Damariscotta

Damariscotta offers a beautiful lake by the same name.  At the inland end of the lake in Jefferson is Damariscotta Lake State Park. It's a good place to go swimming and isn't crowded on weekdays. Boats can be rented on Damariscotta Lake or nearby at Pemaquid Lake.

This area has two community theaters,  the Lincoln County Theater in downtown Damariscotta and the Waldo Theater in Waldoboro.

Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta sponsors many events.  Check their website at  www.roundtoparts.org or www.ebaumsworld.com .

Augustine's Backstreet serves good food.

Freeport

Home of LL Bean and many major chain store outlets. The Bean store in Freeport is open 24 hours a day.  

South Freeport is a beautiful coastal village worth a look. Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster on the wharf in South Freeport is a good place to enjoy lobster or clams outside.  Its quality isn't what it once was, but it's tough to beat the location. It can be very crowded at peak lunch and dinner times.

Monhegan

From Boothbay Harbor take Balmy Day Crusises to Monhegan.  Make sure to book in advance as the boat fills up quickly.  Bring a warm jacket or sweater regardless of how hot it might be in town.  Packing a lunch is another good idea.  A fun mini-trip is to hike up the hill to the lighthouse and take in the views.  Then take the path through the Cathedral Forest and head out to White Head, which is a bluff that sits about 150 to 200 feet high overlooking the open ocean. Here you can sit on a rock and have lunch while enjoying the spectacular views.  It's even possible to spot a whale at certain times of the year.

Pemaquid / Round Pond

Home to very nice town beach where the water is somewhat warmer than at Popham and Reid State Park.  It is the a perfect size for young kids, calm, has lovely views, and a snackbar and public bathrooms right there. Parking is also convenient. In Pemaquid (near the beach) is a reproduction fort, a colonial archaeology site and a museum related to the early settlement.  Nearby is Round Pond, which is just up Rt 32 from New Harbor. Kids will love the Granite Hill Store which has every variety of penny candy one can imagine -of course much of it costs more than a penny these days.

For a couple of longer day trips, visit Camden and Rockport one day and  Bath and Brunswick another.   A must stop when going to or from Bath/Brunswick, is the famous Red's Eats on Route 1 in Wiscasset.  It's a hole-in-the-wall tiny red trailer with picnic tables. The lobster rolls are very generous. The lines at lunch can be very long,  but worth the wait.  A great dinner place in the area is the Robinhood Meetinghouse in Georgetown, which is less than 10 minutes from Bath.

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