The quirky town of Bangor, Maine, may not be geographically suited to growing coffee beans, but that doesn’t mean local residents don’t know their joe. In fact, the town has a selection of excellent coffee shops perfect for sipping, nibbling and lingering.
Inside Wicked Brew Café at 173 Park St., patrons can make their coffee selection, struggle to decide which cake or scone to choose and enjoy a variety of art, including the large-scale mural on the wall facing the comfy dining area. Coffees originate with family-owned, sustainably produced Wicked Joe and the company’s organic certified roaster. Teas are sourced from Davidson’s Organics, a company made up of third-generation organic tea growers.
Cheryl Michaud was on a mission to create a total coffee experience, and she did it. At 24 Broad St., West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse in downtown’s West Market Square complex, you can see and taste the results of Michaud’s dream while enjoying a flash-brewed iced coffee, personal pour-over, cortado, macchiato, cappuccino and more — accompanied by delectable bread pudding, fluffy quiche, salad, a beautiful pastry, slice of cake or a yummy muffin. Come in at Grumpy Hour, 7–8 a.m., Monday through Friday, for a 16-ounce coffee for $2.
If you’re in a hurry, Coffee Express at 308 State St., has you covered with double-sided drive-through service. And if you love to explore new coffee flavors, you can try Maple Nut, Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble, Banana Nut Bread and the super popular Yankee Doodle with hints of cinnamon and hazelnut.
Bagels and coffee is a match made in morning heaven, and the choices at Bagel Central at 33 Central St., include marbled rye, cranberry-water, sweet cinnamon, sunflower, salt, herb, blueberry, water and multiple vegan and gluten-free selections. You can choose raspberry cream cheese as a topping choice, and sip an iced or hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate while kicking off your day.
If it takes more than coffee for you to be fully motivated, head to Fork & Spoon at 76 Main St. This is where locals flock for coffee, tea, hot chocolate drinks and the city’s best vegetarian and vegan fare. There’s house-made hot cocoa, teas from Dobra and coffees from Farm House Coffee Roasters in Winterport, Maine. Sip your favorite morning beverage with a freshly prepared breakfast sandwich and baked goods, or choose a smoothie from a menu of Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Strawberry Fields, Picking Blueberries, Maca Male and Life is Rosy — a blend of cardamom, rosewater, honey, coconut oil and banana. Meat substitutes include delicious jackfruit, popular in India and Bangladesh.
With kids on summer break and travel restrictions easing, there is no better time for family travel. Families traveling to Puerto Rico this summer should check out the newest premier entertainment complex, DISTRITO T-Mobile. Guests can eat, play and explore while immersing themselves in the local culture.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Hilton Chicago offers new leisure dining experiences at its on-site Herb N’ Kitchen, perfect for family travelers. The dining concept offers hotel guests an all-in-one restaurant, bar and pick-up and delivery service, designed to combine an urban food hall with the convenience of a gourmet market.
Family travel, elevated. When families venture to The Happiest Place on Earth, the foodies among the group will be thrilled to learn Michelin-starred dining is available within the Walt Disney World resort area. Sitting on the 17th floor of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Capa, the hotel’s signature rooftop restaurant, earned a One Star rating in THE MICHELIN Guide Miami, Orlando and Tampa, which is Florida’s first-ever MICHELIN Guide.
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Camping trips are among the favorite choices for family travel, and not just because they cost less than staying at resorts. Camping puts everyone in a new environment, allowing everyone to try new things or do the same things differently — like cooking dinner over a campfire.