One Day in Belfast, Maine

July 10, 2014

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Only a few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the wonderful day I spent exploring Belfast, Ireland, so I thought it would be fun to show you another Belfast I’ve been exploring! Maine (and most states in America) has a lot of towns and cities named after other places around the world. In fact, in addition to Belfast, we have a Vienna (pronounced Vy-enna), a Paris, a Berlin, the list goes on of names we’ve stolen from our ancestors’ home countries.

Belfast is one my favorite Maine coastal towns. It has lots of little shops and galleries to explore, right on a beautiful harbor, but not too mobbed with people. We went wandering on a kind of soggy warm day and discovered a few shops we’ll be visiting every year from now on!

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We saw a few incredible exhibits at the Northern Lights Fine Art Gallery, which showcases art from First Nation and Inuit artists. We loved the landscapes painted on aluminum that sparkled as you moved around them. And it doesn’t hurt that the outside of the building has an awesome color combination.  food shop blefast

We picked up a jar of Blonde Salted Caramel from Northwoods Gourmet Girl and had it over ice cream for days afterward. It was delicious and the shop was adorable – lots of jams, chutneys and sauces made locally. fiddlehead_artisan_supply_belfast_maine


Fiddlehead Artisan Supply was my favorite new-to-me find – a giant selection of beautiful fabric and art supplies. I wish I knew how to sew! It would be my go-to if I knew how and lived in Maine. bella_books_belfast_maine

Books plus antiques at Bella Books was a super combination had me browsing for quite a while. They had such a nice selection of Maine authors and lots of lovely antiques. belfast_maine_old_stuff


We always stop into Old Stuff Lamps and Shades, although we rarely look at their lamps and shades! I’m a bigger fan of their selection of other random antiques. They often have whole crates of antique cutlery and beautiful old Mason jars.

Since Michael wasn’t with us, we didn’t have to make our usual trip to Three Tides Brewery, but it’s by far his favorite beer in the state. He swears by the oyster stout, just in case anyone is trying to convince their husband or boyfriend to tag along and these shops don’t really appeal!





  • Reply Melody July 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I LOVE Belfast~ going up this weekend! You’ve picked out most of my favorite places! ~ I love The Green Store too, and Chase’s Daily makes AWESOME baked goods!! :)))) Fiddleheads is a feast for the eyes, they have all manner of art supplies too, for us “sewing” challenged people!

    • Reply emily July 11, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Have such a fun time this weekend, Melody! I was so bummed Chase’s Daily was closed when we were there. I’ve never been!

  • Reply Katherine July 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my gosh Emily, this makes me so homesick! Belfast is such a gem. Chase’s Daily is a spot I think about a crave all summer long. So many treasures in that town!

    • Reply emily July 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Isn’t it? I don’t think I realized it until a few years ago, or maybe it just got better around then 😉 Chase’s Daily is still on my list to visit – I’ve never managed to catch it open!

  • Reply Katie July 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Fiddleheads is amazing! I’ve been there before and am inspired each time I go!

    • Reply emily July 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      But I bet you know what to do with all that fabric!

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