August 17, 2013

John Christie: Deer Isle's charms are just around the corner

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It's then off to Stonington, a genuine fishing village that has found new life as a destination for travelers who like to discover out-of-the-way places and get a taste of the "Real Maine." There are now a variety of eateries, shops and galleries that make a stroll down Main Street a treat, and there are enough overnight accommodations to host visitors for multiple-day visits.

We always try to plan our ride so that we can grab a late lunch on the return trip at one of our favorite snack bars, the Bagaduce Lunch back up Route 175 in North Brooksville.

More than the food makes this particular spot a must if you want not only great Maine seafood or other fare, but a scenic setting that's hard to beat: overlooking Bagaduce Falls where, on the outgoing tide, the river rushes under a bridge right beside the drive-in and adventurous kayakers ride the currents and put on quite a show for diners at the picnic tables.

Although clam-eaters in sufficient numbers preceded us in our mid-afternoon visit on our recent trip, and there weren't any left for us, it did provide the perfect excuse to try, for the first time, their fish sandwich, an 8-inch chunk of fresh haddock on a 5-inch bun that has now joined my lexicon of best fish sandwiches in Maine.

If you only plan one trip Down East this summer, you'd be well advised to consider this one.

John Christie is an author and year-round Maine explorer. He and his son, Josh, write in Outdoors about places to enjoy beauty only Maine has to offer. He can be contacted at:

jchristie@fairpoint.net

 

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