Pitter Patter touts a treasure chest's offerings, including children's clothing, books, accessories, toys, and more, within a cozy window-front shop. The selection of children's clothes, which spans sizes from preemies to 14/16 for girls and 6x/7 for boys, showcases brands such as Kissy Kissy, Zutano, and Isabella and Chloe. Ask the enthusiastic staff to assist in outfitting tots in unique yet practical kids wear, such as a multicolored cotton frock by CR Kids ($32.95) paired with a wide-brimmed beach hat for those unrelenting crib head days ($21.95). Prep pint-sized peeps for a decade of sandwich tradeoffs with a soft, dinosaur lunchbox ($17.95), or spruce up a lackluster bedroom—without commissioning a crayon artist—with feminine floral wall hooks ($16.95) or western-themed bookends ($20.95).
Wolfe's Neck Farm's 626 acres are dotted with campsites—some with ocean views, others in forested inland spots, and still others nestled next to electricity and water hookups. For a more upscale stay, visitors can hole up in the oceanside cottages, complete with galley kitchens. However, camping is only the beginning of an adventure on the 50-year-old campgrounds. Hiking trails criss-cross the terrain and the waterfront provides ample opportunities for fishing, kayaking or seeing what a hug from a fish feels like. The property also offers bike rentals, Saturday lobster bakes, and family farm tours.
The sparkle of vintage glass, the gleam of fire-polished spherules, and the bright colors of custom lucite beads, these are the tantalizing sights that meet the eye of a shopper walking into The Beadin' Path. To wander through the store’s wealth of beads is to wander through time itself. The collection is known for its vintage beads, and shoppers pass lucite spherules made between the ’60s and ’80s, raw metals saved from warehouses, and glass from West Germany nestled alongside fire-polished Czech beads. The wealth of textures and hues fuels creative minds, inspiring crafters to pick up vintage U.S.-made metal baubles and gemstones for nestling on cords, wiring into earrings, or stapling to the mailman’s lapel. In addition to enriching beaders’ stockpiles, The Beadin' Path also acquaints them with simple and advanced jewelry-making techniques during classes whose subjects range from wrapping leather to knotting pearls.
After a summer spent paddling a cumbersome aluminum kayak through northern Canada, two college students founded Lincoln Canoe & Kayak in an effort to design a lighter, more ergonomic vessel. Although ownership has switched hands since the brand's inception in 1959, the company continues to craft lightweight canoes and kayaks from fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon fiber, or feathers dipped in water repellent. From their retail shop, they also corral new and experienced kayakers into tour and expedition groups that explore Casco Bay, Deer Isle, and Muscongus Bay. Knowledgeable guides lead paddlers to discover Maine’s myriad waterways, where no river, inlet, pond, or kiddie pool is off-limits.
A ground-to-glass facility, Maine Distilleries controls every step of its small-batch production to create award-winning vodkas and gin. The process starts on a farm in Fryeburg, where the business grows its own Maine potatoes. Eventually, those potatoes are combined with water sourced from the Cold River, and after three rounds of distillation, the final, gluten-free product lands inside hand-numbered bottles. Maine Distilleries' spirits are available in 26 states, and its highly detailed process has even been featured on the History Channel.
At Clay Play, people embellish mugs, plates, figurines, and holiday pottery with combinations from more than 100 paint hues. After selecting their bisque ($4–$18 for most pieces), ceramic stylists choose their favorite colors and begin drawing their own design or choosing from Clay Play's idea files, stencils, and stamps. Professional putters then clean up messes and apply a clear overglaze before ferrying each masterpiece to a kiln. Roughly a week later, a Clay Play employee phones artists to let them know their pieces are ready to be brought home and be placed on mantles, eaten off of, or filled with wishes. No appointment is needed, though virtuosos are encouraged to check the website for Clay Play's hours before planning a creative endeavor.