THE BEST 10 Gas Stations near Maine Turnpike, Kennebunk, ME 04043

THE BEST 10 Gas Stations near Maine Turnpike, Kennebunk, ME 04043

More than a gas station

Route 35 in North Waterford may not take you anywhere you were meaning to go. But it’s worth a detour from Sunday River or Mahoosuc Notch if only to visit Melby’s Market and Eatery, a quintessential diner, general store, and gas station. It’s the kind of place you swing by just to see what’s going on, sit down at the low-slung formica counter, and chat up the servers. Order some pancakes larger than your face (if you finish a stack of them, you win a t-shirt) and a real bison burger before picking up that last-minute sweatshirt, because Maine is always colder than you remember.

The Village Tie Up’s cinnamon rolls. | Photo
The Village Tie Up’s cinnamon rolls. | Photo courtesy of Village Tie Up

If you continue down Route 35 to Long Lake, you’ll drive through Harrison. Its Main Street is a blink-and-you’ll-miss it experience that feels as if it could exist almost anywhere in the U.S. In a nondescript building with only a few parking spots, you can pull up to the Village Tie Up Market & Deli and find whatever you have a hankering for—including cinnamon rolls, a signature “Pontoon” panini, loaded hot dogs, homemade ice cream, and onion rings—before filling up your boat or your car, depending on your mode of transportation.

And on the very edge of Maine’s eastern coast, the forest green Port Clyde General Store feels like the last outpost of civilization. Sit down and stay awhile at the four-person counter for pre-ferry eggs, bacon, or smoothies—or grab last-minute rations of fudge, rain gear, live lobsters, crunchy cookies, bath towels, soap, and paintbrushes. Boats can fill up with gas on the dock but most guests go to and fro, gathering supplies for a stay on idyllic Monhegan Island, accessible only by boat.

  • Whoopie pies. | Photo courtesy of Village Tie Up
    Whoopie pies. | Photo courtesy of Village Tie Up
  • Roadside bakery stand. | Photo courtesy of Puzzle
    Roadside bakery stand. | Photo courtesy of Puzzle Mountain Bakery

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