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Best things to do in Penobscot River

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Irish Pub
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“Finn's Irish Pub in historic downtown Ellsworth serves traditional Irish fare updated with gastro-pub flair. The hidden gem inside this Main Street standby is a 1932 Jerry O'Mahoney Dining Car, complete with original marble bar top and mahogany wood work. With 21 tap handles featuring a fine selection of domestic and imported craft beers, Irish music playing over the sound system, and the aroma of Steak & Mushroom Pie and Wexford Fish Cakes wafting from the kitchen, Finn's provides rich rewards for all the senses”
39 locals recommend
Park
“The Fort Knox Historic Site features one of the best-preserved examples of coastal defense fortifications constructed in the mid-1800s. It is America's first fort named after Major General Henry Knox. The fort is open seasonally to the public from May 1st to October 31st from 9am to 6pm (7pm in July/August) unless otherwise posted at the gate. Free interpretive guided tours are available daily from 11am to 3pm. The Penobscot Narrows Observatory is the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world. Visitors to the observatory ride Maine's fastest elevator up 420' feet for breathtaking 360 degree views of the Penobscot Bay area.”
35 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Barncastle is the go-to restaurant and bar in the area. It's located in an old renovated castle-looking house, and has a bar in front, restaurant with great pizza etc. in back (with reasonable prices), and an inn on the second floor. They sometimes have live music in the restaurant.”
35 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Arborvine serves creative, locally sourced American cuisine and a long wine list in a charming 1823 farmhouse. ”
29 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“open 365 until 9pm. Great atmosphere, mozzarella sticks and peanut butter pit are outrageous!”
16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Multi-generational family-run business serving authentic Downeast Shore Dinners, steamed, fried and friendly — all on a sunny wharf on the Union River Bay, off the South Surry Neck. www.perryslobstershack.com”
18 locals recommend
School
“This music school in Blue Hill holds chamber music concerts throughout the summer.”
16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Quaint drive in seafood restaurant. Outdoor and some indoor seating. Ice cream and homemade desserts. A local favorite.”
20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Deepwater is owned by the same family that owns Arborvine, the nicest restaurant in Blue Hill. Good beer and food offerings. ”
19 locals recommend
Supermarket
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“Lots of prepared food bars for those who want to pick something up not hassle with cooking.”
16 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“Sure, it's a wine shop, but it's so much more. Max and his staff make a fabulous caffe latte — but only "to stay" (no take out). Wicked pastries, breads, cheese and imported provisions, too.”
18 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“ELLSWORTH—My go-to for lunch or dinner when I’m running errands in Ellsworth. Big wraps and burritos. Try the CBGB wrap. Locally owned. ”
21 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Funky restored gem of a theater...many programs, occassional afternoon matinees.”
18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great restaurant on the water and drinks on the lawn. Open at 5pm! Best home made blueberry pie! Located in Ellsworth downtown on South street.”
21 locals recommend
Forest
“Has a Loop that goes all around the park. You can hike, bike, run and walk your dog. ”
11 locals recommend
Bagel Shop
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“Great selection of bagels, cookies, etc. Their cheese danishes are the best!!”
13 locals recommend