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Yankee Magazine Names Local Maine Establishments to 2014 “Editors’ Choice” List

Yankee Magazine’s Special Travel Guide “Best Of New England – 2014 Editor’s Choice List” will hit news stands on April 29th, and once again a bunch of Maine establishments and events have made the listing!

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According to a press release the “designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.”  This year’s issue also names 20 Maine events including the Bangor State Fair and the 39th Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias.

Mel Allen, the editor of Yankee Magazine says, “Reading our annual special Travel Guide section, ‘Best of New England,’ is as close to sitting down with Yankee’s editors and getting us to spill our favorite places as one can get. We’re joined by our Maine expert Hilary Nangle whose sole task is to surprise us: to tell us about restaurants and attractions and local secrets that will make this issue one to keep on hand whenever you set off to explore New England.”

Here are some of the Editor’s Choices for this year from our area:

SK Tours—Best Tour of Stephen Kingdom, Bangor

Dive-In Theater—Best Family Cruise, Bar Harbor

Tea House 278—Best Tea House, Bar Harbor

West Street Hotel—Best Pool View, Bar Harbor

Wild Blueberry Land—Best Blueberry Everything, Columbia Falls

Chapter Two—Best Bookstore/Gallery, Corea

Corea Wharf Gallery & Galley—Best Lobster with a Sense of the Past, Corea

Rooster Brother—Best Stop For Cooks, Ellsworth

Acadia View Bed & Breakfast—Best Acadia Views, Gouldsboro

The Keeper’s House—Best Lighthouse Lodging, Isle au Haut

Cohill’s—Best Seaside Pub, Lubec

Aragosta—Best Harborside Dining, Stonington

Camden Hills State Park—Best Seaside State Park, Camden

Norumbega—Best Castle by the Sea, Camden

Farnsworth Museum of Art—Best Wyeth Viewing, Rockland

Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights—Best Walk to a Lighthouse, Rockland

Home Kitchen Café—Best Breakfast, Rockland

Maine Wind Jammer—Best Windjammer Fare, Rockland

Skula with John Drury—Best Seabird Tour, Vinalhaven

Tidewater Motel—Best Harbor Views, Vinalhaven

Gifford’s—Best Ice Cream Stand, Skowhegan

Currier’s Flightseeing—Best Moosehead Lake Views, Greenville Junction

5 Lakes Lodge—Best Mountainside Lodge, Millinocket

New England Outdoor Center—Best Adventure Resort, Millinocket

Stutzman’s Farm Stand—Best Farm-to-Fork, Sangerville

Top Events

MAY 15–18: BAR HARBOR, Taste of Bar Harbor. Featuring local establishments committed to creating epicurean delights, the festival presents cooking classes, brewery tours, and tastings. Experience the “Dessert Night Competition, ” the “Pub Tour,” the popular “Chef’s Table,” and new this year, “Waiter Wars,” plus the “Local Producer’s Showcase.” barharborinfo.com

JULY 18–20: BELFAST, Maine Celtic Celebration. Enjoy family-oriented festivities on the water-front in celebration of the area’s rich Celtic heritage and culture. Highland games, a Celtic-breeds dog show, a road race, the wacky “Cheese Rolling Championship” competition, and more. 207-338-2692; mainecelticcelebration.com

JULY 19–20: CAMDEN, Carol Sebold Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show. Enjoy perusing the select wares offered by 60-plus talented artisans against the fantastic backdrop of Harbor Park. Works include watercolors, oils, acrylics, and pastels, plus photography, sculpture, and mixed media, as well as exquisitely designed jewelry, metal and woodcrafts, pottery, and finely crafted furniture. camdenharborarts.com

JULY 25–26: RANGELEY, Rangley Lakes Region Logging Festival. Enjoy an authentic Maine bean-hole dinner, plus music, logging ex-hibits and horse demonstrations, equipment displays, woodsmen’s and -women’s competitions, crafts, chainsaw carving demonstrations, and more. rlrlm.org

JULY 25–AUGUST 3: BANGOR, Bangor State Fair. The city’s fairgrounds is the place to see one of the state’s largest fairs, featuring 4-H competitions, including sheep and dog shows and horse judging, plus a midway, crafts, commercial exhibits, a flower show, and more. bangorfair.com

AUGUST 8–10: UNION, Maine Antiques Festival. Vintage items abound at the state’s largest antiques festival, featuring more than 200 dealers, at Union Fairgrounds. Discover jewelry, maps, prints, folk art, furnishings, ceramics, paintings, and much more. 207-221-3108; maineantiquefest.com

AUGUST 15–17: MACHIAS, 39th Wild Blueberry Festival. Centre Street Congregational Church plays host to an abundance of family fun. Enjoy contests, a quilt raffle, live music, performances, a parade, and kids’ activities, plus an array of crafters, artisans, food vendors, and more. 207-255-6665; machiasblueberry.com

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