Yesterday, on a gray day perfect for going out for lunch, we went to A1 Diner in Gardiner. (Thanks, Shannon and MIke for the gift certificate.)
A1, as it is locally called, really is a diner car, perched on the edge of a rather steep drop-off.
Like the outside, the inside of the diner is a trip back in time. Need I add that this is one of our favorite places in central Maine?
The food is fresh and tasty, and oh, the fries!
The chicken sandwich was pretty darned good, too.
After lunch, we went to Craft Beer Cellar, where we used yet another gift certificate. (Again, thanks Mike and Shannon.)
As Clif is the one who likes beer—I’m more of a cocktail kind of woman—he perused the selection while I chatted with John, the owner of the store. We talked about Gardiner’s main street, how it has gone from being a street with too many empty store fronts to a bustling place with many businesses, which, for now, are thriving.
“The city has been very supportive,” John told me. “None of us would be here without that help.”
Take note other little towns in central Maine, especially those with a less than thriving main street. I’m not going to mention any names. Seeds of growth must be watered and fed before they sprout, and too many town councils are penny wise and pound foolish. (For more about how Gardiner promotes businesses that are apt to stick around, click here to read this piece by centralmaine.com.)
Then it was back home again, where I discovered that the small swamp up the road was finally free of ice. Would there be peepers come nightfall?
No, but there were plenty of clicking frogs. Surely the peepers will soon be singing their spring song.