Stream On. Buy On. Critic Reviews. Yet she stayed true to her intentions, and the result is a believable character study that may not draw crowds but certainly challenges its two lead actors. Read full review. Observer - Rex Reed Aug 3, Five Nights in Maine is too inconsequential to spend money on in a major release, which, I predict, will be brief.
Village Voice - Abbey Bender Aug 4, Movie Nation - Roger Moore May 25, Five Nights gives us only about two nights worth of movie, and far less to chew on than the stingy-with-story director would have us believe. The dreary postmortem drama Five Nights in Maine is barely kept afloat by the gravitas of dueling leads David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest. This lugubrious indie drama is affecting in parts but never gels into a satisfying whole. Slant Magazine - Christopher Gray Aug 1, Maris Curran never reconciles the film's impulse to interiority with its weakness for hothouse melodrama.
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Other must-gets include the fluke ceviche, the lobster roll, and the peekytoe crab roll, when it's in season. Afterward, finish your waterfront walk with an ice cream in hand.
If you need an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by Bard Coffee on Middle Street—they roast in house, and the digs are airy and welcoming. The decor's Scandinavian and the seasonal drinks are wide-ranging, creative, and refreshing, like the Lavender Collins, made with grenadine and aquavit instead of gin. They don't lean too hard on trends, which is my way of praising the fact that you'll actually find a handful that don't involve amari.
Dinner's at Central Provisions , just off cinematically bricked-and-cobblestoned Wharf Street.
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The game is small plates, heavy on seafood and veg; and while the front of house is relaxed, the kitchen's serious in its imagination and technique—and its flavor. The trick is to get out early: Grab your coffee at the Inkwell in the Press Hotel's lobby and get moving up the coast before it cools. It's less than two hours' drive if you plow straight through, but of course that's not what you're about.
So head on North out of the city but jam over to Route 1 around Brunswick. This is the coast road.
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Follow it to Thomaston, where you'll detour to on the far side of town. Here things get a bit tricky: From you'll grab 73 at St. That's lunch. Order a lobster roll and a crab roll, even if you're all by your lonesome, and know that what you're eating got caught that morning in the waters you're looking at.
Stay just north of Camden at the Lincolnville Motel , exactly the brand of hipster retro you'd expect to find in Maine: laid back, warm, and friendly in an quiet way. The cabins are small it really is a refurbed motel , but they're loaded with charm and whimsy, from the comic poolside blow-up floats to the Crosley turntables—and actual vinyl collections! Owner Alice Amory is generous with local recs; you're likely to find her in one of the book-laden common spaces where you'll also, yes, find Wi-Fi if you really need it.
In Camden, you owe yourself a walking tour. It won't take long. Stroll Main Street, aka Route 1, for the shops and scenery, and be sure to stop at Sea Bags to pick up one of their funky-chic tote bags made from recycled sails the combo of design charm, water resistance, and ruggedness makes them the best all-purpose personal-item carry-ons I've ever found. Get off the streets for a walk through well-manicured Harbor Park, which gracefully notches the top of postcard-pretty Camden Harbor, on your way to grab a drink with a water view at the Rhumb Line bar seats are best , then do dinner at Long Grain , a no-frills-in-the-dining-room, high-class-in-the-kitchen Thai joint on Elm Street.
Yep, that's right: Skip the lobster this time , and order their Pad Seuw, whose noodles are hand-made daily, and the Maine crab fried rice. Camden to Bar Harbor takes roughly two hours, and while it's a decidedly scenic route—you'll be curling up Route 1 right along the coast—there's so much jaw-dropping scenery where you're headed that you'll be forgiven for keeping it brisk.
Though if you do have the time, by all means make your pace leisurely. If location's your priority, the Bar Harbor Inn 's tough to beat, slung as it is along the waterfront's ridge just below the town's center. The sweeping slope of lawn runged with adirondack chairs lends it the genteel grandeur of an era bygone, and there's no better place than the Terrace Grille to grab a leisurely drink with an absolutely killer view of the harbor. Go early. Seats are deservedly in demand. But I like the quaint intimacy of the Balance Rock Inn , just down the coast a few hundred yards.
The views are only slightly less epic, but you get a sweeping lawn, a small but lounge-ready pool, and the dormers and eaves of small er scale New England architecture. Once you're checked in, cross that lawn to the Shore Path. It's a small but perfect work of Bar Harbor genius: about 1. Do the whole thing—it's flat and graveled, suitable for a leisurely stroll or, come the following morning, a jog.
You'll get great views of the rock formations along the shoreline, and of course the sweeping harbor, the islands, the ships tacking in and out. If you finish on the south end, the path drops you right onto Wayman Lane, which in turn connects to Main Street; just turn left to head to the center. If you finish on the north end, you're already there, with the Terrace Grille's yellow umbrellas and the fountains of Agamont Park at your left and the town landing on your right.
For lunch, head to Side Street Cafe in the center of town. A lobster roll's the order here; it's generous and well regarded with plenty of tender claw and body meat dressed simply in butter. There's a strong list of beers, including several local options like Atlantic Real Ale on draft, and cocktails. There'll be a line, but look for a table on the streetside balcony—the seating there's self-service, and often overlooked.
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Afterward, do some exploring. Take Main Street as your artery. If you're visiting in summer, there'll be crowds drawn by nearby Acadia; but as a rule they're genial, and nothing compared to what you'll find in park towns out West. The Village Green has a charm worthy of its name, and is worth a brief pause. Hit up CJ's Big Dipper for an ice cream. Every flavor has its fans, but I'm partial to the blueberry soft serve, because there's nothing quite so summer and there's nothing quite so Maine.
It's made on premises. Don't be surprised if you find a line. For dinner, head to Havana —also on Main Street, but away from the center of town. Get a mojito to start. The joint's name should give you confidence, but don't be fooled: The menu's more pan-Caribbean than strictly Cuban. Then try the seafood paella and the lobster curry; they're both loaded with flavor, and loaded with lobster, which lets you get a dose without resorting to yet another lobster roll.
Eat quickly: These dishes run hot, and if you're neglectful the lobster can keep cooking till it's tough.
The truly ambitious will get up before sunrise to watch dawn roll in from the peak of Cadillac Mountain.