At Freeport Medical Center, Dr. Brian Knighton and Sheila Boese put patients at ease with their evident compassion and sense of duty, traits they both cultivated during their military careers. Dr. Knighton served as an emergency-room physician for an overseas Navy hospital, and Boese was an enlisted medic for nine years before becoming a physician’s assistant for the Maine Army National Guard. Today, they run their walk-in clinic with a holistic approach to each patient, addressing general wellness and disease prevention alongside reported symptoms.
The duo treats children and adults alike with services that encompass physicals, minor surgeries, and laceration repair. Boese's background in women's health enables her to assist with family planning and guide patients through menopause. As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Knighton channels his expertise on the musculoskeletal system to perform manipulative therapies, though he also addresses skin concerns by injecting Botox or removing moles shaped like the logos of losing baseball teams.
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.
Since man’s earliest days, when bows and arrows were necessary for hunting and surviving among dangerous creatures, archery has been a test of mettle that demands patience and precise movements. At Lakeside Archery, owner and National Archery Association Level IV coach Steve Dunsmoor shows students the ways of the ancient practice. He and his team lead private and group training sessions, and oversee a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program for serious young archers or aspiring birthday balloon hunters. Training may take place on any of Lakeside's ranges, which include a seasonal indoor range with bull's-eyes and 3D targets, an outdoor 3D range, and an 80-yard outdoor shooting range. The academy also houses a pro shop where factory-trained technicians repair bows, build custom arrows, and offer expert advice.
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.