Things To Do During Your Visit
Victorian by the Sea is located in the center of it all in coastal Maine, including Acadia National Park, Camden Hills State Park, Mount Battie, and much more. You can check out our suggested four-day itinerary below, Four Perfect Days in Maine, or contact Jeanne prior to your visit and she will help you plan your perfect Maine vacation.
FOUR PERFECT DAYTRIPS ON THE MAIN MIDCOAST
Camden, Rockland, Lincolnville Beach & Beyond
Seeing the sunrise over the Atlantic is hard to beat. But if you prefer a more leisurely start to your day, you may relax with your steaming hot coffee or tea on the veranda of Victorian by the Sea listening to the birds while watching the dawn break on Penobscot Bay.
No visit to the Mid-coast is complete without a sail on the Bay. Try a 10:30 a.m. or later departure with one of several different companies offering two-hour sails from Camden Harbor. We recommend sailing with Ramiro and Nicole, the new owners of the Historic Schooner Surprise or with Captain Aaron Lincoln on the restored classic yacht, the Schooner Olad.
If you are lucky enough to be in the area on June 21, the Summer Solstice, you can take a sail on island-studded Penobscot Bay on the Schooner Olad, which leaves from Camden Harbor at 4:15 a.m. Captain Aaron Lincoln and his crew will take you on a two-hour sunrise sail on a restored classic yacht.
After your sail, get your “land-legs” back with a stroll along the harbor docks, city parks, and the shopping streets of Camden. One of my favorite shops is Glendarragh Lavender. The moment you walk into the shop at 22 Main St. you are enchanted by this fragrant herb. Proprietor Lorie and her husband started a 26-acre lavender farm several years ago, and the shop offers hundreds of items made from their lavender harvest. Handcrafted Maine gifts are also available.
From the Camden Harbor, drive five miles north on Highway 1 to Lincolnville Beach where you will find one street of delightful shops directly across from the beach and the Islesboro Ferry Terminal. Lincolnville is home to Windsor Chairmakers and Swan’s Island Blankets both producing heirloom quality, handcrafted products.
By mid afternoon, you’re ready for a break so take a short drive to Cellardoor Winery on Youngtown Road in Lincolnville. In a restored 1790′s post and beam barn, the folks at Cellardoor will treat you to a complimentary wine tasting of their locally produced wines. You’ll want to have your camera with you, as the tasting room overlooks the picturesque vineyards.
For further relaxation, continue a mile or two past the majestic cliffs of the Camden Hills and arrive at beautiful Lake Megunticook. Swim either at the public beach at Barrett’s Cove or ask me for directions to a “locals” swimming hole where you can take a midday nap on the rocks, or swim in the crystal clear waters. Barrett’s Cove is also home to Megunticook Rowing Club and the Megunticook Mini-Marathon Regatta in September.
Following dinner, relax and watch the moonrise over the bay from Victorian by the Sea’s veranda — the perfect way to end the day.
Following breakfast, start your drive south on Highway 1 to tour the lighthouses of Rockland and the St. George Peninsula. Check our Light House Day Trips page for directions to some of our favorite lighthouses. While on the Peninsula you will want to search out one of the lobster pounds for the freshest dockside lobster you’ll ever find. Most pounds have walk-up windows with picnic tables overlooking the water.
On your way back, you may enjoy the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum, and in Rockland we recommend the Farnsworth Art Museum showcasing three generations of Wyeths’ paintings. The museum also houses the Maine in America collection with representative art of Maine. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is also in Rockland and hosts a large collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and Coast Guard artifacts. Downtown Rockland offers an eclectic mix of galleries, restaurants and shops along its Main Street. We recommend Archipelago, which features art and crafts produced on Maine’s islands. It is part of the non-profit Maine Island Institute established to preserve the island way of life.
How about a kayak or bike trip today? For a kayak rental try Duck Trap Kayak near our B&B, or Maine Sports, a few miles south in Rockport, which offers both bicycle and kayak rentals. Let us know the day before your planned outing, and we will arrange for a picnic lunch prepared by Dot’s deli of Lincolnville Beach. For a very special dinner, our favorites are the Youngtown Inn & Restaurant on Route 52 in Lincolnville Center, which offers exceptional French cuisine with a local flavor. Another favorite is Salt Water Farm at Union Hall in nearby Rockport. Annemarie Ahearn, whose cooking school of the same name is just down the road from the B&B, offers delicious farm-to-table fare with a creative touch. Both Youngtown Inn and Saltwater Farm require reservations. Another imaginative restaurant in Rockport Village is Shepherd’s Pie: a casual dining experience with no reservations required. It should not be missed.
If the sun shines bright today, it’s your day to travel 80 miles north to visit Acadia National Park. Let us know the day before if you want to get an early start, and we will prepare a special “to go” breakfast for you. In addition to the breathtaking scenery in the Park, you may want to catch a whale-watching tour from Bar Harbor. Take the Park Loop Road to visit Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Point, and the Carriage Road trails. But don’t leave the Park until you try one of the popover sundaes at Jordan Pond’s outdoor dining area overlooking the pond. It evokes images of the early tourists in the late 1800s. Or you may want to stop in Searsport at the Penobscot Marine Museum and visit the 19th century seaport village and museum.
If you would like additional ideas, or have questions while planning your holiday, call us at 800-382-9817. We’re happy to help.
LIGHTHOUSES DAY TRIP
Visit 6 Maine Lighthouses near Victorian by the Sea B&B
Lighthouse Tour Itinerary Map
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Discover the beauty and lore of 6 Maine lighthouses while staying at Victorian by the Sea B&B.
- Grindle Point Lighthouse is located on Islesboro Island and is accessible only by Maine State Ferry Service from Lincolnville Beach, 1.5 miles from the inn. The summer ferry departs on the hour from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is a 3-mile trip taking 20 minutes. Round trip cost is $10 for adults, $4.75 for children and $8.50 for bicycles. Biking is our suggested way to see the island.
- Curtis Island Lighthouse, located in Camden Harbor, 4 miles south, is a public park accessible only by boat. You may rent a kayak from Maine Sports, which has a kiosk located at the Harbor. (Let us know 24 hours in advance if you would like a picnic lunch for your trip.) Any of the schooners providing two-hour sails from the Harbor also give you picture-perfect views of the island lighthouse.
- Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse is 10 miles south in Rockland Harbor. Look for a parking lot at the end of Samoset Road; the lighthouse is at the end of the breakwater. You can walk to the end of the breakwater, which is 4433 feet from the shore (you also have to walk back!). It is fun on a sunny day, but only for the sure-footed.
- Maine Lighthouse Museum at 1 Park Drive in Rockland abounds in lighthouse artifacts and American maritime history. A must-see! Summer hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends. Adult admission is $5.00 and children under 12 are free!
- Owls Head Lighthouse is located in the Owls Head State Park, 19 miles south, at the end of Lighthouse Road. There is a parking area a short walk from the lighthouse. There is a free interpretive center in the keeper’s house, which is open to the public.
- Marshall Point Lighthouse, located near Port Clyde Harbor, is 30 miles south of Victorian by the Sea at the tip of the St. Georges peninsula. The old innkeeper’s house is now a museum and gift shop, and the volunteers are more than willing to answer all your lighthouse questions. This lighthouse was featured in the movie Forrest Gump.
- Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is located south of New Harbor, 48 miles south of Victorian by the Sea. There is a parking lot entrance fee of $2.00 per person. The Fisherman’s Museum is located in what was once the keeper’s house, and the lighthouse tower is occasionally open to visitors. The Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is featured on the Maine commemorative state quarter. This is Jeanne’s favorite lighthouse because of the banded granite rock formations there.
HIKING TRAIL MAPS
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More than 30 Hiking Trails are located within the Camden Hills State Park, just minutes from Victorian by the Sea. Hike through fields and forests, beside the ocean and on mountain tops to discover the diverse beauty of Mid-coast Maine. Some popular trails include:
- Bald Rock Mountain
- Mount Battie
- Maiden Cliff
- Beech Hill, Rockport