y first Sunday Drive through Brooklin and Sedgwick was an unforgettable
experience for me. The height of Indian summer; wispy clouds floating
in a brilliant blue sky, the sun warm, but not as hot as August,
and the air holding the promise of a cool night.
The more I drove, the more I felt like
I had escaped the present. I expected to hear 40s Swing on the radio,
or to see some perfectly preserved Ford Roadster puttering along
in the other direction. I wouldn’t have been surprised if
I looked down and saw that I was driving my Dad’s ’53
I saw places and views I had never seen
before. I experienced that wonderful sense of time stretching on
forever – with no particular place to go and nothing to do
Whaddya say? Let’s hit the road.
Blue Hill, head out South Street (Routes 172 & 175) and watch
for the turnoff for Route 175 to Brooklin about 2-1/2 miles south
Turning left, follow the road past a beautiful cove with a red boathouse
on your left to the Blue Hill Falls bridge over the reversing falls.
you approach Brooklin village, watch for Web of the Quill gallery
on your right. Lauren Allen makes exquisite shawls and also features
work by other artists – everything from pottery, jewelry, photography
and paintings to sculpture and hand-dyed yarns. Don’t miss it!
Not far beyond, turn onto Flye Point Road on your left and drive down
to the Lookout Inn for another fabulous location with a killer view.
It’s been an Inn for more than 200 years.
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a PDF of the Brooklin - Brooksville Drive here (975 kb).
In the center of the village, there’s the Morning Moon Café
– a great place for lunch. Right next door, you can visit Sihaya
Hopkins in her Blossom Studio where she creates and sells her beautiful
glass beads, and fine craft by other talented artists.
On the other side of Morning Moon, check out the Maine Hooked Rugs gallery where Ken Carpenter shows his traditional hooked rugs, chairpads and runners.
Just one block further on right is Mountain Ash Lane – where you can visit Brooklin Pottery Co-op. Five local potters show their diverse work at the Co-op which is open Friday to Sunday all summer, and right up until Christmas.
The Brooklin General Store is another fun place to visit. And, don’t
miss the beautiful town library, just across the street.
Next door to the store, Betsy’s Sunflower offers a variety of beautiful homegoods (candles, beautiful linens, and more), books, and gifts in a warm, inviting space. This year, Betsy says there will be even more locally made items –from vintage aprons to baby bibs, Maine-made dog treats and catnip mice, to float rope door mats and everything in between.
If you want to spend the night, the Brooklin Inn has five guest rooms, but you might need to book ahead in season. Their dining room and pub are open to the public for dinner seven nights a week. The lovely Victorian inn is within walking distance of the center of town, and a lively spot for dinner or a pub fling.
Not far from the Inn, Four Cs offers some of the prettiest Adirondack
chairs I’ve seen – sized for both adults and children.
Across the street, the old Brooklin elementary school houses the studios
of at least a half dozen fine artists. Make sure to stop in and see
who’s open. Their art is varied, and worth a stop.
And not far from there, on the right hand side of the road is Gigi
Sarsfield’s Handmade Papers. Gigi makes beautiful handmade papers, and turns them into lampshades, blank books,
and one-of-a-kind lamps. At night, some of her lamps glow in the windows.
Practically next door to Gigi, The Cave occupies the first floor of a charming house, offering fine wines, gourmet cheeses, chocolates and much more, including superb lunches, hot soups, espresso drinks and teas, and locally produced fruits and vegetables – year round .
On the road again: Sedgwick
Continue on out of Brooklin and wend your way toward Sedgwick. As
you cross the Benjamin River bridge, notice the three pastel colored
houses on the left bank. They are the oldest homes in town, and one
of my favorite views on this trip.
In the village, is the tiny Sedgwick Library, and just around the
corner is Sedgwick Antiques – well worth a visit. And don’t
miss Pushcart Press’s little bookshop, located just behind the
antiques shop, offering an interesting array of books, some at reduced
When you leave Sedgwick Antiques, take a right and continue up the
road to Art @ The Flower Farm, where you’ll find Leslie Anderson’s
gallery of wonderful watercolors, and maybe pick up a bouquet from
her husband, Dan.
Continue on for about three miles to visit at Bob Ivano’s photography
studio. His knack for framing a beautiful shot through the lens generates
some truly beautiful black and white photographs.
Now, it’s time to make an about face, and head back towards
Sedgwick to continue our tour… But, before we leave town, look
for the sign for Mermaid Woolens on your left. Betsy Coakley’s
amazing sweaters are like the “coat of many colors” –
if it was hand knit it, that is.
Not far out of town, slow down at the sharp left turn and take a right to
stop in at R Place Studio to see potter Kathy Burton’s work.
As you drive, you’ll catch occasional glimpses of Eggemoggin
Reach on your left, with the north shore of Deer Isle on its other
Watch for the sign for Eggemoggin Textile Studio about a mile past
the sharp bend in the road on the way out of town. Chris Leith spins
and dyes her yarns, then hand weaves some truly exquisite scarves,
wraps, pillows, and hangings. She also has fine work by other textile
Take a right at the junction of Route 15. Just past the turn, on your right, you’ll see the sign for El El Frijoles – a great lunch or dinner spot featuring Mexican fare. Step into what feels like a Mexican cantina to order, and enjoy your food there or take it to go.
When you head on up Caterpillar Hill, there’s a great scenic
turnout, and Caterpillar Hill Gallery on your left. Stop in, see what
Kelly Mitchell has on the walls, and check out the fabulous view before
Continuing on Route 15, you’ll soon come to the sign for Bucks
Harbor to your left. Make this turn and you are in for another great