At ACADIA HIGHWAY DOLLHOUSE TREASURES in Orland, Mary Soper stocks a wide variety of dollhouses, miniatures, and tiny furnitures.

ARAGOSTA, which is Italian for "Lobster," provides a Mediterranean flavor to all lof its dishes. Chef Devin Finigan, who has cooked at Restaurante Jardin with Spanish chef Macarena de Castro on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, brings authentic experience to her waterfront restaurant. No where on earth will you find better butter-poached lobster ravioli.

Our online dictionary defines barren land as "unproductive, infertile, unfruitful, sterile, and desert." This has suggested to us that BARREN VIEW GOLF COURSE in Jonesboro might benefit from a different name. This unusually scenic course takes its name from the nearby blueberry barrens, but how are tourists supposed to know this? Whatever it's called, Barren View is a true links course offering a championship standard course suitable for players of all abilities.

The BAYVIEW TAKE-OUT & MARKET on Bayview Road in Penobscot has Downeast Maine's best haddockburgers. Other notable eats include many varieties of sandwiches, burgers, fried fish, clams, scallops, etc. The best take-out place hereabouts.

in Belfast offers an interesting and varied assortment of gemstones, minerals, and fossils. Open year round, Bennett’s is the place to find affordable gemstone jewelry from Maine and the world..

"We're not a biker shop," Betsy is quick to point out, although her BLACKSHEEP TRADING CO. on Rte 3 in Trenton stocks lots of stuff such a custom sheepskin motorcycle seat covers that bikers like.  On hand also are thousands of articles to be enjoyed by the whole family including sheepskin slippers and matchless American memorabilia.

Writing in "The Guide to Maine Golf Courses," Park Morrison called BLINK BONNIE GOLF LINKS "one of Maine’s Hidden Gems!" Established in 1916, this links-style 9-hole walking course has an open layout with bunkers guarding its velvet bentgrass greens and beautiful views of Flanders Bay from every tee box. 

Searsport is a Mecca for serious modelers of historic ships. It is the home of BLUEJACKET SHIPCRAFTERS, manufacturers of the world's finest ship model kits. In terms of accuracy, attention to detail, and quality of materials and instructions, no other ship model kits are comparable. The company is the oldest modeling company in the US, founded in 1905 as the official ship modeler to the US Navy. BlueJacket's models are found in museums worldwide, with over 70 in the Smithsonian alone.

The CALAIS MOTOR INN has Washington County's only heated, indoor, Olympic-sized swimming pool.

After a dozen years in the furniture refinishing business, David Conary has opened a gallery at DOWNEAST REFINISHING on the Bucksport Road in Ellsworth that can only be described as a unique cross between a new furnture showroom and an antiques shop.

Keith Herkotz says he loves making pots. The pots he makes show this love. You can see them at DOWN TO EARTH POTTERY shops in Blue Hill and Franklin.

The DRY DOCK CAFE in downtown Southwest Harbor serves seriously wonderful food, including CrispyChilean Style Haddock, Scallops Southwest Harbor, Scallops Mornay, Walkers Wellington, Filet Mignon, and Lobster along with Great Salads, and Homemade Soups and Chowders.

The lovely DRYDOCK INN in Southwest Harbor is open year round and during spring and summer guests enjoy room service. The inn features two suites with kitchen/living room combo and also kitchenettes.

If cars excite you, check out the possibilities at EAST COAST PERFORMANCE on the Douglas Highway. Here you'll find all the add-on accessories to make your car or truck something really special. Visit them on FACEBOOK.

The EGGEMOGGIN COUNTRY STORE on Route 15 in Sedgwick serves as the center of community life hereabouts. On hand are pretty much all of life's necessities—fresh produce, meat, and other staples; a wonderful little bakery; the latest videos, fuel, magazines and newspapers, and 24 and more varieties of soft serve ice cream.

The people at EL EL FRIJOLES take pride in serving high-quality Mexican food that is tasty, healthy, and nutritious. They make pretty much everything from scratch, every day, and strive to use as many local and/or organic ingredients as possible. They don't add sugars to things that shouldn't be sweet and don't add fat to food that doesn't need it.

ELLSWORTH GIANT SUB offers more than 60 varieties of sandwiches, but for you they'll make whatever you like. There's plenty of parking; buses and campers are welcome. They're open Monday thru Saturday year round. After lunch, drop by the Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar next door for dessert.

Maine has plenty of Variety Stores, but only a few Incredible Variety Stores. Leading the parade here is ELMER'S DISCOUNT on Route One in Columbia, a place of such great variety it makes one a bit dizzy. Shop here for hardware, housewares, crafts, plumbing, sporting goods, gifts, marine supplies, paint, books, automotive, lawn & Garden, toys, and more.

Located in the historic Archibald-Adams House (circa 1793) on Main Street in Cherryfield, the ENGLISHMAN'S B&B is situated on the banks of the beautiful Narraguagus River. Originally built in 1793, this Federal-style home was renovated  and restored to museum quality in the 1990s. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

GLASSOURCE, 151 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth, offers an extensive line of glass-related services, including a full line of residential glazing products.

GOOD DEALS ANTIQUES MALL & COLLECTIBLES on Main Street in Bucksport offers an incredible assortment of interesting items. A Dealer's Shop, new venders are always welcome. Consignment on furniture and household items. Inventory changes daily; you'll always find a good deal. Call 207/469-2000.

From Water Street, ISLAND COW ICE CREAM doesn't look all that imposing, but, trust us, here is something special.   The ice cream here is Farm Fresh, which isn't quite the same as homemade. Farm fresh ice cream is made from milk and cream straight from the cow. It's also made from pure cane sugar. The menu is quite extensive, including offerings from chick pea salad to spicy black bean soup. To the greatest extent possible, organic ingredients are used. The farm-made soft serve is 10 percent butterfat. If you don't want a cone, you can get ice cream served in biodegradable bagasse cups, which are made from recycled straw. At the Common Ground Fair, Island Cow fare was honored as both Best Food and Best Dessert. Like Island Cow on FACEBOOK.

The KITCHEN GARDEN RESTAURANT on the Village Road in Steuben is committed to serving fresh organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The menus here change monthly according to the season and available ingredients, providing a wide variety of cuisines and tastes. Bring cash or check; no credit cards. BYOB. Call 207/546-4269 a day ahead for reservations.

We guess that the opposite of fast food is the low-and-slow Texas barbecue found at Trenton's LOBSTER POUND AND REAL PIT BBQ. The pulled pork in our sandwich had been smoked for a full 24 hours—this guarantees it'll stay moist. There aren't better bbq ribs anywhere, and the sweet corn tastes fresh from the vine. Trip Advisor gave this place its Number One, Five Star  Rating.

Like your courses hilly? You'll love the LUCERNE GOLF CLUB. Besides hills, it boasts some of the finest greens found anywhere. This  challenging Donald Ross course, established in 1926, is a truly fine 9-hole test of any player's abilities.

At MDI IMPORTED CAR SERVICE in Town Hill, David White runs perhaps the world's greenest auto repair business. Among other things, he heats his place with recycled motor oil and wastes next to nothing.

The people at MAINE'S OWN TREATS on the Bar Harbor Rod in Ellsworth offer free samples of the most popular of the 26 varieties of jams and jellies they make.

A major attraction is the OCEANARIUM on Route 3 in Bar Harbor. Featured are a lobster hatchery, a lobster museum, and a marsh walk. Most often there's a lobsterman on hand to explain the mysteries of his venerable trade.

If you stay on Rte 1 east of Ellsworth, you'll come to RUTH AND WIMPY'S KITCHEN where quite often you can get the area's best deal on a lobster dinner. Here also is Hancock’s foremost celebrity Wilbur the Lobster, the world's biggest lobster sculpture. Ruth and Wimpy were featured nationally on The Cooking Channel in a show called "Hook, Line, and Dinner." Peruse their MENU.

Your Sign is often completely responsible for the first impression your company makes. You need to make a good one. With complete professionalism, SIERRA SIGNS AND DESIGNS in Hacock will put your best foot forward.

SOUTHWEST BOAT MARINE SERVICES in Southwest Harbor serves the individual needs of anybody with a boat. From metal fabrications and welding to underwater hull inspections, Southwest Boat is the company to turn to.

TASHA'S at the Pine Ridge Golf Center in Sedgwick offers cuisine that is really quite excellent. You can get such things as mozarella sticks with hot marinara sauce, pepper poppers, chili cheese fries, brocoli poppers, and sweet potato fries.

Besides general auto repair, Tim Bybee of TDP AUTOMOTIVE on Rte 1 in Steuben has the area's only Mustang Dynomometer, the instrumentation high performance dragsters employ to coax the most from their machines .

How do you please the locals, summer people, and tourists all at the same time? The folks at THE GOOD KETTLE have found a way. They combine simple, good, home-style cooking with high-quality ingredients to provide nutritious, wholesome, delicious food. 

We like getting breakfast at TIDEWAY MARKET.on Route One East of Ellsworth.  Our favorite is their biscuits and sausage gravey, but there are several additional tempting offerings. There's also made-from-scratch pizza and fresh chicken tenders.

VACATION COTTAGES, LLC, the Blue Hill Peninsula's premier property management company, offers over 100 weekly waterfront rentals, including but not limited to cottages, cabins, houses, mansions and estates along the coast of Mid Coast & Down East Maine, including Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

Phil Alley’s ACADIA WEATHERVANES AND WOODSHOP CUPOLAS on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton is the area's original  Cupola and Weathervane factory store. These family-crafted cupolas are built with only the finest materials using methods usually reserved for high-quality cabinetry.