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Hussey’s General Store
Windsor - Rumor has it that this is the largest general store in the state of Maine. A sign out front famously proclaims, “If we ain’t got it, you don’t need it.” Yet another sign advertises what they do “got:” guns, wedding gowns, and cold beer. Inside, you will also find groceries, fishing supplies, and other necessities to make your vacation—or impromptu honeymoon—truly special.
Abol Bridge General Store
Millinocket - True to its name, the Hundred-Mile Wilderness is an uninhabited stretch that dominates the Maine Highlands, lending credence to the myth of Maine as an untouched, uncharted corner of the country. Before you head off the Golden Road, a highway made famous by loggers, and onto the Appalachian Trail, stop in at this charming little store. Beloved by locals, it carries a surprising array of objects, from backwoods supplies to the tasty treats of civilization. With the AT running right by its door, you’re bound to meet a few hikers during your visit.
Owls Head General Store
Owls Head - Proving that great eats don’t just come served on linen tablecloths, the Owls Head General Store is more than a place to grab a stale bag of chips—it’s a culinary destination. The roadside attraction boasts some of the best whoopee pies in Maine, fantastic sandwiches, and for the brave, the famed seven-napkin burger, which comes piled high with toppings and is guaranteed to leave your hands sticky and stomach full.
Hope General Store
Hope - Since 1832, Hope General Store has been stocking essentials and serving up deli fare. However, the quaint store got new life when Andrew Stewart took the reins. When we asked readers about their favorite general store, Hope was the clear popular winner, due to the kindness of the owner, the great selection of food and drink, and the friendly, helpful staff. A true community hub, you can often find locals bonding over coffee and swapping stories of epic nor’easters.
Bailey Island General Store
Bailey Island - If you’re craving a hearty early-morning breakfast to kick off a day of island hopping, Bailey Island General Store—or BIGS, as it’s more commonly known—is the answer to your maple-syrup prayers. Stocking everything from beer to batteries, the large market-cum-diner is open almost 365 days a year, including Thanksgiving. In case the weather outside is truly frightful, BIGS even stocks oil lamps, snow shovels, and thick and hearty chowdah to get you through the storm.
Port Clyde General Store
Port Clyde - For a taste of Maine’s great history, head to Port Clyde; this useful shop carries Wyeth prints, fresh local pies, and even sewing supplies. Colorful buoys adorn the weathered wood deck, and picnic tables offer diners an ocean view. If you would prefer your lobster to go, the Port Clyde General Store sells and ships fresh Maine lobster. Fuel up your boat, stock up on chicks, and sail off to your next adventure.
A-List, October, Katy Kelleher