Whether you like nature activities, shopping, good food or just silly things, the Ellsworth area has many things to offer. On this page we share some of our favorite places to eat, hikes and overall fun places to visit. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do and please let us know if you need any directions or additional recommendations.
Hungry? Check out these places:
Ruth & Wimpys – Great seafood restaurant that focuses on lobster (they have 32 lobster dish combinations).
Thurston’s – Offers seafood that can be eaten on their dock that hovers over the bay. They offer a menu that focuses on lobster and crab.
Jordan’s Snack Bar – Like your seafood to go, this is the place for you. Eat outside at a picnic table or somewhere nearby or just grab an ice cream.
Finn’s Irish Pub – Awesome relaxing vibe with offerings that include traditional Irish food with a twist.
Riverside Cafe – Great place to get breakfast right in town, anywhere from simple dishes to items that incorporate seafood.
Shinbashi – A low-key restaurant that serves Asian cooking.
86 This – A family owned burrito shop (“classy punk-rock burrito shop” as described by owners).
Manny’s Greek Grill – Family owned and operated that offers authentic recipes made with fresh ingredients.
Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop – Lovely little shop that offers artisanal gelatos and ice creams, as well as coffee and baked goods.
Finelli Pizzeria – Craving some pizza, you can get a whole pie or just a slice at this local pizzeria.
Don’t have a lot of time, but still want to enjoy a nature activity? Try these short hikes:
Blue Hill Mountain – Blue Hill Mountain is part of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and offers seven hiking trails that are around a mile in length. Great way to get some nature time in without going to far or for too long.
Hatchery– The Green Lake National Fish Hatchery is a large-scale cold water hatchery that was built in 1973. It is one of 70 National Fish Hatcheries in the United States working to restore, enhance and maintain heritage fisheries for the American people, and one of the 11 national fish hatcheries in the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Bar Island – Cross the land bridge to Bar Island at low tied and enjoy some hiking, as well as great views of the village of Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay.
Tidal Falls Preserve – This beautiful spot is part of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy and overlooks the reversing falls in the Taunton River. The best time to view the falls is two hours before or after low tide.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory – This bridge offers 360-degree views of the Penobscot River, the Bay and the surrounding area.
Is it a hot summer day and you would like to be near the water? Go to these places:
Blue Hill Falls – Blue Hill Falls got its name from the rare reversing falls that is created by the tide funneling into a narrow channel. The water forms a standing wave, up to three feet in height.
Branch Lake – Branch Lake is the singular source of drinking water for Ellsworth. The lake also serves as a source of timber harvesting and public recreation.
Newbury Neck Beach – Sweet little spot to spend a Maine summer day. Park at the side of the road and walk down to the water.
Area Lighthouses – Maine offers 65 lighthouses, some are open to the public and some offer access to keeper’s quarters.
Need a change of pace? These locations are fun and worth checking out:
The Chicken Barn – The Big Chicken Barn caters to the interests of today’s collector of antiques and paper collectibles. With 21,600 square feet of space that holds diverse selections there is something for everyone.
The Telephone Museum – The museum has real, working telephones and switchboards and switching systems that powered the network are featured at this hands-on, interactive museum.
The Car Museum – The Seal Cove Auto Museum collection features some of the earliest automobiles and motorcycles, as well as clothing and accessories, from 1895 through the early 1920s.
The Statue Trail – The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium is a 34-piece outdoor exhibit spanning over 200 miles along the coastal region of Downeast Maine.