The quiet and tranquil setting of Stockton Springs can be an inspired alternative to the hurried pace of an event filled vacation. Its small town rural atmosphere north of Belfast can be just the place to “get away from it all” and revitalize your spirits.
If you like antique shops, book stores and flea markets you may not want to leave. You’ll have an excellent selection of down-to-earth accommodations and great restaurants. Most attractions, like Sandy Point Beach, Fort Point Lighthouse and museums are within twenty minutes of each other.
The strategic location of the town’s Cape Jellison Peninsula jutting into the Penobscot River makes it an important landmark. Fort Point Lighthouse was constructed of granite in 1836 on the east side of the peninsula. Its primary mission was to keep passenger and merchant ships traveling from Boston to Bangor away from dangerous sections of the coastline.
You’ll find the lighthouse has an unusual design. With a square tower on the exterior and a round brick lining with circular iron staircase inside, it is the only Maine lighthouse built in this pattern. The present 31-foot square brick lighthouse was built in 1857.
The 5.5 mile-loop around the Cape Jellison peninsula gives you an ideal course for walking, running and biking. The peninsula’s public beach at Fort Point State Park covers 100 acres and is a great place for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. If you like water sports you can use the boat landing to launch your windsurfing gear, sail boats, kayaks and canoes. Plan ahead. There are no facilities here and parking is limited.
One of Maine’s leading produce products is blueberries. It’s believed their added flavor comes from their compact size. In Stockton Springs the blueberry harvest occurs in August. You can have a delightful time picking your own blueberries for your desserts and pies at Staples Homestead, a six generation farm established in 1838. Look for the “PYO” sign.