Bath is home to Bath Iron Works where skilled workers build and repair US Navy warships; just one mile square, you’ll find a bustling harbor, gracious tree lined thoroughfares and a vibrant tourist friendly downtown with shops, galleries, and restaurants as well as recreational activities like golf, fishing and boating … or take a harbor cruise for a waterside view of the historic districts and area lighthouses.
To experience Bath’s connection to the sea visit the Maine Maritime Museum. You’ll learn about shipbuilding, the sea trade, lobstering and the dangers of sea life through exhibits, displays and painting or you can take a river boat ride and tour a Grand Banks schooner.
Live entertainment thrives at the Center for the Arts at Chocolate Church, a renovated church built in 1846 in a distinctive gothic style.
Visit neighboring West Bath to bird watch and take nature walks at the Hamilton Sanctuary operated by the Maine Audubon Society.
Stretching down from Bath is the Phippsburg Peninsula. Half way down the peninsula you’ll come to the celebrated town of Phippsburg. You’ll like the charm of this town where lobstermen work their traps and where you can find antiques, collectibles and galleries.
A great place to relax is Popham Beach State Park where you can enjoy its gentle beach and quiet picnic areas.
To see one of the last undeveloped barrier beaches on the Atlantic visit Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area.
Traveling north from Bath, you’ll arrive at the town of Woolwich.
As you drive through the unimposing neighborhoods you’ll see many examples of stately homes. Some homes have been converted to B&Bs and are filled with antique and period pieces that will add to the ambiance of your visit.
For an appreciation of the impact Native Americans have had in the development of the area, visit the Woolwich Historical Society. It is housed in a 1910 farmhouse and displays early settlers’ lives and historical artifacts.
Following the gentle curves of Route 127 you’ll come to two island communities. One is Arrowsic, with four lighthouses, hiking trails up 66 hilly peaks and acres of scenic woodland and river banks.
The other island is Georgetown, bounded by the Kennebec and Sasanoa Rivers and Sheepscot Bay giving you 82 miles of shoreline to enjoy. Bring your camera or just your imagination to recall the beauty of the sandy beaches, boat filled harbors, rocky coast line, protected coves and wooded marshes.
Hiking and bird watching enthusiasts should visit the Josephine Newman Wildlife Sanctuary; a wooded park with two and a half miles of trails through meadows, forests and the rocky shoreline.
Reid State Park also offers scenic views of salt marshes, dunes and woodlands, plus fine sand beaches and surf crashing against rocky ledges.