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

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.

BENNETT’S GEMS & JEWELRY 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. Here you’ll find Maine’s largest assortment of polished stones.

"We're not a biker shop," Betsy is quick to point out, although her BLACKSHEEP TRADING CO. in Trenton stocks lots of stuff, including the custom sheepskin motorcycle seat covers that bikers like. Many people, she notes, are intimidated by biker shops while there is nothing at all scarey about her place. There is interesting stuff here for the whole family.

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

CHARLIE'S PIZZA AND SUBS is unsurpassed in Downeast Maine. Specilty pizzas you won't find elsewehre include Pastrami and Mustard, Chicken Ranch, and BBQ Chicken. They deliver through the area and insist on no minimum orders.

DOG FRIENDLY SITES directs visitors and their canine companiens to the lodgings, restaurants, parks and trails, pet shops, vets, and kennels they need for a happy vacation.

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.

EAGLE'S LODGE MOTEL, perched on a bluff and set well back from the road, provides a nice sense of seclusion  at the same time that it's near all vital community amenities. The 42-unit motel itself  provides features you expect to find in much more expensive accommodations. This includes cable TV, air conditioning, free Continental breakfast, free WIFI, free copy & fax service, free passes to the local YMCA, discount meals at local restaurants, and a complimentary daily newspaper. There are dog-friendly rooms with advance reservatons and a microwave and refrigerator in every room. The Eagle's Nest is strategically situated between Bangor International Airport, Acadia National Park, and Downeast Maine.

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.

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 o
f Historic Places.

HOMETOWN FUEL in Eastbrook sells heating oil, diesel, and kerosene both residentially and commercially. Its pricing is very competitive. A family-owned business since 1944, Hometown Fuel offers senior discounts, participates in the LIHEAP Program and the Citizens Energy/CITGGO Program. This is a company you can cozy up to. Call 207/565-2746.

The KITCHEN GARDEN RESTAURANT on the Village Road in Steuben is committed to serving fresh organic and local ingredients whenever possible. The menus here c
hange 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.

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. The green fees are among the lowest around. Seniors play a popular 9 a.m. Monday morning scramble. Call 207-843-6282.

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. A certified Bosch Automotive Service Center, MDI Imported Car Service understands foreign cars like few others.

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. This shop is billed as having the state's largest inventory of Maine-made food products. While you're there, you can pick up a free mail order brochure. Call 207-667-8888.

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..

There are roadside attractions and ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS!!! PERRY'S NUT HOUSE  is definitely the latter. Since 1927, Perry's on Route One in Belfast  has been entertaining visitors with its fascinating museum-quality displays of stuffed animals, unique selection of fresh roasted nuts, silly practical jokes and comic t-shirts. Perry's is also famous for its fabulous fudge of many flavors. Stop by for a free sample. There is fun for all at Perry's Nut House.

REALLY SAVE THE WHALES is an on-going project backed by the good folks at the Mount Desert Oceanarium. Our whales are threatened in many ways including collisions with ships

REAL ESTATE REBEL, a book by Ken Lavoie of Winslow, Maine, details how the average person can profit from residential real estate. He
lays out strategies that can work for nearly anyone. Single family homes, duplexes, multi-family complexes and syndication. He also reveals unique money and debt management techniques that can effortlessly increase profits. Ken is an ardent student of the "80/20 Rule" which states that 80% of our results tend come from 20% of our efforts. Ken has developed procedures that produce total success with half the hassle.

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 Hancock will put your best foot forward.

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. ASE certified, Tim can fill your nitrous oxide tank and use his AFR meter to custom tune your ride. If you're intent on getting there in a hurry, Tim is your guy.

How do you please the locals, summer people, and tourists all at the same time? The folks at THE GOOD KETTLE in Stockton Springs have found a way. They combine simple, good, home-style cooking with high-quality ingredients to provide nutritious, wholesome, delicious food. Home-grown produce is combined with wines, Maine brews, and cheeses from all over the world. On hand are Maine-made ice cream, baked goods, entrees, soups, and cheesecake. The folks here pack picnics for daytrippers (call ahead, 207/567-2035). All of this is pretty much guaranteed to please the pickiest palates of any and all.

THE UPS STORE At 216 High Street in Ellsworth is the place to go for all your mailing and shipping needs. Besides shipping, you can receive faxes, and packages. They have both black and white and color copy machines as well as a notary service. Wondering how to get stuff back home? Bring it here. They'll pack it and ship it and save you the hassle.

We like getting breakfast at the TIDEWAY MARKET. 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. Between bites you can check your e-mail with their free WIFI. Visit them on FACEBOOK.

At TUCKER MOUNTAIN LOG HOMES in Sullivan skilled logsmiths build custom-designed, handcrafted dwellings. Unique digs like these are available nowhere else in Maine.

Although YU TAKEOUT on Route One in Hancock specializes in unique-to-the-area Korean dishes, you can also get burgers, hotdogs, fried clams, and other Maine seafood delicacies. Where hostess Sonye Carroll really shines, however is in her Korean-style Buffalo wings, her signature egg rolls, wontons, teniyaki beef and chicken, wonton and Korean noodle soup, lo mein, sweet potato noodle, fried rice, and Korean hot and sweet and sour pork and chicken. MENU.

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