“Wow, this is like walking backward in time. I could never live here!”

Those were my words back in 1988 on one of my first trips to Damariscotta, Maine. I was sitting at Waltz’s Soda Fountain with friends not realizing that one year later I would be interviewing for a teaching job in Boothbay Harbor only to spend the next 12 years in Maine, some of my best years ever! I had driven out to Ocean Point after the interview and thought to myself, “I could pitch a tent and live here.”  The rest is history! Maine can do that to you. It still tugs on my heartstrings every time I visit.

Damariscotta is just a short jaunt from Ocean Point.  Take the scenic River Road drive through Edgecomb and Newcastle before crossing the bridge into Damariscotta. You’ll enjoy lupine fields along your drive in June with enjoyable views any time of year.

In Damariscotta you’ll find some unique shops and restaurants with excellent clothing, pottery & extraordinary gift shopping and dining options. Reny’s is an adventure in itself and you can almost always find a great bargain. Visit Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookstore & Café or Gifts At 136, enjoy King Eider’s Pub or Damariscotta River Grill both on the main street, or relax by the river with live music at The Schooner Landing Restaurant & Marina. Awww shucks!  If you like oysters don’t miss the Pemaquid Oyster Festival the last Sunday in September at Schooner Landing. This year’s festival is September 24th. Rent a kayak or take a Damariscotta River Cruise. Don’t forget to stop for homemade ice cream (the kind we serve at Ocean Point Inn) at Roundtop Ice Cream. Their Maine Blueberry ice cream is sooooo good! So grab a cone and head down behind the property to explore the Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site, once containing a massive oyster shell heap or midden formed over a period of more than 1,000 years by Native Americans.

If you are in the area in August check out the Damariscotta Blues Festival held at Duck Puddle Campground in Nobleboro Aug. 4-6th!

Damariscotta hosts the Damariscotta Pumpkin Festival on Columbus Day weekend. Pumpkins are dressed and decorated all over town with many fun, family activities throughout the weekend.

This year Pumpkinfest’s major events, including: REGATTA/PARADE/DERBY/HURL will be held during COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND: October 6-9, 2017.
The PUMPKINFEST Regatta will be held at noon on Monday, October 9th.
The Volunteer Growers Pumpkin Weigh-Off and the Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) Official Weigh-Off will take place on the previous weekend of September 30 & October 1.

Check the complete schedule here.
Photos from Paul VanDerWerf’s Flickr page.

And don’t forget to take time for “a walk back in time” at Waltz’s Soda Fountain for me!

Enjoy the charm and have an ice cream soda, frappe, egg cream or one of the other many items offered on Waltz’s Soda Fountain menu. Who knows? You may end up eating my words along with your sweet treat and moving to Maine . . . the way life should be!

 

Flea markets, antiques, restaurants, shops, galleries and history ~ you can find all of these on a day in and around Wiscasset.   Since 1973 Wiscasset has been listed in the National Historic Register as The Prettiest Village in Maine! 

You can begin your Wednesday (antiques only) or Saturday & Sunday (mixed merchandise) at 8:00 a.m. at the Montsweag Flea Market in Woolwich. It features over 100 dealer tables filled with antiques, collectibles and art. Norma Hunnewell began the Montsweag Flea Market on Mother’s day in 1977. Norma passed away in 2013, but her daughter, Gena has kept the tradition going strong and they celebrate the 40th Anniversary this year! Admission is FREE!

Traveling back toward Wiscasset on Rte. 1 you will see one of the top 10 favorite antique shops in Maine, Wiscasset Village Antiques (also know as Avalon Antiques Market). WVA features over 100 dealers in a 16,000 square-foot showroom and offers a vast selection of high quality decor including victorian and colonial antiques and primitives. You can visit WVA seven days a week yearround to find that special treasure to take home.

Wiscasset proper has over 20 antique dealers, clothing stores, quality art galleries, and craft & gift stores. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Sylvan Gallery and the Maine Art Gallery feature many of Maine’s best artists.

The restaurants of Wiscasset give you many choices for lunch. The well-known Red’s Eats and Sprague’s Lobster offer you outside dining. Sarah’s Café has a selection of hand-made pizza, delicious sandwiches, wraps and burgers, an extraordinary buffet of homemade soups, stews, and chowders, and mouth-watering baked goods and desserts all with a great view of the historic Sheepscott River. The Golden Wok and the Miss Wiscasset Diner also offer good dining choices.

South of Wiscasset on Rte. 1 you will find some lovely Maine Pottery! Georgetown Pottery has been carrying fine porcelain pottery from local Maine potters since 1972 and specializes in Maine themed brushwork and stunning glazes.  A little further south is Saltbox Pottery, creating practical and beautiful pottery since 1994. Each piece of stylish, traditional stoneware, created in Maine, is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe, as well as being completely lead-free. Find the perfect gift to take home to someone special or pick up a memory of your trip to Maine.

 

The Boothbay Region is known for lobster, relaxation, fun shops, Maine lighthouses, the rocky coast, boat trips, kayaking, seals, osprey and puffins . . . to name a few! BUT, did you know that we have something for everyone including the active visitor who wants to explore nature? The Boothbay Land Trust boasts 30 miles of hiking on nearly 20 different trails that are open year round and are free of charge with donations welcomed. The trails are categorized as Easy, Moderate and Challenging and there are even a few island trails to explore! There’s even one right here on Ocean Point, The Ocean Point Preserve on Van Horn Road!

The Ocean Point Preserve is an easy hike with two trails to choose from. The “Norman Van Horn Trail” is a 0.9 mile loop or you can take the 0.2 mile “Golden Crowned Kinglet Trail”that leads to a relaxing bench in a wonderful wetland viewing location of Tibbett’s Pond.

A more challenging  trail close to Ocean Point is the Linekin Preserve. About 3 miles of trails range from moderate to somewhat steep and challenging, but the views along Little River and at the Damariscotta River are well worth it. You’ll traverse through the hardwood forest and will encounter moss and ferns as well as wildlife that live in this protected habitat. There’s a beaver dam along the 0.7 mile blue loop and a vernal pool along the longer 1.75 mile white loop. View a Google map here or download the BBRLT Brochure here.

Linekin and Oven’s Mouth photos courtesy of Nate Stanley.

For the seasoned hiker, Oven’s Mouth Preserve, 2.4 miles, is one of the more challenging trails with several steep rocky ledges to navigate to reap the reward of the views of the Oven’s Mouth of the Cross River. There is Oven’s Mouth West and Oven’s Mouth East which are connected by a footbridge. View a Google Map here or download the BBRLT Brochure here.

For a lighter stroll, you can take a leisurely stroll on the Ocean Point Walk, sponsored by the Town of Boothbay, along the shore at Grimes Cove. It gives you a different perspective of Fisherman/Ram Island and White Island as you enjoy exploring the rocky coast.

Ocean Point Walk photos courtesy of Bev Tabet.

So whether you take the leisurely stroll or challenge yourself to hike all 20 of the Land Trust Preserves’ hidden treasures, you’re bound to make new memories to take home with you! Enjoy!