One glorious day we made the short drive east of us to check out the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. The byway leads you through some of Maine’s most scenic coastline, quaint towns, quintessential views of lobster boats and lighthouses, and to some of the most talented artisans along the coast. In all of our travels through Maine and the countless weeks we have spent here, we never made it to Schoodic. We've talked about it, read about it, were refered to come, but never have.
The 27-mile scenic byway was designated in 2000 and holds the title of being Maine’s first National Scenic Byway which set the bar pretty high. We stopped in downtown Winter Harbor for a quick bite at a hot dog stand so we would have plenty of time to explore the many things on our list. Winter Harbor is a great place for a quick stroll around town with a soda fountain, old style 5 & 10 store, galleries and art studios, an antique store and a few more odds and ends. Take in the scenery, feel the cool ocean breeze and get ready for lots more to see.
As you make your way east along the byway you will enter Acadia National Park (NP). Most of this national park is located on Mt. Desert Island (near Bar Harbor) but this less-visited section of the park is a true gem. There are many pull-off, picnic areas, and scenic views to be marveled at. Frazier Point was referred to us by some women in Winter Harbor who stopped to pet Spirit. They thought it would be a great place to let her swim and we could sit in the warm sunshine while taking in the view of Winter Harbor from across the bay. They were right! Spirit was one happy wet salty dog.
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We continued on the byway where each little town was as cute as the last. Lobster buoys bobbed in the water and colorful flowers adorned the front yards of historic homes. The byway ends in Prospect Harbor which was home to the last sardine cannery in the United States. The town is also home to “Big Jim” - the 50-foot tall fisherman in a yellow slicker that once represented the Stinson Sardine Company. Big Jim used to hold a can of sardines, but when the factory was converted to a lobster processing facility, the sardine can was appropriately replaced with a lobster trap. The statue has been around some 30 years and even survived a strong storm in the 80's when the lower part of the sign (i.e., his pants) blew off. The pants were replaced and Jim still stands proudly.
Our day was full and we were getting a little tired but we decided to make one more stop at a local farm. Darthia Farm is a 150-acre organic farm which raises sheep, beef cattle, chickens, pigs and plenty of produce. In 2012 a fire claimed their barn and most of their animals but they were able to rebuild with the help of the community. We picked up a pint of the most delicious little strawberries that almost didn't make the trip home as I could not stop popping them in my mouth.
Now we were all done for the day.