Antiquing in Downeast Maine is as rewarding as the beautiful scenery the route provides. The roads here wind along fingers of land that have become legendary for the spectacular coves, inlets and beaches nestled along their shores.
This journey is best when traveled the "Maine way"—slowly, with frequent stops to catch glimpses of eagles and other seabirds. Begin in Ellsworth, where, in addition to browsing for antiques, you can tour the grand 19th-century Colonel Black Mansion. Head south on 172 through Surry, then south on 176 to Blue Hill, where shops boast handcrafted pottery, textiles and furniture as well as antiques. From here, head south on 172 to Sedgewick, then west on 175 to Seargentville, keeping an eye out for the small antique shops along the way. From here, head south on 15 through the charming communities of Little Deer Isle, Deer Isle and Stonington.
For those who can’t get enough of antique shopping in Downeast Maine, a nice addition to this loop can be made by taking Route 3 from Ellsworth to the lovely coves, villages and antique shops of Mt. Desert Island.