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Phil’s guidebook

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Phil’s guidebook

Scenic areas
People go to Acadia Nat'l Park which is wonderful and there's lots to see and do but here are some special spots.
Get a tides app and go 2-3 hours before high tide. Often spectacular waves crashing on granite rocks and I've never had a bad day at Schoodic, It's just magical. Go, enjoy and 20 minutes after you get there you'll take out your phone, call your therapist and say 'I don't need you anymore.' :)
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Schoodic Point
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Get a tides app and go 2-3 hours before high tide. Often spectacular waves crashing on granite rocks and I've never had a bad day at Schoodic, It's just magical. Go, enjoy and 20 minutes after you get there you'll take out your phone, call your therapist and say 'I don't need you anymore.' :)
Right in Hancock is a sweet spot with a reversing falls, picnic tables, outdoor concerts on a Monday evening. It's a conservation site , used to be a working lobster pound. The turnoff is on the East Side Rd about two miles from Jellison Cove going back towards Rte 1.
Tidal Falls
Right in Hancock is a sweet spot with a reversing falls, picnic tables, outdoor concerts on a Monday evening. It's a conservation site , used to be a working lobster pound. The turnoff is on the East Side Rd about two miles from Jellison Cove going back towards Rte 1.
Not a difficult day hike with spectacular views. Take a jacket just in case as it can get breezy on top. About 1.5 miles up.
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Schoodic Mountain
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Not a difficult day hike with spectacular views. Take a jacket just in case as it can get breezy on top. About 1.5 miles up.
About an hour from Hancock with an easy mile hike in to spectacular oceanside cliffs. Well worth it to fit in with a trip to Machias, Lubec Eastport. Too bad there's not a pic but there should be on the web site.
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land
Maine 191
About an hour from Hancock with an easy mile hike in to spectacular oceanside cliffs. Well worth it to fit in with a trip to Machias, Lubec Eastport. Too bad there's not a pic but there should be on the web site.
Lots of different hikes from Cadillac Mtn to Beehive to you name it...lots of info on the website. My suggestions are...if you have bikes doing the Loop Road early in the day is sweet and if you're a real rider going up Cadillac is a climb. Generally, in summer go early is the best advice I can give, it can get busy but it's busy for a reason, it's gorgeous.
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Acadia National Park
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Lots of different hikes from Cadillac Mtn to Beehive to you name it...lots of info on the website. My suggestions are...if you have bikes doing the Loop Road early in the day is sweet and if you're a real rider going up Cadillac is a climb. Generally, in summer go early is the best advice I can give, it can get busy but it's busy for a reason, it's gorgeous.
Want a charming town like Bar Harbor but without all the tourists? Belfast is a winner with great shops, restaurants and the farmer's market on Sat is a gem. Beautiful harbor with lots of boats, scenic park and only about 40 miles from Hancock.
Belfast Maine
Want a charming town like Bar Harbor but without all the tourists? Belfast is a winner with great shops, restaurants and the farmer's market on Sat is a gem. Beautiful harbor with lots of boats, scenic park and only about 40 miles from Hancock.
You want to hike? Baxter is the place to go. hiking Kathadin is an experience worth going for but almost 3 hours from Hancock so leave early and pack your own food, plenty of water (two bottle min pp to do Kathadin).
Baxter State Park
161 Souther Rd
You want to hike? Baxter is the place to go. hiking Kathadin is an experience worth going for but almost 3 hours from Hancock so leave early and pack your own food, plenty of water (two bottle min pp to do Kathadin).
Both the Abbe Museum downtown and here are worth a visit if you spend more than a day on MDI.
Abbe Museum At Wild Gardens Of Acadia
Both the Abbe Museum downtown and here are worth a visit if you spend more than a day on MDI.
Another nice day trip could be to Deer Isle, Stonington and Castine. Here's a pretty good guide: https://www.deerisle.com/maps-island-guide/ but just going and exploring is fun and it's a pretty drive. Another great area town is Blue Hill.
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Deer Isle
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Another nice day trip could be to Deer Isle, Stonington and Castine. Here's a pretty good guide: https://www.deerisle.com/maps-island-guide/ but just going and exploring is fun and it's a pretty drive. Another great area town is Blue Hill.
Restaurants
Of course restaurants depend on what you like but from the informal to the pricey but worth it here's our list..if something isn't on it or you have a question, just ask, we know many of them. For lobster, there's no 'lobster pound' one more special. Pick one with a view?
One of the best anywhere. Ask for the chef/owner Mike Poirier and you'll meet the real deal. Never had a bad meal, tell him I said hi and I guarantee a memorable meal and view...plus it's close to Schoodic so perfect ending to that day. Unfortunately, closed in winter
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SALT BOX HANCOCK
10 Newman St
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One of the best anywhere. Ask for the chef/owner Mike Poirier and you'll meet the real deal. Never had a bad meal, tell him I said hi and I guarantee a memorable meal and view...plus it's close to Schoodic so perfect ending to that day. Unfortunately, closed in winter
Since Ironbound got a new chef last year they vaulted ahead and could tie Salt Box for our fave. Great atmosphere and food, not to be missed. Tell Leslie Harlow hi for us, she'll take care of you.
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Ironbound Restaurant & Inn
1513 U.S. 1
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Since Ironbound got a new chef last year they vaulted ahead and could tie Salt Box for our fave. Great atmosphere and food, not to be missed. Tell Leslie Harlow hi for us, she'll take care of you.
Lots of good place in Bar Harbor but for good food, atmosphere and service Havana's is great. They have an outdoor patio/bar that's terrific.
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Havana
318 Main Street
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Lots of good place in Bar Harbor but for good food, atmosphere and service Havana's is great. They have an outdoor patio/bar that's terrific.
Great lunch spot opposite the town parking lot that sometimes has a parking space!
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Side Street Cafe
49 Rodick Street
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Great lunch spot opposite the town parking lot that sometimes has a parking space!
Want a good breakfast, reasonable prices, 'real' Maine people and a little kitsch in the decor....Martha's is the place!
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Martha's Diner
151 High St
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Want a good breakfast, reasonable prices, 'real' Maine people and a little kitsch in the decor....Martha's is the place!
Looking for some Indian cuisine? Serendip is good, not pricey and will hit the spot. My wife's not a big Indian food fan and loves this place so that's a good recommendation. :)
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Serendib Indian And Sri Lankan
2 State St
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Looking for some Indian cuisine? Serendip is good, not pricey and will hit the spot. My wife's not a big Indian food fan and loves this place so that's a good recommendation. :)
Local cafe with shops in the building, great atmosphere and good coffee and eats.
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Flexit Cafe & Bakery
192 Main St
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Local cafe with shops in the building, great atmosphere and good coffee and eats.
Want some comfort food, check out Finn's menu. Nice bar, atmosphere and people.
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Finn's Irish Pub
156 Main Street
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Want some comfort food, check out Finn's menu. Nice bar, atmosphere and people.
Quality ice cream, locally made and a treat. They often have pints on sale too :)
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Morton’s Moo Homemade Ice Cream
9 School Street
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Quality ice cream, locally made and a treat. They often have pints on sale too :)
Great wraps! Perfect for lunch or take out. I have no idea what the glop on the plate is in the photo but great wraps! :)
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86 This
125 Main Street
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Great wraps! Perfect for lunch or take out. I have no idea what the glop on the plate is in the photo but great wraps! :)
Great for breakfast or lunch, especially if going up the coast and you don't want to bother at home.
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Chester Pike's Galley
2336 U.S. 1
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Great for breakfast or lunch, especially if going up the coast and you don't want to bother at home.
Great bar, good food and wonderful brunch.
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PROVENDER KITCHEN + BAR
112 Main St
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Great bar, good food and wonderful brunch.