Treasure hunting never loses its lure. And this mini adventure is all about discovering treasures, even if the treasure is something other people might have known about for a while. But the hope is you’ll find something amazing and new-to-you during this close-to-Portland excursion (whether that’s a cool score at the flea market or the “discovery” of a place you’ve never been).
Brunswick certainly has plenty of options for quick day trips. This Maine mini adventure hits just a few of the highlights (and two are a stones-throw from each other. How convenient). There will be deal-hunting. There will be film. There will be gelato. And heck, if you’d like to add a beer and a falafel pita to the mix, by all means do.
DESTINATION: Three stops in Brunswick, about 30 minutes north of Portland
HOW MUCH: Browsing is free at the flea, a film at Frontier generally runs $6-7.50 and dinner around $12-22, although you can stick with a shared appetizer for $12 and a $6 beer. A small gelato is $4.70 with tax. In a nutshell, you can tackle this adventure for $35.
WHO: Anyone. No special skills required, other than the ability to dig up a good deal at the flea market.
WHEN: Saturday or Sunday, year-round
The Waterfront Flea Market is located in Fort Andross, a mill complex on the Androscoggin River. Open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the market features a pretty eclectic selection of vendors – from vintage dresses and furniture to records, books, and baskets of water faucet knobs. The Waterfront Flea Market Facebook page is sometimes updated with new and/or interesting wares for sale, but you’ll need to show up and poke around to really understand the place. It’s free to browse, but bring spending cash for when you discover that amazing can’t-live-without-it thing.
In the same mill complex (and just a meander across the flea market parking lot) is Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery. It’s worth a trip to Frontier just for lunch or dinner – the food is excellent, as are the big-windowed views of the river – but the selection of films here is stellar, too. Film screenings are generally 2 p.m., 5 or 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., so if you time things right, you can shop the flea market and head to Frontier with plenty of time to have a drink and some dinner before the film starts. And if you don’t quite finish in time, bring your food and drink into the theater. You can do that here. In addition to film, Frontier also has music, comedy and special events. Check the full schedule: explorefrontier.com/schedule. The menu: explorefrontier.com/cafe. The drinks: explorefrontier.com/cafe/bar. Films cost $6 for the matinee and $7.50 for the evening screenings.
Hopefully you saved some stomach room for the next stop: Gelato Fiasco. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., which means you can score Sicilian Pistachio Gelato or Raspberry Truffle Sorbetto even if you caught a later film. The shop is on Maine Street, just a couple minutes walk from Fort Andross. This is Gelato Fiasco’s flagship store, where the fiasco first got started. Flavors are made daily and change often, which means it’s practically your duty to try something wild and new to you. A small gelato costs $4.70 with tax included and a large is $6.75. For more info: www.gelatofiasco.com
Get out of dodge (at least for a little while) with a mini adventure. These excursions can be done in a day – sometimes an afternoon – and will hopefully lead you to places you’ve never been. This is Maine, after all, and we all need some adventuring.