Harpswell, is a great home base for a visitor who wants to poke around other towns along the coast and a bit inland. Southern Midcoast Maine is filled with diversification, packed with lots to do and wonderful experiences.
The five rivers that empty into the Merrymeeting Bay and then on into the ocean bring a bounty of natural beauty and great farm lands.
Artists are attracted to the region because of this natural beauty.
You will find yourself truly in a crossroads of natural beauty, amazing fresh real food, and art and culture.
Out and About in Harpswell
Harpswell has 6 public walking and hiking trails, one that starts 1 mile from the Inn.
The Giant’s Stairs, the Cribstone Bridge, and Land’s End are all great sights.
The Giant’s Stairs are natural rock formations that resembles giant’s stairs. This is a big attraction for locals and visitors alike, especially if, “a sea is on.” To get there, cross the Cribstone Bridge onto Bailey Island, after you go over the crest of the island, turn left onto Washington Ave. Parking is where the road bends. You will see a sign, “Giant’s Steps.” Walk down the road towards the water and go right onto the lovely path.
Continue down rte 24 to it’s end and you will be at Land’s End. It’s a great place to hike around on the rocks, have a picnic, and watch the lobster boats drive through the narrow gut that divides Land’s End from yet another Island.
Drive across town and check out historic Harpswell Center with it’s cattle pound and historic buildings. There is a tiny historical museum there also.
Casco Bay Lines stops at Cooks Lobster House daily at noon to pick people up for a water tour of the islands and to visit Admiral Peary’s Eagle Island. Tour the house on Eagle Island and have a hike around.
Out and About in Brunswick
Brunswick, Maine offers a plethora of coffee shops and restaurants as well as museums, including the historic Joshua Chamberlain Museum, parks, and unique galleries and shops. Most you can find in Maine Street between Bowdoin College and Fort Andross.
Farmer’s Markets are held during the summer on Tuesdays and Friday right on the town mall. Saturday markets are held at Crystal String Farm.
Local attractions include:
- Bowdoin College- a number of museums on campus
- Summer ArtWalks
- Fort Andross- old factory on the river that now houses restaurants, offices, galleries and artist’s studios.
- Brunswick Mall- Home to Wednesday Evening -Music on the Mall, Tuesday and Thursday Summer Farmers Markets, and more
- Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival
- Maine State Music Theater
- The Theater Project
Brunswick Downtown Association– Learn about Current Local Events
Explore Frontier– Current Weekly Events
Out and About in Bath
Bath, Maine has an easy walking downtown with shops and restaurants along the way. Also nice to stop at the park along the river.
Farmers Market is held on Saturdays along the water front.
Local Attractions include:
- Maine Maritime Museum
- Summer ArtWalks
- Bath Iron Works
- Summer Outdoor Concerts
- Bath Heritage Days
Out and About in Freeport
Freeport, experience world class outlet and boutique shopping in a unique coastal Maine village. Well know for L.L. Bean and other shopping experiences. Lots of place to grab a stack or something more.
Freeport, USA– check here for current events
Out and About in Damariscotta
The River is well‐known for boating, fishing, and a thriving aqua‐culture industry that produces both oysters and the sweet local mussels popular in area restaurants.
Downtown Damariscotta is a vibrant mix of unique shops, community services, restaurants, the Lincoln Theatre, farmers’ markets, and artists’ galleries.
Damariscotta is also the gateway to the Pemaquid Region, the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse featured on the Maine State Quarter, the colonial restoration at Fort William Henry, and provides access to the Atlantic Coast and Monhegan Island.
It also serves as the gateway to the Damariscotta Lakes region, which includes several lakes, ponds and rivers as well as acres of public land protected by two conservancy groups: The Damariscotta River Association and the Pemaquid Watershed Association.
Local apple orchards offer great assortment in the autumn.
Large Pumpkin Festival in the fall. Huge pumpkins… pumpkin regatta, pumpkin drop, largest pumpkin competition, decorated Pumpkins around town.
- Pumpkin Festival
- Oyster Festival
- Alewive Festival
Hallowell, found in the middle of the state, is located along the Kennebec River. Antique shops, unique restaurants, art galleries cluster together along the center of downtown. Hiking trails and bike trails connect the town to local neighboring towns.
- Harlow Gallery
- Josiah Smith Antiques & Associates
- Hallowell Antique Mall
- Hallowell Clay Works
- Brahms Mount Textiles
- Timeless Treasures
- Slates Restaurant and Bakery Restaurant
- The Liberal Cup
Gardiner is rebuilding its main street. Area is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, dinners, galleries and more.
ArtWalks are held three times throughout the year.
- Tilbury Town Walking Tour
- A-1 Diner
- Circle the Square Fine Arts Press
- Art Dogs
A scenic harbor, home to classic windjammers, lobster boats, sailboats and yachts from around the world.
Watch the boats from a bench at water side or take a day trip.
Sights include Curtis Island with its historic lighthouse at the head of the harbor and Mt. Battie where you can hike or drive for a bird’s eye view of the town and harbor.
From everywhere around town, enjoy views of spectacular Penobscot Bay.
- Camden Harbor Juried Arts & Crafts Show
- Maine Lobster Festival
- Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
- Camden Windjammer Festival
- Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Monhegan Island– day trip
A visit to Monhegan Island has consistently placed in the top 10 list of things to see during your visit to Maine. Monhegan has long been known as one of the most beautiful islands along the Atlantic seaboard. Its unique light and legendary beauty have inspired a myriad of artists including George Bellows, James Fitzgerald, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth.
You can take a ferry out of New Harbor (next to Damariscotta) and spend the day on the Island.