Places to Visit
Within walking distance:
|Bar Island, “ As you look out the front window, there is an island just to the left called Bar Island. At low tide (and for about 2-2 ½ hours each side of low tide), you can walk out to the island and find periwinkles, clams, mussels, etc. There are several eagles living on the island and you can watch them using the telescope or the binoculars.
Sandy River Beach - just a quarter of a mile north of the cottage. Lovely white sand beach ( nice for taking a walk or building a sand castle!). Lovely white sand beach – nice for taking a walk or building a sand castle! Walk north (right from driveway) until you reach the large rectangular two-story house (#587) sitting right near the road. There is a path on the right side of the house which will take you to the beach.
Sandy River Model Railroad – about a half-mile walk north of the cottage. 750 sq. ft. of working track for model railroads (free).
Roque Bluffs State Park and Beach – Mile long sandy beach. Ocean & fresh water swimming; restrooms. Take Hwy 187 to Hwy 1. Drive north through Jonesboro and take a right when you see the sign to Roque Bluffs State Park.
Moose Peak Light – Jonesport (1887)
The Great Heath – Columbia – Largest heath (or raised fresh water bog) in Maine. Birdwatching.
Libby Island Light – Machiasport (1817). Entrance to Machias Bay
Fort O’Brien - Machiasport (1775). First naval battle of the Revolutionary War.
Nash Island Light – Addison (1838 rebuilt 1873). Located in the mouth of Pleasant Bay.
East Quoddy Lighthouse – near Lubec and Campobello Island.
Acadia National Park – Great ocean and land views from Cadillac Mountain. Outside of Bar Harbor, about an hour and a half south of here.
Campobello Island – FDR’s summer home. New Brunswick, Canada. About an hour north on Hwy 1. Cross the international bridge in Lubec. Free tours.
Addison Marshes, Addison – Bird-watching.
USC&G Survey Base Line (Epping Base Line) – Columbia Falls – East Base (1857), build by US government to survey the east coast. Five-mile hike.
Ruggles House – Columbia Falls – 1800s furnishings, wood carvings and flying staircase.
Sawyer Memorial Congregrational Church – Jonesport (1887), Tiffany-style stained glass.
Burnham Tavern (1770) - Oldest building in eastern Maine. Played a role in the capture of the British schooner Margaretta in 1775.
Foster Rubicon – Machias. American opponents of British forces chose their destiny.
Porter Memorial Library – Machias (1892). Fireplace built from stones used as a ballast in the British warship Margaretta, which was captured during the first naval battle of the American Revolution.
Gates House – Machiasport (1897), Maritime exhibits.
Great Wass Island Nature Conservancy Trails, Beals Island – Little Cape point Trail and Mud Hole Trail.
Holmes Falls, Centerveille. Canoe paddle upstream and swim under the falls or in the pools at low water.
Mitten Mountain, Centerville, 449’ elevation gain, Views of the Great Heath, blueberry barrens and the coast.
Bold Coast, Cutler. Access 5 miles of cliff bound coast from Rte 191. Hiking trails to two campsites
Puffin Watching Excursions and Puffin Trips, Jonesport (Nortons’s) and Cutler. Trips to Machias Seal Island. Observe nesting puffins and other birds.
Rocky Lake Public Reserve, East Machias. 11,000 acres of islands and coves, campsites and fishing.
Jasper Beach, Machiasport. Walk on the beach where pebbles are abundant with jasper, after which the beach is named.
Bad Little Falls Park, Machias. Falls are on one of the last great Atlantic Salmon rivers in the East.
Barney Beal Home, Beals Island. Tall Barney Beal’s home. Tall Barney was a famous Maine character, kind of like Paul Bunyan.
Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery, Beals Island. World’s only soft shell clam hatchery.
Blueberry Barrens, Columbia Falls, Centerville. 12,000 acres of wild blueberry land. Blossoms in June and harvest (raking) in August (also in Cherryfield and Harrington).
Indian Pictographs, Machiasport. Boat excursion.
Little River Lighthouse, Cutler. Lighthouse on small island at entrance to Cutler Harbor.
Llamas, Addison. View llamas in native setting.
Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce, Machias. Summer chamber music series.
Pleasant River Fish Hatchery, Columbia Falls. View salmon life cycle. Tours.
St. Croix Postal Museum, Machias. Post office, railroad, and river items.
World’s Fastest Lobster Boat Races, Jonesport – Fourth of July.
Restaurants in the area:
We have dined at the following:
||Tall Barney’s in Jonesport. Great fried clams and scallops, fresh lobsters, lobster rolls (order the lobster wrap – you get a little more lobster meat for the same price as a lobster roll), Main St, 207-497-2403, open year round, breakfast, lunch, dinner, seafood specialties, daily specials, major credit cards accepted. Inexpensive - moderate, prices range from $2.00 to about $20.00. The seafood has gotten a little pricey here in the past couple of years.
Helen’s in Machias – good “downhome” food. Great seafood, hot beef and turkey sandwiches, etc. Some say Helen’s pies are great, but we weren’t that impressed. Inexpensive-moderate; credit cards accepted. 28 East Main Street, Rte 1, 207-255-8423.
Artist’s Café, Machias. Nestled on top of Hill Street, overlooking the Machias River in rustic Machias. A small gem for gourmet lovers. The Artist’s Café’s menu makes it an ideal restaurant to enjoy unpretentious food with a touch of class. We have found this restaurant to be excellent! Moderate prices (around $20), credit cards. 207-255-8900.
Riverside Inn & Restaurant, East Machias. Charming early 1800s sea captain’s home situated on the picturesque East Machias River. Dinner, including entrée, bread, and salad served by candlelight includes entrees such as: fresh fish, porterhouse steak, boneless breasts of chicken, fresh veal, seafood pasta, and pork tenderloin. Moderate prices (about $20), credit cards accepted. 207-255-4134
Chandler River Lodge, Jonesboro. Fine dining in a lovely old 1800s farmhouse overlooking the Chandler River. Dinner is excellent and includes salad, bread, and sometimes a surprise from the chef, and again, fairly expensive with entrees ranging from $28-$33, credit cards accepted, 207-434-2540
Bluebird Ranch Restaurant, Rte, 1, Machias. Homecooked meals, including lots of seafood, hot beef and turkey sandwiches, hamburgers, daily specials, etc. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Inexpensive-moderate, credit cards accepted. 207-255-3351
The Seafood Shack, Rte. 1 Columbia Falls (about a mile past the Crossroads). Seafood, burgers, etc. Good food. Inexpensive-moderate, credit cards accepted.
Other restaurants in the area (which we haven’t had a chance to try yet):
Buckaroo’s Bar and Grill and Scoops Ice Cream - just outside Jonesboro (towards Machias).
Home Port Restaurant, 45 Main St., Lubec. Reservations required 207-733-2077.
Bernardini’s Restaurant, Calais. A touch of Italy in Downeast Maine, 89 Main St, Calais. 207-990-3220.
And yes, there’s a McDonalds, too! McDonald's - Machias - Rt 1, Machias ME 04654 207-990-3220, as well as a Dunkin’ Doughnuts and Baskin Robbins. McDonald’s has lobster rolls, though they’re not nearly as good as Tall Barney’s!!
There is a small grocery store, Jonesport IGA, in Jonesport – a little pricey but convenient if you just need a few things.
There is a Hanaford’s Grocery in Machias – large, and they carry just about anything you might need, including wines and beers.
There is a Rite Aid Pharmacy just across the street from Hanaford’s.
Both Jonesport and Machias have several hardware stores, and they sell lots of other things, too, including t-shirts and souvenirs, though prices tend to be rather high.
If you need a Walmart or Home Depot, you’ll have to travel about 50 miles south to Ellsworth. There’s also a Walmart in Calais, about 65 miles north.
There is a laundromat in Jonesport at the “Pit Stop” and one in Machias, just over the bridge and to the left.
University of Maine, Machias library. Computers are available if you have a Maine address – then you can get a library card and use them.
Coastal Computer Consulting - just across the bridge in Machias. They have internet access for $5.00/hr. and can install internet services through Maineline. LocalNet is also available for $9.95/mo.
If you have dial-up with a toll-free number you can use the phone lines at the cottage. If you need dial-up service, we can set you up with local net. Just let us know before you arrive. $10 charge for the week.
University of Maine Machias has a fitness center and swimming pool. Information can be found on a separate page in this book. Machias is about 20 minutes from the cottage. $6.00/day pass
Fitness Central, PO Box 220, Rte1, Harrington, Recreation and fitness center, 207-483-2222,.
moorhouse @ nemaine.com. Harrington is about 20 miles from the cottage heading back towards Ellsworth. $5.00/ day pass
Barren View Golf Course on Hwy 1, south of the 187 turnoff, Jonesboro. The newest golf course in the area, just opened late June of ’03, $10 weekdays, $12 weekends. 207-434-6531, www.barrenview.com.
Great Cove Golf Course is on the road to Roque Bluffs; Jonesboro Road, Roque Bluffs, Maine. Nice little 9-hole course which costs $8.00, scramble on Thursdays at 4:30. 207-434-2981.
Herring Cove Golf Course is on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada (just a one-hour drive away). Nice 9-hole course which costs about $14 US, 135 Herring Cove, Rd., Welshpool, NB, Canada 506-752-7041.
St. Croix Golf Course is in Calais, a little over an hour north. It is billed as the “Easternmost Golf Course in the US” and costs $15, 207-454-8875.