Local Info

Grocery & Food Stores

Shaw’s & Hannaford (Ellsworth): Major grocery chains – 30 minutes

Walmart Supercenter (Ellsworth): Large grocery selection. Meat but No fresh  fish – 30 minutes

Simons Farm (Ellsworth): Rt. 1 just outside of Ellsworth. Great local produce and more. – 25 minutes.

Maine Coast Smokehouse (Hancock): Rt 1 on the way to Ellsworth. Formerly Sullivan Harbor Farms – 20 minutes. Formerly Sullivan Harbor Farms.

Dunbars Fresh Market & Deli (Sullivan): Between the bridge and Tunk Lake Rd on Coastal Rt 1. – 15 minutes.

Winter Harbor Food Service/IGA – Small supermarket with staples

The LobStore (Winter Harbor): . Fresh lobster, clams, muscles and more.

Dorr Lobster (Ellsworth): Fresh Seafood. 5 minutes north of Ellsworth on the road to Bangor

Places to Visit

Acadia National Park (Mt Desert Island): 1 Hour
The northeast’s only national park. It is truly scenic and beautiful. You can drive up Cadillac Mt for free, but you need a park pass to drive though most of it.

Bar Harbor (Mt Desert Island): 1 Hour
A lovely New England tourist stop. Gift stores galore. Lots of restaurants. It is only about 15 miles from Ellsworth, but the traffic can slow you down depending on the time of day.

On the Way to Bar Harbor – (between Ellsworth & Bar Harbor) Miniature Golf, Water Slides, gift stores, restaurants, etc.

Schoodic Point (Winter Harbor): Part of Acadia National Park: 30 Minutes
Schoodic Point is part of Acadia National Park and requires a park pass to park. It is just up the coast from Tunk Lake in the Winter Harbor area. Bring a picnic lunch or consider stopping at one of the local restaurants in Winter or Birch Harbor for lunch or dinner.



Shell (Gouldsboro)
2 miles up Rt 1 just from the end of Tunk Lake Rd

There are several gas stations between the end of Tunk Lake Rd and Ellsworth

Movies/Post Office/Medical/Libraries

Grand Theater (Local Art Theater)
165 Main St
Ellsworth, Maine
(207) 667-9500

Post Office
1405 U.S. 1
(207) 422-6259
Closed between 12:30-2:30pm.

Note: The Taylor Camp does not have a mailing address.

Frenchman Bay Library – 1776 US-1, Sullivan

Winter Harbor Public Library, 18 Chapel La., Winter Harbor – a charming building.
Both libraries have free WIFI that is accessible from outside the building, even when they are closed.

Walk-In Clinic

ConvenientMD Urgent Care

235 High St
Ellsworth, ME
(207) 667-4655


50 Union St.
Ellsworth, ME
(207) 412‑5200

Shopping In Ellsworth

Home Depot


LL Bean Outlet Store

Cadillac Mt Sports

There are many galleries showcasing fine art, local crafts, pottery, sculpture, etc., in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and in the towns along Rte. 1 between Ellsworth and the cabin. Take a ride, roam the area and you will find some lovely surprises!

Shopping In Winter Harbor

Works of Hand – 424 Main St # 426 Winter Harbor, ME 04693 207-963-7900

Winter Harbor 5 & 10  (Winter Harbor – A good old fashion 5 & 10 store


This is not a complete list but is representative of the restaurants we have visited over the years or have heard about from friends and renters. Yelp ratings and prices “$” are updated periodically. Most have links to their own websites or Facebook pages. Many restaurants are seasonal. Reservations are recommended for dinner at most restaurants. Not all are open daily and some are open for dinner only. Check the websites or call for days and hours of operation. Some have outdoor dining.


A handy restaurant guide you can use in conjunction with the list below. It includes additional restaurants, food stores, markets, etc. Set Distance Filter to 20 miles. Note that distances are as a crow flies so Bar Harbor restaurants appear closer than they actually are since you have to drive there..

Winter Harbor / Birch Harbor/ Milbridge (30 Minutes up the Coast)

Bunker’s Seafood (Birch Harbor) – Yelp 5 Stars. Closed Sun/Mon
$$ – Family Style. Beautiful view overlooking the water. Prices reasonable 11am-8pm.

Pickled Wrinkle (Birch Harbor) Yelp 4.5 Stars. Closed Mon/Tues
$$ – Fried seafood and great crab rolls. No reservations and often crowded. Best to go off hours. 1pm-8pm

Treehouse Seaside Grill (Winter Harbor) Yelp 3.9 Stars. Closed Mon
$$$ – Menu is small but everything looks wonderful. 4:30pm-9pm.  Overlooks the water.

Fisherman’s Galley & Hotdog Cart (Winter Harbor) – Yelp 3.5 Stars. 
$$ – Seafood.   Restaurant has been closed for several years, but  hotdog cart out front serving hotdogs, haddock rolls, lobster rolls , fries, blueberry pie, etc. 11am-3pm daily.

JM Gerrish (Winter Harbor) – Yelp 4.5 Stars. Closed Wed
$ – Breakfast, Lunch, Baked Goods & Ice Cream. 8am-3pm.

Chipman’s Warf (Milbridge) – Yelp 4.9. Closed Sunday
$$ – Lobster pound, seafood market (9am-5pm) that serves lunch (11am-3pm) . Lobster right off the boat! Great find. Lobster in the rough. Facebook Open year around. Lunch only in summer.

Between Tunk Lake & Ellsworth (15-30 Minutes)

The Black Sheep Restaurant (Sullivan – Former location of Chester Pike’s) – New Mar 2024 No Yelp Reviews yet. Closed Mon 
$$ – 1.5 miles south of Tunk Lake Rd on Rt 1 towards Ellsworth. Breakfast (6am-10:30am), Lunch (10:30am-2pm), Dinner Thurs/Fri (4pm-8pm) & Sunday Brunch (9am-2pm). Dinner & Brunch menus changes weekly.

Tracey’s Seafood (Sullivan) – Yelp 3.6 Stars.
$S – 1/4 mile north of Tunk Lake Rd on Rt 1. Roadside Dine-In/Takeout family Restaurant. Great ice cream. Lobster dinner. 11am-8pm daily

Dunbars (Sullivan) – Yelp 3.9 Stars Closed Sun
$$ – 3 miles  towards Ellsworth South of Tunk Lake Rd.  Small Grocery/Convenience Store with Deli. Good sandwiches. 7am-7pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-7pm (Sat)

Crocker House Country Inn (Hancock) – Yelp 4.5 Stars. Closed Tues/Wed
$$$ – Fine dining (Continental) – Beautiful Old New England Inn. Great Food. Lots of Charm. 5pm-8pm.

Chipper’s (Hancock) Yelp 3.5 Stars. Closed Sun-Tues
$$ – Seafood & Steaks. Large Menu. Great food. Opens at 5pm.

Ironbound (Hancock) – Yelp 4.5 Stars.  Closed Sun
$$ – Inn and Restaurant. Spacious, great service. Good variety on menu from a hamburger or lobster roll to excellent steak. 5pm-9pm.

Ruth & Wimpy’s (Hancock) – Yelp 3.6 Stars.  Closed Sat/Sun/Mon
$$ – Family Restaurant (Lobster, Seafood, hamburgers, & more) – A very “local” establishment. Lobster at a good price. A personal favorite.  Call ahead if you want a large lobster. 2:30pm-8:30pm

Yu Takeout (Hancock) – Yelp 4.1 Stars
$ – Korean, American, Seafood –  Dine In/Take Out. Fast Food. Known for great crab rolls, crab dip, crab cakes and containers of crab. 11am-7pm daily

Ellsworth  (30 Minutes)

Provender Kitchen & Bar (Ellsworth) Yelp 4 Stars. Closed Sun/Mon
$$$ – Upscale dining. Breakfast (7am-10:30am), Lunch (11am-2:30pm) Dinner (4pm-9pm)

Finelli’s (Ellsworth) – Yelp 3.5 Stars.  
$ –  Thin Crust New York Pizza – A Personal Favorite!! 11am-9pm Daily.

Finns Irish Pub (Ellsworth) – Yelp 4.2 Stars. Closed Tues
$$ Good pub food. 11am-10pm, Sunday 8am-10pm

Zeppa’s Pizza (Ellsworth) – Yelp 4.6 Stars, Closed Wed
$$ – Thin Crust New York Pizza. 11:30am-8pm

Jordan’s Snack Bar (Ellsworth) – Yelp 4 Stars.  Closed Tues
$$ –  Roadside take-out with dining room & outdoor tables. Great fried seafood, lobster rolls, onion rings, burgers, ice cream , etc. Very popular. 11am-3pm Mon/Wed/Thurs. 11am-7pm Fri/Sat

Union River Lobster Pot (Ellsworth) – Yelp 4 Stars. 
$$ – Great Seafood. No Reservations. Dinner only. Come early or wait in line. 5pm-8:30pm Daily

Riverside Cafe (Ellsworth) – Yelp 4 Stars. 
$$ – Breakfast & Lunch. Often crowded for lunch. No Reservations. Popular. 7am-2pm Daily

PLUS – McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s & Taco Bell

Mt Desert Island: Bar Harbor / Southwest Harbor / Acadia National Park  (60 Minutes)

There are many fine restaurants in the region and we typically go into Bar Bar Harbor to shop and have lunch at Geddy’s.  Click here for a comprehensive list of restaurants

Beal’s Lobster Pier (Southwest Harbor) – Yelp 4.4 Stars
$$$ – Very popular. Right on the water next to the Coast Guard Base. No Reservations. Best go for lunch. Dinner typically has a 90+ minute wait. Open daily 11-8pm.

Jordan’s Pond (Acadia National Park) –  Yelp 3.5 stars. Daily
$$ – Family Restaurant. Large & crowded tourist restaurant in Acadia National Park. Known for great popovers. Need a reservation even for lunch. Expensive for what you get, but very popular. Hours not posted.

Geddy’s (Bar Harbor) – Yelp 4 Stars. Daily.
$$ – This is our favorite bar/burger joint in Bar Harbor. Lobster rolls. 11am-9:30pm.

Mainly Meats BBQDreamwood Hill – Yelp 4.5 Stars
$$ – You will pass it on the way to Bar Harbor. Great BBQ. Dine-In or Take Out. 11am-8pm Daily

Bar Harbor Restaurants – An overview of restaurants in Bar Harbor

Blue Hill  (45-60 Minutes)

Barncastle (Blue Hill) – Yelp 4 Stars. Closed Mon-Tues
$$ – Family Restaurant. Great Food/Pizza. Lots of Charm. Bar opens at 4pm. Dinner at 5pm

Arborvine (Blue Hill) – Yelp 4.5 Stars. Closed Sun-Tues
$$$ – Fine dining. Great reviews. Open for dinner 5-7:45pm. Make reservations days in advance.