Spring is in the air and wanderlust is at its peak. Why not take a trip to the coast of Maine to celebrate the season? With so much to see here, you’ll need some advice on the best things to do in spring in midcoast Maine. We’ve got you covered.
When you check into our luxurious bed and breakfast in Rockland Maine, you’ll be in the heart of the midcoast. From our location, you have access to our lovely downtown area, plus you’ll be minutes away from Camden, Rockport, Owls Head, and Thomaston, each offering a unique slant on coastal Maine living.
However you choose to spend the day, take our advice and try something new. Loads of options await you along the midcoast of Maine.
Stop and Smell the Roses
When you gaze out your guest room window at the Berry Manor Inn, our lovely gardens welcome you. But beyond our property more than a few humble gardens and nature centers await. The big daddy of them all, of course, is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. But you don’t have to travel far to stop and smell the roses. Merryspring Nature Center and Vesper Hill Children’s Chapel will both soothe your inner gardener.
Take a Cellar Tour of the Coast
The midcoast of Maine may not be top of mind when you think of vineyards and distilleries. But truth be told, wineries are springing up all over our area. While not as densely populated as those you might find on the west coast, you can easily spend a pleasant afternoon sipping and swirling your way on a wine tour of coastal Maine.
Refine Your Taste in Art
Christened “the arts capital of Maine,” Rockland is famous for its nod to both contemporary and iconic American art. The Farnsworth Art Museum shares a Rockland address with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, along with several notable galleries. But a few other mission-specific museums are equally as entertaining, including the Owls Head Transportation Museum and the Maine Lighthouse Museum.
The Lure of the Lighthouse
There may be “Fifty Ways to Leave your Lover” but there are more than 50 historic lighthouses that dot the rocky coastline of Maine. Standing tall and lighting the way for wayward sailors, these iconic beacons lure visitors from near and far. Start your tour of these beautiful and purposeful beacons by taking an easy walk to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a mile-long breakwater that juts into Penobscot Bay. But don’t stop there. Grab one of our self-guided lighthouse maps and set off on an adventure that will light up your life.
Dine Around Town
One of the best parts of visiting a new destination is the opportunity to sample its local fare. And believe us, Rockland is no slouch in that category. Farm-to-table, ethnic, eclectic, and abundant seafood restaurants tempt your taste buds as you create your list of things to do when you visit the coast of Maine. We may be a small town, but we are big on flavor.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side
If you really want to engage with a destination, get out and walk. Walking tours are omnipresent in Rockland and Camden. Whatever your particular interests are, we’re sure you can find a tour that suits you. Culinary tours, tours that reveal local historic sites, and tours of discovery often ignite a new appreciation for a destination. Rich in natural beauty and historic interest, Rockland and Camden, Maine simply shine on a walking tour.
According to John F. Kennedy, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” So, dust off your two-wheeler (or rent one locally) and ride the main streets and back roads of midcoast Maine. Cycle through a wooded forest on a paved path, along the rocky shoreline, or through sleepy hamlets and working fishing villages. Sun on your face and wind in your hair, time stands still on a bike ride in Maine.
Get in a Little Retail Therapy
In the words of Bo Derek “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” But we do. We’ve combed the streets to find fun, funky, and eclectic shops that offer everything from local Maine crafts to vintage clothing and more. If you didn’t know Rockland and its neighboring towns were a shopping mecca before, you will once you visit.
After a day spent exploring some of the best things to do in spring in midcoast Maine, come home to your luxurious guest room at the Berry Manor Inn and have a slice of pie. It’s the perfect way to end your day. Trust us.
Published: April, 2022