Wherever you're heading, let ABOUT ACADIA TAXI & TOURS give you the lift you need. Their immaculate, smoke-free van provides affordable and reliable service anywhere within a hundred miles of Ellsworth. Call 207/610-9929.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Captain D's guide to Acadia National Park

At AMERICAN PIE on Route One in Harrington, the girls use hand-tossed, homemade dough baked to order in a brick oven. Best pizza and subs around. Open year around.

ANDERSON FARM ESTATES offers attractive rural living opportunities half an hour from Bangor.

APPEALING PUBLIC PLACES, Captain D's guide to Appealing Public Places Downeast.

Our online dictionary defines barren land as "unproductive, infertile, unfruitful, sterile, arid, desert."  This has always made us believe that BARREN VIEW GOLF COURSE might benefit from a different name. This unusually scenic course takes its name from the nearby blueberry barrens, but how are tourists suposed to know this? Whatever it's called, Barren View is one of Maine’s true link courses, offering  excellent facilities and a championship standard course suitable for players of all abilities.

BEAL'S LOBSTER PIER provides an opportunity to eat lobster on a real Maine working wharf next to a U.S. Coast Guard station.

"We're not a biker shop," Betsy is quick to point out, although her BLACKSHEEP TRADING CO. on Rte 3 in Trenton stocks lots of stuff such a custom sheepskin motorcycle seat covers that bikers like.  On hand also are thousands of articles to be enjoyed by the whole family including sheepskin slippers and matchless American memorabilia.

Sullivan, handling projects of all descriptions.

A bit of the Amish on coastal Maine. At the CHERRYFIELD MAINE GENERAL STORE, shopkeeper Royal, an organic egg farmer of Amish stock, believes in simplicity and delivering true value at small cost. The store, he says, is about local and affordable arts and crafts, antiques, and homegrown farm products. Come see for yourself.

features labors of love by Cheryl Baker

is a book by J. Thomas Ford.

Chef Rich Hanson  of CLEONICE  named this charming bistro in downtown Ellsworth after his Italian mother, Cleonice Renzetti, who inspired his cooking career. This casually elegant restaurant sources fine local ingredients, blends them with flavors from around the Mediterranean Rim to produce spectacular Tapas and Meze as well as soul satisfying lunches and elegant dinners.

Tucked into the Ray's Plumbing and Heating building off High Street in Ellsworth, COASTAL PAWN & AUCTION wheels and deals for all kinds of things. The people here will buy, sell and pawn just about anything. Call 207/667-6533. Co-owner Angela Nevells is a licensed auctioneer (# AUC1523).

on Rte 182 in Franklin, one of Maine's nicest little antique shops, specializes in primitives, country pieces, and kitchen collectibles. Open seasonally, May thru October.

C SHELLS COFFEE & SEASIDE CAFE on Water Street in Blue Hill bills itself as a nautical coffee and pastry shop on the harbor. Eat outside or go inside and log on via their free WIFI.

DIMARCO REALTY, P.O. Box 124, Prospect Harbor, ME 04669, call 207/963-5540, e-mail.

DOWNEAST CYBERMALL lets people shop online for articles made in Downeast Maine

far and away the most complete travelog to Downeast, Maine

lovely furniture beauttifully restored

The DRY DOCK CAFE in downtown Southwest Harbor serves seriously wonderful food, including CrispyChilean Style Haddock, Scallops Southwest Harbor, Scallops Mornay, Walkers Wellington, Filet Mignon, and Lobster along with Great Salads, and Homemade Soups and Chowders.

The lovely DRYDOCK INN in Southwest Harbor is open year round and during spring and summer guests enjoy room service. The inn features two suites with kitchen/living room combo and also kitchenettes.

EAST COAST PERFORMANCE, Route 184, Ellsworth, dealer in high performance auto parts, call 207/667-9709.

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.

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 of Historic Places.

The EGGEMOGGIN COUNTRY STORE on Route 15 in Sedgwick serves as the center of community life hereabouts. On hand are pretty much all of life's necessities—fresh produce, meat, and other staples; a wonderful little bakery; the latest videos, fuel, magazines and newspapers, and 24 and more varieties of soft serve ice cream. Here also is an Agency Liquor Store. You can buy gifts and recycle cans and bottles. A large bulletin board will keep you up to speed regarding community happenings.

ERNIE'S SCULPTURE STUDIO, Rte 102, Townhill, P.O. Box 459, Mt. Desert, open seasonally, call or fax 207/288-5337, E-MAIL, browsers welcome, original metal art works, shipping, major credit cards accepted, travelers' and personal checks accepted.

in Winter Harbor takes pride in its "real food done well."

At GALERIE DUFOUR, 94 Main Street, Belfast, photographer Charles Laurier Dufour brings new meaning to Natural Beauty with his stunning photos of both Nature and Nudes. Tastefully presented, his photos are something not to be missed. Located at 94 Main Street in Belfast.

GLASSOURCE, 151 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth, offers an extensive line of glass-related services, including a full line of residential glazing products. Products and Services include Rubber Glazed Boat Windows, Windshields, Custom Mirrors, Burglar Resistant Glass, Textured Glass, Antique Glass, Laminated & Tempered Safety Glass, Acrylic, Polycarbonate, Storm Windows, Vinyl Windows, Wood Windows, Insulated Glass Units, and Energy Star Products.

is a prime producer of smoked seafood.

HOMETOWN FUEL in Eastbrook sells heating oil, diesel, and kerosene both residentially and commercially. Its pricing is very competitive. Visit the company's FACEBOOK Page.

INSIDE RIVERSIDE CAFE spotlights activities at Ellsworth's Riverside Cafe.

J. THOMAS FORD wrote "In Conversation With The Quantum God."

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.

MAINE INTERNET DIRECTORY, the guide that lets you find exactly what you want Downeast.

MAINE'S OWN TREATS, Rte 3, Trenton, 68 Bar Harbor Road, call 207/667-8888, e-mail, open year round, browsers welcome, large selection of Maine food products, including homemade jams and fruit syrup, maple syrup, honey, etc.

a comprehensive directory of wonderful items made right here.

Captain D's commentary exploring the debate over the Maine Woods National Park.

MAIN STREET AUTO CARE is a primo place to bring your sick car.

MIKE'S COUNTRY STORE on Water Street in Ellsworth has been in business since 1897, having survived fires and floods and depressions and God knows what else to become one of Maine's oldest continually run businesses. You can get pretty much all of life's essentials here. Visit them on FACEBOOK.

Looking for a good time? Besides food and drink, the NAUTICA PUB on East Schoodic Drive in Birch Hqrbor provides pool tables, darts, regulation horseshoes, and big-screen television. For smokers, there is a screened-in deck. If you over-indulge, the owner runs a special bus to get you home safely.

OTIS GENERAL STORE, 171 Otis Rd., 04605, (Route 180), Otis, open year round, call 207/537-5000, fax 207/537-5300, E-MAIL, pizza, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, beer/wine, imported beer, capuccino, specialty coffees, daily specials, take-out, restrooms for non-customers, major credit cards and personal checks accepted.

How does one combine top quality with low prices? Amy Gilley, a very bright young Maine lady, seems to have found a way. In her OUTFITS CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE, she invites people to choose between donating and submitting merchandise on consignment. As a result, she has attracted some excellent choices. Included are garments for babies, childen, and women as well as many household items..

cruising Ports Downeast With Captain D

The Oceanarium's campaign to rescue the world's whales.

If you stay on Rte 1 east of Ellsworth, you'll come to RUTH AND WIMPY'S KITCHEN where quite often you can get the area's best deal on a lobster dinner. Here also is Hancock’s foremost celebrity Wilbur the Lobster, the world's biggest lobster sculpture. Ruth and Wimpy were featured nationally on The Cooking Channel in a show called "Hook, Line, and Dinner."

a guide to Captain D's unique perspective on Downeast Maine.

featuring the artistry of Katie Paquin.

SINCLAIR BUILDERS has been building quality homes for over 20 years. All Sinclair custom-built and modular homes are constructed to meet or exceed federal, state, and local building codes. Sinclair Builders is also the local dealer and builder for Kathadin cedar log homes.

SOUTHWEST BOAT can handle all your nautical needs.

on the Bangor Road in Ellsworth is a new, modern, and exceptionally clean, quality-built, self-storage facility with over 230 self-storage units, including 35 temperature-controlled units. Storage Plus is an authorized Penske agent.

Everything at the SULLIVAN HOUSE RESTAURANT on Route One in Sullivan is freshly prepared in-house and guaranteed to please the most discriminating palates.

is a lovely bed and breakfast.

TDP AUTOMOTIVE houses a Mustang Dynomometer.

How do you please the locals, summer people, and tourists all at the same time? The folks at THE GOOD KETTLE on Route One 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.

is where we go for fried ice cream.

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.

, 41 Tucker Mountain Road, Sullivan, open year round, call 207/422-3493, E-MAIL, manufacturer of fine handcrafted log homes in Downeast Maine; master logsmiths build custom log homes to your design.

a comprehensive directory of all that is unique in Downeast Maine.

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.

VACATION COTTAGES, LLC, the Blue Hill Peninsula's premier property management company, offers over 100 weekly waterfront rentals, including but not limited to cottages, cabins, houses, mansions and estates along the coast of Mid Coast & Down East Maine, including Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Waterfront vacation properties are scattered from Islesboro to Machias and all ocean and lake front towns in between. Call 207/374-3500

Phil Alley’s ACADIA WEATHERVANES AND WOODSHOP CUPOLAS on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton is the area's original  Cupola and Weathervane factory store. These family-crafted cupolas are built with only the finest materials using methods usually reserved for high-quality cabinetry.