About 45 minutes south of the Victorian by the Sea bed and breakfast are the little villages of Damariscotta and Newcastle which were first settled by fishermen in 1630s. The two towns share a bridge over the Damariscotta River or “river of little fish”. Right in the middle of the bridge is the town line for each village; hence the nickname The Twin Villages.
This is where I call home. The downtown area has all kinds of little shops. A bookstore with café, two fabric/yarn shops (must stops for fiber artists), a bead shop, artist galleries, clothing stores, a lamp shop, a used bookstore, a few consignment shops, antique shops, a Reny’s and many good restaurants.
After your visit to the twin villages, take the River Road from Damariscotta, instead of RT 1, to Boothbay and you will pass by Stephenson Fiber Arts shop (245 River Rd.) on the left. If her open sign is out you will not be disappointed by this stop.
A unique adventure in Boothbay, Maine is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. This 270-acre ornamental garden landscape offers unique wild spaces, sculptures, walking trails and one hour electric cart tours. The spring bulbs are blooming and the colors are beautiful! Walk down to the water along the Shoreline Trail and enjoy the Fairy House Village and Black River views.
After the gardens, continue down Barter’s Island Rd to Hodgdon Island and stop, just before the swing bridge, for a lunch at the Trevett Country Store and Post Office. It is a unique experience. Their haddock basket is the best in the area and the views from the porch can’t be beat. Looking out to all the islands that surround this end of the Boothbay peninsula is breathtaking. The store is handicap accessible. A little secret … if the porch is full, order take out and drive just a bit back to a little park on the right at the west end of the bridge. From the public parking area you will have to walk over a little foot bridge to get out to the island with picnic benches and even a restroom.
You will enjoy the less hectic pace of the early season in Maine. All of May and June are a fantastic time to come and explore. Maybe I’ll see you out on one of our trails or in a shop this spring!
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