Twice each year, I journey to Southwest Harbor on the southwest side of Mount Desert Island. In the spring, it’s to take the hubby to pick up his boat; in the fall, it’s to pick him up after he returns Pipe Dreams there for the winter.
To many folks, Southwest Harbor is best known for being home to Hinckley boat builders, known worldwide for incredible workmanship. You can see many of their beautifully designed vessels in the harbor,
Like many Maine villages, Southwest Harbor takes on new energy in the summer when part-time residents and visitors return. Most of the shops and eateries can be found on the main street, and there are some places I always visit.
One is Under the Dogwood Tree, a delightful shop with an eclectic inventory.
For a tempting pastry, sandwich or freshly baked bread, Little Notch Bakery is a must,
and you can always count on Cafe 2 for a tasty meal.
My very favorite place in Southwest Harbor is Sawyer’s Market, owned by the Worcester family since 1959 and in business since 1946. You just wouldn’t believe what you find inside the market’s very unassuming storefront!
Whether you’re shopping for fresh produce or seafood, unusual gourmet items, a great wine, Sawyer’s is likely to have it. I mean, is there another place where you find chocolate coconut peanut butter!
Should you stay in Southwest Harbor, the historic Claremont Hotel is a charming place from which to take in the sights. You can explore nearby Acadia National Park, one of the country’s great gifts, or just sit and rock on the front porch.
The coast of Maine is full of unexpected delight, and Southwest Harbor is no exception.
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