You know you’re onto something special when you google “antiquing in Mid-Coast Maine” and you find a website entitled, “Maine Antique Trail.” Alas, you’ve hit the jackpot. Being one of the oldest states in the country, Maine’s antique trade is thriving. So, on your next visit to our beloved bed and breakfast, be sure to bring a “wish list” of antique treasures for which to hunt. Here are 4 must-see antique shops in coastal Maine.
After all, it is the thrill of the hunt that sparks the imagination. Picture finding that one-of-a-kind objet d’art to complete your collection. You scan your carefully trained eye over a never-ending display of treasures when, lo and behold, there it is. That picture-perfect item that you just know will serve as the anchor for your collectibles.
The mid-coast is rife with antique shops and treasure chests, two of which are right here in Newcastle. But without much prodding, dozens of emporiums housing golden oldies will tempt you to travel just a little further afield. Fine art, antique furnishings, vintage toys and clothing, jewelry, maritime and nautical memorabilia, and so much more are lurking in the nooks and crannies of antique shops everywhere, just waiting to be discovered. Here are but a few of the locales many of our guests like to prowl every time they come to visit.
1. Indian Trail Antiques, Newcastle, ME
Housed in an 1800’s barn, four floors of unique and unusual antiques have been artfully arranged by theme. A Downeast Magazine’s “editor’s choice” winner, Indian Trails offers advertising and industrial treasures, primitives, vintage toys, and military relics.
2. Milling Around Antiques and Gifts, Newcastle, ME
This unique destination features remnants of the area’s mill history repurposed into fun and functional keepsakes. Home to an impressive collection of antique bobbins, Milling Around was founded on the guiding principle of “reuse, reduce, and recycle.” Scattered among the vintage finds, you’ll also be impressed by the vast selection of gift items.
3. Damarine Antiques, Damariscotta, ME
Damarine Antiques, in nearby Damariscotta, features a carefully curated collection of antiques in a restored barn adjoining the Benjamin Day House along the banks of Damariscotta River. Proudly adding a line of original artwork to their offerings, the owners research and restore each piece on display.
4. Cherry Gallery, Damariscotta, ME
In business for over 20 years, the Cherry Gallery is the perfect spot to hunt for rustic elements to enhance your décor. Whether a cabin or coastal home, urban or country setting, you’re sure to find the perfect pieces to add to the aesthetic of your interior design. Aptly described as “antiques for the soul of home,” a visit to this gallery is sure to inspire a new appreciation for finely crafted furnishings.
While these 4 must-see antique shops in coastal Maine are just the tip of the iceberg, they embody the heart and soul of what you can expect from an antique quest in the area. And, best of all, they are in proximity to the Newcastle Inn. So, when you’ve exhausted your pursuit of the perfect antique to add to your collection, come back to the Inn and put your feet up in the elegant and comfortable surroundings of our historic inn.