Midcoast Maine Region
Maine's mid coast is dramatic with peninsulas like fingers reaching out to sea for treasures. With a strong history of explorers and fishermen, this part of Maine is rich in heritage, and delicious seafood, with spectacular sights - lighthouses, beaches, plus some of Maine's best restaurants, inns and lodges to stay at during your own Maine coast tour.
Lobster traps and clam shacks, crashing waves on granite shores and the tide lapping on the beach, these are images of midcoast Maine. The same scenery that inspired the Wyeth family of artists, boat builders and lobsterman, remains in many ways unchanged.
Each peninsula on Maine's dramatic coast deserves at least a day of exploration to quaint, out-of-the-way seaside villages, departing from Route 1 to see colonial homes, artist galleries, seaside farms, lighthouses, and lobster shacks - for the perfect lobster roll with a view.
Midcoast Maine is also rich with festivals, events and farmers markets, ever changing like the kaleidoscope of seasonal colors from April through October.
Entering Maine's Midcoast from Brunswick, home to Bowdoin College, you can descend toward the sea on Harpswell Neck or the next finger of Bailey Island and Orrs Island which are connected by a unique cribstone bridge - nicely viewed from popular Cook's Lobster Pound.
As you travel onward to Bath, where the Maine Maritime Museum is based, you can follow the Kennebec River towards Phippsburg, Sebasco and popular Popham Beach State Park. Georgetown Island, connected by a bridge, leads you to the very scenic Reid State Park and beach, Five Islands in Sheepscot Bay, and picturesque Robinhood Cove.
Boothbay Harbor is a top Midcoast Maine destination for its waterfront lodging, lobster restaurants and scenic boat tours plus festivals throughout the year. But a trip to Southport Island, Linekin Neck, or neighboring Ocean Point offer stunning coastal drives as well.
From Newcastle and Damariscotta, as you travel down Pemaquid Point through the town of Bristol and New Harbor where you are rewarded with fantastic scenery, one of Maine's best lighthouses and several great beaches. Be sure to get on a tour boat from New Harbor to beautiful Monhegan Island for a day to enjoy Maine life the way it used to be. Do not miss our Monhegan Island Photo Gallery
St George is the next Midcoast peninsula as you tour Down East from Thomaston. Port Clyde at the tip offers great views of Georges Islands, Monhegan and Metinicus, with boat tours leaving from the docks. Pretty Maine towns like Tenants Harbor and Spruce Head await on your way up the coast to Owls Head, home of the famous Owls Head Lighthouse and more great beaches.
The Mid Coast region of Rockland, Rockport, Camden, Lincolnville, Northport, Belfast and Searsport are among the most popular for their year round activities from boating, festivals and museums, to golf, hiking and even skiing. The Camden region offers so many great inns, bed and breakfast, hotels and resorts so you can truly enjoy all there is to do in Penobscot Bay including boat trips to Vinalhaven, North Haven or Isleboro, and hiking, biking or driving up Mt Battie for panoramic Penboscot views.