Midcoast Maine – An Enchanting Place to Live
Natural Beauty and History
Bounded by Maine’s rocky coastline, the Midcoast is world-famous for its rugged beauty. Boating is superb on Penobscot Bay, with additional opportunities on Muscongus Bay, the Sheepscot River and dozens of other rivers, streams and lakes. There are hiking trails on scenic rolling hills and rugged mountains, with opportunities to ski or snowshoe, fish, hunt, snowmobile, and mountain bike.
Our history goes back long before the Revolution, and it shows in charming Colonial and early Federalist architecture in most of our villages and towns. Boat- and shipbuilding, agriculture, logging and shipping all left their marks and lend a deep sense of place. Those who live here feel that it’s been “home” not just for them, but for centuries.
No matter how you enjoy the outdoors, Midcoast Maine has you covered. There’s swimming on saltwater and freshwater beaches, kayaking along the coast, golf at the Samoset Resort Golf Club in Rockport, nature preserves (such as the 66-acre Merryspring Nature Center in Camden and Rockport), scenic lobster fishing harbors on the St. George Peninsula, and much more.
Into snow shoeing, skiing or other winter sports? Check out the top ten winter activities in Midcoast Maine. There are also sports centers for skating, tennis and soccer, and clubs for gardening, bicycling, running, canoeing and just about any activity you can think of.
Cultural and Educational Offerings
Check out the Farnsworth Art Museum (especially the works of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth) in Rockland and the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Rockland is also home to the Maine Lighthouse Museum and the brand new Center for Maine Contemporary Art. The General Henry Knox Museum, “Montpelier,” is in Thomaston, and Waterfall Arts, a community art gallery, is in Belfast. Rockland and Belfast are hives of artistic endeavor, with numerous galleries presenting a diverse schedule of shows and a monthly “art walks” during the summer.
Rockland is also home to the historic Strand Theatre, where you can enjoy everything from art movies to live music to HD simulcasts of opera and ballet from The Met. It also hosts business networking and events for local organizations. Not to be missed? Sing-alongs for movie favorites.
Festivals and Events
The Midcoast hosts an incredible variety of community events and festivals throughout the year, from weekly Farmer’s Markets in nearly every town during the growing season to the world-famous Maine Lobster Festival, held annually since 1947. Fans of tall ships relish the Camden Windjammer Festival, while film aficionados enjoy the annual Camden International Film Festival. Bay Chamber Concerts presents chamber music throughout the year, culminating in an annual Summer Concert Series with dozens of performances in venues ranging from cafes to the area’s beautiful, historic opera houses. The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity and the Windsor Fair are locally famous. The annual Camden Conference brings experts from around the world to discuss, debate, and seek solutions to international political issues.
The area is easily accessed via I-95 and US Route 1. Cape Air provides air service between Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head and Boston, with direct connections to Jet Blue. The islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, and Matinicus are accessible via Maine State Ferry Service.
Midcoast Maine will keep you engaged every day of the week. The area’s natural beauty, combined with its rich history and vibrant cultural communities, make it the ideal place to live.