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While visiting Rockport earlier this month, we discovered the stunning Beech Hill Preserve. The 295-acre preserve offers family-friendly trails alongside protected fields of organic blueberries and wildflowers. Beech Hill is one of those magical, Maine places where visiting feels like a privilege. We arrived at the Beech Hill Road trailhead and decided to take the short 3/4-mile hike to a stunning hilltop that overlooks Penobscot Bay.





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Note: Farmers Fare closed in June 2011.

Belfast-based designer, Patricia Shea, who writes the fun dessert lover’s blog, Pattern Patisserie, sent a glowing email about Farmer’s Fare in Rockport—a market/eatery featuring locally grown produce, Maine cheeses, coffees, spices and specialty food items.

Outside is a wrap-around deck that’s perfect for families

Not long ago, MP decided to stop in for a much needed caffeine fix and a treat for the kids. She was immediately impressed by the display of local children’s books and handmade gifts at the entrance. And all of us were taken with the bountiful baskets of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Temptation in the form of local veggies

A tomato tasting station, which offered varieties from Green Arrow Farms in Searsmont, delighted CP #1—a self-described tomato fanatic. Her brother, who has yet to meet a vegetable he likes, was quick to find the play area, equipped with a pretend market and giant, felt foods.

CP#1 would have eaten all of the samples if we let her

CP#2 offering Mom a nice bunch of felt grapes

MP and DP sought out iced coffee and discovered a freezer full of lemon and blueberry sorbet made by Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick. Most surprisingly, these perfect, single serving size cups were free. The kind folks at Farmers Fare invite guests to experience “The Frozen Joy,” with a pay-it-forward policy. Have a $1 on you? Great. If not, contribute next time.

Maine Wild Blueberry sorbet. Yum!

The kids devoured their sorbet in minutes, and MP wished she had room for the decadent Coconut Moo Shake. Or the fabulous looking vegetable torte. Or just about anything in Farmers Fare deli case.

Farmers Fare
Route 90 and Cross Street
Open Mon. – Sat: 8am to 6pm
Closed Sundays

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Last weekend, the team traveled to Camden/Rockport for a friend’s wedding. The rehearsal dinner took place at Rockport Marine Park and we can’t imagine a lovelier setting for a family celebration. CP#1’s and #2’s Uncle Neil, who was visiting from San Francisco, took one look at the picturesque harbor and said, “I want to move here.” We’re fairly certain most visitors are similarly charmed. The park offers generous open space for kids to run and play, along with views of lobster boats and schooners.

Just one of several lovely views around the harbor

The park is also home to honorary harbormaster André the Seal, who spent summers entertaining visitors to Rockport Harbor. Today, a granite statue commemorating André resides in the park. Our duo was taken with André, and took turns pretending to feed him pebbles, while asking what it’s like to be a seal. (more…)

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