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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

Enjoy New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Newcastle Inn

This year, we will celebrate our sixth New Year’s Eve dinner at Newcastle Inn, and our special entrée will be a first – roast crown of pork.

The unofficial first New Year’s Eve dinner took place in 2008, the year I purchased the inn. Some guests that I knew, from my previous job at a Vermont inn, decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Maine instead of Vermont. That first year, Trey and Tricia showed up with two bags of groceries (they had discovered Whole

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.

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7 Reasons to Choose a Bed & Breakfast

When you plan your next vacation to Maine, or anywhere else for that matter, look for a bed and breakfast to use as vacation HQ instead of a hotel or motel. Once you have experienced a B&B, you may never want to stay anywhere else.

Here are 7 reasons to choose a bed and breakfast for your next Maine vacation:

    Save Money: Nightly rates at many bed and breakfasts are comparable, if not less expensive, than good quality hotels and motels, and don’t forget

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Find Maine History, Great Views at Dodge Point in Newcastle

If you find yourself needing a peaceful walk during your Maine vacation at our bed and breakfast, try the trails at Dodge Point. This beautiful land preserve along the Damariscotta River is just 3 miles south of the Newcastle Inn on River Road.

The property has some rich history and is important to the region’s ecology as well. It has more than 8,000 feet of shoreline along the Damariscotta River that includes pocket sand and pebble beaches, some great

La Verna Preserve Features Thick Forest, Rocky Beach

Few areas in Maine can provide a snapshot of Maine’s natural beauty and geologic history like the La Verna Preserve.

The 120-acre preserve is just one of many outdoors places to visit during a stay at Newcastle Inn. The preserve has 2.5 miles of walking trails that take visitors through thick forest, across overgrown farmland and along a 3,600-foot shoreline that ranges from rocky to sandy. The northern portion of the preserve is thickly wooded with red

Damariscotta Artist Finds Stories in Discarded Objects

With his detailed sketches and paintings, artist John Whalley gives life to things that otherwise would be considered used up and discarded.

Whalley, who lives in Damariscotta Mills, is known for the extraordinary detail he gives to objects like old books, fountain pen tips, fishing hooks, old bottles, pencils and even sea shells. His art, done in graphite, oil, watercolor and egg tempera, tells a story about each of the objects – how it was made and how