The Penobscot Bay area boasts a multitude of museums, associations and organizations, garden clubs and tours, a YMCA with a pool and swim lessons (it’s never too late to learn), and a Senior College at University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. There are several golf courses in the area, tennis courts, state and city parks, farmer’s markets, theaters, and vineyards. Galleries abound in our neighborhood – an inspiration for artists in all mediums. Shopping is always a treat, with a local Co-Op offering fresh organic produce, meats, poultry and dairy goods, bulk spices, fresh breads, a wonderful café, and a huge wine selection. Locally owned shops and florists offer their specialties from antiques and “old stuff”, Irish imports, jewelry, hardware, garden and gifts, house wares and kitchenware, confections and games. We even have the country’s oldest shoe store! Although our Dining Room presents an exceptional menu and impeccable service, the community has wonderful restaurants ranging from diners to formal dining, all serving fresh, local ingredients. Photo by David Ruberti.