Midcoast Maine Region

To the Maine visitor who prefers boating to beach bumming, there is no better region to explore than the Midcoast. The shoreline along this area—stretching south to north from Brunswick and Harpswell to Belfast and Bucksport—is dramatic, and reflective of Maine’s rich maritime history. Unlike the sandy seashores of Southern Maine, this region features a rougher, rockier coastline more in keeping with Hollywood’s picture of the Pine Tree State.

Comprised of thousands of peninsulas, inlets, coves, harbors and islands, Midcoast is a magnet for shipping, sailing and boat building. Bath Iron Works is located here, as are hundreds of seafaring residents who make their livings from the ocean. Excursion boats of all shapes and sizes, from windjammers to working lobster boats, offer passengers close encounters with whales, seals, seabirds and lighthouses.

If your interests lean more toward terra firma, there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Midcoast. Here you will find quaint fishing villages to explore, historic sites, museums—the Maine Maritime Museum is especially engrossing—and of course plenty of lovely shops, restaurants and wineries to investigate. And although early settlers to the Midcoast area focused primarily on building Maine’s fishing and boatbuilding industries, they also built dozens of majestic sea captains’ mansions, many of which are open for touring.

Bowdoin College is another destination that draws visitors, many of whom enjoy strolling through its beautiful tree-line campus on the edge of Brunswick. The school’s Museum of Art is world-renowned, and located just a short walk from the town’s downtown where you can browse through craft shops, restaurants and galleries serving some of Maine’s best artists and crafters. You also can enjoy a concert on the town’s grassy mall (complete with gazebo) that becomes a concert hall on Wednesday evenings during the summer.

Throughout the Midcoast region, summer means strawberry, blueberry and lobster festivals and there are farmers’ markets cropping up in almost every town. Camden and Rockland are the sites of two of the larger of these.

For more information on the communities in Midcoast Maine, click on the town name below:

Brunswick & Harpswell

Bath, Phippsburg, Georgetown & Woolwich

Wiscasset

Boothbay Harbor

Damariscotta & Newcastle

Maine Aquarium

Rockland

Camden & Lincolnville

Belfast & Beyond

Bucksport

Recommended Midcoast Maine Businesses:

Owls Head Transportation Museum

Maine State Music Theatre

The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern

Cabot Mill Antiques

Travelers Inn

Relax Inn (formerly Knights Inn)

Cook's Lobster Ale House

Maine Maritime Museum

Big Al's Fireworks Outlet

Big Al's Super Values

Wiscasset Woods Lodge

The Narrows Tavern

Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Resort

Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce

Linekin Bay Resort

Newagen Seaside Inn

Russell House

Flagship Inn & Suites

Boothbay Railway Village

Shore Hills Campground & RV Park

Harbour Towne Inn

Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort

Boothbay Craft Brewery

Shaw's Fish and Lobster Wharf Restaurant

Rising Tide Community Market

Maine Lobster Festival

Monhegan Boat Line

Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars

Rock Harbor Pub & Brewery

North Atlantic Blues Festival

SeaDog Brewing

Glenmoor by the Sea

Point Lookout

Schooner Olad & Owl

Blue Sky Cantina

Cedar Crest Inn

Horsefeather Grille

The Country Inn

The Lodge at Camden Hills

Maine State Prison Showroom

Pine Grove Cottages

Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce

Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Bennett's Gems & Jewelry

Seaspray Kayaking

East Wind Inn

Cape Air

Big Barn Coffee

Cook's Lobster & Ale House

Reny's