This year, more than ever, we look forward to welcoming spring in Rockland, Maine. Though spring skiing remains strong, we’re ready to trade our ski boots for hiking shoes. Fishing poles and bicycles call to us from their winter hiding places in the garage. And we’re ready to get out in the garden and dig in the dirt.
Here at the Berry Manor Inn, we look forward to spotting the first harbingers of spring. Crocus poking their heads up through greening lawns. Osprey returning to their nests to mate. Ice out on the lakes and ponds. The first bright yellow feathers sprouting on male goldfinches. Spring peepers. Maple syrup perfuming the air around local sugar shacks.
When Mother Nature eases her wintery grip on the coast of Maine, we revel in our spring traditions and celebrations. Each new sign of spring is a welcome indication that warmer weather awaits. But until we can bask in sunshine and frolic in the waves, plenty of fun looms in neighboring towns and villages. Get out your calendars and start planning your spring visit to the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland Maine. You won’t want to miss these glorious spring events.
Maine Maple Sunday
Traditionally held on the fourth weekend of March, Maine Maple Sunday signals the sweetest time of year in Maine. Dozens of Maine maple producers open their sugar shacks for tours and tastings. Tour a tap line and watch demonstrations of sap boiling. Feast on all things maple. This celebration is a favorite of Mainers marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Owls Head Spring Auto Tour
If you own a classic car or just lust after one, the Owls Head Spring Auto Tour is a must. Cruise through the scenic countryside of mid-coast Maine. This year’s event occurs on June 5th. Check-in starts at 7:00 AM at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. Get ready to rev your engine when the tour begins at 9:00 AM.
Aldemere Farm Spring Calf Unveiling Day
Aldemere Farm in lovely Rockport Maine is home to a herd of Belted Galloway, a rare breed of Scottish beef cattle. The stark black calves with wide white bands around their middle resemble Oreo cookies. Cruise past the farm anytime in spring to watch them in the fields. But on the first Saturday in May, the farm welcomes visitors to meet the new babies in person.
Rockland Farmers Market
When the Rockland Farmers Market reopens in mid-May, visitors and locals rejoice. Stop by Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for the freshest seasonal fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Fish mongers showcase locally caught seafood. And you may find maple syrup, crusty breads, wild mushrooms, artisanal cheeses, and organic meats. If it isn’t fresh and local, you won’t find it at the Rockland Farmers Market.
Beech Hill Preserve
What says spring more than flying a kite on a windy spring day?! With panoramic views of Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills in the distance, a hike to the bald summit of Beech Hill is the perfect spot to unfurl a kite and watch it fly. As an official stop on the Maine Birding Trail, it’s a great place to bird watch as well. The annual spring migration starts before the snow melts and lingers long into June.
Now, with daylight savings time allowing an extra hour of sunshine at the end of the day, we have time to enjoy all that spring offers. Come visit us at the Berry Manor Inn in Rockland, Maine to celebrate the return of spring.
For more ideas on what to do on spring getaway to Rockland Maine, read our previous blog post.