Newcastle Inn is lucky enough to be in close proximity to a variety of excursions and activities that will keep you busy and enjoying the spectacular natural landscape of this part of Maine. Visit the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce for a complete listing of events and activities.
Year round, there are an abundance of outdoor recreational activities for you to enjoy when you're vacationing in Maine. No trip to Newcastle would be complete without a trip to the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Just 10 miles off the mainland is Monhegan Island. You can catch a ferry to the island on the Hardy Boat, or enjoy one of their other cruises of the Maine coastline. If you like to be more active, consider sea kayaking on Muscongus Bay and the Damariscotta River with Midcoast Kayak or Maine Kayak The quiet roads of Maine beckon you to explore them at a slower pace, so bring your bicycle.
River Road, right outside the front door, will take you to Boothbay Harbor and the spectacular Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The 248 waterfront acres feature gardens, water views, miles of walking trails, and a pristine forest.
If antiquing is to your liking, then you have come to the right place! There are individual shops, like Damarine Antiques, as well as group shops such as the Nobleboro Antique Exchange and Avalon Antiques Market. Additionally, there are two great auction houses just minutes away, Foster Auctions and Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.
Heading north on Rte. 1, in the town of Warren, your will find Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, an internationally recognized maker of heirloom-quality hand tools for woodworkers worldwide. Their showroom offers an opportunity to try the tools, view demonstrations, and tour the shop!
Just down the road in Bath, the Maine Maritime Museum provides an education in all areas of Maine's seafaring history from ship building to lobstering. Go north and you will discover the Owls Head Transportation Museum, which celebrates the history of transportation. Rockland is home to the very fine Farnsworth Art Museum, which showcases the work of American artists.