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Portland Maine

Portland Maine

Portland Maine is an old seacoast town rich in history and vibrant in social happenings. Portland Maine is a  city filled with galleries, boutiques and shops, and incredible restaurants serving everything from New England clam chowder, lobster rolls and Maine seafood to nouvellePortland Maine from the air with cruise ship in picture cuisine. Portland is also the home of one of the best seafood events in New England. Harvest On The Harbor, A seafood lovers weekend event drawing thousand of hungry seafood enthusiast and some of the top chefs in the country to create an event unlike any other.

Portland is the banking capital of northern New England, home to major international law firms, import/export companies, and modern high-rise office buildings located in historic districts with centuries old architecture.

Portland stands as one of the few working waterfronts left in the United States, acting as New England’s largest tonnage seaport and second largest fishing port.

Portland is also the second largest oil port on the East Coast and the largest foreign inbound transit tonnage port in the United States!

Portland is Maine’s largest city with 66,000 full time residents; however it swells to 2 million if one includes annual visitors and part-time residents.

Visitors come by car, train, airplane, and boat. Each year our port alone handles over 206,000 international passengers, including 41,000 cruise ship passengers.

Portland Maine has beaches, walking trails, state parks, crystal clean lake waters, mountains and some of the best white water rafting just a short distance from the busy downtown center. Tour boats, kayaking, lobster bakes and so much more to experience in this prize New England city.

At every turn, Portland is an experience for everyone.

Harpswell Maine

Harpswell Maine

Harpswell Maine is known for it’s true lobster fishing heritage and it’s exquisite beauty. The locals like to say that Harpswell is the “Real Maine”  Located on Casco Bay, Harpwell Is a short scenic ride from Portland, Freeport, Bath and Boothbay Maine. Harpswell is to us “The Wonderland of the Maine Mid Coast“.

Harpswell is the unspoiled coastal community that is accessible by way of the beautiful Bowdoin College town of Brunswick, which was chosen as one of the best small towns in America by the Smithsonian.  Harpswell is a unique coastal community which recently celebrated its 250th birthday. For over 100 years Harpswell has been a mecca for vacationers seeking a saltwater environment, a serene way of life, and an abundance of natural beauty. Its 216 miles of coastline consists of Harpswell Neck, the three large islands of Sebascodegan (Great Island), Orr’s, and Bailey, which are connected by bridges, the most notable being The Cribstone Bridge, and a scattering of over 200 smaller islands accessible only by boat. With some of the few remaining working harbors on the Maine coast, it offers an authenticity of which they are proud.

Harpswell has it all! Light houses, Ocean views, walking trails, beaches, Historical sites, working lobster harbors and marinas, sailing/fishing charters and tours all here in the Mid Coast Maine region.

Within the town of Harpswell, you will find hundreds of businesses and non-profit organizations that contribute to this unique place. Here you will find a wonderful candy shop, stores, galleries, inns, lobster pounds, restaurants, gift shops, services, libraries,  oceanBailey Island Harpswell Maine related tours, marinas, community preservation organizations, artisans and craftsman, as well as places of worship and schools.

Visit Harpswell Maine Vacation Wonderland of the Coast for more information.

Enjoy our interactive map with outdoor activities, accommodations, gift shops and restaurants located in and around Harpswell.

Camden Maine

Camden Maine

There’s so much to see and do in Camden, you’ll want to return again and again. You’ll find a wealth of leisure and recreational pursuits to choose from.Camden Maine

Arts & Entertainment
Midcoast Maine’s cultural activities enliven galleries, opera houses, seasonal fairs, libraries, and nationally recognized museums. Enroll in a culinary arts class with an award-winning chef at a local inn. Study photography at a world-class workshop. Put brush to canvas in a local art class. Or simply visit the studios and galleries of those who know what an inspiring and supporting environment this is in which to pursue artistic creation.

Explore our museums. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is one of the state’s leading venues for current art. A few miles south in Rockland, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center includes works from three generations of Wyeths as well as changing exhibits from native American basket making to Impressionists and modern masters. Other museums display historic and maritime artifacts, antique vehicles, and even vintage toys and movie memorabilia.

Check out musical and theatrical performances taking place in such venues as the recently renovated Camden and Rockport opera houses, the amphitheatre outside the Camden Public Library, and the Strom Auditorium at Camden HIlls Regional High School in Rockport. Classical music, touring performers, conferences on technology and world affairs, blues and film festivals, and local theater, dance, and choral groups fill a busy year-round schedule. Consult our Events Calendar for a wide variety of offerings.

Recreation
With scenic walks, parks, nature preserves, beaches, bike paths, and even a ski facility, our area invites visitors and residents to come out and play. Whether you want to spend an afternoon at a pick-your-own farm or orchard, go candlepin bowling, or test your agility on Ragged Mountain’s mountain-biking trails, family activities abound.

Take a sail or powerboat around the bay on one of several day trips, charter your own vessel, or book several days’ passage on a vintage schooner where you can hoist the sails and take a turn at the helm or just relax and enjoy the sea breezes.

Pitch a tent under the swaying pines of Camden Hills State Park and spend a day hiking the forested foothills. Dive into the cool waters of Megunticook Lake or scout for polished stones and sea glass on Lincolnville Beach. Play a round of golf. Rent a bike, or sign up for kayaking lessons.

Our nature preserves and education centers offer trails, woodlands, and gardens, as well as unforgettable birding and cross-country skiing opportunities.

Visit a country fair or food-themed festival, or ogle the varied scenery–from a farm of “Oreo cookie” cows to historic structures and landmarks you might recognize from several movies filmed here.

Shopping
Although it’s hard to say what’s most appealing about our shops–the quality of the items inside, their proximity to the natural beauty of harbors and hills, or their quaint charm–one thing is certain: Each offers an experience as distinct as its merchandise, from hand-painted pottery, fine jewelry, and books to home decor, gifts, and souvenirs. Peek inside a furniture showroom and watch the artisans at work. Discover a rustic barn converted into a winery, gallery, or studio.

It’s no wonder the area is a favorite year-round retail destination. In addition to our regular offerings, our calendar is full of special shopping events, from art and craft festivals to holiday celebrations. And don’t worry if the shopping bug hits while you’re traveling through our area; many establishments are happy to ship your merchandise home.

Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor Maine

Boothbay Harbor MaineThe Boothbay Harbor Region offers something for everyone. It captivates visitors with the rugged coastline, bold ocean vistas, quaint village, pine-scented air, dazzling sunsets, and diverse vacation opportunities on land and at sea. Located a short drive North of Brunswick Maine and the beautiful coastline of Harpswell. There are many activities that can be enjoyed on the water. Sailing, fishing and sightseeing cruises abound off the town pier. A nice touristy town with some great shopping and restaurants. A bit crowded during the season and at times difficult to get on and off the penisula. Boothbay is still a favorite for many seeking a Maine experience. Boothbay is a draw for tourist from around New England. Whether you your seeking retail shopping or a brisk hike, the Boothbay Harbor Region has it all, all year long.

Bath Maine

Bath Maine City of Ships

Bath Maine One Of The Best Small Cities In America.

Bath Maine is steadily becoming known as a destination stop for the traveling public and local folks. Bath is conveniently located near some of the best beaches in Maine. Great shopping and restaurants can be found in this waterfront town. Awesome theater, arts and music are all within a short ride from this beautiful town.

Centuries ago, the Abenaki Indians, among the first inhabitants in present-day Bath, gave the Kennebec River its name – “Kennebec” meaning “long level water.”The 0.56-mile Sagadahoc Bridge, completed in 2000, carries U.S. Route 1 across the Kennebec River. A beautiful giant standing guard over the mighty Kennebec River.

The city has a great combination of old and new Bath Maine on the Kennebec Riverseafaring history, wonderful ”Maine life”, and a strong community feeling. Bath was listed as one of the “Best Small Cities in America” and was deemed a “Distinctive Destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A wonderful downtown district to stroll along and enjoy the many unique shops that line the streets. A full service Waterfront  Park with walking paths to stroll along on a warm summer day or evening  on the Kennebec River.

Bath has great Inns, Hotels and Restaurants right on the water’s edge. One of the landmarks of the waterfront is the Kennebec Tavern and Marina. A full service restaurant with Bath Maine Restaurantinside and outside seating. Serving a delicious selection of local Maine food.

Bath is home to the Maine Maritime Musuem and Bath Iron Works. “The City of Ships”.

Bath Maine is one of those towns that you don’t want to miss while on your vacation in Maine.”

Bath Maine Waterfront Park

Best Seafood Restaurant in Mid Coast Maine

The best seafood restaurant in Mid Coast Maine.

I have eaten at many of the fine seafood restaurants in Mid Coast Maine and based on the location, the décor and the food, I have selected Anna’s Wateredge Restaurant as the best of the best. Experience Maine while dining on some great seafood on the water and looking out over beautiful views. Anna’s is the place to be.

There are many to choose from, each with its own take on how Maine seafood should be served. Anna's Water Edge Restaurant view From traditional to classic to modern fare, Maine has it all and is being recognized world wide as having some of the best eating establishments for great seafood.

Here we would like to introduce you to one of the traditional Maine restaurants of the Coast. Anna’s Wateredge Restauramt Anna's Water Edge Restaurant interiorRestaurant located in Phippsburg is a must visit seafood restaurant when on vacation in Maine.

Anna’s Water Edge Restaurant has been amazing guest for many years. They have inside or outside seating for their guest. The dining area is very rustic in its feel. The walls are covered with nautical items of old. The many windows provide expansive views of the working harbor in front of the restaurant. Imagine dining waterside while you experience the beauty of Maine with working lobster boats and a view that seem to go on forever.

The Food is traditional Maine prepared seafood with just a twist of culinary flair to make it interesting,Anna's Restaurant food pickled herring

If you are traveling through the Mid Coast region of Maine we highly recommend that you head to Annas and enjoy great Maine food and views

Anna's Wateredge Restaurant entrance

Ocean View

Maine Restaurant DecorationsMaine Waterfront mooring

Phippsburg Maine Day Trip

Phippsburg Maine is a wonderful day trip down this finger of land that jets out into Casco Bay. It gently follows the Kennebec River providing glimpses of water and deep forests. There are some hidden gems on this peninsula that make it a Phippsburg Mainepleasant way to spend the entire day.

We Started trip at in Bath on rt. 209 heading South past water inlets and tall marsh grass with open vistas of the river. We moved on past the entrance of Meadowbrook Campground one of our favorite places to camp in the area. Meadowbrook Camping Area is a second generation, family owned and operated campground nestled on 60 acres. They offer Cottage Rentals, Cabin Rentals, sites suitable to Big Rigs down to one man tents. Sites are spacious with options to be in the sun or tucked away in the woods.  They have a 1 mile nature trail that loops around a beaver pond, two playgrounds, heated showers and flush toilets, a laundromat, swimming pool, Lobsters & Clams cooked daily, Drifter’s Reef Snack Bar, arcade & rec hall and shuffleboard! We could go on about this wonderful campground. There’s something for everyone!  So, what are you waiting for?? Make your Maine Camping Reservations today, they do fill up fast!

Continuing our trip down the 209 we take a side road call Sabaco Road, passing by Wrong Way Road, heading for our lunch destination. We pass by Sabasco Harbor Resort. At this all in one resort you can enjoy rustic rooms to luxury condos. Dining rooms and outside lobster bakes. A golf course and tour boat. This is a great place to have wedding or just to get away with the family for a while.

On to our lunch destination, still traveling on the Sabasco Road we arrive at Anna’s Water Edge Restaurant. This is a small “Maine” restaurant that serves up some awesome food and a great view. From the parking area you look out overAnna's Water Edge Restaurant the cove with its water way filled with lobster buoys. A perfect scene for a picture or two.

You can order outside at the window and eat on one of their picnic tables overlooking the beautiful harbor or inside with table-side service. The inside is decorated with lots of nautical floats and pictures. You almost get the feel that you are on a fishing trawler heading out to see for your daily catch.

The menu was great and extensive. Local seafood of course. I ordered the pickled Herring to start with and my friend ordered the smoked crab dip. Both dishesPickled Herring were fresh and flavorful. Then onto the fried local clams. Yes! Yes! Yes! The best I have had in a long time. The sides of cole slaw were crisp and flavorful and the fries delicious. They have a wonderful dessert menu but we were way to full to try that. I give Anna’s a five star rating for location, food and service.

Onward we drove. After our culinary feast we decided we needed some walking time. It was very warm outside so we decided to make it a short cool stroll. We drove down to Popham. Past the Popham State Park, a 529 acres: spacious sand beach, bathhouses, freshwater rinse-off showers, picnic area with charcoal grills, trails and wildlife watching.

Onward  two miles further south on Route 209 to Fort Popham. We knew from past experience that this would be a cool short walk with some amazing views and interesting historical features. We walked in the coolness of the granite wallsFort Popham and peered out through the openings where cannons once were mounted to protect the mouth of the river. Hidden rooms and calcium formations gave a somewhat Eerie feel to the fort. After exploring all of the forts walls and hidden staircases we went down to the harbor and watched as fisherman tried their luck at catching the many fish that inhabit the mouth of the Kennebec River.

Feeling a bit hot and tired we went to the local grocery store that is located right on the beach and ordered up some ice cream combs. We went out to the beach Popham Beachand sat on one of the picnic tables and enjoyed the sights of the boating traffic and smell of the salt air.

Phippsburg is a wonderful area to spend the day. There are many attractions to keep you and the family busy. There are trails that walk along the river and ponds and a short mountain trail that offers great views. Beaches, Inns, restaurants and so much more. If you are in the Mid Coast area. take a day trip down to Phippsburg. You will be glad you did.