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, festive events, and activities you can only enjoy in the winter, there is no shortage of things to do and see.
Experience quintessential Maine in the winter with ice fishing. Riverbend Smelt Camps located along the Cathance River offers shanties for rent that come fully equipped with a stove, wood, electricity, and bait. Smelts are found in the salt waters of Maine and are most commonly caught by ice fishing in the tidal estuaries during the winter months.
While antique shopping can be enjoyed year-round, winter in Maine offers up several opportunities to spend a leisurely day shopping. When you need a break from the cold weather, step inside a cozy antique store and uncover a hidden treasure from your Maine stay.
Rockland Breakwater to the Lighthouse
A classic destination near in Rockland where the winter weather really puts on a show. Walk out onto the breakwater to the lighthouse and discover the magic of winter storms along the coast of Maine.
Camden Snow Bowl
Take a day trip out to the Camden Snow Bowl and enjoy practically every winter activity you can think of! From snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to sledding and fat-biking.
Mid-coast Maine is home to many miles of snow-covered trails, ideal for snowmobiling. Snowmobile Maine is a great resource to find trails, tours, and updates on current conditions.
Maine’s mid-coast offers several notable hot spots for birdwatching. Catch a glimpse of the Red-necked and Horned Grebes at Pemaquid Point or head to Beech Hill Preserve for possible sightings of Snow buntings. Any spot you choose, you are bound to enjoy this relaxing winter activity in Maine.
Snap a photo of a lighthouse
Maine lighthouses are magical no matter what time of year, but they are especially charming during the winter. The contrast of the rough ocean waters, a blanket of snow, and a glistening light all make for a picture-perfect Maine photo. So be sure to bring your camera to capture the allure of the Maine Coast this winter.
Newcastle Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner
Join us this New Year’s and celebrate new beginnings with our annual New Year’s Eve dinner. This popular event includes hors d’oeuvres in the pub, an elegant food buffet, and of course to finish it off, a variety of desserts and a glass of bubbly will be served.
The event starts at 7:00 PM and the cost is $65 a person. A two-night minimum stay is required but if you stay three nights or more, you can save an extra 10% off each night’s stay. Rooms fill up fast for this event, so book your stay with us today!
U.S. National Toboggan Championship
Race full speed ahead at the U.S. National Toboggan Championship in February 2019. Watch as participants in teams of two, three, or four make a mad dash down the 440-foot-long wooden toboggan shoot. Shenanigans are required with teams participating in costumes and craziness. This is one winter event in Maine you don’t want to miss!
Stay at Newcastle Inn
When you are planning out our winter activities in Maine this season be sure to add a stay at the Newcastle Inn to your list. Perfectly located in Newcastle, Maine we are a perfect home base for exploring nearby towns such as Rockland and Camden. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Damariscotta River, a fresh daily breakfast, and cozy rooms. Be sure to ask about our rooms that come with either a gas stove or fireplace, perfect for the winter season.
So book your Maine winter escape with us and enjoy the best of what mid-coast Maine in the winter has to offer!