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207: Pies on Parade survival tips

January 13, 2010

See Pies on Parade details here.

Top 10 Pie Parade survival techniques

By Cheryl Michaelsen and Pie Tour veteran guests of Berry Manor Inn

List is garnered from former guests of the Berry Manor Inn and veterans of the Pies on Parade events. Cheryl’s husband–Piehead Mike, at right–ticks off the tips:

1. Friends don’t let Friends Drive “Pie-Eyed”.  Treat yourself to a 1 or 2 night package at one of the Historic Inns of Rockland.

2. 2Pre-schedule time at the gym on the Monday following to enjoy the Pie Parade guilt free.  (Pie-lates would be a good choice!)

3. Dress for Success:  Baggy pants with elastic waistband to “stretch” for pie consumption, comfortable shoes to power walk between pie venues to burn calories and layers to accommodate the dash in and out of pie stops and the flush of the sugar high.

4. Bring your own water bottle and cutlery – fork, spoon or spork!  This saves time and helps the environment.

5. Put extra tape on your “Pie Sticker Ticket” so it adheres to your coat, hat or purse in any weather and allows you to “flash” it at the door to bypass the lines.

6. Plan your pie route in advance to optimize the number of pie stops you make in the allotted time.

7. If you plan to “Power Pie” and make it to all stops, set the timer on your cellphone to keep you on schedule. With 15 venues, 10 minutes per venue with 5 minutes transport in between.

8. Pace the sweet pie intake – start heavy on the savory pies and then move to the sweet pies to balance the sugar hit.

9. Conserve space in one’s “Pie Hole” — share pie samples with friends to increase the number of pies one can taste.

10. Smile – you can’t spell “Helping” without “P”- “I”- “E” and by participating in the event you are helping to raise funds for food and fuel for our local community.

Remember buy your tickets early there is a limited number and may not be any at the door on the day of the event.

207 tonight: MDI on a budget

June 23, 2009

IMG_6646I’ll be on the 207 show tonight (WCSH 6, Portland’s NBC affiliate, 7 p.m.) discussing visiting Mount Desert Island on a budget. Conventional wisdom says it’s a pricey place, but truth is, there are bargains to be found and once you’ve purchased your Acadia National Park Pass, both your recreation and your transportation is free. And, this year, the park is providing free access on the third weekend of June, July, and August (June 20–21    July 18–19, August 15–16).


The Island Explorer buses circulate around the island and onto the mainland, and ridership for people and bikes is free with a park pass. Not only is this a green option, it also eliminates the hassles of finding parking near a trail head or intown.

Cheap Activities

IMG_5605Acadia is a natural playground, with trails for hiking, carriage roads for biking or walking, lake and ocean beaches for sunning and swimming, cliffs for scaling, and so much more.

• Pick up a Beaver Log, the park’s newspaper upon arrival and use it to plan activities. Don’t miss the park ranger programs. Most are free and include activites such as guided hikes, birdwatching, tide-pooling.

A sampling of other free activities:

• sunbathe/swim at Sand Beach or swim in Echo Lake or one of the swimming holes, such as Lake Wood.

IMG_6664• nature programs and wildflower gardens at Sieur de Monts Springs

Jackson Lab and MDI Bio Lab, both world renowned scientific labs, offer tours, lectures, and other public programs

• walk Bar Harbor’s Shore Path; walk out to Bar Island at low tide; mosey along West Street and admire the “cottages” that survived the Great Fire

• most of the island historical society museums are free or request a small donation, and there’s some really cool stuff to be seen.

Asticou and Thuya Gardens, okay, these aren’t free, but they are by donation, so quite reasonable.

• Admire the 10 Tiffany windows at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, in Bar Harbor. Pick up a brochure in the church to tour on your own, or ask about scheduled tours.

IMG_5712• visit the Whale Museum: run by the researchers from Allied Whale and chockful of interesting exhibits as well as a mesmerizing video of whales in their habitat.

Festivals and concerts: there’s almost always something going on in Bar Harbor: town band concerts, Native American Festival, arts programs, lecture series, etc.

Now that’s just the freebies. If you’re willing to spend a bit, you’ll find plenty more. Expand the options by bringing or renting bicycles and/or kayaks.

IMG_6475Cheap Sleeps:

Mom-and-pop motels pepper Route 3 into Bar Harbor, and I’ve seen signs out front of these with rates as low as $26 per night. Now don’t go expecting breakfast or fancy linens, but if all you crave is a bed and clean bathroom, these fit the bill without adding to it. Beyond these, check here for rooms that are a bit nicer but still come in at less than $100 per night, sometimes with a few perks included.

B&Bs tend to be pricier, usually starting around $150 per room, double, but the rate usually includes a breakfast that can tide many folks over to dinner and perhaps afternoon snacks, so if you’re budget isn’t too tight, worth considering.

Cheap Eats:

Plenty of places offer early-bird specials, usually beginning around 4:30 p.m. and going to 6ish. Two good choices for early bird or later are:

Poor Boy’s Gourmet Restaurant, Main Street, Bar Harbor
(Early Bird between 4:30 and 6:30: $8.95: about 9 entrees plus another 10 all-you-can-eat pastas)

DeMuro’s Top of the Hill, Rte. 102, Southwest Harbor

IMG_0701Other choices for budget meals:

• College of the Atlantic’s Blair Dining Hall, not only cheap, but healthful! Call for summer hours as they vary with programs: 288-5015

• Cheapest breakfasts, white-bread lunches, or ice cream: West End Drug, Main St., Bar Harbor.

• Wander down Rodick Street for a good selection of inexpensive restaurants, many with an ethnic accent.

• check the local papers for notices re:  Bean, chowder, potluck suppers, pancake breakfasts, etc.

Hannaford’s, downtown Bar Harbor.

And if you want entertainment with dinner, consider Reel Pizza (tix $6; pizzas begin at $9 or $2.50 per slice; go early, grab a couch, order a pie, and enjoy.