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If you go: Blueberries in Maine

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September 11, 2005

How to get there

Township 19, M.D., Maine, is about 10 miles north of Columbia Falls. From Boston, it is about 300 miles, about a 5 1/2-hour drive. Take Interstate 95 north to Bangor, and pick up Route 1A to Route 1 in Ellsworth. Continue on Route 1 north to Columbia Falls.

Where to stay

Sunkhaze Campground

1039 US Route 1, Jonesboro

207-434-2542

Basic camping in a setting that feels like a Scottish golf course. Sites $16 (without electric hookup) and $18 (with).

Blueberry Patch Motel & Cabins

Route 1, Jonesboro

207-434-5411

Pool, well-tended lawns, lots of flowers, and this old-fashioned luxury: line-dried sheets. Rooms $48-$65.

The Riverside Inn

Route 1, East Machais

207-255-4134, 888-255-4344

www.riversideinn-maine.com

Handsome old house in a gorgeous setting overlooking the East Machais River. Extensive flower, herb, and vegetable gardens. Hummingbirds at the porch feeder and binoculars on the windowsill for observing the pair of bald eagles that live across the way. Rooms $95-$130.

Where to eat

Tall Barney's Restaurant

207-497-2403

Main Street (Route 187), Jonesport

A friendly fishermen's hangout with nautical charts and piloting books sharing magazine rack space with Bon Appetit. Daily 5 a.m.-8 p.m. The haddock burger is a huge chunk of fish on a hamburg roll. Entrees $7.50-$18.95.

Whitehouse Restaurant

US Route 1, Jonesboro

207-434-2792

Plain and homey. Homemade donuts, pies, and bread. (Raisin toast from homemade bread is sliced fatter than a bagel.) Slab of ham for breakfast big enough to use the leftover for a sandwich for lunch. Entrees $9-$19.

The Riverside Inn

(See above)

Fine dining that won't make you miss Portland restaurants. Tuesday-Sunday 5-8 p.m. Reservations required. Entrees $17-$22.

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