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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Winter Harbor Public Library
Wesley:Historic old stone library right in town. Still serving local residents and visitors alike.
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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:Cocktail lounge and restaurant serving drinks and small plates. Great atmosphere. Open 4-8pm, Friday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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J.M. Gerrish Cafe
Wesley:Old fashioned soda fountain which serves breakfast and lunch. Open 8am - 3pm, Friday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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Treehouse Seaside Grill
Wesley:American Fusion Bar and Grill. Using fresh local ingredients to deliver traditional & global flavors. Brand new restaurant. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 4:30 - 9PM. Reservations encouraged.
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Winter Harbor Food Services Inc
Wesley:Under new ownership and renamed Winter Harbor Provisions. Local full service market and deli. Fresh meats, produce, groceries, beer, wine. Lots of Maine-made products!
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Wesley:Open Wednesday - Saturday, 6AM - 2PM. Coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches. They also carry some artisan crafts and souvenirs.
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Fisherman's Galley Restaurant
Wesley:Food cart which serves some of the best lobster rolls in Downeast Maine. Seriously, it's kind of a must. Dine-in available and craft beer. Open 11am - 3pm, Sunday - Friday.
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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! Open Tuesday-Saturday. 7AM - 8PM.
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The Lobstore
Wesley:Similar to the Winter Harbor Co-op. Fresh lobster and seafood.
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Harbor Market
Wesley:Brand new wrap and sandwich shop! Has a little a bit of everything -- specialty meats and cheeses, coffee, wine, chilled prosecco, beer, even nickel candies for the kids. Eat in or take out. I especially recommend the spicy breakfast sandwich. Open 5am - 5pm, every day but Sunday. Sundays 6:30am - 5pm.
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The Pickled Wrinkle
Wesley:Hugh favorite of locals and visitors alike. Great food and craft beers. OPEN Wednesday - Sunday. 1-7pm.
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Me And Ben's Dairy Creme
Wesley:Best place to get Giffords ice cream! Favorites -- Pistachio and Black Raspberry. OPEN 12 - 7pm daily.
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The Bakery
Wesley:Open Friday - Tuesday, 8AM - 1PM. Small, independently owned coffee and bakeshop. Former chef trained in Paris. Call ahead to double-check 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:Popular take-out place. Unfortunately, the food can be hit or miss and the service is slow. If you go, I'd stick to the ice cream. Only place in the area with black raspberry soft-serve. Wednesday-Sunday, 12-8pm.
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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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Bunker's Seafood and Spirits
Wesley:Re-opening under new ownership. Great location and we'll certainly be curious to try it out this summer! Open 11AM - 8PM every day but Sunday.
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Lunch on the Wharf
Wesley:Open every day but Sunday, 11AM - 3PM. 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. Tuesday - Saturday, 4-9pm.
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Ironbound Restaurant & Inn
Wesley:Reimagined Maine classics, all locally sourced in a rustic local atmosphere. Reservations encouraged. Tuesday-Saturday, 5-9pm.


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 Public Library
  9. Winter Harbor Co-Op Inc
  10. The Gallery
  11. J.M. Gerrish Cafe
  12. Treehouse Seaside Grill
  13. Winter Harbor Food Services Inc
  14. Downeaster
  15. Fisherman's Galley Restaurant
  16. Chase's Restaurant
  17. The Lobstore
  18. Harbor Market
  19. The Pickled Wrinkle
  20. Me And Ben's Dairy Creme
  21. The Bakery
  22. Grindstoneneck of Maine
  23. Bartlett Maine Estate Winery and Distillery
  24. Tracey's Seafood
  25. Vazquez Mexican Takeout
  26. Bunker's Seafood and Spirits
  27. Lunch on the Wharf
  28. Provender Kitchen + Bar
  29. Ironbound Restaurant & Inn
  30. Winter Harbor 5&10
  31. whopaints Gallery and Studio
  32. Works of Hand
  33. Artisans & Antiques
  34. Littlefield Gallery
  35. Prospect Harbor Soap Company
  36. US Bells
  37. Downeast Windjammer Cruise Lines LLC
  38. Island Explorer
  39. Schoodic Arts for All, Hammond Hall
  40. Monteux School & Music Festival
  41. Grindstone Neck Golf Course
  42. Schoodic Institute

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