Now that I’m more settled in Maine, as I travel I try to do some exploring. My latest trip was bookended with visits to Lincoln and Guilford/Abbott.
Believe it or not, there is a method to my sightseeing madness. I decided I would visit each county, one per month. I would start by Bing searching photos from the respective county and point the nose of the car in that direction. And, of course, I would check out local attractions and eating establishments in those communities.
So far, I have visited Auburn/Lewiston in Androscoggin County for photo ops of the bridge separating the two towns and dinner at Mac’s Downeast Seafood; Allagash in frosty Aroostook County because — just because — with an afternoon dessert at Two Rivers Lunch; Portland in Cumberland County for a downtown and waterfront stroll and lunch at DiMillo’s on the Water (floating restaurant); Weld in Franklin County for a hike toward Tumbledown Lake (never made it to the lake, only about halfway up the trail and skipped dinner); Hancock in Hancock County to visit Frenchman Bay Conservancy and the reversing falls with dinner at the Salt Box; State Capitol Augusta in Kennebec County for a stroll along the riverfront watching the sturgeon jumping out of the Kennebec River and working up an appetite with a visit to Old Fort Western before chowing down at Riverfront Barbeque and Grille; Port Clyde in Knox County for visit to the Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum and dinner at the Yardbird Canteen; Southport in Lincoln County for a coastal experience and dinner at Robinson’s Wharf; and to a little town in the western foothills of Maine called Dixfield in Oxford County where I walked across the bridge and along the Androscoggin River bank on both sides before settling for dinner at the quirky Front Door Cafe.
Which brings us to Lincoln in Penobscot County and Guilford/Abbott in Piscataquis County. They were the next two counties on the list, and I needed to stop in both counties in November because I didn’t make it to Maine at all in October.
In full disclosure, Dover-Foxcroft, where I now reside while in Maine, is in Piscataquis County and Penobscot County is its neighbor to the south and west. I’ve been in both counties many, many, many times. But following the script, I came up with Lincoln and Abbott.
Lincoln is not necessarily a tourist haven in early November. Summer is its busy time with 13 ponds and Rollins Mountain, although it is billed as a four season destination. But whether it’s November or the middle of July, the town had it’s own little charm. As like most little towns in Maine, downtown is picturesque. The town tourism catchphrase is “Come for the lakes, but stay for the lifestyle.” Right now, the town is gearing up for its annual Festival of Lights Parade, part of the Lincoln Tree Lighting event and the Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the 5,085 residents of the town to deck out those tractors, trucks and mini-cars and join in the fun. This year’s parade theme is “Home for the Holidays” in honor of our men and women in uniform. The parade takes place Dec. 3.
Food is also part of these junkets. I had intended to eat at Crazy Dog, but alas and alack, it was closed. So I opted for plan B — Gillmor’s Restaurant. A pretty good choice with a Fish and Chips dinner that hit the spot.
Back in Piscataquis County, the itinerary pointed to Abbott, which, ironically, is where the grandkids, kids and I camped last summer. I knew exactly where it was but, in truth, there really isn’t much to Abbott. If you blink you miss it. But right on the border with Guilford, there is a little park and boat launch and, despite a misty morning, it was the perfect spot to wander and wonder at the rolling Piscataquis River. That water would ultimately find its way to the dam in Dover-Foxcroft, viewable from my living room windows. And I picked up a meatball parmigiana sandwich and an overfilled raspberry croissant from Abbott Village Bakery and Cafe to bring back to the apartment.
I’m already planning my December excursion to Hockomock Bay in Sagadahoc County with lunch or dinner at Taste of Maine Restaurant in Woolwich, which, I am told, features secret recipes, deliciously fresh seafood and incomparable views. I can see the views and taste the delicacies from the sea already.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Our God is faithful … you can’t let people, places and things get in the way of your relationship with Him.