Best Maine Local Secrets
Here at Yankee we are always hunting down nuggets of information we refer to as “what the locals know” – those hidden gems that might not yet turn up on an internet search engine, but might soon. Visit them now and brag about your clever intuition!
Since Maine is a top summer vacation destination for many, here are our best Maine local secrets from our Best of New England editors’ picks list for 2012.
BEST NIFTY FIFTIES
Fast Eddies, Winthrop
Carhops deliver burgers, shakes, fries, and homemade ice cream, but don’t miss the dining room, where James Dean, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Boop preside over a cool collection of 1950s memorabilia. The Wednesday night cruise-in draws vintage vehicles and a crowd.
1308 Route 202. 207-377-5550; fasteddiesdrivein.com
BEST INSIDER TOUR
Bath Iron Works Trolley Tours, Bath
Take a Maine Maritime Museum one-hour trolley tour of the yard and get a peek behind the gates of Bath Iron Works to see how U.S. destroyers are built. Call well in advance for reservations.
243 Washington St. 207-443-1316; mainemaritimemuseum.org
BEST HIDDEN ARTS CENTER
Skye Performing Arts Center, South Carthage
One certainly doesn’t expect to find a venue like Skye in such a rural, woodsy location, but this small center brings in topnotch talent, with an emphasis on Celtic music.
2 Highland Drive. 207-562-4445; necelticarts.com
BEST EUROPEAN-STYLE DELI & CAFE
Morse’s, North Waldoboro
Hidden in a barn amid rolling farmland is one of the state’s best sources for hard-to-find European specialty foods, cheeses, charcuterie, and German fare. Don’t miss the pickles, fresh sauerkraut, or German cafe.
3856 Washington Road (Route 220). 866-832-5569, 207-832-5569; morsessauerkraut.com
BEST GARDEN TEA
Woodlawn Museum, Gardens & Park, Ellsworth
On Wednesdays during July and August, the George Nixon Black Estate serves elegant high teas in the garden (or carriage house, if raining), complete with china, silver, linens, tea, sandwiches, pastries, and live music. Reservations required.
Surry Road (Route 172). 207- 667-8671; woodlawnmuseum.com