Fuel Up Your Life

Serving the busy people of Western and Central Maine, A.E. Robinson Convenience stores feature everything you need to grab and go while heading out for your hectic day on the road.

With ten locations throughout the state, we offer Irving Gas and Diesel at our clean and well lit pumps.

Stop by and stock up for weekend fun. There are chips, cookies, cold drinks, and all the groceries you need to fill up your cooler. Need a boost of energy? We’ve got hot coffee to help chase away those chilly mornings. Visit our selection of beer & wine or one of our beer caves where every six-pack is chilled and ready to go.

For those long road trips or early morning starts, fuel up your body at our Country Cafe. With breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, subs, salads and wraps to choose from, there’s something for everybody in the whole family. Take a break from the open road and enjoy your meal with our dine-in menu.

Before you leave, check out our other services including lottery tickets, ATMs, and propane fueling station.

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Make way for whoopie pies

There’s one thing you can get everywhere in Maine but almost nowhere else: the whoopie pie. The Pine Tree State may be known mostly for its lobster, but it’s the whoopie pie that deserves all the attention. Thick, marshmallow-like frosting slapped between two rounds of sticky chocolate cake comprises the classic, but whoopie pies now come in many flavors including pumpkin and cream cheese, vanilla and maple cream, red velvet, peanut butter, lemon, and mint.

On Route 26 heading toward Old Speck Mountain—one of Maine’s classic 4,000-footers in the Mahoosuc Range—you’ll want to slow down, and not just to watch for moose. You don’t want to risk zipping by Puzzle Mountain Bakery, a colorful roadside stand packed with homemade fresh pies, maple cookies, and, of course, whoopie pies. 

“My mom started it in 1999,” says Ryan Wheeler, who took over the bakery six years ago with his wife Devon. “Every day we start fresh. On a busy day in the summer we can have up to 20 different varieties.”

Sunday River in Bethel Maine. | Photo: Shutterstoc
Sunday River in Bethel Maine. | Photo: Shutterstock

Choose your favorite, drop a few dollars into the box, and be on your way, whether that’s from Montreal to York Beach or off to hike some of the gnarlier Grafton Notch peaks. “It’s definitely special,” Wheeler says. “We get people coming in with their kids saying they used to come in with their parents when they were kids.”

Climb up all the way to the fire tower and you’ll be able to see for miles. Luckily for me, the whoopie pies survive the somewhat strenuous climb. At Douin’s Market at the corner of Routes 2 and 27 in New Sharon, you’ll find an award-winning twist on the classic: the brownie whoopie pie, invented by DeAnne Douin and her husband. 

“[My husband] said, ‘I wonder what it would be like to take brownies and put whoopie pie filling between them,’” Douin says. “I was skeptical because I was thinking, nobody’s gonna want that much brownie, that’ll be too much sugar, you know?”

But the next day, people kept coming back asking for more of the inventive dessert. “We’re just a small town market,” Douin says. “Now we ship them all over the world.”

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Transportation Fuel Consumption

Source: State Energy Data System based on beta data converted to gasoline gallon equivalents of petroleum (GGEs) for the transportation sector (which includes more than highway vehicles) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration

Electricity Sources and Vehicle Emissions

Source: Energy Information Administration, Electricity Net Generation, Open Data API. Learn more about emissions from hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles.

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