D'amanda's
Monday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Located in Eastward Shopping Plaza
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Andrew F
Richmond, Virginia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a great little find! We were looking for something to do on a wet day and came across candlepin bowling at D'Amandas in Ellsworth. We were not familiar with this variation on the ten pin version. Candlestick pins and much smaller bowling balls, but otherwise everything familiar. And these bowling alleys and pin-setting machines are some of the oldest dating to the 1940s.
We enjoyed our bowling so much we went back the following day to play pool and enjoy the atmosphere again. D'Amanda's one employee - her only employee - presumably self-employed, is passionate about what she does, full of stories and great at welcoming folks and helping them understand the variation of the game. Well done ! D'Amandas.
Written August 30, 2023
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Amber
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Will publicly bash you on Facebook if they don't like your reviews. The owners are very rude and very unprofessional and can't handle bad reviews with any class. I had a reservation at 4:00pm and were rushed out before 6pm because the owners were tired. They Glared at us until we left, very uncomfortable and will not be back. Do not recommend
Written August 28, 2023
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Christopher C
China Grove, NC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My wife and I bowled here a few weeks ago during our trip to Acadia. Being from NC, we have never bowled candlepins before. We had the most wonderful time. I honestly think I prefer candlepin to ten-pin.

We enjoyed talking to the owner, Autumn, just as much as bowling. Right now, she is the lone employee and constantly hustles to keep everything running.

After we were done, things had settled down enough for us to talk to her about various topics such as ten-pin vs candlepin bowling. We were most interested in her multiple phase plan starting with renovating the facility to reviving and spreading candlepins outside of New England.

I urge all the locals to support this business and hopefully some of us from away can help out as well. I know we will be back the next time we are in town.
Written August 3, 2023
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Vince H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
What a great place to go enjoy an afternoon or evening! We wanted to take our son to candlepin bowling and lucked up on this amazing place! We went on Wednesday and only paid $15 each for 3 hours of unlimited bowling including our shoes. The bar offers great food and many activities - billiards, darts, and ping pong. We enjoyed our evening and even got to talk with the owners about their experiences. They are hardworking young people that are trying to provide the area with more fun activities that are affordable. Go try your hand at candlepin bowling and see the great things going on at D'amanda's!
Written June 19, 2023
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K.W. Reese
Seymour, WI40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Being a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, I wasn't familiar with Candlepin Bowling. When the sport showed up on the list of things to do with kids in Maine, I decided my family should try it, and I looked for a location that would fit both my travel route and the timing of my travel plans, and found D'Manda's during my search. A perfect option to get the kids out of the sun for a few hours after a few days in Acadia, reserving our lanes online was an easy process. Excited to try the form of bowling, the experience didn't disappoint. I would highly recommend families in Acadia who are not familiar with Candlepin, making it part of their plans to try it out as part of their trip. We traveled with eight, ages 6 through Senior citizen and all were able to have fun. The evening we were there was unlimited bowling for three hours during the weekly Glow bowling. However, the most impressive aspect and lasting memory of the trip was not the bowling, but management at this business. I had communicated with the owner prior to planning my trip and met her upon our arrival. Such a delightful and hardworking human being. She is the most persistent and positive person I have ever met. She is trying to rebuild this business to provide entertainment and memories to her community as well as tourists such as myself passing by. She is currently her only employee, and is working her tail off to restore this business, and does so with such genuine passion. Please stop by and support her.
Written July 11, 2022
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