Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cross country trip in Maine–Damariscotta

The other day I set the car navigation system to Damariscotta with a vista point of Morse’s Sauerkraut. The car navi took me over deserted, hilly, blueberry barren lined country roads, much like in Europe, in the South of France, just much less discovered yet.

The first stop was Morse’s Sauerkraut in Waldoborough, a store not just for a German heart’s delight. There is a tiny restaurant serving German breakfast and lunch, and a large enough store selling exclusively German products like dumpling mixes, Dr Oetker pudding and Knorr soups, with a large deli counter for those German cold cuts. Delight, as said. They are also very liberal with samples. The store originally started almost 100 years ago when German immigrants made barrel-fermented sauerkraut, and they’ve been famous for it ever since. (The sauerkraut IS very good).

Next, I entered new territory for me: Damariscotta.

Damariscotta is a scenic little historic village off Rt 1, close to Portland. The street off Rt 1 is long, narrow and winding, and I worried if I might miss the town center. But it became clear when I enter it: a tight collections of historic houses, little stores, restaurants and plenty of tourists walking around. And, with scenic Maine town in the summer: a little bit of traffic shuffling through.

The town center is right on the ocean, with a large wharf and pier for launching kajak trips and ocean cruises, and pier parties with live music.
Damariscotta offers an eclectic collection of relatively high-end stores,  with a hand-made bag studio, jewelry stores, and other design stores. (I had my eye on this handbag, but it was more expensive than a Kate Spade bag).

(check the cat!)

Reny’s, probably the only inexpensive, bargain hunter place in the village, has two stores, and one is in the historic Rexall Soda Fountain with the old school Soda Fountain from the 30s still in tact (and serving soda!)

I was starting to get hungry and looked behind the main street to find this little gem: the Weatherbird store. It is a combination of bakery, deli, wine store and kitchen store (do I need to say more).

Stainless steel Le Creuset, anyone?

The historic and beautiful King Eider Pub.

Concluding with Maine ice cream.

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