Perry's Nut House
Perry's Nut House
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Established in 1927, this gift shop still displays some of the treasures of famed explorer Commodore Perry.
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Lorie S
Ellsworth, ME52 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My granddaughter, who is 8, loves stopping here because of the great selection of “ fidget toys” that you can pop, stretch, squeeze , etc. The fudge is very good with many flavors and some of the candies are hard to find anywhere else: Boston Baked Beans, various sugar coated nuts and candy cigarettes. They have gotten rid of much of the taxidermy now, they had one monkey and an albatross and a snake skin. I was rather disturbed to see an Egyptian mummy displayed in a glass case amidst the toys, but my granddaughter took no notice of it. It was much more of a “roadside attraction” the first time I went there 40 years ago. It breaks up the trip a little anyway. Be aware there are no public restrooms but there is porta potty around the back.
Written July 18, 2021
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BeeMelissa
Portland, ME1,492 contributions
Have periodically stopped here over the years. A true Maine landmark when traveling north on Route One. Many years ago, it was a cool place to visit...yes, for the nuts and fudge, but also through the eyes of a child...the souvenirs (very cheaply made, but also very inexpensive) were a quick smile maker. Stopped here this year with family and saw immediately that this establishment is sadly in need of updating and limiting the cheap souvenirs and adding more fresh nuts as well as more fudge. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Not saying, we will never stop again, but it will probably be in the distant future.
Written November 3, 2014
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Tim O
Nashville, TN691 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
I guess you could call it a "tourist trap," but the reviews before mine really don't get it. This place is a flashback to what the old "curious cabinets" use to be. Ripley's Believe It or Not! and before them, P.T. Barnum are known for similar expositions of the weird and unusual. Unfortunately, most of the items here were auctioned off before the current owners took over, but they were able to save some offbeat stuff, including some weird taxidermy, a couple shrunken heads, and an original mural behind the counter. Nice selection of touristy stuff to buy, the fudge is great(and they let me sample a bunch of different ones), and the staff is fun and really know the history of the store. It's a fun stop and it is what it is. Enjoy it. If its a tourist trap, it's a unique one.
Written September 12, 2014
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Jim M
Effingham, NH57 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
Two short rows of nuts, 10 rows of cheap glitch. And some fudge. Hannaford has more nut choices than Perry's Nuthouse. On the other hand, if you need some sappy stuffed lobster, this is your place.
Written May 25, 2016
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Philip S
3 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
I read reviews of Perry's Nut House describing it a quirky, fun, a "must see" on the Maine coast. It has a pink dinosaur statue out front. How could you miss. Well this place does, first of all a nuthouse should have lots of nuts. By definition nuts should be it's major seller. Not here. There is a single Isle of nuts. The rest of the store is a fudge counter and rooms of touristy kitch. Personally I like kitch. I can be a sucker for it, but this place was advertised as a place with cool things to see. There here there. A old gorilla skin, stuffed named Aperaham. A mummy. A stuffed albatross etc. But they seemed to be the last pieces of a long past barnum museum. Kinda here and there. Ignored. So sad.
The customer service of the cashier was awful, including not knowing which credit cards taken and yelling out my stepsons card was declined. Embarrassed the poor kid. They do make good fudge, but the rest was a waste of time. I'd get your fudge some were else. Being Maine it is all over the place
Written August 14, 2017
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Rachel D
55 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Perry's has been around a long time, and is the kind of place you can get all the touristy/gifty things, plus fudge and nuts and popcorn. Not my favorite, the place feels old and sort of sad.
Written June 30, 2017
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SeaHawkk
Annapolis, MD2 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
My husband and I have been visiting Maine for many years now. One of our favorite places to stop used to be Perry's Nut House. So naturally when we brought a friend with us on our last trip we talked up Perry's as a fun quirky place that sold nuts and really good fudge. We didn't know the parents had passed the business on to the children. The place was barely the same. The selection of nuts was small. There was a lot of cheap "made in China" tourist trap junk. The big disappointment was when we went to buy the fudge. Every other place we've ever bought fudge has allowed sampling. Who wants to spend so much money on something you're not sure you like. The previous owners encouraged sampling. We made the mistake of missing the sign on the wall before asking for samples. The remarks made by that man were uncalled for and very rude. Everything I was going to purchase I laid down on the counter and left. My husband liked the fudge and bought a small amount. He was being nice. We were going to buy a pound or more of the fudge. I promise we will never go in this store again until it changes owners. No one deserves to be talked to like he talked to us. The one good note about the visit to that location was the beautiful little tea shop next door.
Written November 15, 2016
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH10,956 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
In Belfast, I had to stop at Perry’s Nut House to see what was new.

There was a huge pink metal dinosaur sculpture out front near the road. A large wood carving of a squirrel was still near the front door. The white elephant is still there. The gorilla is back inside the store.

The main offerings are nuts, fudge, licorice, and nonpareils, but Perry’s also had everything from postcards, key rings, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and ball caps to backscratchers, puzzles, and bumper stickers.

I got some colossal cashews. They were really big. They were also lightly salted and absolutely delicious. I also got some postcards and a key ring.

In the small section on the right side of the building is The Treasured Leaf Tea Company. I sampled Rooibos Vanilla Cream Tea, a delightful caffeine-free tea. It had a light taste that was just right for summer.

I wish that Perry’s Nut House would expand and have multiple locations from Kittery to Lubec so I could visit more often.

I highly recommend buying at Perry’s Nut House because the owners carry all quality goods.

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Written July 18, 2016
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Nancy N
Hudson, NH426 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
OK...maybe I'm the only one who thought this was a genuine nut store, not a tourist souvenir place...anyway, although they have nuts, they weren't the freshest, and clearly they were more focused on the tourist "stuff." A waste. Don't bother.
Written September 12, 2013
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eldridgelouise
Bangor, ME18 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
This has been a place my family has visited for generations. Both kiddos and adults love the uniqueness of this one of a kind shop. Homemade fudge, delicious nuts, souveniers galore, and a variety of toys and games for the family all available at an affordable price.
Written June 11, 2012
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