They searched for years to find it. Pamela and Richard love Boston and they love Acadia National Park and feel that the Boothbay Region allows them easier access to both.Innkeepers Pamela Byrne Riley and Richard B. Riley are particularly fond of their home on their tiny island in Maine.
For the trip to and/or from Bar Harbor they recommend taking Route 1 as there are so many real Maine places to see and explore along the way. Leaving Bar Harbor, the first recommended stop is in the Searsport area. The Penobscot Narrows Observatory and Fort Knox State Historic Site which is open daily 9-5 May through November. Another not-to-be-missed stop in this area is the Blue Jacket Shipcrafters. Blue Jacket is Maine’s largest selection of classic and contemporary ship models and nautical crafts.
From there Route 1 meanders along to the Greater Camden area and the next recommended sights to see include the 6,000+ acre Camden Hills State Park with Mt. Battie at its summit and can be reached from the road that starts at the park entrance off Route 1 just north of the town of Camden. The views are spectacular. Also in the park is Mount Megunticook (1,380), one of the highest points on the Atlantic seaboard.
Sightseeing can make one hungry and if that’s the case by the time you arrive in Camden a great place to eat is Cappy’s Chowder House. It’s located on Main Street and is open year-round.
If time allows be sure to take Pamela and Richard’s favorite “scenic drive”. Begin on Chestnut Street in Camden and follow this incredibly peaceful road by a lily pond and by the herd of belted Galloway cows (black on both ends and white in the middle). Take Calder Lane through the woods; continue along Beauchamp Avenue to Rockport Village and harbor, and return to Camden via Union Street.
The next area for sightseeing along Route 1 after Camden is the Rockland area. You will be spoilt for choice here as well. Located in the heart of Rockland is the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Wyeth Center. The museum is incredible! It houses a 6,000 piece collection of 19th and 20th century Maine-related American Art and features works of three generations of the Wyeth Family (Nathaniel, Andrew and Jamie).
Directly outside of town is the Owl’s Head Light State Park – one of Maine’s many dramatically placed lighthouses and the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum. The transportation museum has a reputation for being a “premier facility for celebrating wings and wheels”.
From the Rockland area it’s about another 40 – 45 minute drive to Hodgdon Island Inn. Pamela & Richard like to recommend that the stops along the rest of the way be done via day trips from the inn, but are always willing to work with their guests to personalize their agendas – just let them know your preference.
To get to Hodgdon Island Inn from Rockland follow Route 1 South turning LEFT onto Route 27 to the Boothbay Region. Follow 27 to the Civil War monument on the Boothbay Green. Turn RIGHT at the monument onto Corey Lane. Go straight at the stop sign. After a quarter mile, bear right onto Barters Island Road. The Inn is about 1.2 miles down the road (you will go past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and cross over a bridge under construction) and the Inn’s driveway will be on the left just before the Trevett Draw Bridge, General Store and Post Office.