Wednesday, April 23, 2014
From staff reports
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Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro has fans among readers and our staff.
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Longfellow Books in Portland s Monument Square is the staff pick for best bookstore.
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BEST BOAT TOUR
Sunrise on Casco Bay
Casco Bay Lines
56 Commercial St., Portland
Morning is the best part of the day, and this cruise departs at 5:05 a.m. Monday through Friday, allowing riders to watch as wildlife wakes up. The 2.5-hour cruise is peaceful, heading to Chebeague and Cliff islands, then gains energy as the ferry picks up people on the other populated islands who are commuting to the city. The price is $15 for adults.
BEST CHARTER FISHING TOUR
Commercial Street at The Pier, Boothbay Harbor
With all the nearby inlets and islands, Boothbay Harbor is a very scenic place to start a boat ride. At Cap'n Fish's, you can choose from a variety of trips, including whale watches, sport fishing or lobster hauling.
BEST RECORD STORE
Bull Moose Music
Remember when you could walk into your neighborhood record store and not only find a wide variety of musical genres but be able to hold an intelligent conversation about music with the staff? You still can at Bull Moose, which stocks everything from new and used CDs and DVDs to bizarre novelty items. The Maine-based chain even proved there was still a market for vinyl by inventing Record Store Day, which has become a national phenomenon.
BEST PARK OR HISTORIC SITE
Fort Williams Park
1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth
Millions of visitors flock to this park every year, and it's not just because it has Portland Head Light, one of the oldest and most famous lighthouses in America (though that certainly doesn't hurt). This site offers stunning views of the rocky coastline and the Atlantic Ocean, miles of walking and biking trails, historic buildings and military bunkers, a playground and a pond. Fly a kite on the lush green landscape, enjoy a picnic with the family, or simply take in the view from strategically located benches along the coastal trails. Worth a day trip any time.
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The Danforth in Portland gets the staff nod for best bed and breakfast.