Maine Mid-coast

Maine Mid-coast

HARBORS, DOWNTOWNS & COASTAL GEMS

HARPSWELL, BATH, DAMARISCOTTA, CAMDEN, ROCKLAND, BOOTHBAY

Those set on exploration would do well to start with Mid-coast Maine. Following Route 1 along the coast earns visitors a Maine experience badge. Those who value the journey and those who prefer the destination are both well served by the Mid-coast’s linger-worthy towns, working waterfronts, beaches, museums, and miles of coastline that unfold into regional treasures.

Those whose preferences lean toward rugged coastlines and working harbors head by kayak or windjammer to the village of Harpswell, where artists galleries await and tours to Eagle Island are on the docket. Because the Mid-Coast’s culture and heritage are strongly linked to its maritime history, Bath’s Maine Maritime Museum and Searsport’s Penobscot Marine Museum are worthy destinations, both iconic centers of their own seaside towns. Reid State Park, a state-owned saltwater beach is a recreational and ecological resource where visitors can view sweeping seascapes and spot the lighthouses on Seguin Island. Damariscotta and Newcastle are excellent choices for enjoying a lobster roll and the Damariscotta River is world famous for its oysters. Further up Route 1, find the charming elegance of Camden, or the bustling Rockland area, where gallery-hopping or just watching the ferry come into the terminal is recommended.

Camden Harbor, Photo Credit: Alan Lavalle
Camden Harbor, Photo Credit: Alan Lavalle

Boothbay Harbor in the town of Boothbay, a Mid-Coast essential, offers many attractions. They include 1,700 acres of land trust preserves, New England’s largest botanical garden, and a bustling downtown, perfect for raw bar connoisseurs. A wide variety of accommodations overlook the ocean, and Ocean Point offers a shore drive with unsurpassed views.

Many towns along the way, gems in their own right, will provide visitors with their own local flavor, where visitors can go for a paddle, visit a boatbuilding school, tour a Christmas tree farm, find a clam shack, or get outfitted with a fishing package (the Mid-Coast offers exceptional spots for anglers!


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