Until the time it emerges from the oven, nearly everything is homemade at La Cena Italian Bistro & Pizzeria. Toppings such as mushrooms, pepperoni, and jalapeños cover disks of hand-tossed dough, and homemade bread envelops ham, turkey, or roast-beef subs or buffalo-chicken paninis. Even the salads are prepared right before patrons’ eyes, easing their fears that the vegetables have been freshly chopped and not simply thrown at the kitchen’s ceiling fan.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Pat’s Pizza’s menu, which carries on a culinary legacy that began in 1931, arrives at tables bursting with Italian classics and hearty takes on family fare. Diners can test out recently sharpened incisors with a mexican pizza topped with sausage and salsa ($8.25) or challenge a 14-inch greek pie ($16.25) to a duel with taste buds. Nine different salads ($3.25–$6.75) fill gaps in nutrition or in brick walls, and cheese-packed calzones ($5.50+) cradle fresh ingredients in the warm embrace of house-made dough. Diners can also eschew more circular fare for a range of burgers ($3.25+) and sandwiches, including meatball ($3.75+) and classic ham, cheese, and bacon hoagies ($4.25+).
Stationed 13 miles north of the hotel, the Bangor Museum & Center for History houses more than 10,000 prints documenting the history of the city since the 1840s. An assortment of historical clothing including suits, handbags, and shoes illustrate New England life throughout the 20th century, and donations from the Grand Army of the Republic showcase war artifacts such as an apothecary chest, soldiers' handwritten letters, and battle swords. Since 1896, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has hosted rousing performances of traditional ballets, classical concertos, and popular ringtones. The oldest continually operating community orchestra in the country, located 15 minutes north of The Lucerne Inn, infuses its performances with educational elements, fulfilling its mission to inspire young musicians.
Hope General Store's historic building's roots stretch back as early as 1832, and its rustic interior greets guests with imported goods, up to 140 varieties of beer, and a menu of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. Graze on gourmet bites such as the Pinchy shaved-steak sandwich, a toasted sub stuffed with mushrooms, peppers, and swiss ($6.25) and the blue spinach salad, which hosts an army of creamy blue cheese and avocado as well as apples and mushrooms ($4.25). Adorn a customizable pizza ($4.50+) with an array of toppings, or opt for a predressed pie such as the France pizza, which delights diverse appetites with a quarter border of pineapple and ham, a quarter pepperoni, a quarter veggie, and a quarter cheese, united with a fried-egg centerpiece ($10 for a small 12” pizza; $15 for a large 16” pizza). Hope General Store's cozy interior is peppered with modern touches such as solar panels and WiFi, although the certified post office within the store allows guests to easily send a care package via mail instead of shoving it through a computer screen.