Bridge traffic is so last month. Scurry north for a late-summer New England hurrah.
Donut Miss This
Greet the sun with a locally roasted cup of Rock City coffee and a basket of throwback cake donuts from the 63-years-strong Willow Bake Shoppe (chocolate sugared and molasses are must-haves).
Reach New Heights
Rise above the fray with a (steep!) hike up Mount Battie (280 Belfast Road), which rewards with panoramic views of Penobscot Bay and Camden Harbor. Those faking leg injuries can hitch an off-season chairlift ride at Camden Snow Bowl (come winter, it’s the only ski resort in the Northeast offering ocean views).
Pimp your sustainable ride at Bamboo Bike Studio. The forward-thinking workshop — recently relocated from Brooklyn — hosts three-day classes on building two-wheelers out of bamboo.
Thai, Meet Lobster Country
Long Grain Restaurant (31 Elm Street; 207-236-9001) marries Eastern flavors and regional ingredients for impressive small plates of pork, shrimp, and seaweed dumplings; noodles with local greens; and Pemaquid mussels in a spicy coconut lemon grass broth.
The bucolic Hatchet Mountain Publick House turns typical pub fare like fish and chips into fine dining (you can also shop the antiques that decorate the room). Drive south for a James Beard experience at Primo, which lists its daily farmed or foraged ingredients on a chalkboard outside.
Drink It Off
Cool your heels at 40 Paper, an Italian bistro pouring cocktails both classic (Sazerac, Moscow Mule) and inventive (ginger cilantro margarita). Surprise the palate with Cellardoor Winery’s blueberry wines while gazing out over the 68-acre farm and vineyard.
End with the quintessential lobster pound experience at Miller’s Lobster Co. Choose your weight, then crack open your just-steamed crustacean on a waterside picnic table (hurry — the season ends September 3).
Photos: Dan Tobin for DailyCandy; Courtesy of Bamboo Bike Studio; Courtesy of 40 Paper