“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.
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!