By Maria Jenness, Regional Stewardship Manager
As a member of MITA’s stewardship staff, I feel like l I have the best possible job. Working with a wonderful community of volunteers and spending time in the most beautiful places along Maine’s coast, I help keep the islands taken care of and accessible for others. As stewardship volunteers know though, the work days can be long, hot and physically demanding, and staff often spend hours on the road to and from island projects.
After a long day on the water, one of the best rewards is stopping to grab an ice cream or shake for the ride home. There are a few ice cream shops that have become obligatory stops on any MITA work day. After polling the rest of the MITA staff, I wanted to share some of our top picks for sweet treats along the coast. Of course if you have any favorites that aren’t on this list, please let us know, testing them out is part of the MITA experience!
MITA Staff Favorite Stops for Sweet Treats:
Beals Ice Cream on Veranda St is dangerously close to MITA’s office, a great destination for a treat on our home turf.
Mainely Custard in Freeport is a deliciously rich swap for ice cream if you’ve had a particularly long work day on Casco Bay.
Sarah’s Scoops in Boothbay Harbor and Round Top in Damariscotta compete only in which is more convenient to get to after a work day in the Western Rivers.
It can be tricky taking a left turn onto Rte 1 out of Dormans Dairy in Thomaston, but well worth the stop after a day in Penobscot Bay.
The homemade ice cream at John’s Ice Cream on Rte 3 in Liberty is a delicious stop when cutting over from the coast in Belfast to the Interstate.
Carriers Lobster in Orland is the first ice cream spot after leaving the Deer Isle peninsula, and gets bonus points for easy trailer parking. If you travel the coast enough, make sure to get one of their frequent buyer cards!
Morton’s Moo in Ellsworth is home of the “Mad Cow” shake, a must have on your way to or from island cleanups. This caffeinated treat will power you to wherever your final destination is!
Vasquez in Milbridge features not only ice cream, but authentic Mexican food and the best Horchata in Maine (in this MITA staffer’s humble opinion).
Overlooking Moosabec Reach, Bayview Take-Out on Beals Island has been a dinner destination on many a Downeast cleanup for MITA staff and volunteers. Serving up the best fried seafood around, it can be hard to save room for dessert!
Note: As professional ice cream consumers but also cleaners of marine debris, MITA staff want to remind you to bring your own reusable insulated cup and spoon or straw on your next trip!