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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

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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,

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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

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Vacation Shopping in the Damariscotta Region

If shopping is your idea of an adventure, then you’ll definitely want to spend some vacation time here in the Damariscotta Region of Maine. With all of the eclectic shops and boutiques in the Newcastle and Damariscotta area, we don’t know how anyone could classify vacation shopping in Maine as anything but an adventure.

For example, when were you last in a store that sold oriental rugs and violins? The Salt Bay Trading Co.  in Newcastle sells both. The

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Things to Do in Maine: Visit Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Mainers appreciate and celebrate their history but always with an eye to the future. The Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on Rte. 1, in nearby Warren. is among the Maine businesses that epitomize that spirit. If you or someone close to you loves woodworking and fine craftsmanship, then include a visit to Lie-Nielsen on your list of things to do in Maine. The company, founded in 1981 by Thomas Lie-Nielsen, makes traditional woodworking tools like planes, saws, chisels,

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Experience Maine Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Outdoor enthusiasts who stay at Newcastle Inn often visit one of the environmental gems of Midcoast Maine, the Hidden Valley Nature Center. The center, located in Jefferson, about 15 miles north of Newcastle, has more than 30 miles of trails for hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Hidden Valley Nature Center is community-based and run by a non-profit corporation that aims to provide year-round opportunities for

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Visit Midcoast Maine During The Holiday Season

The holiday season in Midcoast Maine is much like many other places in the Northeast, except, well, it’s Maine, and there are a few holiday quirks.

Most notable is the lobster trap Christmas tree erected in nearby Rockland on Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteers assemble lobster traps specially made for the tree and pile them 35 feet high. Some 450 feet of lighted garland wraps around the “tree,” which is adorned with a glowing lobster on top.

If you travel

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Travel to the Past: Owls Head Transportation Museum

A vacation to Midcoast Maine can be as relaxing or as busy as you like. If you’re a traveler who enjoys finding gems of knowledge and culture at museums, you’ll find some at the Owls Head Museum of Transportation. The museum is dedicated to preserving examples of vehicles built and used before 1920. Exhibits include airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, carriages and a variety of engines.

The museum’s collection includes replicas of the first

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Enjoy Park and Museum at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

The iconic Pemaquid Point Lighthouse draws more than 100,000 visitors a year to climb the light tower, visit the Fisherman’s Museum and explore the rocky, Maine shore. The original lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, which juts into the Atlantic Ocean between Muscongus and Johns bays, was commissioned during the presidency of John Quincy Adams and began operating in 1827. The first version was poorly constructed, however, and was rebuilt in 1835. A new keepers

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Witness MidCoast Maine’s Fall Foliage

Life in Maine begins to slow down in late September and October, but that’s when Mother Nature starts to get busy with her paintbrush. That’s when our lush forests begin to turn to spectacular hues of gold, orange and red. The peak week for fall colors here in Midcoast Maine is typically the second week in October. We invite you to spend a few days at Newcastle Inn in mid-October to enjoy the beauty of the area. In addition to the fireplace in the sitting

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Bristol Road Galleries - One Name, Four Artists

Just a 3-minute drive from Newcastle Inn are The Bristol Road Galleries, a group of four galleries along Bristol Road in Damariscotta.

As you drive south on Bristol Road from Damariscotta your first stop is Kefauver Studio and Gallery. Will Kefauver returned to oil paintings after many years as an illustrator, graphic designer, art director, and executive. His works depict the different moods and feelings of the landscapes and also his love for the rugged

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Fair Shares Appreciation of Maine’s Rural Lifestyle

Travelers love to visit Maine during the late summer and fall when our towns are celebrating the bounty of the land with all sorts of festivals and fairs. One of our favorites is the Common Ground Country Fair, an annual celebration of rural living.

The fair, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, is held the third weekend after Labor Day at the association’s fairgrounds near Unity. The 2014 version of the fair is scheduled Sept.

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Pemaquid Oyster Festival Celebrates Half Shells and History

Oysters have been a food source and part of the local economy along the Damariscotta River for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The river’s deep, cold saltwater is ideal for growing the shelled delicacies.

Midcoast Maine celebrates the humble oyster each year during the Pemaquid Oyster Festival on the last Sunday of September. The 2014 festival will be held from noon to dusk September 28 at the Schooner Landing Restaurant and Marina in Damariscotta.

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Damariscotta Region Pumpkinfest: From Projectiles to Pies

It isn't too early to be thinking about a visit to  Newcastle Inn in October. No list of things to do in Maine is complete without including the Damariscotta Region Pumpkinfest and Regatta, which occurs yearly over Columbus Day Weekend. The festival includes some unusual activities that make this event the Great Pumpkin of pumpkin festivals.

Of course there’s the usual parade, pumpkin dessert and pie-eating contest, music, street food and games for the

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Damariscotta Artist Brings Color to Life in Maine

Artist Jan Kilburn gives watercolor painting a whole new meaning. Jan, one of many prominent artists who live and work in Midcoast Maine, has a keen eye for detail and her vibrant paintings of gardens, homes and harbors practically pop off the canvas.

Her gallery at 168 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, is just a couple of miles from Newcastle Inn.  Vacationers in Maine who are exploring the Maine arts scene will want to visit this gallery, where you can see how

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