Things to Do
Maine’s Midcoast region offers breathtaking vistas and amazing coastal adventures for the vacation traveler.
The sandy, often crowded beaches of the Southern Maine coast give way in the Midcoast region to a diverse, rocky coastline. Vast tidal inlets such as the Damariscotta and Sheepscot Rivers create wonderful peninsulas to explore. Discover the rich shipbuilding and fishing heritage of Maine’s coastal villages. Enjoy a lobster dinner on an outdoor restaurant deck while watching the lobster fisherman unload today’s catch. Go kayaking along the inlets or head out to sea on a sailing ship or whale-watch adventure. The rugged coastline, with its winding, twisting roads, attracts an array of artists and their galleries are fun to find and explore. For the antique lover, the village of Wiscasset offers nearly two dozen antique stores.
The Pemaquid peninsula is crowned by the Pemaquid Lighthouse, one of the most beautiful — and photographed — lighthouses on the coast. Climb to the top of the tower and learn about Maine’s rich maritime history from one of the friendly volunteers. Explore the remains of Fort William Henry and soak in the spectacular scenery. Don’t miss a chance to hear the story of the Puffin restoration project when you visit the nesting island aboard one of the Puffin-watch boat tours. The village of Damariscotta offers unique shops, pubs and restaurants. October brings the ever-popular Pumpkin Fest where you can see giant pumpkins turned into boats for the Pumpkin Regatta in the village harbor.
The Boothbay peninsula offers world-class gardens at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, one of our favorite attractions located just minutes from the inn. The village of Boothbay Harbor is a popular destination for shopping, restaurants, boat tours and much more. Be sure to take your camera and drive along Ocean Point for quintessential Maine coast scenery. Create your own adventure as you work your way through the galleries and studios of the many craftspeople and artists. Boat-lovers will want to save time to wander the Boothbay waterfront — the harbor is always crowded with yachts from around the world. Once the snow flies, the Gardens are lit with more than 36,000 holiday lights during Gardens Aglow; at the same time, Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor come alive during the annual Boothbay Festival of Lights
The Cod Cove Inn is centrally located between the two peninsulas. Be sure to allow plenty of time, so that you will have more time to explore them both. In addition, Freeport, historic Bath, and Brunswick are just a few minutes to the South. Camden, Rockland, Rockport, and Bar Harbor are an easy drive to the North. Our staff will be happy to help you with suggestions to make the most of your visit to Maine’s spectacular Midcoast region.
From lobster rolls to gourmet cuisine, area restaurants offer a variety of fare for every taste and budget. Click on a link to visit each restaurant’s Web site.
- Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site
- Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
- Boothbay Railway Village
- Hardy Boat Cruises
- Owls Head Transportation Museum
- Farnsworth Art Museum
- Maine Maritime Museum
- Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
- Damariscotta River Cruises
- Edgecomb Potters
- Midcoast Kayak
- Boothbay Craft Brewery
- Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder
- River~Link Hiking Trails
- Schmid Preserve
- Guided Saltwater Fishing
- Damariscotta River Association
- Midcoast Conservancy