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A Tour of Wolfe’s Neck Farm and State Park

Wolfe’s Neck is a finger of land located between Freeport and Brunswick Maine. This peninsula jets into Casco bay and boasts some wonderful farmland Wolfe's Neck State Parkand rocky coastline.

The land was named after the Wolfe family that settled the land in the 1700s. The farm is used to raise animals and fresh garden vegetables for purchase by the public. The farm also holds summer family barnyard programs for kids to learn the important need of fresh locally grown and harvested products, as well the care of the land we call home. You can buy Locally Grown Foodthe locally harvested products on the farm at their small stand. There is a Campground for folks that want to spend some time here in this beautiful part of Maine. You can rent Kayaks, canoe and bikes. There is a snack shack  with some awesome food. We had the pizza, hot dogs and French fries and their chocolate shake which was really good. There are many walking trails along the farm property to enjoy nature and get the feel of the farm land.

After our meal we set our sights on the state park which is just down the road. the cost is $3 per person to enter. The attendant was very helpful in getting us Walking Trailstarted in the right direction. It was a hot day and we wanted a short walk down to the water to catch the ocean breeze.

We parked the car and started our walk. The canopy of the woods kept us somewhat protected from the blaze of the sun and the rich green forest floor was stunningly beautiful. The walk down to the water was quick and down hill, just what we were looking for. The forest gave way to Casco Bay and the ocean breeze felt so good. The beach was very inviting and we started to explore the seaweed and the Sea Lifelife that might be hiding under the wet ocean plants. A young couple brought to our attention some jelly fish that were landing on the beach. some were clear as a looking-glass and others were brightly colored, purple, blue and red.

The views were breathtaking and the we strolled along the beach for a short time enjoying what we saw. the rock formations were very interesting in the way thatRock Formation they all fell in line as if someone had placed them in the same direction. Layering then neatly one over the other to create the stack of cards look.

Then we turned our attention to a sharp screech that came from over our heads. As we looked up we noticed a osprey diving towards the water and striking it head first. Then up it came with a fish of some sort in its claws. The Bird of Preyosprey flew over our head for some time clutching its meal and was joined be two others that seemed to be rejoicing at the fine catch it had made. All of a sudden the bird of prey veered to the South to a small island just off shore. At the highest point of the island was a tall spruce tree that had a nest located at the very top. Out from the middle of the nest came a smaller bird screeching at the top of its lungs. The bigger bird Osprey Nestlanded for a moment and fed the smaller bird and back up it flew and began its search for more food, circling over our heads again.

After this wonderful show we moved on up the trails away from the beach and started to walk along the trail that weaves along the shore. The trails are all well-groomed with wonderful view both of the water and the rich foliage of the forest. There are many trails that intersect one another and all seemed well-kept.

We walked up toward the direction of where we had parked our car and on our Picnic Areaway there we came up t0 some nice shaded picnic tables with metal fire pits for those folks that wish to have a nice meal. We noticed that they also allow clamming at times on the flats below. So you could dig up your meal and cook it right there. How awesome is that?

We made our way past the ferns and red squirrels and got back to the car. Refreshed by our experience and our new appreciation of this wonderful part of the world we live in.

If you are ever in the Mid Coast area I would highly recommend visiting Wolfe’s Neck. A Gem of the Maine Mid Coast.

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Fishing and Sightseeing in Maine on the Kennebec River

Fishing and sightseeing in Maine

The Kennebec River provides a day of wonderful sights and entertainment. Come with us and experience a nature lovers paradise.

The mighty Kennebec will introduce you to wildlifeSightseeing on the Kennebec River in Maine above and below the river. Eagles, osprey, seals ducks, geese, bass, salmon and the endangered sturgeon will have you admiring this awesome river.

Our day on the river started at 5:30 on the docks of the Kennebec Tavern Restaurant and Marina in Bath Maine. Bath is known as the city of ships and is the perfect location to start an adventure on this great river. We started the trip out thinking it would be a fishing experience, and it was that, but quickly found out that this was going to be one of the best nature sightseeing trips I have ever taken.

Heading North from the docks we were greeted by a rising sun that promised to Marina in Maine on the Kennebec Riverbring a beautiful day. The shoreline presents itself with beautiful homes and wonderful forests of green. We were greeted by seals and osprey starting their morning diving for their breakfast. We could see that the river was ready for we fishermen, by the bounty the animals feasted on.

Our first stop was a quite split in the river that met up with a bank of river grass. the calm of the morning caught my attention as an inquisitive seal surfaced and gave us a look. The captain then told us that the seal was famous to the local Sightseeing for seals in Mainefisherman because of his ability to steal the fish that you caught right off your line. Captain Johan said that the seal would grab the fish and shake it about until it came loose of the hook and then the seal would proceed to eat it right in front of your eyes, as if to say that is my fish. After all we were in the seals home waters and he had made his claim to that part of the river.

We headed south and traveled past Bath Iron Works were they build ships for Ship building in Mainethe Navy and Coast Guard. Huge towering cranes hovered over the newest ship that had just been launched. Bath is known as “The City Of Ships”, taking one look at the shipyard and the ship that had just been built there confirmed that the name fit the description well. The ship we past was the first of its class. A state of the art fighting machine that looked strange in design, but left little doubt it could do what it was designed to do.

Heading South toward the mouth of the river we stopped at a small island in the Eagles in Mainecenter of the river. The island was covered with large old pine trees and in this set of old pines were a pair of eagles sitting on branches one above the other. What a site. We were very close to them but they did not seem to care. They showed no fear of man. To me they looked like royalty surveying their kingdom. the captain pointed out what the pair were doing on the small island. Up to the left was a nest made of Baby Eagle in Mainesticks and in the nest was a baby eagle. The baby kept looking over the edge of the nest looking down at us and then to its parents for assurance that all was well. We knew that baby had nothing to fear with those tow magnificent creatures looking after him. What an experience seeing the entire family of eagles within a few feet of each other.

Onward we moved past seals and a family of geese with their offspring by their sides. As we slowed down the boat the geese walked their babies up the side of aGeese in Maine cliff and all stood there watching us watch them. It was quite a sight. Spring is indeed the time of new life on the river.

Arriving at the captains favorite spot to catch bass on the river. A spot that the captain said must remain a secret. We set out our lines and drifted past this wonderful river fall. A series of short steps the river takes down near the shore that creates turbulence where the fish wait for their prey to swim by. We were happy to accommodate the fish with some appealing Bass Fishing in Mainelures that looked just like what they might enjoy for a meal. The first drift by landed a great bass and so did the second. It was truly the fishing spot we had been promised. What a blast it was. They put up a good fight and we rewarded them by releasing them back into the home waters. A win for all.

After a four-hour trip we headed back home. We had experienced the Kennebec River with its beauty in a way that I wish all of you could experience. Mid Coast Maine is a very special place and the Kennebec River is one special river.

Maine River

Art in Brunswick Maine

The Brunswick art scene is a wonderful movement of local artist and Bowdoin college working together to bring a truly unique experience.

  Five Rivers Arts Alliance

The Maine Five Rivers Arts alliance mission is to strengthen our Maine communities through the arts, by increasing awareness, knowledge, education, appreciation, participation, and support for the arts and other cultural activities. Visit their website for great information on the local arts.

  Brunswick Art Walk – ArtWalk Maine

artwalkmaine.org/brunswick/

Held on second Fridays, May – October, the Brunswick Artwalk offers displays of local artists at studios and pop-up sites all located in downtown Brunswick.

 

  Bowdoin College Museum of Art

http://www.bowdoin.edu/art-museum/

Bowdoin College

Installation view of exhibition “Lovers and Saints: Art of the Italian Renaissance.” Egyptian. Bowdoin College Museum of Art is a member of The Maine Art Museum Trail.

 

  Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival | Brunswick Downtown 

brunswickdowntown.org/events/boaf/

Aug 16, 2014 – Join us for the 8th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival on the sidewalks of Maine Street in Downtown Brunswick and on the Mall (green) ..

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  Bayview Gallery

http://www.bayviewgallery.com/

Visit our website and come see all of our beautiful artwork in person at 58 Maine Street in Brunsiwck, Maine!

 

  Points Of View Artists of BrunswickMaine

http://www.povartistsmaine.com/

Points of View Artists is a diverse group of greater Brunswick area artists who work together to foster an environment of mutual support and artistic development

Art studios and Galleries in Freeport Maine

 

Freeport Art Studios and Galleries are alive and well for all ages.

Frost Gully Gallery

www.frostgullygallery.com

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1159 U.S. 1 Freeport, ME (207) 865-4505

The Salty LobsterFreeport art studio

www.thesaltylobster.com

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88 Main St Freeport, ME (207) 865-9408

Smudge Art Studio For Kids

www.smudge4kids.com

15 School St Freeport, ME (207) 865-0272

LAURIE HADLOCK STUDIO

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4 Indian Ridge Rd Freeport, ME (207) 837-0156

AbacusAbacus Art Gallery

http://www.abacusgallery.com

36 Main St Freeport, ME (207) 865-6620

Freeport Square

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140 Main St # 1 Freeport, ME (207) 865-1616

Edgecomb Potters GalleryEdgecomb Potters Freeport Maine

www.edgecombpotters.com

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8 School St Freeport, ME (207) 865-1705

Brunswick Maine Gateway to the MidCoast

Brunswick Maine Gateway to the Mid Coast

Brunswick, Maine is a historic and picturesque town of 20,000 residents. Known as the gateway to Maine’s beautiful Mid Coast region  with its beautiful coastline, walking trails and great seafood restaurants. Vacationers are drawn by the proximity to the ocean, islands and mountains.  In town are a distinguished college, two highly regarded hospitals, marvelous restaurants, distinctive retail establishments, and cultural offerings at many wonderful visual and performing arts venues.

Brunswick is more than 350 years old, boasting handsome old mansions. At the head of the town commons, the landmark First Parish Church stands opposite the home, now museum, where Civil War hero and former Governor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain resided (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once lived there, too).  In the same era Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin here while her husband, Calvin Stowe, taught at Bowdoin College. Convenient and congenial

Neighboring Brunswick are the many fingers of the beautiful Harpswell peninsula and Islands. Harpswell is a paradise for the traveler looking for ocean views and magnificent walking trails and beaches. Across the Androscoggin River to the north is the town of Topsham.  To the east is Bath, the City of Ships.  To the south is Freeport, home of L.L. Bean and another popular shopping destination.  We are thirty minutes from Portland, the state’s largest city, and forty minutes from Augusta, its capital.  Boston is 2½ hours away by car, bus and … soon, train.

Money Magazine recently ranked the town of Brunswick, Maine among the top “25 Best Places to Retire” in the United States.

Brunswick, Maine nabbed the #19 spot on Money’s renowned list and the magazine cited the presence of Bowdoin College as one of the deciding factors. Other winning features mentioned are the town’s “picturesque but not isolated, bustling but not hectic” feel, as well as its lively downtown area, beautiful coast, and many community events and festivals.

Map of Mid Coast Maine

Maine Mid Coast Area

The Maine mid-coast is sometimes referred to as the hand of Maine. The palm consisting of the cultural and historic centers. The fingers consisting of the scenic peninsulas that are so famous for there beauty, water access and great seafood.

 

Brunswick, Bath, Freeport and  Harpswell, (The Wonderland of the Mid Coast Maine Area),  all come together to form a desirable collection of art, culture, shopping and beauty. The fingers form a coastal play land with it’s many water and land related activities. Sightseeing, Fishing, Beaches and hiking trails all come together here. Brunswick, Bath and Freeport form the cultural and shopping palm of the hand. LL Bean, Bowdoin College, The Maine State Music Theater, Bath Iron Works and the museums are just a few of the wonderful businesses and cultural activities you will find here.  By combining these two distinct areas you create one of the most desirable areas of Maine. A Maine paradise giving you all you could desire in a destination location. Arts and entertainment, great restaurants, motels, campgrounds and Inns,water and land activities, and much more are all here in the mid coast Maine area. .

Maine Mid Coast Area

Things to do in Maine

Things to do in Maine that are fun for the whole family when in the area of Mid Coast Maine. The Mid Coast Maine area has so much to enjoy that there is really no need to look any further. This Maine area is a vacation destination that provides all the recreation that you could desire for you and the entire family. Here is our top ten list of activities when in the coastal Maine area of Bath.

Maine Maritime Museum

The Mid Coast Maine area has a rich heritage of ship building and seafaring. The Museum presents this heritage to the public with displays, films, tours and much more.
Trolley Tours
River Boat Tour

Beautiful Maine BeachesCedar Beach Harpswell Maine on Bailey Island

Maine is blessed to have an abundance of great beaches for swimming, strolling and shell and sea glass collecting.
Popham Beach State Park
Reid State Park
Cedar Beach (Saving Cedar Beach)

Sightseeing and Fishing Charters

Sightseeing and Fishing is a very important and pleasing way to experience the coast of Maine. https://connectionguru.wordpress.com/ocean-river-and-lake-tours/

Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails: The Mid Coast Area has a abundance of wonderful trails that are fit for all fitness and age groups.

Waterfront ParksMaine Waterfront Parks

Waterfront Parks: The Maine waterfront is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Maine

Maine Lighthouses

Maine Lighthouses: The Mid Coast Area of Maine is home to many light houses. Many of witch are located along the Kennebec River and at it’s entrance. Some tall and pronounced and others small and hidden from view unless guided to them or needed for navigation.

Historic Landmarks and SightsMaine History

Historic Landmarks and Sights: This part of Maine has its roots in the foundation of the country. If you are in search of how this great country grew to be. The Mid Coast area of Maine can walk you down a historic road of record.

The Ocean and Kennebec RiverMaine Ocean And Kennebec River

The ocean is at the heart of the Maine Mid Coast area and the Kennebec River splits the Mid Coast area in half. Two great bodies of water that present fantastic opportunities to everyone for boating, sightseeing, fishing and so much more.

Theater

Maine State Music Theater: The best in entertainment productions. The theater is located on the campus of Bowdoin College.

Shopping

From large box stores to mom and pop craft shops. This is an area that has it all. LL Bean, Cool AS A Moose, The basket Shop, Island Candy Company. If you are looking for an area where you can find great shopping and locally made item, the Bath Maine Mid Coast area is the place for you.