Friday, August 23, 2013

Belfast, Maine

John blows a kiss over a terrific lunch

The camera is turned on me for a change
After our visit to Islesboro to attend the SSCA Gam we motored down to Ames Cove and walked around Dark Harbor. By the way the Indian name for Islesboro was Pitaubegwimenahanuk. I can see why it wasn't kept. In the midst of the beautiful homes were two fun stores, an Grocery/Souvenir/Craft/and lunch counter place, and the Artisan Books & Bindery. The first seemed right in place but finding a first class bookstore on this island was a miracle.
I LOVE the elephant. Nice to see old movie theaters still
Next we sailed north up to Belfast, whose Indian name was Passagassawakeag - try saying that at all.
Looking down the Main Street
This beautiful town has a wealth of antique architecture; Federal, Greek Revival and Italianate mansions and civic buildings. We wandered around getting a feel for the place and then settled in for dinner at Delvinos Grill & Pasta. What a treat. We all had wonderful food (I rated it Excellent on TripAdvisor) but John's seafood chowder was so good we decided to come back the next day for lunch.
Before that we walked up to the big Price Chopper and did some grocery shopping. The local Coop was really attractive and had a nice looking cafe as well, but rather expensive and we needed general groceries.
The art project here was benches - yeh!
The dock was busy so we decided to motor over to Buck's Harbor, spend the night there and fill up with water and fuel the next morning. The weather had been very nice although we dodged a severe thunderstorm the day before, and it continued sunny and calm.
Buck's Harbor is a picturesque quiet little spot but with a small but busy dock/marina. The next morning the water was so flat I took some lovely pictures of the reflections (see below). Then we were off to Swan's Island and the Sweet Chariot Music Festival - covered in my next post.
Great architecture for a small town

Another view down Main St. to the harbor

Great mini garden

Even smaller and in a old sink!

The oldest shoe store in America

Rocky beach but lovely park along side

Several busy docks and marinas on the harbor

Another great bench

The Visitor's Center is part of the oil company office bldg

We saw at least 20 benches and they were all different

Back in the dinghy and off to Buck's Harbor

This is the view that greeted me in the morning

Another view of this lovely harbor

An Outward Bound group anchored near us for the night

Busy fuel dock at Buck's Harbor

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