Vote for Your Faves for Down East's 2021 Best of Maine!From bookstores to breweries, museums to marinas, art galleries to architects — we want to know what Maine businesses and organizations YOU are rooting for. The five nominees in each category earned the most reader votes in our write-in round this spring. Now it's time to choose the winners. Vote for your favorites in as many of the following 50+ categories as you like. The ones with the most votes will win our 2021 Best of Maine Readers' Choice awards, announced in our September issue. Congrats to all the nominees! Click on any of the paid enhanced listings or category sponsors to read more about those nominees. Thanks for chiming in! Question Title FOOD & DRINK Question Title * Apple Orchard Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner Rocky Ridge Orchards, Bowdoin Thompson’s Orchards, New Gloucester Wallingford’s Orchard, Auburn Biscay Orchards, Damariscotta Question Title * Bakery Italian Bakery, Lewiston Sweet & Savory Bakehouse, Standish Standard Bakery, Portland Wild Oats, Brunswick Boulangerie, Kennebunk Question Title * Bar Frank's Restaurant & PubFrank's Restaurant & Pub has a fun welcoming vibe with amazing food created with homemade sauces and dressings and a variety of domestic & Maine Craft Beers and a full selection of spirits. 2 Main Street, Lisbon Falls. 207-407-4606 King Eider’s Pub, Damariscotta Novare Res Bier Café, Portland The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, Portland The Blind Pig Tavern, Gardiner Question Title * Breakfast/Brunch Spot Mae's Cafe & Bakery, Bath Becky’s Diner, Portland Hot Suppa, Portland Blueberries, Topsham Home Kitchen Café, Rockland Question Title * Brewery(Who makes your favorite beer? Taproom is its own category.) Allagash Brewing Company, Portland Northern Maine Brewing Company, Caribou Bissell Brothers Brewing, Portland/Milo Oxbow Brewing Company, Newcastle/Portland/Oxford Maine Beer Company, Freeport Question Title * Burger Frank's Restaurant & PubFrank's Restaurant & Pub has a friendly-welcoming vibe that serves Maine Craft Beers, Domestic Beer, Seltzers and custom liquor creations. Ask about our Moxie-flavored adult drink options to go with your yummy food choice. 2 Main Street, Lisbon Falls. 207-407-4606 Thoroughfare, Yarmouth Cowbell, Lewiston/Biddeford/Scarborough Nosh, Portland The Knotted Apron, Portland Question Title * Candy Wilbur's of Maine, Freeport/Brunswick Len Libby Candies, Scarborough Orne's Candy Store, Boothbay Harbor Haven’s Candies, Westbrook/Portland Old Port Candy Co., Portland Question Title * Coffee Shop Tandem Coffee + Bakery, Portland Café Crème, Bath Coffee by Design, Portland/Freeport Aroma Joe’s, various locations Little Dog, Brunswick Question Title * Coffee Roaster Carrabassett Coffee Company, Kingfield Coffee by Design, Portland 44 North Coffee, Deer Isle Tandem Coffee Roasters, Portland Wicked Joe Organic Coffees, Topsham Question Title * Diner A1 Diner, Gardiner Becky’s Diner, Portland Maine Diner, Wells Moody’s Diner, Waldoboro Miss Portland Diner, Portland Question Title * Distillery Cold River, Freeport Maine Craft Distilling, Portland Split Rock Distilling, Newcastle Stroudwater Distillery, Portland Batson River Brewing & Distilling, Kennebunkport/Portland Question Title * Donut Congdon’s Doughnuts, Wells Frosty’s Donuts, various locations Holy Donut, Portland/Scarborough The Italian Bakery, Lewiston Tony’s Donut Shop, Portland Question Title * Food Truck Pinky D's, Auburn MacDaddy's Seafood & Tots, Lisbon Rib Truck, Presque Isle Taco the Town, Brunswick Salty Dog BBQ, Fairfield Question Title * Hard Cider Ricker Hill Hard Cider, Turner Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland Whaleback Farm Cider, Lincolnville Norumbega Cidery, New Gloucester Portersfield Cider, Pownal Question Title * Ice Cream Houlton Farms Dairy, Houlton/Caribou/Presque Isle Fielder’s Choice, various locations Round Top, Damariscotta Gelato Fiasco, Brunswick/Portland Gifford’s, various locations Question Title * Food Co-op Belfast Co-op Portland Food Co-op Blue Hill Co-op Rising Tide Co-op, Damariscotta Gardiner Food Co-op Question Title * Maine-Made Chocolate Wilbur's of Maine, Freeport/Brunswick Bixby & Co., Rockland Chocolats Passion, Portland Haven’s Candies, Westbrook/Portland Len Libby Candies, Scarborough Question Title * Pizza Pat’s Pizza, various locations Cushnoc Brewing Co., Augusta Otto Pizza, Portland/South Portland/Yarmouth/Saco Portland Pie Company, various locations Flatbread Company, Portland/Rockport Question Title * Taproom/Tasting Room Maine Beer Company, Freeport Mast Landing Brewing Company, Westbrook Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland Oxbow Brewing Company, Portland/Newcastle/Oxford Flight Deck Brewing, Brunswick Question Title * New Restaurant Chez Rosa, Kennebunkport Dockside Inn and Tavern, Greenville The Knotted Apron, Portland State Lunch Craft & Kitchen, Augusta Via Vecchia, Portland Question Title * Market For Seafood Harbor Fish Market, Portland Cantrell’s Seafood, Topsham Pinkham’s Gourmet Market, Boothbay Harbor Hallowell Seafood & Produce, Hallowell Free Range Fish & Lobster, Portland Question Title * Winery Cellardoor Winery, Lincolnville/Portland Dragonfly Farm & Winery, Stetson Bartlett Maine Estate Winery, Gouldsboro Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, Union WillowsAwake Winery, Leeds ARTS & CULTURE Question Title THE ARTS & CULTURE CATEGORY IS SUPPORTED BY GLEASON FINE ARTGleason Fine ArtEstablished in 1985 by husband and wife team Dennis and Martha Gleason, Gleason Fine Art has become a fixture on the local and statewide art scene. 31 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor Question Title Question Title * Art Gallery Gleason Fine ArtEstablished in 1985 by husband and wife team Dennis and Martha Gleason, Gleason Fine Art has become a fixture on the local and statewide art scene. 31 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor Island Artisans, Bar Harbor The Willard Gallery, South Portland Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor Waterfall Arts, Belfast Question Title * Art Museum Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland Maine Maritime Museum, Bath Portland Museum of Art, Portland Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick Museum L-A, Lewiston Question Title * Private School, Elementary North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth Thornton Academy, Saco St. Brigid School, Portland The Bay School, Blue Hill Waynflete School, Portland Question Title * Private School, Secondary North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth Thornton Academy, Saco Cheverus High School, Portland Waynflete School, Portland Watershed School, Camden Question Title * Theater Group The Public TheatreProducing high quality, inspiring professional theatre featuring the best actors from Broadway and beyond for a top ticket of only $25! 31 Maple Street, Lewiston. 207-782-2211 Quisisana Resort, Lovell Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick Portland Stage, Portland Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE Question Title * Bargain Store Serendipity Fine Consignment, Camden Renys, various locations Marden’s, various locations Big Al's Super Values, Wiscasset Estilo, Brunswick Question Title * Bookstore Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick Twice-Told Tales Bookstore, Brunswick Longfellow Books, Portland Owl & Turtle Bookshop Café, Camden Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops, various locations Question Title * Women's Boutique Women of Substance, Damariscotta Eastcraeft, Lisbon Falls House of Logan, Bath/Boothbay/Camden Bohemian Rose, Bath Coyote Moon, Belfast Question Title * Gift Shop Daytrip Society, KennebunkportExceptional, fun gifts inspired by nature & travel. 4 Dock Square, Kennebunkport. 207-967-4440 Home Ingredients, Kennebunkport EllieAnna Gift Shop, Lewiston/Freeport Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, Portland/Bath Nest, Brunswick Question Title * Toy Store Daytrip Jr., KennebunkportToys, games and apparel for your little Daytripper! 9 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. 207-967-8345 Island Treasure Toys, Yarmouth/Freeport/Bath Treehouse Toys, Portland Out on a Whimsy, Belfast Triple Mountain Model Horses, Hiram Question Title * Shoe Store Colburn Shoe Store, Belfast Lamey Wellehan, multiple locations Selby Shoes, South Portland Renys, various locations L.L.Bean, Freeport Question Title * Spa Athlete’s Touch, Portland Nine Stones, Portland Green with Envy, Camden/Rockland/Augusta/Belfast Lucinda’s Day Spa, Falmouth River’s Edge Spa and Salon, Kennebunk Question Title * Gym/Fitness Center Boothbay Harbor Country ClubOur luxury Fitness Pavilion features an 1,800 square foot fitness room with Cybex equipment, 2 tennis courts with viewing areas, 2 pickleball courts, a heated salt water pool, and a 12-person hot tub. We offer Yoga, Pilates, Water Aerobics, personal training, massage therapy and tennis and pickelball clinics. 50 Sugar Maple Lane, Boothbay. 207.633.3673 Quest Fitness, Kennebunk Foley's Fitness Center, Scarborough Saco Sport & Fitness, Saco Maine Pines Racquet & Fitness, Brunswick Question Title * Yoga Studio Chill Yoga, Lewiston Greener Postures, Portland Jai Yoga, Brunswick The Portland Yoga Project, Portland Crow Point Yoga, Boothbay Harbor Question Title * Car Dealer, New Lee Auto Malls, various locations Patriot Subaru, Saco Darling's, various locations Charlie’s Motor Mall, Augusta Evergreen Subaru, Auburn Question Title * Car Dealer, Used Lee Auto Malls, various locations Norm’s Used Cars, Wiscasset Crafts CarsCrafts Cars is celebrating 70 Years of Quality Pre-Owned Auto Sales & Service! Located in Lisbon Falls, 35 minutes north of Portland. We offer a wide selection of late-model Cars, Trucks, & SUVs and are well-known for our low-pressure atmosphere. 711 Lisbon St. Lisbon Falls. 207-353-4361 Charlie’s Motor Mall, Augusta Darling's, various locations Question Title * Pet Store Loyal Biscuit Co.With seven great locations, we are Maine's destination for the best in dog and cat nutrition, toys, treats, collars, and more! Stores in Bath, Belfast, Brewer, Camden-Rockport, Hallowell, Rockland, Waterville. 207-594-5269 Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters, Boothbay Harbor Pet Pantry, Freeport Scalawags Pet Boutique, Kennebunkport The Fish & Bone, Portland HOME & GARDEN Question Title * Architect Knickerbocker Group, Boothbay Harbor Whitten Architects, Portland Kaplan Thompson Architects, Portland OPAL Architecture, Belfast Platz Associates, Auburn Question Title * Builder Knickerbocker Group, Boothbay Harbor O'Shea Builders, Windham Marden Builders Inc., Boothbay Harbor Nate Holyoke Builders, Bucksport Artisan Builders, Swanville Question Title * Furniture Store FX Marcotte, Lewiston Chilton Furniture, Scarborough/Freeport Dow Furniture, Waldoboro Young’s Furniture, Portland Country Farm Furniture Store, Bath Question Title * Home Improvement Store Ames True Value, Wiscasset Grover's Hardware, Boothbay Harbor Maine Hardware, Portland Viking Lumber, various locations Aubuchon Hardware, various locations Question Title * Garden Center/Nursery Longfellow’s Greenhouses, Manchester Skillins Greenhouses, Brunswick/Falmouth/Cumberland Moose Crossing Garden Center, Waldoboro Estabrook’s, Yarmouth Broadway Gardens, South Portland TRAVEL & PLAY Question Title THE TRAVEL & PLAY CATEGORY IS SUPPORTED BY BOOTHBAY HARBOR OCEANSIDE GOLF RESORTBoothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf ResortThe Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort has it all—waterfront accommodations, an 18-hole championship golf course, and Maine’s mid coast at your doorstep.35 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor Question Title Question Title * Bed & Breakfast/Inn Harraseeket Inn, Freeport Topside Inn, Boothbay Harbor Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake, Greenville Hartstone Inn & Hideaway, Camden Wolf Cove Inn, Poland Question Title * Cruise Hardy Boat CruisesOffering ferry service to Monhegan Island, National Audubon narrated Puffin Watches, Seal Watches and Maine Coast Nature Cruises departing from the beautiful Pemaquid Peninsula. 129 State Route 32, New Harbor. 207-677-2026 Balmy Days Cruises, Boothbay Harbor Cabbage Island Clambakes, Boothbay Harbor Katahdin Cruises, Greenville Casco Bay Lines Mailboat, Portland Question Title * Golf Course Boothbay Harbor Country ClubOur 18 championship holes are truly a "Pure Maine" golfing experience with innovative design, incredible conditioning, and beautiful landscaping. 50 Sugar Maple Lane, Boothbay Brunswick Golf Club, Brunswick Grindstone Neck Golf Course, Winter Harbor Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, Belgrade Lakes Poland Spring Resort, Poland Question Title * Hotel/Resort Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf ResortThe Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort has it all—waterfront accommodations, an 18-hole championship golf course, and Maine’s mid coast at your doorstep. 35 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor. Quisisana Resort, Lovell Samoset Resort, Rockport Cliff House, Cape Neddick Spruce Point Inn, Boothbay Harbor Question Title * Ski Mountain Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley Sunday River, Newry Shawnee Peak, Bridgton Lost Valley, Auburn Saddleback, Rangeley Question Title * Marina Boothbay Harbor Marina, Boothbay Harbor Dolphin Marina, Harpswell Paul’s Marina, Brunswick Chicks Marina, Kennebunkport DiMillo’s Marina, Portland Question Title Question Title * We use this (and an IP address) to prevent duplicate votes. ZIP/Postal Code Email Address Question Title * Want us to notify you via the Down East Extra e-newsletter when the winners are announced? Yes No Thanks for voting for your Maine favorites! Click below to submit your ballot. Email us with questions and/or if you would like to enhance your business's listing. Question Title Send Us Your Picks!