Mid Coast offer vacation activites, indoors and outdoors

67 Atlantic Highway Lincolnville, ME, 04849 Phone: 207-789-2000

Great thing happen at this mid coast paradise

Mid-coast Maine is chock full of great things to do. Here’s a great place to settle in for a quick escape, a vacation getaway or longer stay. This 387 natural paradise overlooking Penobscot Bay with hiking trails, a private beach and state of art recreational facilities has everything you need to have fun stay fit and relax in comfort and style. Fully furnished one, two and three bedroom cabins, cottages and vacation rentals offer every amenity from screened in porches, 1-2 baths, kitchenettes and kitchens to wireless internet access. Throughout the year you can enjoy tennis, biking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing & ice skating, plus indoor sports and video games at our arcade. Or feel free to browse, shop, dine and take in all the attractions in nearby Camden and Belfast.

Sailing from Ports in Rockland and Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-374-2993 Toll-Free: 800-807-9463

Windjammer cruises feature fun at sea for all ages, interests

The private owners and operators of the Maine Windjammer Association’s historic schooners want to provide cruise guests with a full slate of things to do, whether that means helping the crew ready the sails or sitting out on deck with a good book. So you can leap off the deck to go for a bay swim, help the cook with that night’s gourmet appetizers, row a small boat into a fishing village to explore, hike during a visit to Acadia National Park – or just sit by the wood stove and play backgammon with the kids or listen to stories told by lantern-light in the evening. Special cruises for photography buffs, lighthouse enthusiasts, yoga fans, kayakers, wine-lovers – and grandparents and grandkids! – are available.

Boating to Dreamy Monhegan Island

Port Clyde sits on the tip of a St. George peninsula, jutting into Muscongus Bay, and it is the home of the Monhegan Boat Line , making daily trips to enchanting, natural (and vehicle-free) Monhegan Island. The boat steams out of Port Clyde harbor, past Marshall Point lighthouse, porpoises, seabirds, and lobstermen at work and Seal Rock. The company also offers puffin and nature cruises, a lighthouse cruise, and sunset cruises. Boats operate year-round, but schedules are seasonal. 207-372-8848.

Maine’s BEST Berry Pies

DownEast magazine has done us a service by listing the best places to buy expertly make berry pies: Abbot Village Bakery in Abbot (sourtop blueberries from a local farm); Dysart’s Diner in Hermon (available at 3 a.m.); Helen’s Restaurant in Machias (heaps of whipped cream); Hello, Good Pie Co. in Belgrade (chicken, steak, and potato-leek pot pies); Lincoln’s Country Store in Warren (Jessie’s pies named for the lady who sold her recipe to the store; Sadie’s Bakery in Houlton (also famous for its donuts); Puzzle Mountain Bakery in Newry (pay by the honor system at a roadside stand); Tandem Coffee + Bakery in Portland (combo of sweet and tart blueberries).

Hug a Goat; Eat Some Cheese

Midcoast Maine – that magical region of farms and fields and views – has a number cheese makers tucked among the towns of Appleton, Waldoboro, Whitefield, Union, and Owls Head.. The Midcoast Maine Cheese Trail (with some wineries and vineyards added) guides you from one cheese producer to the next. Taste the handmade cheeses; enjoy the farming spirit. Check with farms on your itinerary for open days and hours. Makers include Appleton Creamery, East Forty Farm, Fuzzy Udder Creamery, ME Water Buffalo Co., Copper Tail Farm, Sweetgrass Vineyard and Farm, Breakwater Vineyards and Farm, and Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery.

Antique Store Could Double as a Museum

You are more than welcome to make a purchase at Indian Trail Antiques at 23 Indian Trail Road in Newcastle and you probably will, but some people will get deep inside any of its four buildings and feel the pleasure of simply browsing through a museum of interesting Americana. The owner has been picking up small treasures from flea markets since he was young, and his interest in the artifacts of Maine life over generations makes this place feel like the attic of an interesting, multi-generational Maine family. See furniture, toys, automobile paraphernalia, and much, much more, including a Maine black bear, immortalized by taxidermy. You will be entranced. 207-586-5000.

Dreamy Days on Arrowsic and Georgetown

Catch Route 127 off Route 1 just east of Bath for a delightful day excursion to the islands of Arrowsic and Georgetown. Arrowsic Island is tucked between the Sasanoa, Back, and Kennebec rivers; four lighthouses guard this jagged land mass along the toothy Midcoast coastline. The pretty island of Georgetown, just a bit further down Route 127, is a place to walk and watch wildlife in the Josephine Newman Wildlife Sanctuary or to jump into the waves at Reid State Park. The park includes Griffith Head, a rocky headland, where visitor can gaze out over Seguin Island, The Cuckolds, and Hendricks Head and their lighthouses. Pack a lunch or dinner for a day of unspoiled Maine outdoor beauty.

Dine in the Company of Penobscot Bay

If you’re looking for dinner with a view, look no further. The fine cuisine of Ocean’s Edge at Fireside Inn at 159 Searsport Avenue in Belfast is accompanied by a stunning view of Penobscot Bay. Come for the sights, stay for the excellent food. Guests rave about the decadent stuffed haddock and the delicious dessert selections, and the bacon wrapped scallops are an appetizer favorite. Patrons are never disappointed with the outstanding service from the staff. Outdoor seating is available in the warmer months with a cozy fireplace lit for cool summer nights. 207-338-2090

Craft Distilleries of Maine

At seven small-batch, craft distilleries across Maine devoted experts are creating handmade vodka, gin, apple brandy, whiskey and blueberry moonshine are produced right here in Maine. Travel, taste, and savor these unique flavors:
Cold River Distillery in Freeport makes vodka, blueberry vodka, and gin from Maine. It is the only “ground-to-glass” distillery in the nation, with complete control over the production process. Bartlett Winery in Goldsboro on the Schoodic Peninsula, is now creating Fine Apple Brandy, a crystal-clear Pear Eau-de-Vie, and their new Rusticator Rum.

Heroes in Brick and Stone: Maine Lighthouses

The Maine Lighthouse Museum at 1 Park Drive in Rockland is a first-rate place to indulge your love with and fascination for lighthouses. If you are a shopper, and want to acquire lighthouse gifts and memorabilia (models and miniatures, replicas, clothing, gifts, art, toys, posters) this is your gold mine. The museum, which also includes the collection of the former Museum of Lighthouse History of Wells, has the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. Open year-round but hours vary by season. Call ahead for hours Phone: 207-594-3301.

Botanical Garden of Many Surprises -- Open All Year!

People who love botanical gardens: we challenge you to a rival anywhere to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor for its beauty, variety, and many cunning surprises. Open year round (!!), the gardens are awash with exceptional natural beauty, waterfalls, and incomparable stonework and sculpture. Miles of trails pass through woodlands and down to the waterfront. The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses features plants that appeal to the senses of taste, touch and smell as well as sight. A special children’s garden features themes derived from beloved children’s literature by Maine authors. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., year-round. Phone: 207-633-4333.

Sound of Wind Bells Is Condensed from the Sea

The story of North Country Wind Bells, home-based in the town of Round Pond, begins when the owner, Jim Davidson, worked years ago as a lobsterman. Part of the aural fabric of his days on the water was the sound of pounding surf and bell buoys. He began recording the sounds, and, later, started crafting pieces of steel to match the tones. Among the company’s collection also is the The Island Pasture Bell, is based on the tones of sheep and cattle bells common on several Maine islands. The company’s shop, at 544 State Route 32, is open weekdays, and by appointment on weekends. Take home a piece of the true sound of Maine. 207-677-2224.

Fine and Tasty Gifts At 136

Gifts at 136, on Main Street in Damariscotta has been described very aptly as a gift store with a gallery feeling. This is reasonable, since the store’s many beautiful offerings, including divine chocolates, are the work of 50 Maine artists and craftsmen. Prices range from $4 to $4,000. Step inside during your stroll in this small, beautiful crossroads of a town and find furniture and folk art, glassware and jewelry, pottery and paintings and garden statuary. The store has received readers’ choice awards from Down East Magazine in the past two years. Phone: 207-563-1011