Who Knew?!

Things to do, places to go, people to see!

That there would be so many fun things to do, see, and experience here in mid-coast Maine. The list keeps getting longer, but at this very moment the following are some of the adventures we’ve had and are looking forward to as the season gets started. And just imagine, all of the following are within a driving distance that takes just a few minutes or up to an hour from Hodgdon Island Inn. How cool is that?
_ a drive to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse (www.lighthouse.cc/pemaquid)
_ Georgetown Reid State Park www.maine.gov has a lovely mile-long beach between two rocky headlands, with a view of islands and the open sea
_ the Farnsworth Museum/Wyeth Center (www.farnsworthmuseum.org in Rockland
_ Owl’s Head Transportation Museum (www.owlshead.org)
_ any of the potteries are reputed to be fantastic: those we have checked out so far are Edgecomb (www.edgecombpotters.com ), Georgetown (www.georgetownpottery.com) or Arrowsic Pottery (www.arrowsicislandpottery) …and while in Georgetown check out www.fiveislandlobster.com
_ Wiscasset for its antique shops, museums and of course, the very commercialized, but incredibly infamous, delicious and a little more expensive than others, but well worth it, “lobstah rolls” at Red’s Eats (www.shopwiscassetantiques.com)
_ the Maine Maritime Museum (www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org) in Bath
_ the Maine State Aquarium (www.visitmaine.com) Boothbay Harbor
_ a harbor cruise in Boothbay Harbor on board the Novelty (www.balmydayscruises.com); or a trip to Monhegan Island for the day with lunch at the hotel while on the island
_ Cabbage Island Clambakes www.cabbageislandclambakes.com , East Boothbay, old-fashioned clambakes, watch lobsters and steamers prepared in seaweed in real “Downeast” tradition at water’s edge. Open for bakes daily June –September
_ the beautiful (and very close to the Inn) Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (www.mainegardens.org)
_ Boothbay Region Land Trust www.bbrlt.org , Boothbay Harbor, offers brochure and maps to 12 easily accessible properties in the area for walking/hiking including Porter Preserve (within walking distance of the Inn), Ovens Mouth Preserve, and Linekin Preserve
_ checking out a couple of the vineyards in the region like Oyster River Winegrowers (www.OysterRiverWinegrowers.com) in Warren or DayBreak Vineyard (www.daybreakvineyard.com) in Wiscasset
_ outlet shopping in Freeport (www.FREEPORTUSA.com), home of LLBean (www.LLBean.com )
_ eating ice cream (reputed to be the best ice cream in New England) at Round Top Ice Cream Stand (526 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543-4680)
_ and of course, a great way to end the day is to pick up a favorite bottle of wine (or beer), go across the street to the Trevett Country Store, order some of the best lobster rolls around, bring them back and sit on the front porch of the Hodgdon Island Inn (www.boothbaybb.com) and watch the beautiful pink sun set.
There is so much more to explore and discover and enjoy! We can’t wait. We’ll keep you posted. Oh, and if you have a favorite place, outing, adventure or food haven – please share!!

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