The Arborvine gives sleepy Blue Hill a top-flight eatery in a beautifully renovated Cape Cod–style house. The restaurant’s interior is warm and inviting, with rough-hewn timbers, polished wooden floors, and a cozy bar area. The intriguing main courses change nightly but might feature haddock Niçoise, broiled Stonington halibut with grilled polenta, roast duckling with apple-ginger compote, gallettes of Maine crab and shrimp, or a locally raised and wood-fired Cornish game hen. Yummy desserts could include a Grand Marnier–spiked chocolate mousse; chocolate cake with raspberry ganache; a lemon mousse napoleon; a gingery vanilla crème brûlée; or a Bartlett pear in puff pastry sided with macadamia nut-flavored cream, pomegranate sauce, and a bit of cinnamon ice cream. In 2011, the owners (their son, actually) opened the DeepWater brew pub in an adjacent barn, so you can actually park your car and have two restaurants to choose from. The brewpub’s not as impressive, but if you’re after a good burger, nachos, or sports, you have an option.
- Brian Kevin