The small town of Orono is the home of the University of Maine. It is a very pretty campus and houses several nice museums. The Hudson Museum explores Native American cultural history in Maine and the U.S. The Page Farm and Home Museum is filled with displays on Manine farm life between 1865 and 1940. Prints by Pablo Picasso are among the 5,500 work collection of the University of Maine Museum of Art.
Thai Orchid is a a great, albeit fairly expensive, Thai restaurant in Orono.
They have some interesting decorations inside, great food, and even a bar. It is definitely worth checking out if you are in town.
Favorite Dish: I got the Duck Entree with Broccoli (which also came with mushrooms and carrots), with Crab Ragoon for an appetizer. Both were really good.
It was interesting that the rice they brought out was in the shape of a bear too.
Taste of India isn't actually in Orono, but Bangor - about 15 min. away. Bangor is the biggest city nearby (being the 3rd largest in Maine) so there is more variety of restaurants here. Taste of India is awesome and a great place to stop off at if your hungry.
Favorite Dish: The breads!! I reallllllly like the Pouri they have! VERY YUMMY!!
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The Orono Farmer's Market is a place to go to get fresh, home-made food items.
There are two versions. The Summer Market is held every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM during most of the year (May-November); the Winter Market is held twice a month during the winter (December-April), on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month, and is open from 9:00 AM until noon.
You can purchase a variety of home made goods or freshly caught seafood here for pretty good prices. This includes milk, cheese, bread, and of course, lobster!
Get there early though, supplies are limited and sometimes there is a line. We just bought some mussels this morning at the Winter Market around 10:00 and we got the very last ones - we asked for 2 pounds and they only had 1.7 lbs left.
What to buy: Seafood, including lobster, crab, shrimp, haddock, mussels.
What to pay: Prices vary from week to week depending on the market value. Some items are more expensive than you would find in a grocery store, some are cheaper. I don't think prices are negotiable.