Dramatic high tides transform Blue Hill's quiet inlets twice daily.
On Maine's central coast, 35 miles south of Bangor and 130 miles northeast of Portland, the town curves around Blue Hill Harbor on the western edge of Blue Hill Bay.
Some generations-old waterfront homes front the chilly waters of Blue Hill Bay. "Only children and Newfoundlands seem to really enjoy swimming here," says longtime resident Jane Nesbitt.
Dotted with rocky outcroppings and glassy green coves, waterfront property is prized.
A sprinkling of luxury homes, farmhouses, clapboard cottages, and mobile homes can be found throughout the area, often interspersed. "It's a strange mix," says real estate agent Melone Madix-Jackson, "but it works."
The town's economy increasingly relies on seasonal tourism. Visitors can find locally made pottery, hand-loomed blankets, plus sculptures and paintings by area artists.
Residents can purchase organic produce at Blue Hill Food Co-op or the weekly farmers' market.