Take a Highway Journey to Discover Maine’s Blue Hill Peninsula

Main Street Penobscot Bay on Blue Hill Peninsula, Castine, Maine, USA

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Day 2: Castine to Blue Hill (51 miles)

From Castine, the route shadows the Bagaduce River and wraps round tidal Northern Bay. Maintain proper the place the highways intersect, following Route 166 to 166A to State Routes 199 and 175, and turning proper following indicators for Holbrook Island Sanctuary and State Route 176.​

Proceed on 176, passing a barn bakery that seems breads and pastries, blueberry barrens that change into scarlet in autumn, and don’t-blink villages. After about 7 miles, on the Cape Rosier signal, flip proper for a scenic, counterclockwise 14-mile loop (with two gravel sections satisfactory by automobiles). On the loop, self-tour 4 Seasons Farm, owned by natural guru Eliot Coleman and his spouse, Barbara Damrosch, of PBS’ Victory Backyard. Right here you should buy recent veggies and produce on Saturdays. Past that’s the Good Life Middle, established by simple-living advocates Scott and Helen Nearing. Their ebook Residing the Good Life influenced a technology of back-to-the-landers. You may go to the Nearings’ dwelling and gardens and stroll the paths from mid-June to Labor Day, after which weekends by early October.

After passing by the Harborside enclave, spend time in Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park, which has simple mountaineering trails, a shorefront picnic space, and excellent birding in spring and fall.

Again on Route 176, you’ll quickly stumble upon Buck’s Harbor, the village made well-known by the beloved youngsters’s ebook One Morning in Maine, by Robert McCloskey. The ebook’s Condon’s Storage nonetheless exists, and there’s a gently up to date common retailer, Buck’s Harbor Market, with ready meals and picnic fixings. About 3 miles down the highway, flip left on Route 175 and search for Makers’ Market Store and Studio, which sells domestically crafted textiles, artwork glass, pottery, jewellery and different irresistible works at principally reasonably priced costs. Proceed for about 4 miles, turning proper onto 176 and proper once more in a mile on the T intersection. In about 2 miles, flip left on State Route 15 and proceed for about 4 1/2 miles to Blue Hill, your base for 2 nights.

For dinner, dine on seared Blue Hill Bay sea scallops and Gulf shrimp or crispy roasted duckling at Arborvine.

The place to remain: The Blue Hill Inn has 11 antiques-filled rooms (together with three on the primary flooring) in the primary inn and two up to date ground-floor suites within the adjoining Cape Home. Transportable seize bars and bathe seats can be found, and the innkeepers will help friends up the 4 steps into the inn and with baggage.

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