Drive onto Maine Street in Brunswick and you’ll see a curious sight – a street that spans 198 feet. It may be the widest street in New England. The street makes room for an inviting spacial grassy mall where town folks and visitors can picnic, relax on benches and listen to free concerts.
Not far from this open area is Bowdoin College, one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the country. The Maine State Music Theater, the Nathaniel Longfellow-Henry Wadsworth Hawthorne Library and the Perry-MacMillan Arctic Museum are all located on campus.
Brunswick prides itself on several historic districts which include the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum, and the Pennellville Historic District, which preserves the mansions built by shipbuilders and sea captains.
Below Brunswick you’ll find the Harpswell Peninsula. A unique coastal community that recently celebrated their 250th birthday, Harpswell, for decades, has been a the place to go for vacationers seeking a saltwater get-a-way, a serene way of life and an abundance of natural beauty.
With its 216 miles of coastline you’ll have a scenic ride past coves, inlets and woodlands with a choice to veer toward Harpswell Center or Orr’s Island. Take both. From Orr’s Island you get to Bailey Island by crossing the Cribstone Bridge. You’ll marvel at the authenticity of its working harbors.