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Guidebook for Franklin

Aimee And David

Guidebook for Franklin

Parks & Nature
Variety of hiking from easy to difficult; beautiful park loop road with stunning water and mountain views.
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Acadia National Park
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Variety of hiking from easy to difficult; beautiful park loop road with stunning water and mountain views.
This quieter section of Acadia National Park gets fewer visitors, yet also has a nice loop road, hiking and picnicking areas and a rugged coast with fantastic views. If you want to experience the park with fewer people, this is the spot.
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Schoodic Peninsula
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This quieter section of Acadia National Park gets fewer visitors, yet also has a nice loop road, hiking and picnicking areas and a rugged coast with fantastic views. If you want to experience the park with fewer people, this is the spot.
Great picnic spot; possibly the coolest spot ever to watch the tide change.
Tidal Falls Road
Great picnic spot; possibly the coolest spot ever to watch the tide change.
Nice beach, picnic spots - less crowded than the national park sites.
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Lamoine State Park - Park
23 State Park Rd
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Nice beach, picnic spots - less crowded than the national park sites.
Another nice beach used mostly by locals.
Marlboro Beach
Another nice beach used mostly by locals.
Iconic lighthouse, beautiful views.
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Quoddy Head State Park
973 South Lubec Road
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Iconic lighthouse, beautiful views.
Great beach, views; quiet.
Cobscook Bay State Park
40 S Edmunds Rd
Great beach, views; quiet.
Fantastic beach; less traveled.
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Roque Bluffs State Park
145 Schoppee Point Road
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Fantastic beach; less traveled.
swimming, hiking, kayaking - the way life should be!
Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land
swimming, hiking, kayaking - the way life should be!
Food Scene
Great thin crust pizza.
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Finelli Pizzeria
Downeast Highway
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Great thin crust pizza.
Asian fusion - sushi, Thai and Chinese food. Always a line to get in, so reservations are recommended.
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Shinbashi
139 High Street
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Asian fusion - sushi, Thai and Chinese food. Always a line to get in, so reservations are recommended.
David's favorite pancakes - breakfast and lunch; cash only.
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Martha's Diner
151 High St
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David's favorite pancakes - breakfast and lunch; cash only.
Local spot for breakfast and lunch.
Sylvia's Cafe
248 State St
Local spot for breakfast and lunch.
Another local favorite for breakfast or lunch.
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Chester Pike's Galley
2336 U.S. 1
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Another local favorite for breakfast or lunch.
Seasonal spot for seafood overlooking the Union River.
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Union River Lobster Pot
8 South Street
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Seasonal spot for seafood overlooking the Union River.
Family style restaurant with something for every taste, from lobster to hot dogs. A safe bet if you have a group with varied tastes. Iconic blueberry pie.
Helen's
55 Downeast Hwy
Family style restaurant with something for every taste, from lobster to hot dogs. A safe bet if you have a group with varied tastes. Iconic blueberry pie.
Great spot near Schoodic for casual dining, from local seafood to burgers and beer.
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The Pickled Wrinkle
9 East Schoodic Drive
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Great spot near Schoodic for casual dining, from local seafood to burgers and beer.
Local seafood and family fare, something for everyone.
Fisherman's Galley Restaurant
7 Newman Street
Local seafood and family fare, something for everyone.
Great view over the harbor; outdoor deck for drinks and dining. If the dinner menu is outside your budget, the breakfast is wallet-friendly and will let you enjoy the locale.
The Looking Glass Restaurant
50 Eden St
Great view over the harbor; outdoor deck for drinks and dining. If the dinner menu is outside your budget, the breakfast is wallet-friendly and will let you enjoy the locale.
Modern farm-to-table cuisine and local seafood.
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Ironbound Restaurant & Inn
1513 U.S. 1
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Modern farm-to-table cuisine and local seafood.
Where locals go for steak; relaxed bistro atmosphere.
Chippers Restaurant
1239 U.S. 1
Where locals go for steak; relaxed bistro atmosphere.
Fine dining in Hancock, Maine! Classic traditional fare such as steak and rack of lamb, plus seafood.
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Crocker House Country Inn
967 Point Road
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Fine dining in Hancock, Maine! Classic traditional fare such as steak and rack of lamb, plus seafood.
Funky roadhouse atmosphere; beer and mixed drinks; lobster; broiled, baked and fried seafood. Hamburgers, sandwiches, mac & cheese and other family favorites for those not wanting seafood. The demand can sometimes outpace the waitstaff; if you go prepared to be patient, you will enjoy it more.
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Ruth and Wimpy's Restaurant
792 U.S. 1
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Funky roadhouse atmosphere; beer and mixed drinks; lobster; broiled, baked and fried seafood. Hamburgers, sandwiches, mac & cheese and other family favorites for those not wanting seafood. The demand can sometimes outpace the waitstaff; if you go prepared to be patient, you will enjoy it more.
Beautiful view overlooking the harbor, good food, friendly service. Perfect spot for dinner after a day at Schoodic!
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Bunker's Wharf Restaurant
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Beautiful view overlooking the harbor, good food, friendly service. Perfect spot for dinner after a day at Schoodic!
Local favorite for fried seafood, also has burgers and soft serve ice cream. Arcade and playground to keep kids entertained.
Jordan's Snack Bar
200 Downeast Hwy
Local favorite for fried seafood, also has burgers and soft serve ice cream. Arcade and playground to keep kids entertained.
Delicious Indian and Sri Lankan food; small seating area and take out.
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Serendib Indian And Sri Lankan
2 State St
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Delicious Indian and Sri Lankan food; small seating area and take out.
Great variety of wraps, burritos and light bites with fresh ingredients - popular local lunch spot.
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86 This
125 Main Street
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Great variety of wraps, burritos and light bites with fresh ingredients - popular local lunch spot.
Half the menu is classic seafood shack fare (fried haddock, fried scallops, fried clams, french fries, lobster and crab rolls); the other half of the menu is Korean. Really. Popular with locals and almost always busy. Although it has "takeout" in the name, there are some picnic tables.
Yu Takeout
674 US-1
Half the menu is classic seafood shack fare (fried haddock, fried scallops, fried clams, french fries, lobster and crab rolls); the other half of the menu is Korean. Really. Popular with locals and almost always busy. Although it has "takeout" in the name, there are some picnic tables.
Tired of seafood? Manny's brings excellent fresh Greek food to Ellsworth. The menu is limited to keep prices reasonable; gyros, chicken or pork souvlaki, salads and of course baklava! Delicious; open for lunch or dinner.
Manny's Greek Grill
248 State St
Tired of seafood? Manny's brings excellent fresh Greek food to Ellsworth. The menu is limited to keep prices reasonable; gyros, chicken or pork souvlaki, salads and of course baklava! Delicious; open for lunch or dinner.
Family friendly, with something for everyone from burgers to classic Maine seafood.
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Geddy's
19 Main Street
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Family friendly, with something for everyone from burgers to classic Maine seafood.
Essentials
Closest gas and basic groceries to our cottage; small diner serves breakfast and lunch.
Franklin Trading Post
33 Blackswoods Road
Closest gas and basic groceries to our cottage; small diner serves breakfast and lunch.
Gas and basic groceries close to the cottage - also pizza, fried chicken, sandwiches and burgers if you need a quick bite.
Tideway Market Irving
750 US-1
Gas and basic groceries close to the cottage - also pizza, fried chicken, sandwiches and burgers if you need a quick bite.
Gas and groceries; deli counter, homemade bakery and pizza.
Hancock Grocery
1381 US-1
Gas and groceries; deli counter, homemade bakery and pizza.
Laundromat in the same shopping mall as Hannaford Supermarket.
Eden Laundry
225 High St
Laundromat in the same shopping mall as Hannaford Supermarket.
Shopping
Walmart Supercenter
17 Myrick St
Grocery and pharmacy.
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Hannaford Supermarket
225 High Street
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Grocery and pharmacy.
Natural food and supplements; hard to find and specialty items.
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John Edward's Market Inc
158 Main Street
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Natural food and supplements; hard to find and specialty items.
A selection of items from this iconic retailer's inventory at reduced prices.
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L.L.Bean
150 High Street
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A selection of items from this iconic retailer's inventory at reduced prices.
Reny's has everything you need to live, from groceries to household goods to clothes. Good prices, good selection for local shopping.
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Reny's Department Store
175 High St
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Reny's has everything you need to live, from groceries to household goods to clothes. Good prices, good selection for local shopping.
Grocery and pharmacy
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Shaw's
175 High St
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Grocery and pharmacy
Arts & Culture
History of native cultures.
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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street
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History of native cultures.
Natural history of the area.
George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History
105 Eden St
Natural history of the area.
Local history; marine history.
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Penobscot Marine Museum
5 Church Street
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Local history; marine history.
Historical fort overlooking the Penobscot River. The bridge observatory tower offers great views.
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Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory
740 Fort Knox Road
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Historical fort overlooking the Penobscot River. The bridge observatory tower offers great views.
Sightseeing
The Blackwoods Scenic Byway is a beautiful drive through old growth trees, with many spots along the way for swimming, hiking and views: http://www.exploremaine.org/byways/downeast/blackwoods.shtml
Blacks Woods Road
The Blackwoods Scenic Byway is a beautiful drive through old growth trees, with many spots along the way for swimming, hiking and views: http://www.exploremaine.org/byways/downeast/blackwoods.shtml
Park on the US/Canada border which contains the summer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Beautiful ocean views and hiking terrain at the north end of downeast Maine. A great day trip from Franklin. Stop in Machias for blueberry pie at Helen's flagship restaurant.
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Campobello Island
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Park on the US/Canada border which contains the summer home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Beautiful ocean views and hiking terrain at the north end of downeast Maine. A great day trip from Franklin. Stop in Machias for blueberry pie at Helen's flagship restaurant.
Family-run boat tours, a bit off the beaten path and away from the crowds.
Robertson Sea Tours
183 Bay View Road
Family-run boat tours, a bit off the beaten path and away from the crowds.
Everything Else
Huge barn full of antiques and books at reasonable prices. There is something for everyone, making it a great rainy day spot!
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Big Chicken Barn Books
1768 Bucksport Rd
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Huge barn full of antiques and books at reasonable prices. There is something for everyone, making it a great rainy day spot!