Maine May 02, 2017
10 Reasons Why The Midcoast Might Just Be The Best Part Of Maine
We like to think that every place you visit will awe you as much as the last. But, we know our readers might have other ideas. While we encourage you to let us know your favorite region in the comments, for now we’re going to give a little bit of extra praise to Maine’s Midcoast. According to the Maine Tourism Association, the Midcoast area stretches from Bath/Brunswick, which is about 26 miles north of Portland, up along the coast to Searsport. And while we can’t go on record to say it’s the most gorgeous part of the state, we
can go on record and say we love it. Here are ten reasons why!
1. You won't find The Coast Maine Botanical Gardens anywhere but here.
Throughout the spring and summer, this Maine jewel offers programs and tours for those of us who revel in the beauty that comes to Maine after a long, cold winter. Speaking of winter...
...Gardens Aglow takes place every winter at The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden as well!
The awe-inspriring 360,000 energy-efficient LED lights will enchant you!
2. The perfectly adorable Atlantic Puffins have a colony in Midcoast Maine.
The 7-acre island of Eastern Egg Rock is located out in Muscongus Bay. The National Audubon Society and Dr. Stephen W. Kress have been working since 1973 to restore puffins to their historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. You can learn more about the Project Puffin, including how you can adopt one, by
3. The beaches are incredible.
While this entire region boasts a perfectly Maine cost, Reid State Park and Popham Beach State Park are beloved by those who spend time here. The area here tends to be rocky, but these two beaches offer gorgeous stretches of perfect sand. If you can time your visit to Popham Beach to coincide with low tide, you'll experience one of our favorite thing about Maine - the ability to walk out over the sand to another piece of land. In this case, it's Fox Island.
4. You're never far from arts and culture in Midcoast Maine.
From Camden to Bath and everywhere in between, you'll find art galleries, performance spaces and theaters. We love the Chocolate Church (804 Washington Street) in Bath, which offers community programs, live music, stage performances and art shows.
5. Damariscotta is an oyster-lovers paradise.
If you love oysters in Maine, you likely are already familiar with the Damariscotts River, which is the reason you've probably had as many as you've had! The river runs from Damariscotta Lake to the Gulf of Maine with perfectly frigid temps, making it a great environment for the bivalves to grow. Head to town and taste them at just about any restaurant!
...or, even better, take a jaunt on one of Damariscotta River Cruise's daily trips down this river.
In addition to great views, you'll be able to taste all the best oysters on the trip! Learn more about them by
6. The food is seriously fresh.
Whether you like your food on a paper plate, dripping in butter or more beautifully presented on a tablecloth, you'll find something to love in Midcoast Maine. We love Young's Lobster Pound in Belfast (2 Fairview Street) for their casual atmosphere and top notch lobster. But, we've also raved about Primo here on the website as well. Whatever you're in the mood for, you can bet it's fresh - whether that means just caught or farm grown.
7. If you're looking for the perfect New England festival, you'll find it here in the Midcoast!
With so many small towns, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a fun community festival. But, some of the most well-known events in Maine are held here as well. We love the Common Ground Country Fair, which takes place in Unity every September (Sept 22-24th, 2017.) For even more Maine, check out the Union Fair, which also doubles as the Wild Blueberry Festival. That one takes place August 19 - 26, 2017.
for some of our other favorite fairs and festivals in Maine.
8. Island hopping is easiest here.
There are so many islands off the coast of Maine, that you could easily spend all your days finding and exploring them. But, some of the best are located off the coast of places like Rockland. We love Vinalhaven, but Bailey Island was recently voted one of the best by MSN.com. Read more about Maine's islands (including Bailey) by
9. This region has some of the best lighthouses, including one you can sleep in!
Head to the Midcoast region to visit Doubling Point Light or Seguin Island (which is supposedly haunted!) to get a real taste of Maine. If you're ready to splurge, you'll want to check out The Inn at Cuckold's Lighthouse, which has two suites for overnight stays. Learn more by
10. The roads in Midcoast Maine will take you to all the best places.
Route 1 travels all the way up the coast and allows for stops in some of the most picturesque places in the region. Make sure to go down some of the smaller roads, which will bring you to the more remote areas with small fishing communities. For more scenic road trips in Maine,
Travel Midcoast for inspiring this article. We just couldn’t resist sharing in the love!
Just north of Midcoast Maine is Acadia National Park and Schoodic Point.
Check out this wonderful road that will take you all the way up to this more remote place.