Spring comes a little later to the Maine Coast. In the past we’ve hung on to winter here into April, but despite what the groundhog says, spring seems like it’s coming a little earlier this year. However, Mother Nature is fickle, so we’ve pulled together five weatherproof activities that could make your spring escape memorable. Best of all, you’ll have the resources of the Inns Along the Coast innkeepers who can offer up advice on the best local treasures, and help to get you a table or spot in the cooking class at the best restaurants in the region. Now, that’s something you won’t find at a Maine Airbnb!
From James Beard Award nominated restaurants to the local out-of-the way hangouts and lobster shacks, Maine Coastal towns are filled with fabulous food finds. In Kennebunkport, walk from the Captain Jefferds Inn to Dock Square area, and you’ll find everything from fine dining to microbreweries. In each of our Inns Along the Coast towns, Maine Foodie Tours offers walking tours of specialty foods in each region, starting later in the spring and year-round in Portland, Maine.
Microbreweries, wineries and Distilleries
And speaking of microbreweries, Maine is resplendent in fabulous craft breweries and distilleries. Schedule the “Drink Your Way Up the Maine Coast” itinerary, and you’ll be treated to the finest in spirits and brews paired with stays at each of the Inns Along the Coast. Or choose one inn like the Newcastle Inn where nearby Oxbow Brewing Co offers tastings in its fabulously refurbished barn and Split Rock Distilling is another Maine treasure very close to the inn. For beer lovers, try the new Pretzel and Beer Tasting classes at Brewster House B&B in Freeport or opt for their “How to Make Pizza At Home”, both classes you really “knead” and will love offered by chef and beer master himself, innkeeper Dave Noel.
And when it comes to winetasting and wine tours, plan a stay at Camden’s Hawthorn Inn, and look forward to a day so scenic winetasting at Breakwater vineyards, Savage Oaks, Cellardoor and Sweetwater wineries. When combined into a one or a two day itinerary, and a stay at Hawthorn Inn, within a 4 minute stroll of Camden’s downtown shops, waterfront and restaurants.
Each of the nine Inns Along the Coast are located in fabulous quaint coastal Maine towns. While big box shopping may be available nearby, these towns offer up fabulous boutiques filled with everything from artisan olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Fiore, to clothing, pet, gift and book stores filled with local treasures. Meander through Maine shops all day, finding those perfect gifts for the hard-to-shop-for or a souvenir for yourself. Visit any of the three Rockland inns, including LimeRock Inn, Granite Inn and Berry Manor Inn, and you’ll be walking distance to downtown shops and boutiques (plus amazing restaurants) from any of these inns.
Maritime and Museums
The Maine Coast is a region steeped in maritime history and fabulous museums. From the world renowned Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, preparing new March displays now, to the specialty museums like Owl’s Head Transportation Museum near Rockland and Newcastle, and the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunkport, guests of Inns Along the Coast can get lost discovering culture, history and more. A number of Maritime Museums like the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath and the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, not to mention the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, you can create a six day itinerary of all the Inns Along the Coast visiting museums along the way.
When it comes to Maine inns and B&Bs, the Inns Along the Coast have cornered the market on R&R. Here you’re treated to relaxation, rest and romance – R&R&R! Visit Bar Harbor in the spring, choosing either Aysgarth Station B&B or Saltair Waterfront Inn, and you’ll have the chance to experience this fabulous town and Acadia National Park before all the summer crowds arrive. Here’s where R&R&R reign. Sleep in, spend the day curled on a comfy chair or window seat with a great book or take a hike on the Carriage Trails in Acadia, spotting birds and wildlife tracks, and listen to the quiet. When it comes to R&R&R, all nine of the Inns Along the Coast have you covered.
Visit any of the Inns Along the Coast online and start planning your spring getaway.
Newcastle Inn: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: Julie Bolthuis and her four-legged assistant innkeeper, Jabu.