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Mid Coast offer vacation activites, indoors and outdoors

500 Main Street Bangor, ME, 04401 Phone: Toll-Free: 877-779-7771

There’s No Place Like Hollywood

Just one step on the red carpet and you’ll be swept away by a world of bright lights and big winning. Welcome to Hollywood, where all that glitters is yours. Be a part of the action on the exciting casino floor featuring the best slots, big-time table games, live poker and even a High Limit area. Dine famously at Celebrity Bar & Grill, or indulge in endless delectable dishes at Epic Buffet. Hit up the Sound Stage Lounge for live music and performances every Friday & Saturday night that keep the weekends shining bright. Best of all, with A-list hotel accommodations on site, the fun never has to stop!

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

Sail away, sail away along Maine’s romantic Mid Coast

The Maine coast shines with sparkling waters, romantic harbors and quaint towns and villages. Set sail and see it all the on a 19th-century tall ship with the Maine Windjammer Association, North America's largest fleet of historic schooners. These magnificent vessels are available for magical, all-inclusive cruises. Your adventure on the sea can be for a day to over a week under sail. Eight one-of-a-kind ships, each one a unique work of art with its own personality explores miles of unspoiled anchorages and provides amazing life-changing experiences with each sail. Maine Windjammers has been voted “Best Value in New England” by Society of American Travel Writers members. Plan your wedding aboard a Maine windjammer and charter an entire vessel for a reunion or corporate event and sail along the coast of Maine.

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.

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

The Camden Snow Bowl ski and winter sports area makes its home at the summit of 1300-foot Ragged Mountain on Barnestown Road in Camden. It claims to the only ski area in New England where skiers and boarders can look out over spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean while whooshing down the trails. In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding, winter activities at the Snow Bowl include snow tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and a thrilling 400-foot toboggan chute. Phone: 207-236-3438.

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.

Climb, Play, Pretend

It’s a cinch to rescue a rainy vacation day with small kids. The Coastal Children’s Museum at 75 Mechanic Street in Rockland. This mecca of indoor activities is active daily except Mondays and Tuesdays, and it is perfect for younger children. Twenty-one hands-on activities include Adventure Park Room, General Store, Bird Walk and Hope Elephant Wall, Pet Vets, Fabric Fun Hallway, Sea Star Stage and Under the Sea Room, Lobster Beach Book Nook, Wood World, Touch Tank, Arty Party Table, Tubes and Tracks, and the How? Why? Science Center. Admission fee is a comfortable $5. Phone: 207-596-0300.

Bath Is Home to Graceful, Historic Neighborhoods

Nestled along the Kennebec River, the city of Bath is a small jewel of a city that embraces a seafaring tradition. Bath welcomes visitors with tree-lined historic avenues graced by stately mansions that were once home to shipyard owners and ship captains. You can take a guided walking tour of the Bath historic district or ride the Bath Trolley. Bath’s Front Street is home to antique stores, specialty shops, galleries and fine restaurants. Bath’s Farmers Market takes place from June to October and a summer concert series takes place on Friday evenings. This is also the home of the Maine Maritime Museum.

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. Tree Spirits in Waterville concocts wine and spirits from Maine maple syrup and apples. 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.
Click to learn more about Maine Craft Distilling in Portland, Northern Maine Distilling Co. of Brewer, New England Distilling in Portland, and Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery in Union. Call ahead of check websites for visiting times.

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.

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

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

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.

Maine’s BEST Berry Pies

DownEast magazine has done us all a service by listing some of the best places to buy expertly make berry pies (blueberry, of course, and many others. The love of pie is so strong we will leap immediately into the list with tiny descriptions: 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 (big heaps of whipped cream); Hello, Good Pie Co. in Belgrade (savory 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; Pie in the Sky Bakery in Cape Neddick (deep, 10-inch pies); Sadie’s Bakery in Houlton (this place also famous for its donuts); Puzzle Mountain Bakery in Newry (pay by the honor system at a roadside stand); Tandem Coffee + Bakery in Portland (perfect combo of sweet and tart blueberries).

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.

Whimsical Art at Markings Gallery

Markings Gallery at 50 Front Street in Bath is owned by two Maine artists, a jewelry maker and a potter, and it displays an array of work by New England artists, in metal, clay, fiber, paper, glass, paint, stone and wood. Among them is Jo Diggs, a quilt and appliqué artist from Portland who creates marvelous landscapes and seascapes on New England themes with simple combinations of cloth. Markings Gallery also works with designers and architects to provide custom tiles, wall pieces and unique art objects for homes, offices, hotels and restaurants. Winter hours are Monday & Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The gallery is open daily June to December, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: 207-443-1499

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.

Old Mill Revives With Antiques, Dining, Art, Yoga

Most of New England’s 19th-century manufacturing mills have moved beyond their original purposes (making textiles, shoes, lumber) and many are being re-created as history-infused places for shopping, dining, and other forms of business. Fort Andross, a mill complex at 14 Maine Street in Brunswick is a wonderfully restored textile mill know for its antiques store, indoor flea market, yoga studio, restaurants, cinema, and gallery. Cabot Mill Antiques is a 16,000-square-foot multi-dealer emporium. The space is bright, clean, and packed with interesting and well-preserved objects of all kinds. People also enjoy the weekend flea market, and the Frontier Café, Cinema, and Gallery. And Maybe a yoga class at Jai Yoga to wind down?