Bring on the Maine Course!
You might not know this: during my first week at Medomak, the week before camp actually began, one of the things that the counselors did was go on a kind of “scavenger hunt.” It helped get us more familiar with town of Washington, Maine and the areas surrounding it, making it easier for us to talk to campers about some of the really cool destinations around.
This you might know: I love food. If my memory serves me correctly, more than half of the destinations on that scavenger hunt were places to get food. “WHY,” you ask, wide-eyed and confused, “would ANYONE ever want to eat ANYTHING besides the glorious food that is already prepared for us at Medomak?” Good question! Well, during camp, Wednesday is the day when we take a break from programming and give families a chance to explore Maine, should they so choose to. And, like my pragmatically philosophical dad once said to me, “variety is the spice of life!” If you’re out on an adventure and find yourself too hungry to make it back to camp, here are a few dining destinations that became personal favorites of mine.
Morse’s Sauerkraut. Don’t let the name fool you; this place isn’t just for lovers of sauerkraut. It’s like an amusement park of European food inside. There’s a section to sit down and eat and a store that sells everything from sweet, chocolate-covered treats to homemade mustard pickles.
The Belfast Co-op. A little too far from camp to be on the scavenger hunt, but it’s great health food store with a café inside. Try a vegan BLT!
Sweet Season Farm. Another great spot, and right down the road. Like the name suggests, there are many things here to satisfy your sweet tooth. For that, try some local maple candy.
John’s Ice Cream. Go now. Ask questions later. Get something with peanut butter. I did. Wow. So good.
Moody’s Diner. A great diner that’s been around for a long time. I suggest a pumpkin whoopie pie. It’s the size of a sandwich… but it’s dessert.