Let’s Go for a Drive
Your visit to Ellsworth will begin at the top of the hill entering town on Route 3 (or Rte 172 coming from Blue Hill). Stop in at Courthouse Gallery, located in the historic Courthouse building, and featuring fine art by such artists as Stephen Pace, Lois Dodd, and Eliot and Fairfield Porter.
Downhill by the Union River bridge, visit Rooster Brother. Offering everything from their own fresh roasted and ground coffees to the finest cookware, this is one of the best kitchen stores anywhere.
Crossing over the bridge, take a left and head up State Street. First stop, Don and Dave Herrington of Pyramid Studios offer beautiful, jewelry in a fabulous faux-Egyptian motif shop. This dynamic duo has been creating fine jewelry from gold, silver, and precious stones for over 25 years.
While you’re right there, go on up to that beautiful library. The main part of the library is one of the oldest houses in town. They provide internet access and online card catalog, an extensive collection of books, and a downstairs meeting room offering changing monthly art exhibits throughout the year.
Heading back to Main Street, you can stroll up and down both sides of the street and find something for everyone: toys and games and children’s clothing, more jewelry at two more locations, flowers, housewares, clothing and gifts, antiques, even handmade chocolates.
For antiques hounds, there are now three great Antiques Malls in downtown Ellsworth. The old JJ Newberry building houses one on Main Street. Another one is located in the former Austin Furniture building next door to Beals Jewelry Store on Main Street. And The Old Creamery Antiques Mall – on Hancock Street – is still going strong, with some marvelous treasures on two floors.
At press time, we learned that 2nd to None resale shop had located to part of the former Grasshopper Shop on Main Street.
While you are right there, the Cellar offers amazing menu choices for lunch and dinner in a great 1930s-era setting. From Paninis to gourmet burgers for lunch, to a dinner menu and raw bar, this just may be the happening place to eat in downtown Ellsworth.
John Edwards Natural Foods, offering health food, organic produce, and wines, also has a wonderful Wine Cellar Gallery downstairs.
Just across the street, Riverside Café serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, opening as early as 7 AM.
Try The Mex, for … Mexican, of course! The Mex has been in this same Main Street location for over 20 years – offering authentic food in a festive atmosphere.
Finn’s Irish Pub will take you back to the auld sod with traditional Irish décor, Gaelic music, hospitality, and a great menu.
Just up the street, Flexit is a new eatery, located in The Maine Grind building, featuring delicious coffee, soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, a uice bar, and smoothies.
Want some good grilled meat or BBQ? Mainely Meats across from the Maine Grind will fill the bill.
Hit Morton’s Moo, around the corner from the Maine Grind.
While you are right there, stop in at SevenArts Gallery, a cooperative gallery featuring the work of seven local artists. Or pop into Jackie Haines Studio for some gorgeous handcrafted jewelry.
Want to see a live performance?
There’s lots going on at The Grand Auditorium this summer.
You don’t have to just stroll – you can hop in your car and head out High Street to even more shopping and dining experiences!
There’s lots to see and do, so allow yourself plenty of time to really explore this town
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