The Craignair Inn is the ideal place to stay when you want to explore the breathtaking beauty of Maine’s coastline. Our comfortable accommodations and gourmet dining allows you to soak up all of the things to do in MidCoast Maine that make this area so special, from the craggy coastline to sensational seafood and more!
Explore the Beauty of MidCoast Maine’s Top Attractions
Take in the breathtaking vistas and Maine coast’s greatest concentration of accessible islands and lighthouses. Taste the local flavor here in “The Lobster Capital of the World” at an authentic lobster shack. Visit the museums and galleries that earned the region the title of “Arts Capital of Maine.” If you have a week to spend at our MidCoast Maine bed and breakfast here are the places we recommend you must see and three day trips you can take from the Inn during your vacation.
From the Inn you can take in sweeping ocean views from the newly expanded deck or stroll over the causeway to Clark Island to get an up close look at one of the island’s rock quarries (also a local swimming hole). For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, there is hiking at Camden State Park. Our B&B near Camden, Maine is 20 minutes from Port Clyde where you can see the Marshall Point Lighthouse (from Forrest Gump) and take a short ferry ride over to Monhegan and other islands.
The Craignair Inn is one of the top places to stay in Maine and
is perfectly positioned as a base for your coastal vacation.
The breakwater leading out to the light is a beautiful and scenic walk on a sunny day in the harbor of Rockland. During stormy weather, waves often crash over the granite breakwater, which can make the walk a very wet one. The walk to the light is nearly two-miles round trip.
Owl’s Head State Park & Lighthouse
The Owls Head State Park consists of one main trailhead that splits into two separate paths. One path heads down to the beach, while the other heads up to the Owls Head Light. Make your way down to the beach to see a pristine view of the lighthouse and the cliffs on which it stands. There is a large parking area near the lighthouse, and the grounds are open to the public.
Marshall Point Light & Museum
A beautiful lighthouse accessed by an iconic boardwalk. This light was made famous in the movie “Forrest Gump” as the conclusion of Tom Hanks’ long run. In addition to walking out on the boardwalk to see the lighthouse up close, visitors can see photos from the filming of the movie. This is a must see, located at the tip of the St. George peninsula.
Tenants Harbor Light
This lighthouse is located on Southern Island and is sometimes called Southern Island Light. Though not open to the public, a long distance glimpse may be had from the shore at the public boat landing near Tenants Harbor. This light appears in paintings by Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie Wyeth, who has owned the lighthouse since 1978. Jamie’s studio is in the pyramid-shaped bell tower.
The Pemaquid Point Light
One of our favorites lights. This gorgeous lighthouse is located on the scenic Pemaquid Peninsula and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the inspiration for the Maine state quarter and the most photographed lighthouse in the entire state.
Art & History
Owl’s Head Transportation Museum
Open year round, the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum is home to an antique collection of operating aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, and carriages.
Farnsworth Art Museum
The Farnsworth Art Museum is nationally renowned and showcases works from many of America’s greatest artists. Its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth, as well as the nation’s largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Located in Rockland, this is an easy visit. This year the Farnsworth Art Museum will honor thirteen Women of Vision. These visionary women have made significant contributions to our collective creative and cultural heritage and will be honored in a series of celebrations taking place from April through October 2021.
The Olson House is a hidden gem for art and history lovers. It offers guests the view that Andrew Wyeth saw as he painted “Christina’s World” which now lives in the Museum of Modern Art. The Olson House tour is open all summer long and is located in Cushing.
Langlais Sculpture Preserve
A nature and sculpture park with monumental wood sculptures created by Bernard Langlais. Preserve is owned and operated by the Georges River Land Trust of Rockland, Maine, with conservation and programming support from the Colby College Museum of Art.
The Great Outdoors & More!
We suggest exploring Clark Island by foot in the summer or by snowshoes in the winter. Now preserved by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Inn guests are welcome to enjoy Clark Island’s sandy beaches, tide pools, and 4 miles of trails. It is one of those rare islands connected by a causeway. The old granite quarry on Clark Island is our local swimming hole.
Camden Hills State Park
With 5700-acres to play in, the Camden Hills State Park offers a range of trails and rewards hikers with spectacular sweeping ocean views. The Mount Battie Trail offers a relatively short but very rewarding hike. Going up the stone tower on Mount Battie’s summit allows you to soak in the 360-degree panorama. There is also a parking lot near this lookout for weary travelers who want the view without the hike. Whether you are looking for hiking, biking, running, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing — adventure awaits you at Camden Hills!
Parking for the Mount Battie Trail can be found at the end of Megunticook Street in Camden, off ME Route 52, just after the intersection of ME Route 52 and US Route 1.
At the northernmost point of Midcoast Maine is the cute little town of Lincolnville. You will find Cellardoor Winery, a vineyard with breathtaking views. While in Lincolnville you can also make a stop at McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack. They have oceanside seating and a bar outfitted as a lobster boat.
Belfast Farmer’s Market
Open year-round, every Saturday from 9-1, offering a range of products–from Maine grown mushrooms to fresh fish caught in the Atlantic, all the veggies that grow in Maine, fruits and berries, dairy including many cheeses, meats of all kinds, baked goods, honey, syrup, chutney, jams, fresh pasta, plants and seedlings, micro-greens, and made-to-order crepes all Fresh, Local, Friendly.