Bangor, a 2½-hour drive from Eastport, is our closest metropolis this side of Canada. And getting there or back can be a bear in winter. Oh, yes, you need to keep your eye out so you don’t hit a bear. There’s even a lodge along the way that touts the services of a bear-hunt guide.
The city itself is about the size of Dover, New Hampshire – roughly 30,000 population, but unless we cross the border to St. John, New Brunswick, it still has the closest:
- Interstate highway.
- Major hospital and specialists.
- Airline flights.
- Mall and many big-name, big-box stores.
- Daily newspaper.
- Array of ethnic restaurants.
- Greek Orthodox church.
- Toyota dealer.
Smaller Ellsworth, gateway to Acadia National Park, is about the same distance to the south. It also offers some respite as a civilized alternative.