Thousands of Down East readers took our annual poll to tell us what they love most in Maine — from landmarks to lobster shacks to libraries. Then we chimed in with a few picks of our own. So how’d your favorites do?

By Kathleen Fleury • Will Grunewald • Brian Kevin • Joe Ricchio • Sarah Stebbins • Virginia M. Wright

Travel & Play

Bike riding

Photograph Courtesy of Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Family hike

Photograph by Sarah Stebbins

READERS’ CHOICE

PWM is your fave airport for the zillionth year; Common Ground coming up big.

Airport
Portland International Jetport
1001 Westbrook St., Portland. 207-774-7301.

B&B/Inn
The Brunswick Inn
165 Park Row, Brunswick. 207-729-4914.

Boat Cruise/Excursion
Hardy Boat
129 Rte. 32, New Harbor. 207-677-2026.

Festival/Event
Common Ground Country Fair
294 Crosby Brook Rd., Unity. 207-568-4142.

Golf Course
Boothbay Harbor Country Club
50 Sugar Maple Ln., Boothbay. 207-633-3673.

Harbor
Boothbay Harbor
207-633-2353.

Historic House/Landmark
Portland Head Light
12 Captain Strout Cir., Cape Elizabeth.

Historical Society
Pejepscot Historical Society
159 Park Row, Brunswick. 207-729-6606.

Land Trust
Boothbay Region Land Trust
60 Samoset Rd., Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-4818.

Hotel/Resort
Spruce Point Inn
88 Grandview Ave., Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-4152.

Marina
The Dolphin
515 Basin Point Rd., Harpswell. 207-833-5343.

State Park
Baxter State Park
207-723-5140.

Ski Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort
Carrabassett Valley. 800-843-5623.

Bike riding

Photograph by Sarah Weafer

Home & Style

Swanville greenhouse

Carol Yee and Little Bit in their Swanville greenhouse. Photograph by Benjamin Williamson.

Specialty Nursery

Carol’s Collectible

411 Nickerson Rd., Swanville. 207-323-2783.

“My interest is propagating and collecting weird things,” says Carol Yee, proprietor of Carol’s Collectibles. “The weirder the better.” Don’t worry, she isn’t running The Little Shop of Horrors. Yee offers hard-to-find varieties of familiar plants, such as Allegheny spurge, a pachysandra with purple and white-marbled leaves; Panda Face, an Asian wild ginger with black-and-white flowers; and Humpback Whale, a blue-green hosta that forms a mound up to 8 feet wide. Her greatest passion is uncommon rhododendrons with brilliant flowers (and cool names) like Cherry Cheesecake, Rangoon, and Miyama Gold Prinz. I love the greenhouse, where dwell Yee’s “pets” — her personal collection of exotic orchids. —V.M.W.

The Old House Parts Company

Everything old is . . . you know the rest. Photograph by Michael D. Wilson.

Fitz & Bennett Home

Photograph by Meredith Perdue

READERS’ CHOICE

You love that classic maine style and can’t choose just one nursery.

Bargain Store
Renys
17 locations across Maine.

Bookstore
Sherman’s
5 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor.
207-633-7262.

14 Main St., Camden.
207-236-2223.

128 Main St., Freeport.
207-869-9000.

56 Main St., Bar Harbor.
207-288-3161.

49 Exchange St., Portland.
207-773-4100.

158 Main St., Damariscotta.
207-563-3207.

Boutique
Women of Substance
508 Main St., Damariscotta. 207-563-6809.

Car Dealer
Lee Auto Malls
18 locations across Maine.

Gift Store
Daytrip Society
4 Dock Sq., Kennebunkport. 207-967-4440

Gym/Fitness Center
GEvolution
16 Edison Dr., Augusta. 207-213-4815.

Maine-Made Thing
Sea Bags
25 Custom House Whf., Portland.
207-780-0744.

6 Bow St., Freeport.
207-939-3679.

6 Main St., Camden.
207-939-5020.

Place to Buy Clothing
L.L.Bean
Freeport Village Sta., Freeport. 207-552-7772.
534 Stillwater Ave., Bangor. 207-942-0146.
150 High St., Ellsworth. 207-667-7753.

Shoe Store
Lamey Wellehan
6 locations across Maine.

Spa
Nine Stones
185 Fore St., Portland. 207-772-8480.

Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store
L.L.Bean
Freeport Village Sta., Freeport.
207-552-7772.

534 Stillwater Ave., Bangor.
207-942-0146.

150 High St., Ellsworth.
207-667-7753.

Toy Store
Island Treasure Toys
805 Rte. 1, Yarmouth.
207-846-6565.

20 Bow St., Freeport.
207-865-7007.

70 Front St., Bath.
207-442-7600.

Architect
Knickerbocker Group
3 Builders Sq., Boothbay.

1 Pleasant St., Portland.
207-633-3818.

Builder/General Contractor
Knickerbocker Group
3 Builders Sq., Boothbay.

1 Pleasant St., Portland.
207-633-3818.

Home Improvement Store
Lowe’s
11 locations across Maine.

Furniture Store
Dow
280 Rte. 1, Waldoboro. 207-832-6363.

Nursery
TIE: Moose Crossing
3033 Atlantic Hwy., Waldoboro. 207-832-4282.

TIE: Skillins
201 Gray Rd., Cumberland.
207-829-5619.

422 Bath Rd., Brunswick.
207-442-8111.

89 Foreside Rd., Falmouth.
207-781-3860.

Arts & Media

The Ghost of Paul Revere

Three if by banjo: The Ghost of Paul Revere. Photograph by Matt Cosby.

Breakout Year

The Ghost of Paul Revere

When I first spotted The Ghost of Paul Revere’s 2012 EP North in our review bin years ago, my knee-jerk reaction was, “Great, more Portland kids with waxed mustaches and banjos yelling ‘Hey! Ho!’” But this judgment was hasty. The all-strings three-piece turns out tunes that are hooky, foot-stompy, and, yeah, a tad sentimental, but light on the pop-y wordless yawping that characterizes rustic-rock acts like Mumford and Sons (and leaves me cold). And they’re winning over audiences. In the last year, The Ghost of Paul Revere dropped a well-received third album, debuted at big-name festivals like San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and played on late night’s Conan. This year, they’re barnstorming: the troupe lands back in Maine this month after a 20-state tour launched in April.

B.K.

Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries

Valley of Tishnar, 1966; oil on canvas; 23 x 35 inches.

Summer Exhibit

Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries

The Maine art world lost a giant last year when painter, illustrator, and sculptor Dahlov Ipcar passed away at 99. Her phantasmal animals, rendered with and within elaborate geometrical patterns, are familiar to anyone who’s read her classic children’s books. But Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries, at Bates College, feels fresh as can be, filled with pieces sourced from private collections and never before exhibited. That’s saying something when you’re talking about an artist who’s shown widely ever since her breakout Museum of Modern Art exhibition 79 years ago. Don’t miss this unique retrospective of a Maine master.

B.K.

READERS’ CHOICE

Where to read books, see art, hear songs, and get a decent education.

Band or Performing Artist
Daponte String Quartet
Damariscotta. 207-529-455.

Concert/Theater Venue
Merrill Auditorium
20 Myrtle St., Portland. 207-842-0800.

Gallery
Littlefield Gallery
145 Main St., Winter Harbor. 207-963-6005.

Library
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. 207-725-5242.

Movie Theater
Lincoln Theater
2 Theater St., Damariscotta. 207-563-3424.

Museum
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Sq., Portland. 207-775-6148.

Theater Group
The Public Theatre
31 Maple St., Lewiston. 207-782-3200.

Visual Artist
Tad Beck

College or University
Bowdoin College
255 Maine St., Brunswick. 207-725-3000.

Pre-School
Coastal Kids
12 Jackie’s Trl., Damariscotta. 207-563-5335.

Private School, Elementary
Waynflete School
360 Spring St., Portland. 207-774-5721.

Private School, Secondary
Maine Girls’ Academy
(which closed unexpectedly this month, but can be supported here)
631 Stevens Ave., Portland. 207-797-3802.

Meteorologist
Keith Carson, WCSH6
twitter.com/keithcarson

Newspaper
Portland Press Herald
207-791-6650.

Radio Station
Maine Public Radio
89.7 WMED Calais
90.1 WMEA Portland
90.5 WMEP Camden
90.9 WMEH Bangor
91.3 WMEW Waterville
106.1 WMEM Presque Isle
106.5 WMEF Fort Kent

TV Show
207, WCSH6

Writer
Stephen King

family gallery

Courtesy of CMCA

Stay tuned for more Best of Maine results.