My family has just returned from Maine, where we spend a part of almost every summer. We have a very small lake house on Beech Hill Pond in Otis, Maine. Otis is a tiny town with no stoplight. There is only a tiny town office with an adjacent library. The main attraction is the Otis General store where we buy the paper each day and rent movies in the evenings.
Ellsworth, population 6,456, is the nearest big town to Otis. It was settled in 1763. About 2 1/2 hours east of Agusta and 1/2 hour south east of Bangor, Ellsworth is nestled against the Union River, and sits on the crossroads of Routes 1, 3 and 1A. Most people recognize Ellsworth because one must pass through on the way to Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park and the famous tourist town of Bar Harbor.To me, Ellsworth is the quintessential New England town. It has stately old buildings, adorable frame houses and a few really appealing shops along Main Street such as JB Atlantic, (furniture and antiques,) The Grasshopper Shop (which sells all kinds of wonderful items,) and Rooster Brothers, which is a chef's shop and gourmet cafe. There is also a theater, The Grand, which not only shows films and hosts theater productions, but offers life music concerts as well. My favorite Ellsworth haunts are The Creamery Antique Mall, The Lobster Pot restaurant and the LL Bean outlet on High Street.
Here are a couple of images that, to me, represent the essence of Ellsworth.
We rent our house by the week in the summer. For more information, see www.vrbo.com, #100337.