Like a zoo for alcoholic beverages, Tully's Beer & Wine gathers thousands of exotic specimens from around the world in one convenient spot. Specialty beers crowd shelves, and a 40-foot 16-door cooler chills imports and craft beers alike. The rainbow of suds ranges from the chaff-brown of Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Porter with smoked malt and applewood bacon to the sunny hue of Ommegang’s witte, a Belgian-style ale in which citric notes and coriander gleam.
In addition to the selection of more than 700 beers, 1,000 wines from around the world are arranged by region or varietal for quick perusal. The ranks of colorful labels hint at grapes from Italy, California, and France. The Argyle Nuthouse pinot noir, for example, seems to spill fistfuls of fruit that have consistently earned it rankings in the 90s from _Wine Spectator. The shop also stocks beer glasses, bottle openers, and T-shirts, and inside five cigar humidors, guests experience what it was like to sniff Winston Churchill's hair.
On The Marsh executive chef Jeffrey Savage has presented menus at the James Beard House in New York City, showcasing his flair for fresh takes on New England cuisine. On The Marsh's ever-evolving dinner menu teems with local, seasonal produce and the delicious denizens of land and sea, which come together in plates such as seared sea scallops and lobster risotto posing coyly beneath a veil of black-truffle vinaigrette ($33). A roasted half duck finds a happy habitat in celeriac foie-gras mash, local mushrooms, and cipollini onions ($28), and a host of starters, including a clutch of mussels pan-roasted with garlic ($9), stand ready to accompany main courses as harmoniously as dueling banjos. Desserts cosset the indecisive with tastings of crème brûlée in assorted flavors ($8) and house-made sorbets ($8).
American Sailor Clothing gussies up seaside trendsetters of all ages with sporty designer duds and breezy, seafaring accessories. Bedeck sun-soaked beach bods in stylish apparel from top wonder-weavers such as Tommy Bahama, OluKai, Sperry Top-Siders, and more, some of who are locally exclusive to American Sailor's elegant aisles. Mini mariners and their dapper progenitors can cavort in the brisk coastal zephyrs in T-shirts ($14.95+) and shore-striding sandals ($35+), and sweatshirts ($49.95+) warm up late-night beachcombers seeking the gentle echo of a passive-aggressive kumbaya sing-off around the campfire. Resort shirts add a style-stirring spark to commonplace clubhouses ($74+), and visitors can illuminate outfits with a bevy of accessories that include hats, towels, handbags ($8+), and Smith Optic sunglasses.
The bolts of fabric that line the walls and end tables that display books, patterns, and finished pieces all contribute to the inspiring atmosphere at Sanford Sewing Machines. Behind the counter, craft gurus sell professional sewing machines and sergers from brands such as Bernina and Baby Lock, ensuring customers can quilt, embroider, and sew anatomical charts into pillowcases or tote bags at will. Sanford’s factory-certified technicians also brandish 25 years of tinkering expertise to repair all makes and models of commercial and home machines. Additionally, classes crop up regularly in specific craft concentrations such as the making of fleece socks, pillows, or purses.
Shore Road Restaurant & Market serves hot meals and stocks gourmet groceries throughout the year in York Beach. In the morning, french toast with home fries and egg-and-lobster benedict breakfasts greet patrons hungry from never once opening their mouths to munch on air as they sleep. Native Maine clams with hot drawn butter whet appetites at lunch and dinner, along with salads hoisting strawberries, candied pecans, and blue-cheese crumbles. Shore Road's adjacent market stocks fresh produce and meats alongside locally made baked goods and an assortment of Maine-made products.
Focal Point Gardens transforms backyards into arboreal havens and lends a bright, blossoming accent to porches with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The nursery’s horticultural experts help visitors select the fullest butterfly bushes to line their gardens’ sunny pathways and the hungriest flytraps to station beside their homes’ unlocked doggy doors. The garden shop’s Felco pruning shears and Dramm watering products keep leafy friends healthy and well-groomed, and its trellises lend support to climbing vines and bungee-jumping grasshoppers. The store’s professional landscape architects draw on more than 20 years of industry experience to consult with homeowners before erecting terraces, planting shrubs, and coordinating flowers.