Bears, most stuffed. Cranberry Hollow, Searsport. Proprietor Helen Kimmerly has collected stuffed bears her entire life and has hundreds of them on display. She will custom-make you a bear out of any old fur, wool, quilting or other sentimentally important material you have on hand.
Bird carvings, best. Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor. More than 200 carvings by the celebrated woodworker and painter.
Bird sanctuary, best. Stanwood Homestead Sanctuary and Museum, Rte 3, Ellsworth. Hundred-acre nature preserve is memorial to pioneer ornithologist Cordelia Stanwood (1865-1958).
Biscuits 'n' Gravy, best. Sam's Country Cafe, E. Machias. Agnes Tripp, a Southern gal, knows how it's done right.
BLUEBERRIES, most items associated with same. DEBBIE'S BLUEBERRY WARE, Rte 1, Hancock. Besides her hand-crafted blueberry pottery, Debbie stocks a huge number of blueberry-related items.
Blueberry barrens, most expansive. Wyman's, Washington County. Ninety percent of the nation's wild blueberries come from this area.
Blueberry processor, world's largest. Maine Wild Blueberry Company, Machias. This company processes 250,000 pounds of berries a day and ships them as far as Japan.
BLUEBERRY SHOP most resembling a blueberry. WILD BLUEBERRY LAND, Route One, Columbia Falls. This dome painted blue is the perfect cretaive choice.
Book Shop, smallest. Pushcart Bookstore, downtown Sedgwick, is housed in a 12-by-14-foot former cheese shop. The shop provides a retail outlet for Pushcart Press and other small press publications.
Book shop, worst location. Silo Seven, Bangor. Located obscurely in the Bomarc Industrial Park, this unique shop stocks a wide range of New Age and inspirational material.
Breakfast Special, best. Governor's, Bangor and Stillwater. For $1.69, you get three pancakes, an egg, bacon and sausage, and a slice of homemade toast.
BUILDING CONSTRUCTED IN A WEEK FOR UNDER $500, best. PETITE RETREAT, Route One, Whiting. This ingenious sandwich of 6-mil plastic and forced hot air makes possible tropical temperatures throughout Maine's winter.
Building associated with American Revolution, only one in eastern Maine; Burnham Tavern, Machias. Place where patriots plotted first U.S. Naval engagement.
Buried treasure, most likely location. Machias vicinity. Some say pirate captain Richard Bellamy stashed loot hereabouts. It is also said that Paul Revere buried a cache of silver somewhere along the banks of the Penobscot River following the disastrous Penobscot Exhibition..
Chainsaw sculptor, world's best. Ray Murphy, Rte 1, Hancock. Ripley's Believe It or Not featured Ray after he carved the entire alphabet on a common lead pencil.
City, nations easternmost. Eastport.
CLAM CHOWDER, best. UNION RIVER LOBSTERPOT RESTAURANT, Ellsworth. Brian Langles's chowder won first prize in Ellsworth's annual Autumn Gold Festival. He describes his entry as being "as traditional as Maine can get."
Coastal footpath, Maine's longest. Cutler Coast Reserve, south of Holmes Cove. The 2,174-acre parcel contains 4.3 miles of isolated coastline.
Coffee, best buy. West End Drug Store, Main St., Bar Harbor. A cup of black offee at this venerable soda fountain is 21 cents and has been for years.
Community radio station, best. WERU, Blue Hill. Interesting and intelligent mix of materials.
Concerts, best free. The Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors and Orchestra Players presents concerts the last Wednesday of July and each Wednesday of August. Call 207-422-3931 for details.
Crabmeat sandwiches, best. Perry's, Rte 1, Stockton Springs. Legendary sandwiches contain full half-pound of crab.
Crafts School, oldest and still best. Haystack Mountain School for Crafts, Deer Isle. This venerable institution has been offering instruction in crafts for over 50 years.
Croquet tournament, best. Claremont Hotel, Southwest Harbor. Among MDI's most time-honored traditions.
Cultural guide, best. The Maine Crafts Association publishes an excellent annual 80-page guide to the craftspeople of Maine. Write MCA, P.O. Box 228, Deer Isle 04627, or call 207-729-9943.
Cupolas, best. Woodshop Cupolas, Trenton and Town Hill.Phil Alley takes great pride in delivering the finest quality possible.
Fjord, unique. Somes Sound, Mount Desert Island. Only fjord on U.S. Atlantic coast.
Fog, most. Downeast Maine. It's official; no place on earth is foggier than Downeast Maine. Records are kept, and each year Downeast Maine most always logs at least 180 foggy days.
MAINE-MADE PRODUCTS, best edible inventory. MAINE'S OWN TREATS, Rte 3, Trenton.
MAINE-MADE PRODUCTS, most. BLUE MOON IMAGES GALLERY, Surry. Everything they sell (except frames) was made in Maine.
Maritime exhibits, best. Penobscot Maritime Museum, Searsport. Also Maine's oldest maritime museum.
MARINE SUPPLIES, least expensive. TUGBOAT MARINE SUPPLY, Columbia Falls. Nobody, but nobody, undercuts the Colloras.
Meatball sub, best. Papa Gambinos, Bangor.
MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO, best. CLEONICE, 112 Main St., Ellsworth. If any restaurant in these parts is worthy of four stars, it's this one.
Microbreweries, most per capita. Bar Harbor, Maine. The number keeps changing, but no place in the country has more. We do like our beer.
Miniature golf, best course. Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, Rte 3, Bar Harbor. Two 18-hole supercourses.
Minibrews, most. Dennett's Wharf Restaurant & Lobster Bar in Castine always serves at least nine locally brewed beers and ales.
Mittens, warmest. Red Wagon Quilt Craft Shop, Route 1, Pembroke. Alma Bednarik has developed a way to knit 100 percent wool mittens that are probably the world's thickest and warmest, perfect for Maine's suz-zero winters.
Moccasins, biggest selection. The Trading Post, Rte 1, Perry. A hundred varieties.
Mountain, highest. Cadillac Mountain, Mount Desert Island. At 1,530 feet, Cadillac is the highest mountain on the Atlantic coast north of Brazil.
Mouse factory, largest. The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor. Every year this research laboratory produces several million hybrid mice, peddling them to research facilities around the world.
Mountain road, best engineered. The road to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park. The grade of this remarkable road never exceeds 11 degrees.
Movie theater, most historic. Criterion Theater, Bar Harbor, This 1930s art deco landmark is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Musical instruments, best hand-crafted. Song of the Sea Dulcimer, Bagpipe and Folk Harp Instrument Shop, West St., Bar Harbor.
Mustard, only stone ground. Raye's Mustard Mill, Eastport. Here is the nation's last mustard manufacturer doing it the old-fashioned way-crushing selected mustard seeds and spices between huge stones.
PIZZA, best. FINELLI'S PIZZERIA, Ellsworth. For lovers of New York-style, thin crust pizza, Pinelli's is the very best. A Bangor Daily News poll confirmed that most readers preferred Finelli's.
Popovers, best. Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park. Several generations of Rockefellers, Astors, and Vanderbilts have made tea and popovers a venerable afternoon tradition.
Post Office, oldest. Castine Post Office, Main Street, Castine. In continuous operation for 180 years, it is countrys oldest. It is a national historic landmark.
Pots, biggest. Lunaform, Sullivan. Huge, unique, definitely cool, garden planters.
Pottery, most potters, Mainely Pottery, Rte 1, Belfast. This place shows the work of some 24 Maine potmakers.
Pottery, only saltglazed. Monroe Salt Works, Ellsworth and Belfast. Last company preserving the ancient technique of salt glazing.
Puffins, best viewing spot. Machias Seal Island. Each morning at 7, Capt. Barna B. Norton's vessel departs Jonesport for this island. Call 207-497-5933. Capt. Norton, a direct descendant of the legendary Tall Barney, has long led the campaign to secure this island as a U.S. possession, a contention rather hotly contested by Canada.
Putting green, 18-holer. Kebo Valley Club, Bar Harbor. The only one of its kind.
Research facility, nation's largest for study of mammalian genetics. The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor.
Sardine cannery, nation's most highly automated. Stinson Seafood Company, Prospect Harbor.
Sea Captains, most. Searsport. Between 1870 and 1900, more than 200 captains of deep water merchant vessels called Searsport home.
SHIPS MODELS, best. BLUEJACKET SHIPCRAFTERS, Searsport. The modeling kits this company makes quite likely are the world's finest In continuous business for over a century, they're also the oldest.
Stained glass windows, most incredible. Baptist Church, Sedgwick. This old, poverty-stricken church with a leaking roof has windows worth some $10 million.
Staircase, best. The Ruggles House, Columbia Falls. The most noted architects have found the hand-carved flying staircase astounding.
Sushi, best. Ebisu, Union St. Bangor.
Tobaggon run, longest. Camden Snow Bowl, Camden. Said to be longest tobaggon run in North American.
WINE, best selection. SAWYER'S SPECIALTIES, Main St., Southwest Harbor. This unique deli stocks over 1,500 varieties of wine.
WOODWORK, best. The Ruggles House, Columbia Falls. The intricately carved woodwork in this historic house (which is open to the public) was done by an unknown whittler armed only with a simple penknife Legend has it that an angel appeared to guide and steady his hand during his untold hours of labor
Wreaths, world's largest producer. Worcester Wreath Company, Harrington.
Writer, most famous, best selling, richest, etc., etc., etc. Stephen King, who resides on West Broadway in Bangor. King has sold more books than any other writer in history.