Thursday, September 04, 2008

Ellsworth, Maine

While most people wouldn't visit Ellsworth, Maine by itself, it definitely does stand in as the gateway to Mount Desert Island, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. In that regard it offers services that you can't find on the island.

Sitting at the intersection of Routes 3, 1 and 1A (along with two smaller routes), you have to travel through Ellsworth to continue on Route 3 south to Mount Desert Island or to the west along Route 1 to reach the Downeast area of Maine.

I doubt that anyone would really be amazed by Ellsworth. It is a pretty basic kind of town that offers everything a hub within a touristy area would be expected to have. There are fast food restaurants, outlet shopping, department stores, traditional restaurants and the ever present Wal-Mart. The thing is though, besides traditional restaurants and some shopping, Ellsworth is your last stop if you need to pick something up at Wal-Mart or want a Big Mac before you head out on to Mount Desert Island. Those things, thankfully, aren't located out there within Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.

Read my full review of Ellsworth, Maine on Epinions

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