Union River Lobster Pot
8 South Street
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Another favorite of ours, Union River is a great seafood restaurant with an amazing view. They get very busy, but handle the crowds with years of experience. No reservations accepted, but you can have a cocktail by the River while you wait for your table. Open June-October TEL# 667-5077
We never seem to get here, but we here from many locals it is excellent fine dining. Castine is solid 30 minute drive from Blue Hill.
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Pentagoet Inn & Restaurant
26 Main Street
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We never seem to get here, but we here from many locals it is excellent fine dining. Castine is solid 30 minute drive from Blue Hill.
Some people love it, even NEED it, and if you are one of them then you are in luck because it is less than a mile from the farm!
Dunkin'
16 South St
Some people love it, even NEED it, and if you are one of them then you are in luck because it is less than a mile from the farm!
Slightly upscale dining in the heart of the Village. See Yelp or TripAdvisor for customer reviews. Reservations suggested.
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The Thurston Co.
66 Main St
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Slightly upscale dining in the heart of the Village. See Yelp or TripAdvisor for customer reviews. Reservations suggested.
We LOVE this place! Family run with breakfast lunch and dinner either sit down inside or out. They have lots of essentials for your day trips into Acadia NP as well.
Josie's Country Store & Cafe
126 Surry Rd
We LOVE this place! Family run with breakfast lunch and dinner either sit down inside or out. They have lots of essentials for your day trips into Acadia NP as well.
Brand new in 2019 and less than a mile from the farm, the Co-op offers organic produce and takeout with outside seating.
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Blue Hill Co-op
4 Ellsworth Rd
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Brand new in 2019 and less than a mile from the farm, the Co-op offers organic produce and takeout with outside seating.
Barncastle is less than 1/2 mile from Misty Morning Farm, and they also double as "nightlife" which, for Blue Hill, means until 9pm! They have a cute little bar with good selection of local and craft beers, excellenrt wood-fired pizza, full dinner menu, and outdoor seating. Wednesday night is live music (solo guitar, so mellow:)
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Barncastle Hotel + Restaurant
125 South St
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Barncastle is less than 1/2 mile from Misty Morning Farm, and they also double as "nightlife" which, for Blue Hill, means until 9pm! They have a cute little bar with good selection of local and craft beers, excellenrt wood-fired pizza, full dinner menu, and outdoor seating. Wednesday night is live music (solo guitar, so mellow:)
The have food and drinks here and it goes later in the evening than most restaurants. Food is good and the view is nice. Check to see if they have music.
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The Boatyard Grill
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The have food and drinks here and it goes later in the evening than most restaurants. Food is good and the view is nice. Check to see if they have music.
Deepwater is owned by the same family that owns Arborvine, the nicest restaurant in Blue Hill. Good beer and food offerings.
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DeepWater Brewing Company
33 Tenney Hill
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Deepwater is owned by the same family that owns Arborvine, the nicest restaurant in Blue Hill. Good beer and food offerings.
Excellent and worth the 15 minute drive into Bucksport.
Friar's Brewhouse
84 Main St
Excellent and worth the 15 minute drive into Bucksport.
Excellent casual Greek food that is either takeout or sit-down.
Manny's Greek Grill
248 State St
Excellent casual Greek food that is either takeout or sit-down.
Good pizza and sandwiches, either takeout or sit-down
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Finelli Pizzeria
Downeast Highway
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Good pizza and sandwiches, either takeout or sit-down
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (4 nights).
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Sandy's Blue Hill Cafe
40 Main St
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (4 nights).
Recently named "Best Waterfront Restaurant in Maine". Definitely call ahead for reservations, $$$.
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Aragosta at Goose Cove
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Recently named "Best Waterfront Restaurant in Maine". Definitely call ahead for reservations, $$$.
Local family run farm with food to buy and eat (there or take out).
Roaring Lion Farm
144 Snow's Cove Road
Local family run farm with food to buy and eat (there or take out).
Drinks & Nightlife
Barncastle is less than 1/2 mile from Misty Morning Farm, and they also double as "nightlife" which, for Blue Hill, means until 9pm! They have a cute little bar with good selection of local and craft beers, excellenrt wood-fired pizza, full dinner menu, and outdoor seating. Wednesday night is live music (solo guitar, so mellow:)
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Barncastle Hotel + Restaurant
125 South St
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Barncastle is less than 1/2 mile from Misty Morning Farm, and they also double as "nightlife" which, for Blue Hill, means until 9pm! They have a cute little bar with good selection of local and craft beers, excellenrt wood-fired pizza, full dinner menu, and outdoor seating. Wednesday night is live music (solo guitar, so mellow:)
Deepwater is owned by the same family that owns Arborvine, the nicest restaurant in Blue Hill. Good beer and food offerings. "Nightlife" in Blue Hill means they have a small bar and close by 10pm.
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DeepWater Brewing Company
33 Tenney Hill
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Deepwater is owned by the same family that owns Arborvine, the nicest restaurant in Blue Hill. Good beer and food offerings. "Nightlife" in Blue Hill means they have a small bar and close by 10pm.
The have food and drinks here and it goes later in the evening than most restaurants. Food is good and the view is nice. Check to see if they have music.
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The Boatyard Grill
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The have food and drinks here and it goes later in the evening than most restaurants. Food is good and the view is nice. Check to see if they have music.
Essentials
Tradewinds is an awesome grocery store that supplies the majority of the Peninsula. They'll have most items you need/want and a full beer/liquor selection. They also sell fuel and have a car wash.
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Tradewinds Marketplace
15 South Street
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Tradewinds is an awesome grocery store that supplies the majority of the Peninsula. They'll have most items you need/want and a full beer/liquor selection. They also sell fuel and have a car wash.
Great laundromat in the Village. You can walk across the street and eat while you wait for your clothes to dry.
Blue Hill Laundry
11 Ellsworth Rd
Great laundromat in the Village. You can walk across the street and eat while you wait for your clothes to dry.
Pharmacy for all those things that Tradewinds does not stick.
Rite Aid
17 South Street
Pharmacy for all those things that Tradewinds does not stick.
US Post Office
104 Main St
Hopefully you never need it, but if so it is 1.5 mile from the farm.
Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital
Hopefully you never need it, but if so it is 1.5 mile from the farm.
This market is centrally located next to the Brooksville Farmer Market, Bucks Harbor Yacht Club, and Condons Garage made famous from Richard McCloskeys books.
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Buck's Harbor Market
6 Cornfield Hill Road
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This market is centrally located next to the Brooksville Farmer Market, Bucks Harbor Yacht Club, and Condons Garage made famous from Richard McCloskeys books.
Arts & Culture
Blue Hill has a wonderful library which is well stocked with movies, music, and books. Sit in the oversized chairs by the fireplace or peruse the local art displays on the upper floors. Staff are super friendly and the library usually offers free summer kids programs. Best (free) internet on the Peninsula.
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Blue Hill Public Library
5 Parker Point Road
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Blue Hill has a wonderful library which is well stocked with movies, music, and books. Sit in the oversized chairs by the fireplace or peruse the local art displays on the upper floors. Staff are super friendly and the library usually offers free summer kids programs. Best (free) internet on the Peninsula.
Jonathon Fisher was indeed a Renaissance man who wore many hats. We particularly marvel that he used to WALK to Bangor (and back) to give sermons. Museum is in his original house. Call for hours.
Jonathan Fisher House
44 Mines Rd
Jonathon Fisher was indeed a Renaissance man who wore many hats. We particularly marvel that he used to WALK to Bangor (and back) to give sermons. Museum is in his original house. Call for hours.
This has since moved to South Street just across from Mainescape and we are listing them because they are now offering live music. Call for details.
Bagaduce Music Lending Library
5 Music Library Ln
This has since moved to South Street just across from Mainescape and we are listing them because they are now offering live music. Call for details.
Kneisel Hall is a summer chamber music school but if you get a chance, and enjoy chamber music, make the effort to get tickets to see one of their performances. The venue is so intimate they often do not have to amplify the instruments, so you are truly experiencing the thrill of chamber music. All of the kids are from the creme de la creme of the nations musical programs.
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and School
Kneisel Hall is a summer chamber music school but if you get a chance, and enjoy chamber music, make the effort to get tickets to see one of their performances. The venue is so intimate they often do not have to amplify the instruments, so you are truly experiencing the thrill of chamber music. All of the kids are from the creme de la creme of the nations musical programs.
Haystack is a world renowned educational institute for all types of hands-on crafts such as smithing, welding, sculpture, and more.
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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
89 Haystack School Drive
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Haystack is a world renowned educational institute for all types of hands-on crafts such as smithing, welding, sculpture, and more.
The mission of the Good Life Center is to perpetuate the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing. The Good Life Center, through its programming and preservation of the historic Forest Farm homestead, advocates for simple and sustainable living skills, social and economic justice, organic gardening and the non-exploitation of animals.
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Good Life Center
372 Harborside Road
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The mission of the Good Life Center is to perpetuate the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing. The Good Life Center, through its programming and preservation of the historic Forest Farm homestead, advocates for simple and sustainable living skills, social and economic justice, organic gardening and the non-exploitation of animals.
Shopping
Max and MaryAlice run this eclectic shop which sells, of course, wine in addition to fresh baked local treats, imported meats and cheeses, and coffee, tea, and tobacco. Max makes an excellent (cheap) espresso and usually there is some great old vinyl record playing on the turntable. They have an outside deck to enjoy you coffee and smoke. Look for the chocolate croissants.
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Blue Hill Wine Shop
138 Main Street
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Max and MaryAlice run this eclectic shop which sells, of course, wine in addition to fresh baked local treats, imported meats and cheeses, and coffee, tea, and tobacco. Max makes an excellent (cheap) espresso and usually there is some great old vinyl record playing on the turntable. They have an outside deck to enjoy you coffee and smoke. Look for the chocolate croissants.
Very cute and central bookstore for last minute acquisition of something distracting to read.
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Blue Hill Books
2 Pleasant Street
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Very cute and central bookstore for last minute acquisition of something distracting to read.
Saturdays 9-noon.
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Blue Hill Farmers' Market
233 Ellsworth Road
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Saturdays 9-noon.
Brooksville Farmers Market Tuesday 9-noon
Brooksville Community Center
1 Black Bear Rd
Brooksville Farmers Market Tuesday 9-noon
If you need any last minute outdoor equipment or attire purchases, Cadillac Mountain has a great selection. Clothes, shoes, kayaks, sleeping bags, bike rentals, etc.
Cadillac Mountain Sports
32 High Street
If you need any last minute outdoor equipment or attire purchases, Cadillac Mountain has a great selection. Clothes, shoes, kayaks, sleeping bags, bike rentals, etc.
If you are in Ellsworth, Rooster Bros is worth a visit. They locally roast the coffee we offer in our Cottage and have an amazing selection of kitchen and culinary items. But mainly its about the coffee!
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Rooster Brother
29 Main Street
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If you are in Ellsworth, Rooster Bros is worth a visit. They locally roast the coffee we offer in our Cottage and have an amazing selection of kitchen and culinary items. But mainly its about the coffee!
Art gallery or store? Hard to say, but interesting to visit and they offer affordable pieces if you are not feeling like dropping the big bucks.
Handworks Gallery
48 Main St
Art gallery or store? Hard to say, but interesting to visit and they offer affordable pieces if you are not feeling like dropping the big bucks.
Ultra local art offerings at an affordable price in a cute little house.
Makers' market
Ultra local art offerings at an affordable price in a cute little house.
Mainescape is an eclectic shopping experience...they offer everything from fruit trees to fresh bread.
Mainescape Inc
48 South Street
Mainescape is an eclectic shopping experience...they offer everything from fruit trees to fresh bread.
Wonderful local family owned pottery store.
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Rackliffe Pottery
132 Ellsworth Rd
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Wonderful local family owned pottery store.
Local porcelain potter with a store open 7 days.
Mark Bell Pottery
283 Mines Rd
Local porcelain potter with a store open 7 days.
Parks & Nature
This is a beautiful beach spot that locals love and there is usually plenty of room for privacy. Entering the beach, you can go right and head to the giant rock ledges or go left and walk on the beach until you have a nice quiet spot. The tide is pretty dramatic and we prefer low tide since there is much to see for kids and adults. Ocean is usually below 60F.
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Curtis Cove
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This is a beautiful beach spot that locals love and there is usually plenty of room for privacy. Entering the beach, you can go right and head to the giant rock ledges or go left and walk on the beach until you have a nice quiet spot. The tide is pretty dramatic and we prefer low tide since there is much to see for kids and adults. Ocean is usually below 60F.
BHHT manages multiple hiking trails throughout the Peninsula. They are an excellent (often overlooked) resource to find amazing day hikes (ranging from 1-5 miles). They have great online maps to show you how to get there, where to park, and maps of the trails.
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Blue Hill Heritage Trust
258 Mountain Rd
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BHHT manages multiple hiking trails throughout the Peninsula. They are an excellent (often overlooked) resource to find amazing day hikes (ranging from 1-5 miles). They have great online maps to show you how to get there, where to park, and maps of the trails.
Scenic but busy (especially in the summer)
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Акадия
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Scenic but busy (especially in the summer)
Very cool old fort guarding the Penobscot River that offers tours and you can also go up into the observatory of the Bucksport Bridge.
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Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory
740 Fort Knox Road
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Very cool old fort guarding the Penobscot River that offers tours and you can also go up into the observatory of the Bucksport Bridge.
One of our favorite hikes in the area. Great views from the top, total distance is approximately 2 miles (1 up, 1 down). Parking at the base on Mountain Road.
Blue Hill Mountain Trail
One of our favorite hikes in the area. Great views from the top, total distance is approximately 2 miles (1 up, 1 down). Parking at the base on Mountain Road.
Creating public gardens of Maine native plants to demonstrate their beauty and value and to encourage sustainable gardening.
Native Gardens of Blue HIll
49 South St
Creating public gardens of Maine native plants to demonstrate their beauty and value and to encourage sustainable gardening.
Peters Brook and its associated branches drain the uplands east of the Blue Hill village into Peter’s Cove, which is part of Blue Hill Bay. The Peters Brook Trailhead is located on the opposite side of the street and across the stream from the AB Herrick Memorial Landing and the Penny’s Preserve trail head is apx 1/4 mile down the East Blue Hill Rd (heading away from the village). The entire trail system has apx 5 miles of hiking trails that take you along and out to various points along Peters Brook, including a beautiful waterfall and through historic granite quarries.
Peters Brook walking trail
132 E Blue Hill Rd
Peters Brook and its associated branches drain the uplands east of the Blue Hill village into Peter’s Cove, which is part of Blue Hill Bay. The Peters Brook Trailhead is located on the opposite side of the street and across the stream from the AB Herrick Memorial Landing and the Penny’s Preserve trail head is apx 1/4 mile down the East Blue Hill Rd (heading away from the village). The entire trail system has apx 5 miles of hiking trails that take you along and out to various points along Peters Brook, including a beautiful waterfall and through historic granite quarries.
Entertainment & Activities
Super nice couple own this business that rents bikes and kayaks. Also check with them as they often offer summer kids activities.
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The Activity Shop
139 Mines Rd
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Super nice couple own this business that rents bikes and kayaks. Also check with them as they often offer summer kids activities.
Many people from all over the world come to Wooden Boat to learn about the essentials of wooden boat building. They offer classes year round.
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Wooden Boat School
29 Naskeag Point Road
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Many people from all over the world come to Wooden Boat to learn about the essentials of wooden boat building. They offer classes year round.
Haystack Mountain is world renowned for offering a wide range of arts and crafts course as well as old world skills such as blacksmithing.
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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
89 Haystack School Drive
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Haystack Mountain is world renowned for offering a wide range of arts and crafts course as well as old world skills such as blacksmithing.
One of our favorite hikes and close to the farm. Parking at the base of the mountain. Great views from the top.
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Blue Hill Mountain Trail
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One of our favorite hikes and close to the farm. Parking at the base of the mountain. Great views from the top.
This is where the Annual Blue Hill Fair is held as well as the weekly (Saturday 9-noon) Blue Hill Farmers Market. They have a 1/2 mile track if you fell like getting some exercise.
Blue Hill Fairgrounds
233 Ellsworth Road
This is where the Annual Blue Hill Fair is held as well as the weekly (Saturday 9-noon) Blue Hill Farmers Market. They have a 1/2 mile track if you fell like getting some exercise.
This is where you can catch the Isle au Haut mail boat that offers trips. Make sure the weather is nice!
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Isle-Au-Haut Stonington Dock
37 Seabreeze Avenue
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This is where you can catch the Isle au Haut mail boat that offers trips. Make sure the weather is nice!
Brand new in 2020, the YMCA is less than a mile from Misty Morning Farm and features a competition swimming pool and fitness center. Short term memberships available.
Downeast YMCA Fitness Center
15 South St
Brand new in 2020, the YMCA is less than a mile from Misty Morning Farm and features a competition swimming pool and fitness center. Short term memberships available.
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Castine Kayak Adventures
17 Sea St
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Castine Cruises
15 Sea Street