Schoodic Peninsula

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Wesley Hopper

Schoodic Peninsula

My personal guide to the Peninsula, Winter Harbor and the surrounding area.

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Explore the great outdoors

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Schoodic Peninsula
Wesley:6.5 mile park loop for driving, biking or walking, culminating at Schoodic Point. 7.5 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy views from the Anvil and Schoodic Head, as well as some challenging steep climbs from the East Trail.
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Grindstone Neck Point
Wesley:Spectacular views of several islands, including Mount Desert Island. Small parking area. Great for sitting on the rocks or beach-combing.
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Frazer Point
Wesley:Picnic area with parking lot. First stop on the Schoodic Park loop. Great for kids to run around and play, explore the rocks or fish off the dock.
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Sea Schoodic Kayak & Bike
Wesley:Bike rental, including youth bikes, pull trailers, tag-a-longs and baby seats. Park your car there and ride right onto the Schoodic Loop. Also has kayak rentals for fresh water use only.
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Acadia Puffin Cruise
Wesley:2.5-hour tour of Frenchman Bay to the stunning Petit Manan Island. Worth it alone to see the Petit Manan light station, which is one of the tallest lighthouses in the US.
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Winter Harbor Town Wharf
Wesley:Watch the lobster boats come in or stroll the beach. Spot osprey and bald eagles. Follow parking signs. Most spots reserved for fishermen.
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Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Wesley:Frenchman Bay Conservancy maintains more than 28 miles of year-round public access hiking trails. See website for more info.
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Food Scene

Best places to grab a bite or a drink.

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Winter Harbor Co-Op Inc
Wesley:Fresh seafood straight off the boat to your kitchen: lobsters, steamers, haddock, mussels, etc.
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The Gallery
Wesley:Brand new cocktail lounge serving drinks and small plates. Open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
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J.M. Gerrish Cafe
Wesley:Old fashioned soda fountain which serves breakfast and lunch.
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Chase's Restaurant
Wesley:Great for families! If you want to catch some local flavor, this is where you'll get it. Homemade donuts in the morning!
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The Lobstore
Wesley:Similar to the Winter Harbor Co-op. Fresh lobster and seafood.
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Winter Harbor Food Services Inc
Wesley:Nearest grocery store. Robust wine selection and some good local beers to choose from
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Fisherman's Galley Restaurant
Wesley:Food cart open only. Grab one of the best lobster rolls in Downeast Maine.
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The Pickled Wrinkle
Wesley:Hugh favorite of locals and visitors alike. Great food and craft beers.
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Me And Ben's Dairy Creme
Wesley:Best place to get Giffords ice cream! Favorites -- Pistachio and Black Raspberry with chocolate chunks.
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The Bakery
Wesley:THE BAKERY. Small, independently owned coffee and bakeshop. Former chef trained in Paris. Call ahead for hours!
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Grindstoneneck of Maine
Wesley:Gourmet smoked fish shop, spreads and cheeses.
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Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery
Wesley:Award-winning producer of Maine fruit wines! They have a tasting room open from June - October. Highly recommend. Our favorites are the Blueberry Oak Dry and Pear Dry.
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Tracey's Seafood
Wesley:Take-out place with delicious seafood. Perfect to grab and take for a picnic at Schoodic.
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Vazquez Mexican Takeout
Wesley:Vazquez Mexican operated out of a food truck to service the migrant community working the blueberry fields in late summer. Their permanent take-out location now serves authentic Mexican with big portions and low prices.
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Lunch on the Wharf
Wesley:Lobster rolls, crab rolls and more in one of the most photographed fishing villages in America.
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Provender Kitchen + Bar
Wesley:Fresh, artisan food with Maine ingredients and worldly flair. Extensive cocktail menu to boot! Reservations encouraged.
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Ironbound Restaurant & Inn
Wesley:Reimagined Maine classics, all locally sourced in a rustic local atmosphere. Reservations encouraged.


Antiques, souvenirs and art

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Winter Harbor 5&10
Wesley:Classic five-and-dime store with essentials, souvenirs, toys and other odds and ends.
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whopaints Gallery and Studio
Wesley:Original Paintings of Life in Maine by Wendilee Heath O'Brien.
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Works of Hand
Wesley:Two story gallery features the work of over 50 primarily Maine artists, craftsmen and authors.
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Artisans & Antiques
Wesley:Local antiques, crafts and art work.
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Littlefield Gallery
Wesley:For lovers of contemporary art.
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Prospect Harbor Soap Company
Wesley:Handcrafted soaps and skincare with local ingredients.
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US Bells
Wesley:Artisan bell factory. If you're looking for one special souvenir to bring back with you -- this it. Bells and chimes for your front porch. They also make ship's bells.


Getting around

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Downeast Windjammer Cruise Lines LLC
Wesley:Downeast Windjammer Ferry service between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor. 45 minutes across the bay to Bar Harbor where you can check out all the shops and restaurants.
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Island Explorer
Wesley:The Island Explorer features bus routes linking hotels, inns, and campgrounds with destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers.


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Schoodic Arts for All, Hammond Hall
Wesley:@Hammond Hall. Year-round cultural events, music, dance and theater.
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Monteux School & Music Festival
Wesley:Summer concert series from June to July.
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Grindstone Neck Golf Course
Wesley:Beautiful 9-hole golf course right by the ocean.
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Schoodic Institute
Wesley:Run by the parks department. They have free junior ranger programs during the summer where kids can learn about local marine life.

Wonderguide map

  1. Schoodic Peninsula
  2. Grindstone Neck Point
  3. Frazer Point
  4. Sea Schoodic Kayak & Bike
  5. Acadia Puffin Cruise
  6. Winter Harbor Town Wharf
  7. Frenchman Bay Conservancy
  8. Winter Harbor Co-Op Inc
  9. The Gallery
  10. J.M. Gerrish Cafe
  11. Chase's Restaurant
  12. The Lobstore
  13. Winter Harbor Food Services Inc
  14. Fisherman's Galley Restaurant
  15. The Pickled Wrinkle
  16. Me And Ben's Dairy Creme
  17. The Bakery
  18. Grindstoneneck of Maine
  19. Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery
  20. Tracey's Seafood
  21. Vazquez Mexican Takeout
  22. Lunch on the Wharf
  23. Provender Kitchen + Bar
  24. Ironbound Restaurant & Inn
  25. Winter Harbor 5&10
  26. whopaints Gallery and Studio
  27. Works of Hand
  28. Artisans & Antiques
  29. Littlefield Gallery
  30. Prospect Harbor Soap Company
  31. US Bells
  32. Downeast Windjammer Cruise Lines LLC
  33. Island Explorer
  34. Schoodic Arts for All, Hammond Hall
  35. Monteux School & Music Festival
  36. Grindstone Neck Golf Course
  37. Schoodic Institute

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