Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Belfast, Maine, Offers True Coastal Maine Ambiance

Article by Eric H., Photo by Joan H., at

Belfast, Maine, has all the Maine coast visual bells and whistles you could ever want: rocky shoreline and ocean views, docks with lobster men working their craft, scenic countryside and a charming, old-fashioned downtown. Filled with art galleries, antique shops, dining and lodging options and locally-owned "service" shopping, this historic mid-coast community has remarkably preserved its homes, buildings, and maritime industry. It's best to walk the downtown and marvel at this preservation. For dining, we especially like Darby's (155 High St., Tel. 207-338-2339), located in a historic building built in 1865 and serving as a restaurant or bar for the past 140 years. As expected, this great lunch and dinner place offers chowder, fish 'n chips, and haddock, but the eclectic menu also features Pad Thai, portabella sandwiches and chicken enchiladas! Darby's also makes a terrific crab melt.

Belfast also showcases the old-fashioned downtown Colonial Theater (163 High St., Tel. 207-338-1930) with its colorful facade and neon marquee. The Colonial adds real hometown flavor to Belfast and plays Hollywood, foreign, and independent movies.

It has been a while for us since visiting Belfast, but we were incredibly impressed by its scenic coastal authenticity and hope to return soon! Visit the Belfast Chamber of Commerce Web Site for more information, including a great video on the community.

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