Visitor’s Guide

Coming for a visit? Here’s our guide to ensure a delightful and delicious journey.

In 1850, there were near-daily steamships from Boston to Pembroke. These days you’ll likely arrive via an overland route. Having a vehicle during your visit will be helpful, as there are exciting things to see, spread out a bit. 

If you are coming to camp, be sure you register for your site on Hipcamp. You’ll receive a detailed printable handbook that will help you with directions, a map, and details about the farm and area.

Please remember, you must email us to pre-arrange a tour of the farm, for any size group.

How to Get Here

By air

Pembroke, ME is halfway between Lubec and Eastport on Cobscook Bay. The closest airports are Bangor and Bar Harbor (US) and Saint Johns New Brunswick (Canada). All airports are about 2 hours drive from the farm.

By bus

You can take the Coastal Connection West Bus from Bangor-Ellsworth.

By car

If you are coming by car from points south, it is a lot faster if you use the big Highway 95 via Bangor, and then come east on Route 9. Also known as “The Airline Highway,” Route 9 is very serene and forested, but keep your eyes on the road because everyone is driving very fast. 

Route 1 is charming and wonderful—it just takes a lot longer. A good compromise is to come via Bangor, and then cut down on the 192 to Machias, our Washington County seat. 

If you are coming through Ellsworth on Route 1, we recommend  a nice road called Route 183 over Tunk Mountain through Sullivan, particularly during the leaf season. Otherwise, you can continue on Route 1 through Machias.

smithereen farm routes map



GPS does not always get service on the Airline Highway. We recommend you buy a Gazetteer map so you won’t suffer the feeling of being lost—the paper map is useful for making sense of this quite complicated coastline. 


Eating Places Along the Way

Ask what’s locally grown on the menu!

Eastport — Beau’s Creamery, Phoenix wine bar, Waco Diner, Quoddy Lobster, Bocephus, Old Sow

Lubec — Water Street Tavern, Cohill’s, Shore Thing Takeout, Fisherman’s Wharf


Farmers Markets

Saturday 10am–noon on Main Street (find Smithereen Farm selling our produce!)

Hope’s Haven
Tuesday 3–5pm end of Leighton Point, Pembroke

3–5pm Wednesday at the Snowmobile Station

11am–1pm Tuesdays on the Village Green

St. Stephens
Fridays 9am–12pm

11am–1pm Saturdays by the post office

See for more information.

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What to bring

Packing List

  • Wool socks — Recommended in all seasons, there are bugs here!
  • Clothing layers of all kids — for warm weather and cool weather
  • Cooler — bring an extra cooler and you can pick up some clams or frozen scallops, frozen meat, or blueberries to bring home with you from Washington County. 
  • Jug for transporting potable water to your site
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • A bicycle if you have one
  • A portable camp stove or a grate for cooking over a fire
  • Binoculars for watching birds and seals!



We recommend you bring provisions for your picnics as there are very few dining options in our part of the world. 

The closest village with services is Machias, where you’ll find Machias Marketplace, Hannaford, and many banks, hardware stores, and gas stations. 

Beyond Machias there is the Whiting Store (gas and convenience), Pembroke Freshies (gas and convenience) and the Dollar General in Pembroke. And of course, Smithereen Farm Store. 

The other close towns with grocery stores are Eastport (IGA), Perry (Farmers Union), Lubec (IGA), and Calais (Trade Winds, basically a Hannaford).

  • Rockland: Good Tern Coop
  • Rockport: Fresh off the Farm
  • Belfast: Belfast Coop, Cheese Shop, Chase’s Daily
  • Blue Hill: Blue Hill Coop
  • Machias:  Machias Marketplace
  • Bangor: Tiller and Rye, Brewer, or Bangor Natural Living Center
  • Edmunds: Long Lost Farmstand and Tide Mill Farm milk fridge
  • Lubec: Lubec Brewery, Claire’s Bakery (she just opened her own storefront!), H&D Seafood
  • Perry: East Bay Seafood