Blue Hill is an exceptionally lovely New England coastal town only a ten minute drive from Kill Kare on Route 15. There is much to offer here – shops, restaurants, galleries, antique shops, book stores – so take your time and enjoy discovering its wonderful treasures!
Nestled between Blue Hill Mountain and the protective arm of Blue Hill Bay lies the town of Blue Hill. In 1762, the town’s founders sailed up the bay, disembarked at Mill Island near the reversing falls and built their homes there. Incorporated in 1789, Blue Hill first made a name for itself as a shipbuilding and lumber center, it’s sawmills and craftspeople turning out brigs and schooners, masts, cordwood and shingles. Granite from Blue Hill was prized for its high quality and made its way to such notable buildings as the US Stock Exchange and the Brooklyn Bridge.
By the mid-1800s, the town became a summer destination. Today, Blue Hill is rich with artists and craftspeople, excellent food, gracious lodging, art galleries and small shops. Blue Hill welcomes visitors and residents alike to hike its forests and to canoe, kayak and sail its waters.
Arborvine: 33 Tenney Hill ( on the left as you come down the hill into town on Route 15), Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2119, www.arborvine.com Fine dining. Reservations suggested (by phone only). Tuesday – Sunday: 5:30-9:00 PM
“ From the delicious food and superlative service to the crackling fireplaces and antique decor, Arborvine offers an ideal escape form the everyday.” Housed in what was a private home from the 1800’s, the restaurant is one of the finest in the local area. Enjoy a memorable evening there with family and friends.
The DeepWater Brew Pub: DeepWater Brew Pub (formerly The Vinery) is located on the left side of Arborvine’s brick patio. We serve homemade pub fare as well as our very own hand crafted beers from our Micro-brewery DeepWater Brewing Co. We offer an array of seating options, including two outside choices of the brick patio or out back in the orchard and herb gardens. Come on in for a beer and a game of bocce in the back yard, to catch the game on our 52′ tv, or for dinner with a large crowd! No need for reservations unless you are a party of 8 or more. Tuesday – Sunday evenings. Kitchen: 5:00 – 9 PM. Bar: 5:30-Close. Happy Hour: Thursday, Friday and Saturday: starts at 3:30 PM. 207-374-2441.
Barncastle: 125 South Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614 (coming from Kill Kare on Route 15, take the first exit off the rotary. The restaurant will be on your right.) 207-374-2300, www.barn-castle.com Open 7 days a week. 3 PM – 8PM Sunday – Thursday and 3 PM – 9PM Friday and Saturday. Just a heads up: don’t be a minute late as we – and others – have learned. They won’t hold your reservation if you arrive at 8:01 PM – even with a call to say you’re on your way and being reassured by the hostess. They are known to not be very accommodating for their dinner guests in this way.
Offers wood-fired pizza oven, traditional Italian cuisine and New England comfort food. Celebrates vegetarian and vegan cuisine, salads, sandwiches and pizzas.
The Blue Hill Inn: 40 Union Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2844, 800-826-7415, email@example.com, www.bluehillinn.com Serving breakfast 7 days per week – 8-9:30 AM and dinners on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
This is one of our recommendations for breakfast the morning of your departure if you don’t feel like cooking and just want to hit the road. “Richard and Nancy Woodworth of Inn Spots & Special Places say our “breakfast is a culinary event!” It is served each morning between 8 and 9:30 a.m. in our sun-filled dining room. Fresh fruit, assorted juices, and freshly baked sweet breads accompany a choice of cooked-to-order entrees or homemade granola. Blueberry pancakes, waffles with strawberries, brie and roasted red pepper omelets, and amaretto french toast are favorites among guests. Local ingredients, including Maine maple syrup, are featured, as well as coffee from Maine roasted coffee beans. Food allergies and restrictions are easily accommodated.” (from their website) Reservations advised.
Dinners will also be served on specific nights of the week during the summer. Check out their website to find out when.
The Farmhouse Inn – Hotel, Tapas Bar and Restaurant: 578 Pleasant Street, Blue Hill Maine 04614, 207-374-5286, Wednesday-Saturday, 4 – 9PM (or closing) Menu
This is a great restaurant with a fun and friendly atmosphere and great food!
The Fish Net: 162 Main Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-5240 (Take out food – lobster rolls, steamers, lobsters, burgers, fries, onion rings, ice cream – well, you get the picture!)
Casual dining serving traditional bar and grill fare, home cooked meals and daily lunch and dinner specials. The menu is complete with everything on it…appetizers, soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, clubs, burgers and such right off the grill, seafood baskets, a kids menu and complete dinner entrees which include seafood platters, stir fries, pastas and more.
The Harbor House of Blue Hill Maine: 27 Water Street, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-7027, Café open 7 days per week serving breakfast (6 – 11 AM) and lunch (11 AM – 2 PM).
Merrill and Hinkley General Store: Route 177, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2821 This is Blue Hill’s oldest grocery store (never known for their bargain prices). Sells liquor. Ready-made sandwiches and salads can be purchased here for a picnic. This is where the yachting community shops.
Blue Hill Farmers’ Market: Saturdays: 9-11:30 AM, Blue Hill Fairgrounds (Rte. 172). “We are a talented, diverse group of farmers, artist, bakers, and more. There is a wonderful selection to choose from, including locally grown meats, fresh baked goods, smoked meats, wooden bowls, wooden spoons, soaps, goat cheese, photographs, chair caners, and toy makers, also Mexican and Indian food to go. The farmers among us produce vegetable starts for your garden, vegetables, cut flowers, blueberries and other fall fruits.
All our merchandise is locally produced, mostly on the Blue Hill Peninsula. The people you meet at the Blue Hill Farmers’ Market are themselves the creative spark behind what you see.
Hope to see you there!”
Blue Hill Co-op Community Market and Café: 4 Ellsworth Road (just around the corner from the Fishnet), Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-2165, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://bluehill.coop/site/ open daily from 7 AM – 7 PM. Blue Hill Co-op Café
• Local and Organic Produce
•Artisanal Cheese and Bread
•Organic Bulk Products
•Local, Organic, and Free-Range Meat
•Made in Maine, Organic, and Gourmet Grocery Products
•Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate
•Vegan and Gluten-Free Items
•Wellness and Natural Body Care Products
The Boatyard Grill: 13 East Blue Hill Road, Blue Hill, Maine 04614, 207-374-3533, email@example.com, Thursday-Monday – Lunch and Dinner starting at 12 noon.
The Boatyard Grill is Blue Hill’s only shorefront eating and drinking venue. We are located in a working family-owned boatyard just a short walk or drive from the village center. In our unique kid-friendly and open air environment, we offer “fisherman fresh” lobsters delivered to us daily. We’ll cook them for you here or let us pack them up to go.
We serve up a variety of specialties & locally sourced offerings. Eat your meal sheltered from the sun in our screened-in patio or enjoy one of our umbrella-shaded picnic tables. MC, Visa and Cash accepted.
Sisters Salsa: 689 Hinckely Ridge Road, Blue Hill Maine 04614, 207-374-2170, www.salsafy.com. Fresh salsa made on the coast of Maine. Sold at Hanaford and Whole Foods or can be ordered online.