Welcome to MIDCOAST MAINE
Known for its dramatic rocky coastlines, dazzling seascapes, and quintessentially welcoming New England villages
Maine’s midcoast is a picturesque region characterized by extraordinary rocky shorelines, historic buildings, seafood markets, farmer’s markets, and inspiring seascapes. Focal points in this welcoming region include Camden, Rockport, Damariscotta, Bristol Peninsula, Boothbay Harbor Peninsula, Georgetown, Harpswell, Bath, and Brunswick.
Traversing these beautiful towns will put you in the center of charming and traditional New England villages, bustling with activity and energy. Midcoast Maine is defined by its scenic beauty and entrancing landscapes, an inspiration to creative minds which has positioned this region as a vibrant mecca for artists. The midcoast is also easily accessible and home to a strong farm-to-table culture with many artisanal shops and restaurants.
What to Love
- Beautiful seascapes and dramatic coastlines
- Historic homes and architecture
- Artisanal and gourmet culinary scene
- Fantastic biking & kayaking
- World-class marinas and boatyards
- Home to the Atlantic Puffins’ colony in Muscongus Bay
- The Chocolate Church in Bath
People & Lifestyle
Midcoast Maine is an enchanting and engaging region ideal for those who want to live near the shore and appreciate breathtaking coastal views. Scattered throughout the region are historic small towns, each with their own unique personalities and attractions, from seafood markets to eclectic artisan galleries and museums. Brunswick is also home to the top-ranking liberal arts college, Bowdoin College.
Families looking for a lifestyle change, retirees searching for an idyllic place to relax, and those seeking year-round or second home coastal living with easy access to other Maine amenities and activities will appreciate this thriving region which offers excellent schools, world-class marinas, and diverse local shopping. There are a variety of distinct towns to call home, whether you’d prefer to live directly on the coast, a farmhouse in the countryside, or a village condominium.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
- Boothbay Harbor Country Club is an award-winning country club and golf course boasting breathtaking seaside vistas and two acclaimed restaurants housed within a welcoming atmosphere.
- House of Logan is a fashion-forward clothing boutique in Boothbay Harbor, the company also has an outpost in Bath.
- Home chefs and professionals enjoy Bath’s premier cookware emporium Now You’re Cooking, where you can invest in quality and fairly-priced kitchen products or participate in a cooking demonstration!
- Wood-fired pizza, wings, sandwiches, pasta, and salad are all on the menu at Bruno’s Pizzeria in Bath.
- Try the Brazilian fish stew at Camden’s Fresh & Co., a sophisticated yet unpretentious family-run and chef-owned restaurant plating unique dishes.
- Sate your sweet tooth at Treats, a Wiscasset bakery and café mainstay in the midcoast community for more than three decades.
- Rising Tide Market is a cooperatively-owned natural grocer and market headquartered in Damariscotta.
- Purchase kitchenware and cooking utensils at Weatherbird in Damariscotta, where you can eat, sip, and shop.
- Once a modest go to butcher shop, Rockport’s Bleecker & Greer has evolved into a popular full-fledged bakery and café.
- Derecktor Robinhood Marina: A popular seaport village and marina in Georgetown.
Other popular dining and shopping destinations in the midcoast community include Georgetown’s Five Islands Lobster Co., Camden’s Franny’s Bistro, the knit shop Cashmere Goat in Camden, and Mama D’s Café and Thistle Inn in Boothbay Harbor.
Things to Do
- Boothbay’s Gardens Aglow which has now evolved into an annual driving tour on the peninsula to celebrate the holiday season, takes place at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Drive through a sea of lights and a magical winter wonderland as part of your family’s seasonal traditions.
Local Maine artists congregate in Damariscotta during the annual Pumpkinfest and Regatta event to decorate pumpkins that tell the story of this tight-knit community.
Voted one of Maine’s best farmer’s markets, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust Farmers Market is an expansive marketplace where you can find everything from fresh local produce, gourmet meals, unique gifts, handmade crafts, and more.
Camden Hills State Park is a 5,710-acre public recreation area offering numerous hiking and walking trails and year-round activities.
Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum offers guests a chance to browse an extensive and carefully-curated collection of nationally-recognized works of art.
History buffs will want to visit the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse to experience panoramic views of the ocean and check out the learning center.
The Maine Lobster Festival held in Rockland is an annual seafood extravaganza held for five days, allowing locals and tourists to feast on Maine’s finest lobster and other coastal Maine delicacies.
Brunswick is home to Bowdoin College, a private liberal arts college. Bowdoin is a top-ranked college, holding the fourth top ranking among national liberal arts colleges. Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, which is the fourth oldest secondary school in Maine. Homeschoolers of Maine, founded in 1990, The Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport, The Watershed School in Camden.
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