How to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Maine

Image of road through the fall foliage in Maine.

Autumn in Maine is a true treat for the eyes and the soul. It’s a time when most of the state lights up with brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange for a show unlike any other. Use our guide on how to enjoy the fall foliage near Damariscotta and discover all the beauty that awaits you this fall.


Amidst sightseeing, attending festivals, and simply relaxing, there are many ways to welcome the arrival of cool weather in Damariscotta. Guests at

Fourth of July Events near Newcastle, Maine

Fourth of July is a great time to be along the Maine coast. There are parades, fireworks, boat rides, and patriotic spectators everywhere you look. Enjoy these Fourth of July events near Newcastle, Maine during your stay at Newcastle Inn and enjoy all of what Coastal Maine has to offer.


Damariscotta Fireworks

From Norris Point, a spectacular firework display takes place that can be seen from Damariscotta and our very own backyard at Newcastle Inn. When

Where to find the Best Maine Lobster

When you think of Maine you can’t help but think of lobster, right? So, tie on your bibs and follow our guide to the juiciest tails and overstuffed lobster rolls in town. Here is our guide to the best Maine lobster near Damariscotta, Maine:

Larson’s Lunchbox

As one of Maine’s favorite roadside stands since 1962, Larson’s Lunchbox is a true roadside dive. Pull over and walk up to the order window before taking a seat at their aside outdoor picnic area.

Visitors Guide | Lighthouses of Maine

Let the light guide you. Posted up high on rocky ledges offering a guiding light for those coming ashore, are the Maine lighthouses, whose silhouettes we have come to admire. Maine and lighthouses are synonymous with one another, so your visit to Maine is not complete until you have visited at least one of these iconic lighthouses.

Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

Just over an hour south of Newcastle is the Two Lights State Park at Cape Elizabeth, whereas the

Springtime in Maine: Top 8 Activities in Midcoast Maine

It’s springtime in Maine! Spring is the perfect time to visit with the warmer weather, storefronts opening for the season and before the summer crowds settle in. Take advantage of this underrated season and enjoy these fun activities during your Maine vacation this spring!

1. Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

With so many things to do in Maine, visiting the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse should be at the top of your list. Originally commissioned by John Quincy Adams

Eat Your Heart Out: Newcastle/Damariscotta Restaurants

Nestled in the heart of Midcoast Maine, Newcastle Inn is the best place to stake your spot for your next Maine vacation. So, as you explore all that Maine has to offer, be sure to check out one of these restaurants in the Newcastle/Damariscotta area, and some a little further afield, that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

1. King Eider’s Pub

Enjoy a casual New England style lunch or dinner at King Eider’s Pub. The oyster bar is the highlight, with

Bottomless Cookie Jar

It takes a lot of cookies (6 dozen every two days during summer) to keep the "Bottomless Cookie Jar" full at Newcastle Inn. In addition to keeping favorite cookies in the rotation I am always looking for new cookie recipes to add to the roster.

Carolyn, a housekeeper here at the inn, suggested a cookie recipe by Dee Drummond, also known as the Pioneer Woman. It is pretty much impossible for me to not tweak a recipe in some way. The basic recipe is from the

Historic Shell Middens on Damariscotta River

Less than a mile from Newcastle Inn, you will find something known as a shell midden. The one closest to the inn, on the western banks of the Damariscotta River, is know as the Glidden Midden.There is another midden, the Whaleback Midden, just opposite on the eastern banks of the river. Unfortunately this one was largely destroyed back in the late 1880's when it was mined for chicken feed.

What is a midden? Basically it is a dump, a location where people

Donate to Habitat for Humanity and Save 50%!

Newcastle Inn is thrilled to be participating again in the Maine Innkeepers Association  “Hospitality for Habitat” program. This is the 13th year for this special fundraiser and Newcastle Inn has been participating since 2009. The dates for 2016 are April 18 - May 26.

The 50% discount is good for any room priced at $200 or more with a two-night minimum stay. In return for such a great deal on the room rate you make a minimum donation of $35.00 to Habitat

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Around the Corner

Another year has flown by and all things "pumpkin" is what is on everyone's mind here in the Newcastle/Damariscotta area. We are just days away from the start of the Damariscotta Region Pumpkinfest and Regatta! The massive pumpkins were weighed this past weekend, and the winner weighed in at an astonishing 1727.5 pounds! That is a lot of pumpkin pie! This giant pumpkin will be on display during the festival. One of my favorite things occurs on Thursday,

Pemaquid Oysters and Sheep - Oh My!

If you think that things come to an end, and the "season" is over in MidCoast Maine at the end of August then you would be wrong! The month of September continues to offer a wealth of activities and things to do. At the end of September, there are two events in particular, that are worth a visit.

The wonderful Common Ground Fair is held September 25, 26 & 27, 2015 in Unity, Maine. This fair is unique and special and celebrates the agricultural and rural

Favorite Maine Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Maine Blueberry season is winding down for this year. The freezer here at Newcastle Inn is filled with bags of blueberries that I have frozen. Some of you have asked for my Blueberry Muffin Recipe. I have several that I use, but this one is getting the most use right now. It is a favorite of mine from King Arthur Flour. I have tweaked it a tiny little bit, but it really is their recipe - I can't take any credit for it.

For a busy innkeeper, the best part

Maine Wild Blueberries

My supply of Maine Wild Blueberries in the freezer is dwindling, but thankfully the blueberry harvest isn't that far away. The Maine Wild Blueberry is smaller, and sweeter, than their larger cultivated cousin. When I first saw the burned fields by the side of the road I didn't understand what was happening. Now I know that a farmer will burn, or mow, half the field after the harvest and use the other half for harvesting the following year.

When blueberries

A Winter Vacation in MidCoast Maine – The Quiet Season

To the Maine tourism industry, November through March is “the quiet season.” Summer and fall visitors have gone home. Mainers continue life as usual, but there’s a little less hustle and bustle.

But a winter vacation in Maine is perfect way to experience the state’s beauty in a whole new way. Opportunities abound for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating and hiking during the winter. The ocean views in Midcoast Maine are just as stunning in winter -

Donate to Hospitality for Habitat and Save 50% on Your Stay

We’re pleased to once again participate in the Maine Innkeepers Association  “Hospitality for Habitat” program. Last year, the promotion raised more than $15,000, which was divided among the Habitat for Humanity chapters in Maine. The dates for this year are April 20 - May 21, 2015.

This special rate is good for any room priced at $200 or more with a two-night minimum stay. In return for such a great deal on the room rate you make a minimum donation of

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