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Wed Aug 18, 2021, 10:48 AM

Just got back from Maine

Another great trip to MDI and Acadia. I'm glad I have a friend who moved up there . Spent a lot of time happily picking blueberries, letting dogs swim at Little Long Pond. BEST Dog Park EVER. My 10 mos old lab mix pup is still a little too playful (even for my friend's 2 labs) but a lovely Labradoodle named Pearl put her in her place (nicely) and she was a changed dog the rest of the day.

Favorite restaurants:

1. Common Good (for popovers, oatmeal, & coffee); a soup-kitchen that makes breakfast Fri-Sun and uses proceeds to fund their efforts. You make a donation as payment. Had live music (a couple with acoustic guitars--very nice).

2. Eat A Pita. Good pasta dishes and--my favorite--blueberry bread pudding.

3. Archie's Lobster (in Tremont on the island). Killer views of Bass Harbor, cornhole games set up, plenty of space, BYO, awesome food (and homemade blueberry pie).

4. 2 Cats (in Bar Harbor). Great breakfasts, great biscuits.

5. Blaze (in Bar Harbor). Wood fired pizza. mmmmmm.

The trip from Delaware took a little over 11 hours---including about 3 gas/rest breaks. I made it to Boston before needing gas, then made it the rest of the way. Went up the Mario Cuomo Bridge way, went near Hartford, then back east the rest of the way. On the way home ended up on the Merritt Parkway due to an accident on the other route and it was nice, too. Some traffic getting off the MC Bridge around 4:30 (I had noticed traffic that way also in the morning on the way up). All and all---not too bad.

Little Long Pond:

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Reply Just got back from Maine (Original post)
Delarage Aug 2021 OP
magicarpet Aug 2021 #1
Delarage Aug 2021 #2
CurtEastPoint Aug 2021 #3
GPV Aug 2021 #5
CurtEastPoint Aug 2021 #7
GPV Aug 2021 #9
GPV Aug 2021 #4
Delarage Aug 2021 #12
Bok_Tukalo Aug 2021 #6
Maine Abu El Banat Aug 2021 #8
Delarage Aug 2021 #11
2naSalit Aug 2021 #10
3Hotdogs Aug 2021 #13

Response to Delarage (Original post)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 10:56 AM

1. Glad you had fun,....

...waved as you went by the central Maine area (Lewiston/Auburn) as you drove by up to MDI.

Acadia National Park is a beautiful area.

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Response to magicarpet (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 10:59 AM

2. Thanks

All of the northeast seemed nice, once I got past Boston. Not to over-generalize, but here I go:

The rest areas I encountered in Massachusetts were nasty (both ways). I'm going to have to time that out better next time.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:03 AM

3. For non-Mainers...what is MDI?

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:05 AM

5. Mt desert island

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Response to GPV (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:21 AM

7. Oh, my. It is lovely!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:42 AM

9. Yes it is. All of the state is lovely, though in different ways.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:04 AM

4. I love Sweet Peas for pizza, but I dunno if it's even open now. Glad you had a great trip. It's

turned muggy again, so you left just in time. Lol

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Response to GPV (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 02:08 PM

12. Nice

It was muggy my first day or two. Lots of mosquitos, but my Cutter and OFF bug repellents seemed to work OK. My friend said the locals recommended picardin-based bug stuff, but we seemed to have the same amount of luck. It may be more natural, though, so I'll get some and try it here.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:17 AM

6. Maine is my retirement plan

Fantastic place.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 11:32 AM

8. You all come back now

You hear.😊

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Response to Maine Abu El Banat (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 01:58 PM

11. Will do!

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Wed Aug 18, 2021, 12:19 PM

10. I spent much of...

My childhood living in the northern Casco Bay area, hoping to move back to the state in the next year.

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Response to Delarage (Original post)

Thu Aug 19, 2021, 10:03 PM

13. Much of my Maine time was spent in Portland and Acton, Maine which is near the N.H. border.

That was mid 70's to 98, when I sold the condo. Portland then was more fun. Second hand stores on Exchange Street, Art movie house, $1.00 movies that were subsidized by the town - Chamber of Commerce or whoever.

Now it is just Starbucks, The Gap and so forth.

I still go back but not often. I may go to the Dark Sky Festival in September, depending on the weather forecast.

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