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Best of Maine's Coastal Route 1 | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards

Best of Maine’s Coastal Route 1 | 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards
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Heading to the Route 1 on the Maine coast? We’ve got the perfect roundup of what to see, do, and eat while you’re there, plus where to stay when it’s time for bed. Read on to see our picks for the best of Maine’s Coastal Route 1 for 2014!

BEST COASTAL ROUTE 1 ATTRACTIONS

BEST VICTORIAN DOWNTOWN:
BATH

Named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Bath charms visitors with a Kennebec riverfront location, Victorian brick architecture, independent shops and restaurants, and a library park complete with bandstand. 207-442-7291; visitbath.com

BEST WYETH VIEWING:
FARNSWORTH MUSEUM OF ART, Rockland

The Farnsworth’s impressive collection of American art includes works by three generations of the Wyeth family, displayed in the Wyeth Center as well as in the main museum. Fans shouldn’t miss the museum-owned Olson House, in nearby Cushing. 16 Museum St. 207-596-6457; farnsworthmuseum.org

BEST SEASIDE STATE PARK:
CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK, Camden

An hour-long hike or a five-minute drive gets you to the summit of Mount Battie, centerpiece of 5,650-acre Camden Hills State Park. The gorgeous panoramic views over Penobscot Bay reputedly inspired poet Edna St. Vincent Millay to pen the poem Renascence. 280 Belfast Road (Route 1). 207-236-3109, parksandlands.com

BEST BLUEBERRY EVERYTHING:
WILD BLUEBERRY LAND, Columbia Falls

Step inside a humongous roadside blueberry to find freshly baked Maine wild-blueberry pies, muffins, and scones; blueberry jams, syrups, spreads, butter, truffles, ice cream, and more; plus blueberry-scented candles and blueberry-themed everything else. 1067 Route 1. 207-483-2583; wildblueberryland-maine.com

BEST ACADIAN CULTURAL TOUR:
ST. JOHN VALLEY

The Voici the Valley Cultureway guidebook and CD serve as excellent companions for touring the St. John Valley’s Acadian heritage sites—including the St. David Cross, Tante Blanche Museum, Acadian Village, and Mont-Carmel Cultural Center—lining Route 1 between Van Buren and Fort Kent. voicithevalley.org or nps.gov/maac

BEST COASTAL ROUTE 1 LODGING

BEST CASTLE BY THE SEA:
NORUMBEGA, Camden

The Norumbega is back. After years of benign neglect, new owners have restored Camden’s turreted seaside stone mansion to its former opulence, complete with breakfasts and optional five-course dinners prepared by a former chef/instructor at the Culinary Institute of America. Rates: from $189. 63 High St. 877-363-4646; norumbegainn.com

BEST ACADIA VIEWS:
ACADIA VIEW BED & BREAKFAST, Gouldsboro

Appropriately named Acadia View tops an oceanfront bluff and delivers on its name with expansive views over Frenchman Bay to the peaks of Mount Desert Island. Rates: from $125. 175 Route 1. 207-266-7292; acadiaview.com

BEST COASTAL ROUTE 1 DINING

BEST BREAD & PIZZA:
WHEN PIGS FLY, Kittery

Pigs Fly first earned renown for its Old World–style artisanal bread; now it’s earning kudus for its wood-fired, Neopolitan-style pizzas in varieties ranging from traditional Margherita to medjool date with soppressata. Pizzas: from $10. 460 Route 1. 207-439-3114 (bread store), 207-438-7036 (pizzeria); whenpigsflypizzeria.com

BEST BREAKFAST:
HOME KITCHEN CAFÉ, Rockland

Sticky buns! Cinny buns! Smoked-salmon omelets! Poached eggs on homemade hash! Huevos rancheros on handmade corn tortillas with housemade salsa! And that’s just a sampling of the delicious choices that make Home Kitchen a must stop for all-day breakfast. Dishes: from $4. 650 Main St. 207-596-2449; homekitchencafe.com

BEST STOP FOR COOKS:
ROOSTER BROTHER, Ellsworth

Pick up your fixings for a gourmet picnic—baguettes, cheeses, pâtés, cookies, chocolates, and wine—along with cookware, condiments, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, tableware, and fine teas at this culinary emporium on the southern edge of downtown. 29 Main St. 800-866-0054; roosterbrother.com

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