Since searching for treasures from days gone by is somewhat of a pastime here in Maine, we’ve put together a 36-hour itinerary that will immerse you in the local art and antiques scene. This relaxing getaway allows you to enjoy and explore some of the area’s best purveyors of creations from the past to the present. We have an exciting visit planned from arrival to departure, complete with a full day of browsing at your leisure. We know you’ll find these 36 hours to be a treasured time of beauty and relaxation.
Settle “Inn” for a Luxurious Stay
Check in to the Blue Hill Inn between 3 and 7 pm. Relax and freshen up in your room, and enjoy a beverage of your choice in the living room. We can arrange a reservation for you in advance at our local fine dining restaurant, Arborvine. Try one of their fresh seafood dishes, signature roast duck entree, or a gourmet dessert. We’ll have fresh-baked cookies and coffee/tea/water waiting and available throughout your visit. Finally, you can tuck into a delicious night of sleep for your day of adventures in arts and antiques tomorrow!
Lovely Art and Antiques Treasures of Blue Hill
The next morning, enjoy our full, three-course, complimentary breakfast in the dining room. Then head over to the Jud Hartmann Gallery in Blue Hill to see many of his own sculptures, along with artwork by several local artists, on display with a view of Blue Hill Harbor from the second floor. Then head across the street to Handworks Gallery. Browse the artwork and choose a piece to take home. Stop by the Fish Net for a classic lobster roll and other fresh local fare.
Drive out to US 1 to visit the Big Chicken Barn, one of the largest collections of antiques and used books in Maine, and spend the rest of the afternoon browsing the booths. Return to the Blue Hill Inn just in time to enjoy our Innkeeper’s reception from 5-7pm in the parlor featuring live piano music, refreshments, and drinks.
Not a “Goodbye” — Just a “See You Soon”
The next morning before check out, enjoy a leisurely morning, including a stack of our signature Blueberry Pancakes to start your day. On your way out of town, swing by the Cynthia Winings Gallery to see the featured local artists and sculpture garden out back.
Drive to Ellsworth to visit two delightful antique stores, the Old Creamery and Nana’s Attic. For some refreshments between browsing, the Riverside Cafe is a local lunch counter perfect for a sandwich and a drink. On your way of out town, be sure to stop by 1A Relics and check out their eclectic collections. If you have time to stay in town for dinner, try Provender on Main Street, but make a reservation here when you arrive at BHI to ensure you’ll have a table.
We hope by now you will have picked up a few art and antiques treasures from these local shops to help keep the memories alive from this special visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Published: March 2023