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Guidebook for Bear Beach Maine

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Guidebook for Bear Beach Maine

Food Scene
Great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Located in Machias just past the causeway. Seasonal outdoor seating. Awesome fish chowder and pies!
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Helen's Restaurant
111 Main Street
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Great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Located in Machias just past the causeway. Seasonal outdoor seating. Awesome fish chowder and pies!
Thirsty Moose Cafe
36 Main St
Great place for fast-type food and ice cream
Rivers Edge Drive In
18 Main St
Great place for fast-type food and ice cream
Jo's World Famous Schnitzel Wagon
Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not fancy but good food.
The Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant
78 Main St
Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not fancy but good food.
Very good pizza! Order in or take out
Pat's Pizza Machias
168 Main St
Very good pizza! Order in or take out
Family owned. Very good Chinese food
Hing Garden
46 Main St
Family owned. Very good Chinese food
Organic food store and cafe
Whole Life Natural Market
4 Colonial Way
Organic food store and cafe
Open for dinner Thursday thru Saturday. Reservations required. Fine dining, closest to Bear Beach Maine
Riverside Inn & Restaurant
622 Main St
Open for dinner Thursday thru Saturday. Reservations required. Fine dining, closest to Bear Beach Maine
Buy lobsters right from the docks! You will find a black bucket in the shed. Take this with you to the lobster docks for the lobsters. Keep the lobsters in a cool, dry place until ready to cook. They will last for a number of hours if they are kept in the shade and out of fresh water (Do not let them get rained on!)
Little River Lobster Co
Buy lobsters right from the docks! You will find a black bucket in the shed. Take this with you to the lobster docks for the lobsters. Keep the lobsters in a cool, dry place until ready to cook. They will last for a number of hours if they are kept in the shade and out of fresh water (Do not let them get rained on!)
Drinks & Nightlife
Brew Pub type food
Skywalker's Bar and Grille
86 Main St
Brew Pub type food
Essentials
Buy Fishing License https://ww3.truevalue.com/pineos/Home.aspx
This is the closest full grocery store to Bear Beach
Hannaford Supermarket
149 Dublin Street
This is the closest full grocery store to Bear Beach
Parks & Nature
Awesome all-rock beach. The way the tide comes into this area it almost acts as a rock polisher. Its best to go at lower tide for a better selection of rocks of all sizes and colors. Very unique beach!
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Jasper Beach
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Awesome all-rock beach. The way the tide comes into this area it almost acts as a rock polisher. Its best to go at lower tide for a better selection of rocks of all sizes and colors. Very unique beach!
Beautiful beach!
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Roque Bluffs State Park
145 Schoppee Point Road
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Beautiful beach!
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Acadia National Park Pond
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http://find.mapmuse.com/details/boat-ramps-maine/347462227/gardner-lake-public-boat-ramp Directions to the public boat launch. Beautiful lake!
Gardner Lake
http://find.mapmuse.com/details/boat-ramps-maine/347462227/gardner-lake-public-boat-ramp Directions to the public boat launch. Beautiful lake!
Beautiful hiking trail, takes you along the rugged shoreline with rocky cliffs and crashing surf. Takes about 3 hours
Western Head Preserve Trailhead
Beautiful hiking trail, takes you along the rugged shoreline with rocky cliffs and crashing surf. Takes about 3 hours
Amazing hiking trail that rivals anything found in Acadia. Possibly the most scenic trail along the east coast. Takes about 6 hours but you can take an abbreviated hike also. About half the hike is through the forest and half along the rugged shoreline with crashing surf.
Trailhead: Cutler Bold Coast Trail
425 ME-191
Amazing hiking trail that rivals anything found in Acadia. Possibly the most scenic trail along the east coast. Takes about 6 hours but you can take an abbreviated hike also. About half the hike is through the forest and half along the rugged shoreline with crashing surf.
Sightseeing
Puffin Tours to Machias Seal Island May-mid August. Captain Andy Patterson is the only charter captain licensed to take people ON the island to view the puffin nesting grounds. He also does fishing charters. Located on Cutler Harbor
Bold Coast Charter Co.
2687-2699 Cutler Rd
Puffin Tours to Machias Seal Island May-mid August. Captain Andy Patterson is the only charter captain licensed to take people ON the island to view the puffin nesting grounds. He also does fishing charters. Located on Cutler Harbor
Offers a variety of sea tours! He used to be a teacher, has a heart for the area. Very fun, informative tours. Highly recommended family business.
Robertson Sea Tours
183 Bay View Road
Offers a variety of sea tours! He used to be a teacher, has a heart for the area. Very fun, informative tours. Highly recommended family business.
The best free tour you will ever take! (You do need a passport to cross over the bridge) tour President Roosevelts summer cottage. Be sure to ask about "Tea With Eleanor" before you go for times. (The first morning tour is free with tea, cookies and stories about Eleanor Roosevelt) Note that NB is in the Atlantic time zone (one hour later than EST)
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Roosevelt Campobello International Park
459 New Brunswick 774
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The best free tour you will ever take! (You do need a passport to cross over the bridge) tour President Roosevelts summer cottage. Be sure to ask about "Tea With Eleanor" before you go for times. (The first morning tour is free with tea, cookies and stories about Eleanor Roosevelt) Note that NB is in the Atlantic time zone (one hour later than EST)
The eastern-most lighthouse in the US
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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
973 S Lubec Rd
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The eastern-most lighthouse in the US
The last stone-ground mustard mill in the US.
Raye's Mustard Mill Museum
83 Washington Street
The last stone-ground mustard mill in the US.
Shopping
Authentic old-time hardware store! Hardware, bulk spices, pottery, etc. On Thursdays they host a farmer's market in their basement. This store is certainly worth a visit!
Machias Hardware Co
25 Main St
Authentic old-time hardware store! Hardware, bulk spices, pottery, etc. On Thursdays they host a farmer's market in their basement. This store is certainly worth a visit!
Very cute gift shop and florist. Features locally-made items
Berry Vines
97 Main St
Very cute gift shop and florist. Features locally-made items
An unexpected find in this small town. Extensive and amazing selection of wine and beer from all over the world. They also carry local food, cheese and craft items. Once a month they host a wine-tasting event.
The French Cellar
4 Colonial Way
An unexpected find in this small town. Extensive and amazing selection of wine and beer from all over the world. They also carry local food, cheese and craft items. Once a month they host a wine-tasting event.
This is where the locals shop. With 14 locations all throughout Maine, Mardens is one of the country's largest liquidators (but only located in Maine). Go to their website to find a location that might fit in with your travel plans. I have personally been to every location in the state (a lofty goal, but someone had to do it!) You have to be a bit of a scavenger to appreciate it; you may find nothing or a lot depending on the liquidation; anything from golf clubs to a hammer to a silk dress or toilet paper. The Scarborough location (closest to Portland) seems to get the higher-end clothing liquidations. It can be a fun thing to do on a rainy day! mardens.com
Marden's
461 High St
This is where the locals shop. With 14 locations all throughout Maine, Mardens is one of the country's largest liquidators (but only located in Maine). Go to their website to find a location that might fit in with your travel plans. I have personally been to every location in the state (a lofty goal, but someone had to do it!) You have to be a bit of a scavenger to appreciate it; you may find nothing or a lot depending on the liquidation; anything from golf clubs to a hammer to a silk dress or toilet paper. The Scarborough location (closest to Portland) seems to get the higher-end clothing liquidations. It can be a fun thing to do on a rainy day! mardens.com
The locals shop here also. If you want a decent "Maine" sweatshirt at a good price, this is your place. They have locations throughout the state.
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Reny's Department Store
175 High St
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The locals shop here also. If you want a decent "Maine" sweatshirt at a good price, this is your place. They have locations throughout the state.
While the flagship/main store is in Freeport (a day trip), this outlet store in Ellsworth is pretty good and has a better selection of outlet items than the outlet store in Freeport. If you are driving through Ellsworth, its worth the stop.
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L.L.Bean
150 High Street
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While the flagship/main store is in Freeport (a day trip), this outlet store in Ellsworth is pretty good and has a better selection of outlet items than the outlet store in Freeport. If you are driving through Ellsworth, its worth the stop.
Wonderful hand-made chocolates from a little Peruvian lady. She also sells locally-made items and clothing and jewelry that she brings back from her trips to her homeland Peru. If she knows that you have not been there before, she will bring you samples of her delicious chocolates.
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Monica's Chocolates
100 County Rd
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Wonderful hand-made chocolates from a little Peruvian lady. She also sells locally-made items and clothing and jewelry that she brings back from her trips to her homeland Peru. If she knows that you have not been there before, she will bring you samples of her delicious chocolates.
For years we drove by this huge, ugly, blue, round building. Finally our curiosity got the better of us and we discovered the home of the best blueberry pies ever! These are hand made wild blueberry pies (I generally buy the strousel topped frozen blueberry pie and bake it at the house) They also carry other various Maine items.
Wild Blueberry Land
1067 US-1
For years we drove by this huge, ugly, blue, round building. Finally our curiosity got the better of us and we discovered the home of the best blueberry pies ever! These are hand made wild blueberry pies (I generally buy the strousel topped frozen blueberry pie and bake it at the house) They also carry other various Maine items.
Getting Around
Closest airport, 2 hours from Bear Beach Maine
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Bangor International Airport
287 Godfrey Boulevard
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Closest airport, 2 hours from Bear Beach Maine