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Guidebook for Brewer

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Guidebook for Brewer

Food Scene
The locals know this hidden gem has the best seafood in town! Amazing lobster & haddock! Generous portions. Great prices, too. Sometimes you can spot bald eagles from the views here, as they overlook the Penobscot River!
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Eagles Nest Restaurant
1016 North Main Street
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The locals know this hidden gem has the best seafood in town! Amazing lobster & haddock! Generous portions. Great prices, too. Sometimes you can spot bald eagles from the views here, as they overlook the Penobscot River!
This is my favorite local restaurant. Request a table by the fireplace for the best ambiance. My favorite things to order are the Greek salad, and the Haddock Plaki. They have a bar in the back for those interested.
Kosta's Restaurant and Bar
429 Wilson Street
This is my favorite local restaurant. Request a table by the fireplace for the best ambiance. My favorite things to order are the Greek salad, and the Haddock Plaki. They have a bar in the back for those interested.
This is a ice cream parlor and fried food take-out in our neighborhood! It's only open spring through early fall. Amazing ice cream! :) Easy to walk there.
Jimmie's Ice Cream & Grill
409 N Main St
This is a ice cream parlor and fried food take-out in our neighborhood! It's only open spring through early fall. Amazing ice cream! :) Easy to walk there.
I love this place for its amazing pizza, but they have been locally famous for years as a coffee shop! They even have old style decor! And here's another secret about this place: About once a month, they have costumed wrestling in a large back room! HILARIOUS!!! You can buy tickets and it is well worth the price of admission! In fact, if it's your first time, it's probably worth your whole rent! I've been many times and this is one of the most funny local things I could tell you about! I've heard that they have sander-belt races! But I haven't witnessed those yet!
City Side Restaurant
393 N Main St
I love this place for its amazing pizza, but they have been locally famous for years as a coffee shop! They even have old style decor! And here's another secret about this place: About once a month, they have costumed wrestling in a large back room! HILARIOUS!!! You can buy tickets and it is well worth the price of admission! In fact, if it's your first time, it's probably worth your whole rent! I've been many times and this is one of the most funny local things I could tell you about! I've heard that they have sander-belt races! But I haven't witnessed those yet!
Shhhh! This is a secret! This place has the best ice cream in the world! We call this "The DP" (Dairy Port). Ah-Mazing!!! From here, and all along Main Street, you can see beautiful views of Fort Knox. You can take your ice cream, and cross the street, and go down towards the water, where Bucksport has a beautiful waterfront walk, and enjoy your ice cream sitting on a bench with a view of Fort Knox, or walking along the water.
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Wahl's Dairy Port
79 Main St
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Shhhh! This is a secret! This place has the best ice cream in the world! We call this "The DP" (Dairy Port). Ah-Mazing!!! From here, and all along Main Street, you can see beautiful views of Fort Knox. You can take your ice cream, and cross the street, and go down towards the water, where Bucksport has a beautiful waterfront walk, and enjoy your ice cream sitting on a bench with a view of Fort Knox, or walking along the water.
This is the most delicious stop as you are going around the Park Loop in Acadia National Park. You must order the lemonade and popovers - popovers are the most delicious thing ever, they are served with jam and butter, so good!!! I believe they stop serving these at 4pm. You can walk down the lawn towards the water, and see the carriage trails, if you aren't athletic enough to really want to hike, you can still get a look at what the trails look like. It's a beautiful view of North and South Bubbles (Mountains), and Jordan Pond, which is a water supply for the area.
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Jordan Pond House Restaurant
2928 Park Loop Road
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This is the most delicious stop as you are going around the Park Loop in Acadia National Park. You must order the lemonade and popovers - popovers are the most delicious thing ever, they are served with jam and butter, so good!!! I believe they stop serving these at 4pm. You can walk down the lawn towards the water, and see the carriage trails, if you aren't athletic enough to really want to hike, you can still get a look at what the trails look like. It's a beautiful view of North and South Bubbles (Mountains), and Jordan Pond, which is a water supply for the area.
Locally owned restaurant known for home-style cooking.
The Coach House Restaurant
457 Wilson Street
Locally owned restaurant known for home-style cooking.
This is about the only 24 hour restaurant around. The food is pretty good! I wouldn't recommend it over my favorites, and definitely not over my seafood favorites, but if it's late at night, or if it's very early, this is the place to go. It is a truck stop, so be prepared to see some truckers along with regular folk.
DYSARTS TRAVEL STOP
366 Coldbrook Rd
This is about the only 24 hour restaurant around. The food is pretty good! I wouldn't recommend it over my favorites, and definitely not over my seafood favorites, but if it's late at night, or if it's very early, this is the place to go. It is a truck stop, so be prepared to see some truckers along with regular folk.
If you want real lobster, steamed right in front of you, in view of the water, this is the place. Combine this with your Acadia visit.
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Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound
1237 Bar Harbor Road
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If you want real lobster, steamed right in front of you, in view of the water, this is the place. Combine this with your Acadia visit.
This is a fun old-fashioned drive-in! They serve mostly fried "baskets", my favorite is the fried haddock basket served with fries, cole slaw and a roll, delicious! They have lobster rolls, shrimp and scallop baskets, and they have ice cream, too! My aunt worked here when she was a teenager, in the 1950's, when the place was called Fat's!
Crosby's Drive-In
30 Duck Cove Road
This is a fun old-fashioned drive-in! They serve mostly fried "baskets", my favorite is the fried haddock basket served with fries, cole slaw and a roll, delicious! They have lobster rolls, shrimp and scallop baskets, and they have ice cream, too! My aunt worked here when she was a teenager, in the 1950's, when the place was called Fat's!
This historic Inn has a world class dining room suitable for very elegant evening dinners with their celebrated chef. Impeccable service. Call ahead for reservations. They also serve lovely Sunday brunches, and occasionally do Friday night special buffets, such as seafood buffets (check their website or call as it is a special offering). Men, this is a perfect setting for presenting your lovely lady with a ring (just a suggestion!). Beautiful place. Beautiful views.
The Lucerne Inn
This historic Inn has a world class dining room suitable for very elegant evening dinners with their celebrated chef. Impeccable service. Call ahead for reservations. They also serve lovely Sunday brunches, and occasionally do Friday night special buffets, such as seafood buffets (check their website or call as it is a special offering). Men, this is a perfect setting for presenting your lovely lady with a ring (just a suggestion!). Beautiful place. Beautiful views.
Drinks & Nightlife
This place is fun because it's located along the Brewer Riverwalk. Great view, and it's not too far of a walk. They opened fairly recently.
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Mason's Brewing Company
15 Hardy St
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This place is fun because it's located along the Brewer Riverwalk. Great view, and it's not too far of a walk. They opened fairly recently.
Parks & Nature
This is AMAZING and a must see! This is America's first Fort Knox. Fort Knox was built to protect the area during the American Revolution. You can walk through the tunnels (the place looks quite a bit like a castle!) and it's a lot of fun. It's also very interesting to look at the architecture. There are several other things to do in the area, including the Penobscot Narrows Observatory (same parking lot), so this is a must do! Many events take place at Fort Knox throughout the year, so please check schedules! Outdoor plays, re-enactments, pirate festivals, Halloween events, and much more!
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Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory
740 Fort Knox Road
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This is AMAZING and a must see! This is America's first Fort Knox. Fort Knox was built to protect the area during the American Revolution. You can walk through the tunnels (the place looks quite a bit like a castle!) and it's a lot of fun. It's also very interesting to look at the architecture. There are several other things to do in the area, including the Penobscot Narrows Observatory (same parking lot), so this is a must do! Many events take place at Fort Knox throughout the year, so please check schedules! Outdoor plays, re-enactments, pirate festivals, Halloween events, and much more!
Beautiful. See my other specific entries for GPS info. Be sure to rent bicycles in town (Bar Harbor), and ride the carriage trails! The carriage trails are a must not miss! Take your vehicle up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise, or sunset (or anytime it suits your schedule). It is gorgeous!
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Nacionalni park Acadia
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Beautiful. See my other specific entries for GPS info. Be sure to rent bicycles in town (Bar Harbor), and ride the carriage trails! The carriage trails are a must not miss! Take your vehicle up Cadillac Mountain for sunrise, or sunset (or anytime it suits your schedule). It is gorgeous!
Fun and interesting fish hatchery, where you can walk through and learn all about the hatchery. You can also use the park outside, hike, and swim.
Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery - Hatchery Building
306 Hatchery Road
Fun and interesting fish hatchery, where you can walk through and learn all about the hatchery. You can also use the park outside, hike, and swim.
This 1/2 acre park and short trail features themed plantings, walking paths, a waterfall, and an area for events such as weddings or performances. Really pretty as it overlooks the Penobscot River.
Brewer Riverwalk
99 Hardy St
This 1/2 acre park and short trail features themed plantings, walking paths, a waterfall, and an area for events such as weddings or performances. Really pretty as it overlooks the Penobscot River.
Features more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest, and 9+ miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. There is a boardwalk enabling visitors to City Forest to see a bog up close and personal without getting their feet wet. There are kiosks labeling plants along the boardwalk.
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Bangor City Forest
Tripp Drive
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Features more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest, and 9+ miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. There is a boardwalk enabling visitors to City Forest to see a bog up close and personal without getting their feet wet. There are kiosks labeling plants along the boardwalk.
This is where you'll start your Acadia National Park adventure. Stop into the Visitor's Center to get started, and get a map for the Park Loop. You can visit Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond House (as I have listed), Thunder Hole, Sand Beach, and many other spots along the way. Great hiking, biking, photo spots, and more!
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Hulls Cove Visitor Center
25 Visitor Center Rd
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This is where you'll start your Acadia National Park adventure. Stop into the Visitor's Center to get started, and get a map for the Park Loop. You can visit Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond House (as I have listed), Thunder Hole, Sand Beach, and many other spots along the way. Great hiking, biking, photo spots, and more!
Sightseeing
The Buck Monument is a local legend having to do with a witch's curse. Jonathan Buck was the founder of the town of Bucksport. Legend has it that he put a witch to her death, and the witch cursed him, and now there is an imprint of the witch's leg (which rolled out of the fire in which she died) on his monument. According to my mother, who grew up in Bucksport, they tried to scrub off this leg, but no matter what, it returned. When she was young, they even replaced they monument, to no avail, still the leg returned. There is also a sideways heart at the top of the monument. When I was young, you could walk around this very old cemetary, but now it is a small tourist attraction. Free.
Jonathan Buck Monument
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The Buck Monument is a local legend having to do with a witch's curse. Jonathan Buck was the founder of the town of Bucksport. Legend has it that he put a witch to her death, and the witch cursed him, and now there is an imprint of the witch's leg (which rolled out of the fire in which she died) on his monument. According to my mother, who grew up in Bucksport, they tried to scrub off this leg, but no matter what, it returned. When she was young, they even replaced they monument, to no avail, still the leg returned. There is also a sideways heart at the top of the monument. When I was young, you could walk around this very old cemetary, but now it is a small tourist attraction. Free.
Handsome Paul Bunyan structure on Main Street in Bangor, is now a little dwarfed by the casino and convention center, but he still stands tall. If you go into the casino parking garage, it is a great place to take his picture.
Paul Bunyan Statue
519 Main Street
Handsome Paul Bunyan structure on Main Street in Bangor, is now a little dwarfed by the casino and convention center, but he still stands tall. If you go into the casino parking garage, it is a great place to take his picture.
We are 7 minutes drive from here.
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Stephen King House
47 W Broadway
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We are 7 minutes drive from here.
Shopping
This is an enormous antique store! My grandfather went to school here in the 1920's when it actually was a school house! It is my favorite place to find terrific antiques right now!
School House Antique Mall
530 S Main St
This is an enormous antique store! My grandfather went to school here in the 1920's when it actually was a school house! It is my favorite place to find terrific antiques right now!
Groceries & any essentials, open until 11pm
Walmart Supercenter
24 Walton Dr
Groceries & any essentials, open until 11pm
Really interesting shop of oddities! Located downtown Bangor. Local art displayed alongside the merchandise.
The Rock and Art Shop
36 Central St
Really interesting shop of oddities! Located downtown Bangor. Local art displayed alongside the merchandise.
Independently owned bookstore, there aren't many of these left! This place has lots of fun books to shop, and they even have a cat!
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BookStacks
71 Main Street
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Independently owned bookstore, there aren't many of these left! This place has lots of fun books to shop, and they even have a cat!
This is an enormous former chicken barn - turned antique store! The first floor is all antiques. Lots of fun to shop! The second floor is all books, many of them hard to find. There are also antique magazines and catalogs. Great way to spend a rainy day, and they are open year round!
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Big Chicken Barn Books
1768 Bucksport Rd
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This is an enormous former chicken barn - turned antique store! The first floor is all antiques. Lots of fun to shop! The second floor is all books, many of them hard to find. There are also antique magazines and catalogs. Great way to spend a rainy day, and they are open year round!
This is the BREWER'S FARMERS MARKET (not Bangor, as Airbnb is listing) Saturdays, mid-May through end of October, 8:30am - 1pm, at the Brewer Parks and Recreation parking lot on Wilson St. During July, August, September, the market is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - 1pm. This is located just a short walk up the road by the Brewer Auditorium parking lot (same thing that they are calling the Rec parking lot). You will see the park and if you see the pool, you have gone too far.
Bangor Farmers' Market
140 Harlow Street
This is the BREWER'S FARMERS MARKET (not Bangor, as Airbnb is listing) Saturdays, mid-May through end of October, 8:30am - 1pm, at the Brewer Parks and Recreation parking lot on Wilson St. During July, August, September, the market is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - 1pm. This is located just a short walk up the road by the Brewer Auditorium parking lot (same thing that they are calling the Rec parking lot). You will see the park and if you see the pool, you have gone too far.
Contrary to its name, Christmas Tree Shops doesn't sell Christmas stuff, unless it's getting close to Christmas. It's a chain of stores along the East Coast that sell great deals, along with coastal decor. I wanted to mention it as I decorated the Airbnb with many things from this store, in case you were interested in any of the items. They have many Maine decor and souvenier items. They even have lots of coffee and teas!
Christmas Tree Shops
46 Springer Dr
Contrary to its name, Christmas Tree Shops doesn't sell Christmas stuff, unless it's getting close to Christmas. It's a chain of stores along the East Coast that sell great deals, along with coastal decor. I wanted to mention it as I decorated the Airbnb with many things from this store, in case you were interested in any of the items. They have many Maine decor and souvenier items. They even have lots of coffee and teas!
Essentials
Great for picking up forgotten travel necessities or whatever else you may need, including snacks. All items are $1.
Dollar Tree
276 State St
Great for picking up forgotten travel necessities or whatever else you may need, including snacks. All items are $1.
Grocery store in easy walking distance
Paradis Shop n Save
395 N Main St
Grocery store in easy walking distance
Full service grocery store, this store stocks several aisles of health foods. They also stock Moxie!
Hannaford Supermarket
383 Wilson St
Full service grocery store, this store stocks several aisles of health foods. They also stock Moxie!
Laundromat - disregard the address given by Airbnb - the real address is in the Hannaford Supermarket Shopping Plaza, 383 Wilson St., Brewer. They also offer a wash and fold service that is very convenient.
Gold Star Cleaners
200 Wilson St
Laundromat - disregard the address given by Airbnb - the real address is in the Hannaford Supermarket Shopping Plaza, 383 Wilson St., Brewer. They also offer a wash and fold service that is very convenient.
This specialty foods store stocks local produce and organic foods, along with natural foods. It's also in easy walking distance. Wonderful maple syrup here.
Tiller & Rye
20 S Main St
This specialty foods store stocks local produce and organic foods, along with natural foods. It's also in easy walking distance. Wonderful maple syrup here.
The Post Office, in case you need to mail anything home or drop off a post card.
United States Postal Service
22 Parkway S
The Post Office, in case you need to mail anything home or drop off a post card.
Entertainment & Activities
Old style outdoor drive-in movies! Open summer nights only. Must bring a vehicle :)
Bangor Drive-In
1674 Hammond St
Old style outdoor drive-in movies! Open summer nights only. Must bring a vehicle :)
This is a big casino if you'd like to try your luck at slots and games. You can see the Paul Bunyan statue from here.
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Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor
500 Main Street
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This is a big casino if you'd like to try your luck at slots and games. You can see the Paul Bunyan statue from here.
This large new auditorium hosts many indoor venues, especially in the winter months.
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Cross Insurance Center
515 Main Street
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This large new auditorium hosts many indoor venues, especially in the winter months.
Fun go-karts, with pizza and ice cream on site.
Big Jake's Go Karts
9 Main Rd
Fun go-karts, with pizza and ice cream on site.
Mini-golf, batting cages & go-karts!
Blackbeard's
339 Odlin Rd
Mini-golf, batting cages & go-karts!
Indoor bounce house park for kids!
Playland Adventures
510 Wilson St
Indoor bounce house park for kids!
This is a thrift store and paint & sip studio all in one. It is in easy walking distance. They have painting classes nearly every evening, and you can do self-guided painting programs all day during business hours - great for rainy days! You can look online at their site to see available painting selections. It is really fun!
Generations Boutique
153 State St
This is a thrift store and paint & sip studio all in one. It is in easy walking distance. They have painting classes nearly every evening, and you can do self-guided painting programs all day during business hours - great for rainy days! You can look online at their site to see available painting selections. It is really fun!
This is the summertime music on the waterfront! We are 4 minutes drive, or 1.2 miles from here. If you don't have tickets and still want to hear the show (secret local info!!) you can sit across the river on the Brewer Riverwalk, and hear it, clear as day, for free! Hoards of locals do this. Get there early to get your spot!
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Waterfront Concerts
1 Railroad St
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This is the summertime music on the waterfront! We are 4 minutes drive, or 1.2 miles from here. If you don't have tickets and still want to hear the show (secret local info!!) you can sit across the river on the Brewer Riverwalk, and hear it, clear as day, for free! Hoards of locals do this. Get there early to get your spot!
Local drag racing on Sunday mornings, and possibly other special racing events (check their website)
Winterport Dragway
Local drag racing on Sunday mornings, and possibly other special racing events (check their website)
Local circle track racing, Wednesday nights & Saturday nights
Speedway 95 Promotions, INC
1070 Odlin Rd
Local circle track racing, Wednesday nights & Saturday nights
Popular golf course in our area enjoyed by the locals. Tournament in the summer!
Bangor Municipal Golf Course
278 Webster Ave
Popular golf course in our area enjoyed by the locals. Tournament in the summer!
One of two golf courses in Orrington, just a few minutes from our location.
Rocky Knoll Golf Course
94 River Rd
One of two golf courses in Orrington, just a few minutes from our location.
One of two golf courses in Orrington, just a few minutes from us here in Brewer.
Pine Hill Golf Club
One of two golf courses in Orrington, just a few minutes from us here in Brewer.
The 8th oldest golf club in the nation, the Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor is rich is history and challenge. If you enjoy golf, this is a great spot to add to your places to visit while you are checking out Acadia National Park.
Kebo Valley Club
136 Eagle Lake Rd
The 8th oldest golf club in the nation, the Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor is rich is history and challenge. If you enjoy golf, this is a great spot to add to your places to visit while you are checking out Acadia National Park.
Really fun train ride on your way to Acadia National Park! It does a short loop and returns to it's beginning point. It's a historic train and you are transported in an old fashioned style carriage car. Really cool!
Downeast Scenic Railroad
245 Main St
Really fun train ride on your way to Acadia National Park! It does a short loop and returns to it's beginning point. It's a historic train and you are transported in an old fashioned style carriage car. Really cool!
Great place to rent bicycles by the day, half day, and more, to ride on the Park Loop in Acadia National Park and on the Carriage Trails!
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Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop
141 Cottage Street
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Great place to rent bicycles by the day, half day, and more, to ride on the Park Loop in Acadia National Park and on the Carriage Trails!