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5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Newcastle Inn

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, business trip, or a family vacation; booking your stay at Newcastle Inn is the best way to go! From our quiet and tranquil location to our cozy and charming […]

Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

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.

The puffin population rebounded in the last 30 years thanks to work by the Audubon Society. In a special project, the society imported some puffins from Canada and helped them establish homes in Maine. Puffins commonly return year after year to the same place they were born. For more information, watch the Audubon Society’s Project Puffin video. The birds nest on rocky, island ledges and feed on cold-water fish such as hake and herring. They spend the first few years of their lives at sea. When they’re ready, they choose a mate for life, and return to land a few months a year to raise their young – one a year.

During your stay at Newcastle Inn, you can join a puffin tour on one of the area’s cruise lines. Hardy Boat Cruises sails out of New Harbor, about 14 miles south of the inn. Boothbay Harbor is also a point of departure for puffin cruises. Cap’n Fish’s Island Lady leaves mid-morning for a two and a half-hour Puffin Cruise on a few select days in June, plus three days a week (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays) from July through late August. Both puffin cruise lines recommend reservations. For more information about the Hardy Boat Cruise, please contact Hardy Boat Cruises at 1-800-2-PUFFINS. For information on Cap’n Fish’s tours, please call R.N. Fish and Son Inc. at 1-800-636-3244.

Recent Blog Post

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Newcastle Inn

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, business trip, or a family vacation; booking your stay at Newcastle Inn is the best way to go! From our quiet and tranquil location to our cozy and charming […]

Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

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