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.
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.
You can take the Coastal Connection West Bus from Bangor-Ellsworth.
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.
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
Saturday 10am–noon on Main Street (find Smithereen Farm selling our produce!)
Tuesday 3–5pm end of Leighton Point, Pembroke
3–5pm Wednesday at the Snowmobile Station
11am–1pm Tuesdays on the Village Green
11am–1pm Saturdays by the post office
See www.mainefarmersmarkets.org for more information.
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).