The County 2017 | Aroostook County Tourism - Page 38

THE COUNTY | 2017 BRING BACK MORE THAN JUST SOME T-SHIRT Whether you are looking for a souvenir for the kids, or you need to buy some gear for your backwoods adventure, nearly every town in The County will have you covered. Even though The County is best known for its vast wilderness, outdoor recreational opportunities, and cultural attractions, we can also provide a little retail therapy during your visit. Most communities are home to small, local shops run by friendly folks offering a wide array of products—antiques, home décor, crafts, food—unique to this region. Given our lumbering history, it won’t be surprising to find hand-made wood products for sale, like outdoor furniture made with northern white cedar. You’ll find everything from handcrafted snowshoes to pottery to jewelry. Gift items include specialties like ash potato baskets, hand-painted bark ornaments, twig wreaths, beeswax-based skin care, Amish-made furniture, Scandinavian imports, and local Native American crafts. And the central Aroostook area is home to numerous art galleries featuring local and international artists and photographers. Visit the open-air market at Houlton’s historic Market Square District, where you’ll find locally produced vegetables, meats, cheese, baked goods, plants, and crafts. Take a step back in time at the candy shops, and sample homemade sweets like old-fashioned fudge. Looking for a little something to take home, maple producers like Spring Break in Smyrna Mills—the largest maple candy company in Maine—is where you’ll find delicious treats and might even get a tour of their sugarhouse. Along the area’s highways and byways, you’ll find numerous antique shops with gems harking back to a heritage of farming, seafaring, and logging. Be on the lookout for thrift shops boasting vintage collectibles direct from the homes of Aroostook residents. Or you might want to head to one of many outdoor stores and outfitters to find rugged gear like heavy-duty boots and hunting knives. For a more modern shopping experience head to Aroostook Centre Mall in Presque Isle and the Downtown Caribou Shopping Mall. Planning a trip over the border to Canada, stop at Duty-Free Americas in Houlton to save on premium products. For more information on shopping in the region visit our website or call Judy at 888-216-2463. 36