The welcome sign leading into Wiscasset says, “Welcome to the Prettiest Village in Maine.” While others might stake the same claim, this tiny coastal town is bold enough to do it and with good reason. Wiscasset takes pride in much of the charm that represents Maine and New England.It has the old lovely churches, the elegant homes of a bygone era, wonderful shops and antique stores, and a town center that overlooks the nearby Sheepscot River. The brick sidewalks and historical landmarks complete the picture of a quiet paced life in this coastal hamlet.

You’ll find lots of maritime history in Wiscasset which was once one of the busiest ports in North America. Check out the homes of prosperous sea merchants, builtin the classic Federal style, that now stand as museums at the Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell Houses, both built in 1807.

Local Favorites: If you don’t mind waiting in line to place your order, Red’s Eats has one of the best lobster rolls in Maine.Many say the wait is worth it. Wiscasset Speedway provides the thrill of motor racing on a short track. A great place for friends and families to gather for low cost fun from April through October.

Hidden Gems: Monkey C Monkey Do offers family fun with a series of rope courses and zip lines. Designed with safety in mind and challenges for varying levels of abilities. Glidden Point Oyster Company is a farm stand that sells oysters and other seafood. Just about as fresh as you can get it.

Most Unusual: Built in 1808, Fort Edgecomb was designed to protect the town harbor. It is an octagon shaped two story blockhouse crafted with hand-hewn beams. Learn how the fort was built.