Anchoring the Belfast waterfront, the locals’ favorite pub three tides (2 Pinchy Lane; www.3tides.com; tel. 207/338-1707) sits right next to the boats—walk all the way to the end of Main Street. The bar menu is eclectic—quesadillas, salads, panini, local oysters, and mussels—but the real draw is a huge list of beers from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company next door, known for “big” beers not subtle on flavor or low on ABV (if you’re there in fall, try the oyster stout, a meal of a beer brewed with ten dozen live oysters in every batch). The outdoor deck is a good spot to relax while the sun goes down.
Packing a Picnic in Belfast and Searsport
Searsport has an outstanding little pocket park, Mosman Park, just off the hustle of busy Route 1; look for the post office in the center of the village, then walk downhill one block along Water Street to the water. It makes for a great quick picnic, and there’s a pretty good playground—plus bay views—and it’s free. Pick up rudimentary snacking foods and beverages at Tozier’s Market (tel. 207/548-6220), a convenience store on Route 1 just south of the Maritime Museum. Or if you’re in Belfast, one of Maine’s oldest, biggest, and best natural-foods stores, the Belfast Co-op (www.belfast.coop; tel. 207/338-2532), is at 123 High St. The selection of imported beers and the cuts of organic beef are excellent; the co-op also features a deli. It’s open from 7:30am to 8pm daily.
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