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Evidence of Prehistoric Culture in Damariscotta Region

A vacation in the Midcoast region of Maine can be a relaxing escape, but it can also be a journey more than 2,000 years back in time.

The neighboring towns of Newcastle and Damariscotta have a rich colonial history dating to 1630. Along the banks for the tidal Damariscotta River, however, are some unusual archeological features that illustrate the lives of prehistoric Native Americans more than 20 centuries ago. Those early people came to the riverbanks to

During Your Maine Visit, Cruise Out to See The Puffins

Mainers are proud of the state’s natural beauty and its wildlife. One of the most unusual birds living along the Maine coast is the Atlantic puffin, which looks something like a small penguin with a painted face. Although puffins are common in Newfoundland and Great Britain, they only inhabit a few rocky islands in Maine. In fact, puffins nearly disappeared from Maine in the early 20th century until the state passed laws to protect it and other seabirds.

Outdoor Adventure, Beautiful Views Await at Camden Hills State Park

A hike at Camden Hills State Park is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while vacationing in Maine.

The 5,700-acre park, an hour’s drive north of Newcastle Inn near the beautiful port town of Camden, has 30 miles of hiking trails and some spectacular views. From atop Mount Battie, some 780 feet above sea level, park visitors can look out onto Penobscot Bay, see Camden and its harbor and look west to forests, mountains and lakes.
Mount Battie isn’t the only

Locals and Vacationers Love King Eider’s Pub

One of our favorite local restaurants, King Eider’s Pub , is a 1/2 mile away, just over the bridge in Damariscotta and a 15-minute walk from the Newcastle Inn.

This cozy pub is located in a 100-year-old building that has hosted a number of businesses in the village of Damariscotta. The pub’s brick walls, cherry floor and low-hanging beams invite guests to grab one of the hanging mugs and sit down for a locally brewed beer. Choose from the menu of local

Celebrate Alewives When You Visit Newcastle Inn

In late spring, some of Maine’s freshwater rivers, lakes and ponds teem with a small relative of herring called alewives.

Like salmon, alewives spend most of their lives in saltwater, but once a year they migrate up freshwater creeks and rivers to spawn. Alewives, which grow to 10 to 11 inches long and weigh half a pound, aren’t much for humans to eat, but they are considered a key part of Maine’s coastal ecosystem. The alewives population has dwindled

Spend time on the water with Balmy Days Cruises

Bays, harbors and inlets are an important part of life in Maine, and a Midcoast Maine vacation is incomplete without spending at least some time on the water.

Balmy Days Cruises offers many options for sea-faring tourists in the region. The boat tours leave from Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor, about a half-hour drive south of the Newcastle Inn. The boat line offers one-hour harbor tours, a lighthouse tour, a fishing expedition, a wind-powered trip aboard a

Get a Unique Perspective from a Kayak

Looking for a less conventional way to explore Maine during your summer vacation?  Try a kayak.

Maine Kayak, based in nearby New Harbor, offers half- and full-day lake and sea kayaking adventures as well as kayak rentals. Lake kayaking is easy and fun for the whole family, and two of Maine’s most picturesque lakes are nearby. Maine Kayak runs excursions on both Pemaquid Lake and Biscay Pond.

Sea kayaking trips take place either in Johns Bay or Muscongus

Museum in Bath Recounts Maine’s Maritime History

History buffs visiting Maine will enjoy the Maine Maritime Museum, which celebrates Maine’s maritime heritage and the state’s importance to the global maritime industry.

The museum is in Bath, about 20 miles south of Newcastle Inn on U.S. Route 1. Bath is internationally famous for the Bath Iron Works, a century-old shipbuilding company that currently builds ships for the U.S. Navy.

The Maine Maritime Museum’s grounds are the site of the former Percy &

Got Game? Check Out The Golf Courses Near Newcastle Inn

If golf is on your Maine vacation agenda, we can recommend two courses within easy driving distance of the Newcastle Inn.

The Wawenock Golf Club is a nine-hole, links-style course about seven miles south of the inn along Route 29. The Boothbay Harbor Country Club is a semi-private, 18-hole, championship-caliber course on Route 27 about 15 miles south of the inn.

The Wawenock Golf Club opened in 1928. The fairways are generally open, with very few trees.

View our Maine coast from a Hardy Boat Cruise

A warm-weather visit to Midcoast Maine just doesn’t seem complete without spending time on the water. Hardy Boat Cruises in New Harbor offers regular sight-seeing cruises and trips to beautiful Monhegan Island.

New Harbor is the perfect departure point for Monhegan Island. A day trip to the island consists of five hours on the island followed by a fun and informative Seal Watch on the return trip. The Hardy Boat offers the shortest crossing distance to

Farnsworth Art Museum Paints A Beautiful Picture of Maine

Maine’s mountains, lakes, rocky coast, islands, wildlife and hard-working residents are wonderful subjects for artists, and some of the best examples of Maine art are in the Farnsworth Art Museum. The museum is in Rockland, a thriving fishing port about 40 minutes northeast of the Newcastle Inn on U.S. 1.

The museum has 20,000 feet of gallery space and has more than 10,000 works in its collection, which celebrates Maine’s role in American art. The museum’s

You Can’t Get Newcastle Inn Coffee Anywhere Else

We try to make your stay at the Newcastle Inn a unique experience, all the way down to the coffee we serve.

Thanks to our Newcastle neighbor, Seacoast Coffee Co., we serve a unique coffee blend made especially for the inn. The Newcastle Inn Blend includes smooth, rich medium roasted beans of Columbia Supremo with a dark Italian roast that adds a full-bodied flavor with a hint of a sweet aftertaste. The Italian roast beans are a blend of coffees from South

A Cool Place to Visit: Historic Thompson Ice House

Modern refrigeration all but obliterated the ice-harvesting industry, but a slice of that piece of New England history survives just a short drive from the Newcastle Inn.

The Thompson Ice House is a working museum that demonstrates the traditional methods of ice harvesting. The ice house, which is along Route 29 in South Bristol, still stores naturally frozen ice from a nearby pond and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The ice house

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens a Top Attraction

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has only been open since 2007, but is already recognized as one of the top gardens in the country.

Located about 25 minutes south of the Newcastle Inn in Boothbay, the botanical garden is an outstanding repository for New England's botanical history. The garden is one of the few waterfront botanical gardens in the United States and has nearly a mile of tidal salt-water frontage with tranquil island views. Visitors can

Days of Wine and Spirits: Visit Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery

Wine and liquor connoisseurs will enjoy a visit to the Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery during their Midcoast Maine vacation at Newcastle Inn. The winery, which is near Union, about 20 miles north of Newcastle, is part of a family-run farm that overlooks the Medomak River Valley. The winery produces fruit wines made with local fruits such as cranberries, blueberries and apples. In addition to tasting and purchasing wines and some of the spirits