A couple of weeks ago, we talked about rolling over 302, onto Quaker Ridge Road, and seeing what there was to see within 15 minutes of Migis Lodge heading to Casco, almost to Otisfield. Now it’s time to take a left at the end of the driveway. Ready?
Since it’s right there, Blacksmith’s Winery gets another mention. Take a look. Had you thought of this use for Maine blueberries? Don’t you wish you had?
A little further, on the right, is SPECS. Sebago Primary Eye Care, a handy place to have nearby. Dr. Gordon and his staff will help you if you have a problem with your eyes or your corrective lenses while you’re in town. Stop and say hello to Judy!
Coming up on the left is the Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, a neighborhood gathering place for folks in recovery programs. Soon thereafter, Old Homestead Creations, with plenty of country accessories for your home. Nearby is Dan’s Barber Shop, complete with striped barber pole and abundant neighborhood chatter. Dan is right next to the South Casco Post Office, where you all have been getting your mail from us at PO Box 40 for all these years!
We’re only two minutes from Migis, still, and coming up on the right is a blue state sign with arrows directing us to Camp Sunshine on the left. Call ahead for a tour of this life-affirming camp whose mission is to serve the families of children with life threatening illness. Our Migis Lodge blog several weeks back (February 24) will give you a brief look. A driveway shortly thereafter, also on the left, is the entrance to Point Sebago‘s golf course. Ask at our front desk for preferred rates and special consideration for tee-times.
You’ll pass the State Park Road on the left, then roll on down the sloping road en route to Naples and presently you’ll see the local Raymond Casco Museum on the left, alongside the Dingleys’ corn field. Maybe you’ll stop for an ice cream, really homemade custard. Still less than 5 minutes from the lodge driveway.
Next we’ll be seeing Aubuchon Hardware on the right, and over the hill into Naples where there is a little supermarket (Tony’s Foodland) and a RiteAid pharmacy. You’ll also find the Antique Revival, crammed with great finds, including lots of record albums that I particularly enjoy.
Time to head over the still-under-construction new causeway–looking good!–, visit Wayne’s new shop on the left, maybe take a ride on the Songo Queen. More ice cream opportunities (we like the Lakeside Dairy Bar, on the right after Steamboat Landing). Naples is a great place to get out and stretch your legs, admire the views, and take in the few shops.
We have to go just a bit beyond the 15 minute limit for the next, but is 17 minutes worth it for a trip to the Bridgton Drive In? Of course it is! Pack the kids and the mosquito repellent and head on out after an early-ish dinner. Fun! Two screens, four movies!
Okay, we’ve definitely used up the fifteen minutes. Who knew? The extra time to explore Bridgton is more than worth it, but we’ll save that for another blog.