FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Traveler of the year

Coffee Culture in Bangor, Maine

by Debra Bokur

May 12, 2020

Photo: Supoj Buranaprapapong | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / North America

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.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Hotels
Jun 19, 2024

Celebrate Summerfest at Loews Hotels in Miami Beach, Coral Gables

Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Loews Coral Gables Hotel recently debuted the third summer of Summerfest programming, including an exciting collaboration with TODAY’s Read with Jenna and much more. The events are perfect for family travelers and beyond.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Hotels
Jun 18, 2024

COMO Hotels and Resorts Unveils Exclusive Summer Offers

COMO Hotels & Resorts invites family travelers to celebrate its summer offers at select properties around the world, new for 2024.

Multigenerational
Jun 17, 2024

Tauck Introduces “Smaller Groups” Tours

Family travelers interested in a tour with less people, look no further than Tauck’s new Smaller Group tours. This tour operator’s new offering will average 15 guests per group, an even smaller average than its Small Group tours of about 24 guests. Tauck’s land tours host 35–44 guests.

Hotels
Jun 17, 2024

These Resorts Launch a Study Abroad Program for Families

The Family Coppola Hideaways in Belize and Guatemala offer a new study abroad concept for family travelers seeking enriched educational experiences. The all-new Coppola Curriculum includes hands-on volunteer work in local communities, wood carving and textile looming, Creole and Spanish classes, cooking lessons, and visits to nearby archaeological sites.

Hotels
Jun 14, 2024

5 Hotels to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks

This Fourth of July, family travelers can discover the ultimate destination for patriotic celebrations, including fireworks, parades, rooftop views and more. Here are five U.S. hotels offering not only a one-of-a-kind stay but also the best holiday celebrations.