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Best Attractions in Maine | 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

Best Attractions in Maine | 2013 Editors’ Choice Awards
2 votes, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)
by in May 2013
Theater at Monmouth

Theater at Monmouth

BEST THEATER
THEATER AT MONMOUTH, Monmouth
The Cumston Hall home of the Shakespearean Theater of Maine is Romanesque architectural eye candy with Queen Anne flourishes. Inside, magnificent plaster ornamentation, carved wood trim, hand-stenciled and frescoed ceilings, and more than 100 stained-glass windows make it delightfully hard to concentrate on the excellent productions. 796 Main St. 207-933-9999; theateratmonmouth.org

BEST WINE TOUR
MAINE’S “NAP-AH” VALLEY WINE TOUR, Camden/Rockland area
Sip, sample, and … okay … snooze between visits to three Midcoast wineries–Sweetgrass, Savage Oakes, and Cellardoor–on an educational motor tour with All Aboard Trolley. 21 Limerock St., Rockland. 207-594-9300; meetthefleet.com/wine-tours

BEST SOUVENIR SHOPPING
ARCHIPELAGO, Rockland
What better souvenir or gift than something handcrafted and inspired by a Maine island? Archipelago makes that easy, offering products from accessories and jewelry to children’s toys and pottery to books and clothing. Even better: As part of the Island Institute, sales here help support Maine’s island and waterfront communities. 386 Main St. 207-596-0701; thearchipelago.net

BEST PUFFIN TOUR
BOLD COAST CHARTER COMPANY, CutlerCruise to the largest Atlantic puffin colony on the Maine coast aboard the Barbara Frost with Captain Andy Patterson–and perhaps even land on Machias Seal Island for an even closer look at these colorful clowns of the sea. Wharf Road. 207-259-4484; boldcoast.com

BEST FANTASYLAND
NERVOUS NELLIE’S, Deer Isle
Oh, the places you’ll go: Sculptor and author Peter Beerits has created a wonderful, whimsical landscape based on his Nervous Nellie stories. Explore King Arthur’s court, a Southern jukebox joint, a Western town with saloon, hotel, and jail, and other imaginative scenes, all created from castoff materials. Don’t miss the award-winning jams and jellies in Anne Beerits’ shop and cozy tearoom next door. 598 Sunshine Road.
207-348-6182; nervousnellies.com

BEST INTERACTIVE STORE
NATURALIST’S NOTEBOOK, Seal Harbor
Nature, art, and science merge in this engaging shop that accurately describes itself as an “exploratorium.” 16 Main St. 207-801-2777; thenaturalistsnotebook.com

BEST SEMIPRIVATE GARDEN
ABBY ALDRICH ROCKEFELLER GARDEN, Seal Harbor
There’s no fee, but book well in advance to spend a few hours immersed in this spectacular enclosed garden. Renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand designed it utilizing treasures the Rockefellers had collected in Asia. (Address provided to reservation holders.) 207-276-3330; rockgardenmaine.wordpress.com

BEST LAKE TOUR
FLAGSTAFF SCENIC BOAT TOURS, Eustis
Learn about the lost village of Flagstaff, savor Bigelow Mountain views, spy eagles, loons, and maybe moose, while cruising remote Flagstaff Lake with Master Maine Guide Jeff Hinman aboard his pontoon boat. Off Route 27. 207-246-2277; flagstaffboattours.com

BEST GUARANTEED WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS
Maine Wildlife Park, Gray
More than 30 species of Maine wildlife, including moose, mountain lion, and black bear, as well as bald and golden eagles, reside at this state-owned park. Trails weave through the property, and there are feeding stations, gardens, a visitor center, and a warden museum. 56 Game Farm Road. 207-657-4977; maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark

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