A forty minute scenic drive from Ocean Point Inn will bring you to the charming coastal village of Damariscotta Maine. The town of Newcastle is just before you cross the bridge into Damariscotta and is home to the oldest Catholic Church in New England. This beautiful worship site is open to the public for viewing.
Further up the Damariscotta River is the Damariscotta Mills Fishladder Restoration. This is a must see!! The ladder helps the alewife run go from the river up the hill to the Damariscotta Lake to spawn. If you are a quilter or love fabric, be sure to visit the Alewives Fabric Store in Damariscotta Mills. I love the fact that the interior of the store is like a giant rainbow with all the bolts of fabric arranged by color. They are open seven days a week year round.
When you cross over the bridge into Damariscotta take a right into the town parking lot. You can always get a place to park there! The Maine Coast Book Shop and Café is a first class book store with an attached café for a delicious treat. They carry an excellent selection of adult and child books, magazines and newspapers.
The Weatherbird at 132 Main Street has wonderful clothes and accessories for women. The Weatherbird at 72 Court Street carries specialty foods and kitchenware. The Accessories Shop on Main Street has unique gifts for your home and cottage. The shop carries lots of sea related items. Behind and under the Weatherbird shop on Court Street is the Damariscotta Pottery which makes spectacular pieces of pottery in all sizes and shapes.
King Eider’s Pub and the Damariscotta Bar and Grill both serve a nice variety of meals using local ingredients and presented with flair. The staff in both restaurants are very friendly. Reservations are recommended in both places. These are only highlights of shops, restaurants and places to visit. Explore and find your own favorites as well.
Maine- the way life should be!