Welcome to the fictional town of Cape Willington, Maine, founded in 1737 by sea captain Elijah Blake Willington. Elijah and his crew were headed for Portland Harbor when they got caught in a storm and had to travel further up the coast to get to land safely. The town has grown one hundred fold since that night. Now you can take a stroll down the Main Street and see all of the shops, new and old, and meet a few of the local characters as well.
Your first stop should be the Main Street Diner for a bite to eat. You’ll find all kinds of fantastic diner food here, including fresh seafood and local favorites. You can also catch up on the local news with Henry “Doc” Holliday and his friends. They usually sit in the corner booth, unless it’s occupied by tourists. Doc sits at that booth so often everyone calls it “The Doc office.”
For dessert, I would recommend stopping at the Black Forest Bakery for authentic German pastries, freshly baked every day by Georg Wolfsburger. Georg is a relatively recent transplant to Cape Willington, and a welcome one at that. His pastries are well known up and down the East Coast. His humor and friendliness are baked into every pastry. Maggie Tremont will be at the front counter to greet you when you walk in. She will try to get you to sample a pastry! She’s pretty convincing, so I would do what she says. (Just a little local gossip: Maggie and Georg are engaged, although they haven’t set a wedding date yet. But who knows—maybe they will soon!)
Don’t forget to stop in at Zeke’s General Store, also located on Main Street. Trudy Watkins and her husband Richard run the general store, which has been in continuous operation since the early 1800s. You can still find all of your favorite penny candies and an old counter with stools, where you can sit and have an ice cream. Trudy has a wonderful eye for gifts, new and antique alike. The store is definitely worth a stop.
After you’ve totally stuffed yourself, head down Ocean Avenue to see the historical Pruitt Opera House. It boasts a beautiful widow’s walk at the top of the building. The story around town is that Candy Holliday and Maggie Tremont almost lost their lives defending themselves from a murderer who chased them up the stairs and out onto the walk about five years ago. Thankfully they survived, and Candy is now quite the sleuth, with Maggie by her side.
Now it’s time to take a drive along the breathtakingly gorgeous Coastal Loop road (Route 192 for those of you with maps) for beautiful views of the sea and the Cape. The cliffs are to die for. Leave your car windows down and take in a deep breath of fresh, salty sea air. You’ll feel like a whole new person. If only we could bottle that scent!
Just keep driving around the Cape and you might find yourself at Holliday’s Blueberry Acres, located on the outskirts of town. If you do, drop in for a cup of tea with Candy and her father, Doc. Candy just might offer you a slice of her famous blueberry pie. Do not refuse! The blueberries at the farm are the tastiest you will find in Maine. If they have time, they might give you a tour of the blueberry fields and gardens, and you can meet “the girls”—Candy’s chickens, which she keeps in a chicken coop behind the barn. I heard she is trying to teach them to speak French!
Take as many photos as you like for your Instagram. Enjoy your stay in town, and please visit again soon!
NOTE: Town in a Sweet Pickle is Book #6 in the New York Times bestselling Candy Holliday Murder Mystery Series. It was available in print and as a digital book on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Other titles in the series include Town in a Strawberry Swirl, Town in a Pumpkin Bash, and Town in a Blueberry Jam. Large print editions of all the books and an audiobook of Town in a Blueberry Jam are also available. For more information on the series, visit http://www.hollidaysblueberryacres.com.
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