Misty Brook Farm: Family owned, 600-acre certified organic farm. Take a self-guided farm tour and stop by their farm shop, where you can pick up organic raw cow’s milk, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, eggs, raw milk cheese, and stone-milled whole flours. Location: 156 Bog Road, Albion, 207-437-4719. www.mistybrook.com
October Fields Farm: A Maine soy candle company and organic farm. Started as organic garlic and herb growers, they’ve grown to include soy candles, lip balms, and organic herbal teas. Most products sold online and at local shops. You can purchase organic produce directly; open seasonally from August-November at 352 South Freedom Road, Albion, 207-465-5355. www.octoberfields.com
Swan’s Honey: Maine’s best honey! Swan’s is Maine’s largest beekeeper and produces a wide variety of honey products including raw, unfiltered honey, wild blueberry honey, orange blossom, and wild raspberry honey. Visit their farm store or find their honey at Uncle Dean’s Grocery in Waterville and B&F Vegetable Stand in Winslow. Location: 332 Bessey Ridge Road, Albion, 207-437-2251. Store hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-3pm. (Note: there is no sign, but the store is located in the white barn looking building) http://swanshoney.com
Amish Community Market and Country General Store: This Amish store sells fresh produce, snacks, jams, candy, bulk foods, and cheese, as well as hardware, wind chimes, shoes, and handmade furniture. You have to try the Amish bakery goods – everyone raves about the fresh donuts made with no preservatives, available only on Wednesday and Saturday mornings! Flavors include glazed, jelly, chocolate cream, maple cream, and pumpkin cake. When you go, look for the typical Amish horse-drawn buggies on the roads.
Hours: 8am-5pm, closed Thursday and Sunday
368 Thorndike Rd
Amish Charcuterie: Located right next door to the Amish Community Market is a local artisan smoked meat and cheese shop. Drive along the road and past the Amish made barns, and you’ll come upon the charcuterie. These are all made with no processing, and you can certainly tell the difference!
Hours: Wed 10-5; Fri and Sat 9-5; closed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Leelyn Rd, Unity, ME
Unity Pond Pottery: Watch potters at work and visit the pottery showroom.
Hours: Tues-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday and all major holidays.
222 Bangor Road
Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm: Take a free tour of this alpaca breeding facility, which houses 37 alpacas. It includes a full service farm, alpaca sales, a retail gift gallery, and opportunities for visitors to have hands on learning.
Hours: Thur-Sun 10am-5pm, Closed Mon-Wed
141 Crosby Brook Road
Gardeners may want to visit the retail location of the famous Johnny’s Selected Seeds, which is headquartered in Winslow. Address is 955 Benton Avenue, Winslow, 207-238-5327. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm, but they recommend calling in advance as store hours may change from time to time, or seasonally. https://www.johnnyseeds.com
– Johnny’s Research Farm is located at 184 Foss Hill Road in Albion! The trial fields, where they conduct their breeding and variety trials, are open to guests for self-guided tours from July through September. The farm is open daily, Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-4:00 pm. You can download a self-guided farm tour guide from the Johnny’s Seeds website.
Fieldstone Gardens: Visit the home location of the Maine’s premier mail-order perennial plant nursery. Fieldstone Gardens is a primary resource for most avid gardeners who are looking for those special perennial plants not commonly found at big box stores. Fieldstone Gardens includes 10 acres of gardens, a 250-acre sustainable tree farm, apple orchard, lilac collection, retail store, fields, ponds, and their famous stone walls. It has been described as “one of the most beautiful spots in Central Maine.” Open seasonally from April to November; Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Location: 55 Quaker Lane, Vassalboro, 207-923-3836. www.fieldstonegardens.com
Nestled against Lake St. George State Park, Liberty is a small rural community with a traditional village center. One of its unique attractions is the old octagonal post office, the only octagonal post office in the United States. While in Liberty, stop by the Liberty Tool Company on Main Street. It’s an interesting, 3-story shop that sells old tools, antiques, antiquarian books, paintings, and prints.
Poke around the art galleries, unique bookshops, and wander around the waterfront. The town is a gold-mine of Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian architecture.
Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad: Take a train ride on a railroad operating with a vintage GE 70 ton diesel electric locomotive. The Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad offers weekend round trip excursions from City Point Station in Belfast. Enjoy scenic views of the woods, fields, and streams of Waldo County. Most trips are only one hour in duration. Prices: Adult $14.00, Senior $12.00, Child $5.00.
13 Oak Hill Road
Penobscot Marine Museum: Maine’s oldest maritime museum, founded in 1936. The exhibits are housed in five separate buildings. Address: 5 Church St, at Rte. 1, Searsport, 207-5482529
Fort Knox: A 125-acre state historic site just off Rte. 1. This sprawling granite fort was begun in 1844 to protect the upper Penobscot River from attack, but never was finished and never saw battle. There are two complete Rodman cannons and underground passages. It also features gorgeous views over the river to Bucksport. Address: Rte. 174, 740 Fort Knox Road, Prospect; 207-469-7719 (Entrance fee)
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory: Accessible via Fort Knox. The observatory tops the 420-foot high west tower of the new bridge spanning the Penobscot River. It’s one of only three such structures in the world and the only one in the US. You go up in an elevator and when the doors open, you are facing a wall of glass. The views on a clear day extend from Mt. Katahdin to Mount Desert Island. Address: U.S. 1, Stockton Springs, ME; 207-624-3000 (Entrance fee; includes admission to Fort Knox)
Camden Hills State Park: Lovely shoreline and woodland hiking trails. Drive the Mt. Battie Auto Road to the top for a birds-eye view of Camden Harbor and the panorama of Penobscot Bay and its islands. Climb the summit’s stone tower for an even better view. (For hikers, there are two popular routes up Mt. Battie – an easy hour-long hike from the base parking lot and a more strenuous 45-minute one from the top of Mt. Battie Street in Camden.) (Entrance fee)
Cruise on a Windjammer: Take a two-hour sail on an authentic windjammer or schooner. Try the Surprise, the Olad, the Lazy Jack II, or the Appledore II.
The Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center: A wonderful collection of 19th and 20th century Maine-related American art. Of the 6000-piece collection, the best known are the paintings by three generations of the Wyeth family.
Address: 16 Museum St, Rockland; 207-596-6457
Rockland Breakwater: The 4346-foot long breakwater provides unique vantage points for photographers, and a place to picnic or catch sea breezes or fish on a hot day. To reach the breakwater, take Route 1 North to Waldo Avenue and turn right. Take the next right onto Samoset Road and drive to the end to Marie Reed Memorial Park.
Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island: This was America’s first national park east of the Mississippi River and the only national park in the northeastern US. Drive the 27-mile Park Loop Road, which ascends to the summit of Cadillac Mountain and provides overlooks to magnificent vistas. (Entrance fee)
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Visit the largest botanical garden in New England. Stroll through the gardens or hike through the woods. Location: 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay. Check website for hours and admission rates.
Maine Wildlife Park: See over 30 species of Maine wildlife. The park serves as a permanent home for wildlife that cannot be returned to their natural habitat. Most of the animals are here because they were injured or orphaned, or are human dependent. You’ll encounter moose, black bear, Canada lynx, bald eagle, wild turkey, porcupine, fisher, bobcat, hawks, owls, skunk, woodchuck, and foxes. The park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It is open from mid-April through Veteran’s Day. Gates open at 9:30am and close at 4:30pm, but visitors may stay until 6:00pm. Fees are free for children 3 and under, $5.50 for child (4-12), $7.50 for adult (13-59) and $5.50 for seniors (60 and up). Location: 56 Game Farm Road, Gray, 207-657-4977. https://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife-park/index.html