A Day Trip to Port Clyde, Maine

Port Clyde, Maine! You can reach this classic picturesque fishing village in less than an hour and a half from Ocean Point and it’s charm is well worth the drive! 

You’ll travel through Thomaston, with perhaps a stop at the Maine State Prison Showroom or The Slipway Restaurant  for lunch outside on the pier.

As you head down the peninsula on Rte. 131 you’ll see Montpelier, the Knox Museum on the left. Check their website for tours. You’re sure to have a revolutionary experience! On your 14 mile ride to Port Clyde you may even see a blue heron as you enjoy the scenery through the quaint towns of Saint George and Tenant’s Harbor along the River Road.

 

Port Clyde has a General Store, a restaurant, an Art Gallery,  kayak rentals, and some local lobster boat tours as well as a daily boat trip to Monhegan Island. There’s even a little beach at low tide, Drift Inn Beach. Hidden from view when you’re in town, but just a short 16-minute walk or a 3-minute drive around the corner is Marshall Point Lighthouse & Museum. The Museum hours are Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday to Friday 1pm to 5pm.. From their website: “The Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum boasts the largest reference center of historical information on the Saint George peninsula. Come and view our extensive library on quarrying, lobstering and the history of the town of Port Clyde. The Museum contains a host of information and a great array of lighthouse memorabilia and lobstering and quarrying tools.”

It’s worth getting up early to see a sun rise at the lighthouse and the sunset is just as captivating. If you are lucky enough to watch the full moon rise without a soul around you’ll experience  a feeling of serenity and solitude. So put it on your Bucket List and experience this hidden gem with hardly a soul around and enjoy Maine: The Way Life Should Be!

 

If you have some time to spare on your way out of town you can cut across Westbrook Street from Rte. 131 to Rte. 73 South in South Thomaston to Owl’s Head Lighthouse. There’s also The Owl’s Head Transportation Museum with events such as the Vintage Motorcycle Festival Sept. 2-3, the Rod & Custom Cruise-in Sept. 16-17, and The Great Fall Auction on Oct. 28th.