Saturday, August 18, 2018

Reader Question: Shopping and food in the New Hampshire / southern Maine area

Photos by Salt Water New England
A Reader Question:
I'm going to be in New Hampshire for work in a couple weeks. I would like to ask the readers for suggestions on shopping and food in the New Hampshire / southern Maine area.  Thanks.



28 comments:

  1. I went to Dartmouth in the Early Aughts and we shopped at The Co-Op. I believe they exist in Hanover, Lebanon, and White River Junction. New Hampshire is lucky to have many places dedicated to local, organic, and quality food stuffs. I'd simply ask locals.

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    1. OK, but Hanover, Lebanon, and White River Junction are quite far away from the NH-Southern Maine area to which the original inquiry referred.

      Stonewall Kitchen in York, ME, just off I-95, offers tempting shopping and an excellent cafe with very good food.

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  2. Also, a great place to dine is The Mill at Simon Pearce.
    https://www.simonpearce.com/our-restaurant/
    It's close to the NH border. You'll find that everything in New England is a short drive.

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    1. The inquiry was about NH and Southern Maine, so that would seem to be the Portsmouth, NH area heading up into York and Ogunquit, ME. Simon Pearce, in Quechee, VT, is about 125 miles (about 2 hours) northwest, hardly a "short drive."

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    2. I also second Simon Pearce restaurant and glass-blowing shop. It's just over the border in Vermont and is lovely. I also like Pickety Place in Southern NH. A throwback to Little Red Riding Hood days, very small inside, but the food is great and all local. A bit difficult to find, but it would be a beautiful drive in the fall. Back up in Maine is Newicks restaurant. Great lobster chowder. Not a fancy place at all, it's family-oriented and quite big inside, but the food has always been good. DiMillo's in Portland is a favorite of mine. Great food, fine dining, atmosphere....it has it all. Also agree that everything in New England is a short drive. Enjoy NH....a nice time of year to be there.

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    3. "You'll find that everything in New England is a short drive." That may be true, but you can't get thar from he-ar.

      Aiken

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    4. Goodness, I apologize for offending with my navigational perspective. :)
      I am from the West. Two hours is quite a short drive out here.

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  3. I agree on The Mill at Simon Pearce. Look forward to the replies. Mrs Govteach and I are planning a trip in '19 to New Hampshire and Maine.

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  4. If you are going as far as Portland, I would recommend Eventide Oyster Co.

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  5. The Whole Foods in Portland is pretty good. I mean, it's not locally-owned or anything, but you can get high-quality produce there.

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    1. Please - Maine (and New Hampshire, all of New England for that matter) rate very high on the “farm market per capita” scale. Whole Foods? Wholy smoke! Oh me oh my. Why!?

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  6. In Portsmouth: Ristorante Massimo and Bridge st. Bistro. The best shopping is also in Portsmouth. If you like the outlet thing, Kittery, ME is just across the river. Stoneface and Throwback breweries are top notch as well.

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  7. I took this to be a question about shopping for groceries, as the person will be in the area for a couple of weeks, so apologies if I'm off point, but the best grocery store chain in that part of New England is Market Basket.

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    1. You are absolutely ON POINT with Market Basket! Unbeatable prices (even compared to Aldi and Ocean State Job Lot) and a really impressive array of international - and sophisticated - foods, along with the regular stuff.

      MB is highly responsive to local ethnicities as well as trendy foodies, so, for instance, my northern MA store has fresh lemongrass, British clotted cream, kefir, Caillebaut chocolate (and Lake Champlain chocs too!), Icelandic yogurt, huge Hispanic and Asian foods sections, fresh spiralized veggies (like zoodles), gooseberries, bison burgers, Marcona almonds, Australian "Old Croc" sharp cheddar ("It bites!"), and corn on the cob identified by the regional farm that grew it. Every time I'm there, I see something new and surprising.

      And it's all enhanced by a smartly-trained staff of employees who are unfailingly efficient and polite. No, I'm not a paid representative of Market Basket -- just a loyal and appreciative customer!

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  8. One might add if shopping for clothes-Freeport.(Only an hour up the coast) Loads of great deals. There’s are Orvis outlet. Last time I was there I purchased pants for $15/pant...retailing online for +85 plus...all unfinished lengths as well.

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    1. I went to the Freeport outlets last month after not having been for 10 years, and I was quite disappointed. The main Bean store is decent but not as good as it used to be, and had less merchandise available on the floor than I would have liked. The Bean outlet was packed and too annoying to push through, but maybe that was my fault for going on a busy Saturday. The Patagonia store was tiny and not worth visiting. I didn't check out Orvis, though.

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  9. Was just through this area two weeks ago. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family always does! If you are looking for NH/ME area, Kittery is the place for outlet heaven in southern ME, not as far north as Freeport. Portsmouth has outlets and tax free shopping in NH. Expect heavy traffic on the weekend, and Kittery truly is outlet heaven. Dozens and dozens of stores.

    For food, if you want to travel a little farther north than Ogunquit you cannot beat The Maine Diner, on Route One in Wells. It is not fancy, it is what it is, a Diner, but the food is fantastic at great prices. Portions are good size. Much of the produce is grown out back of the restaurant. Save room for Indian pudding for desert - incredible! I cannot recommend The Maine Diner highly enough. Not as far north, Ogunquit has Barnacle Billy's, and if you go as far north as Freeport then you have Haraseeket Lobster Co. on the town wharf; my personal favorite in Freeport is the Broad Arrow Tavern, located inside The Haraseeket Inn. Freeport also has Gritty McDuffs, a brew pub with good pub food. Enjoy! Safe travels!

    The Concord Diaspora

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  10. By the way, does anyone know what happened to the old Arrows restaurant location in Cape Neddick? It was briefly Velveteen Habit, but I don't know if it is still a functioning farm/restaurant. That was one of the most memorable meals of my life. I'd like to go back there one day... if it's still a running.

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  11. https://www.discovernewengland.org/
    and
    http://www.visitingnewengland.com/shopping-new-england.html

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  12. more in depth for all;

    Listing; outlets with current sales tax
    https://www.discovernewengland.org/things-do/designer-outlet-shopping

    Foods
    https://www.discovernewengland.org/search?search_api_multi_fulltext=food+markets&=Search


    Happy Hunting!

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  13. Kittery, ME has lots of great food options: Black Birch, Anju, Blue Mermaid, Chauncey Creek. Also great food shopping at Carl's Meat, Beach Pea Bakery, and Golden Harvest (all right next to each other and worth a visit). For shopping...yes, there are a variety of great outlet stores but take some time to poke around the thrift/second hand stores. I always find something great at "The Fabulous Find." Portsmouth, NH has tons of restaurants and fun shops in its beautiful downtown and is easily walkable.

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  14. Here's a roundup of a bunch of our fav NH things! https://www.areweadultsyet.com/2018/05/02/recent-travels-new-hampshire/
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    www.areweadultsyet.com

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  15. For shopping, Kennebunkport and Portsmouth. Lots of small, independent shops. For eating in Portsmouth, Mombo at Strawberry Banke is great + Strawberry Banke itself is fabulous. I second the Maine Diner! In Portland, I second Eventide. Also Fore Street, The Front Room (great neighborhood spot), Duck Fat (go at off hours)and for beer, if you don't want to go to the individual breweries, Novare Res Bier. If you do want to go to the breweries, Bissell Brothers, Rising Tide and Lone Pine are our favs.

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  16. breakfast in the portsmouth area (modest) - the Golden Egg is great, Friendly Toast is good. Ceres Bakery is worth a visit too. Shaws and Market Basket are the primary supermarkets. they are fine, nothing special usually. my favorite places to walk around that have shopping are downtown portsmouth and ogunquit, both fairly touristy in the summer. (i lived in Portsmouth). love the cliff path in york harbor.

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  17. We live in York Harbor and really enjoy
    1) Burgers at Chapman Cottage
    2) Anything at Central
    3) Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit
    4) Walkers in Cape NEddick
    5) The Goldenrod in York Beach ( you will think you’ve died come back in the 1950s) Followed by bowling at FunO Rama... there is an adorably cheesy amusement park there too with a petting zoo. feed the goats!

    6) Ore Nell’s BBQ on Badgers Island

    For groceries you can get a pick up account easily at Hannaford, don’t waste precious vacay time standing in a line at a supermarket

    Walk up Mt Agamenticus

    Ogunquit Beach is beautiful, and the little beach in Cape Neddick has tons of tidal pools.

    Enjoy!

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  18. And, in southern Maine, you MUST walk the oceanside Marginal Way between Ogunquit and Perkins Cove -- it's spectacularly scenic and you will never forget it! Paid parking and good restaurants at either end of it.

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  19. Such wonderful memories evoked by these particular photographs, especially the one of the bridge.

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  20. When in Ogunquit, try The Oarweed for seafood. Owner Jeff Fitzgerald is a local artist and he will seat you. His wife works at NMH.

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