Midcoast Maine

Discover the Midcoast of Maine

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.” The Craignair Inn is one of the top places to stay in Maine and is perfectly positioned as a base for your coastal vacation. If you have a week to spend at our Rockland, Maine area 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.

A Week at the Craignair Inn

Open year round, the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum is home to an antique collection of operating aircraft, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, and carriages. While you are in Owl’s Head, make sure to stop by the Owl’s Head State Park, where you can enjoy a short hike and climb up to a white brick lighthouse to take in the beauty of Penobscot Bay.

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.

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.

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.

At the northernmost point of Midcoast Maine is the cute little town of Lincolnville. You will find Cellardoor Winery, a vineyard with the breathtaking views. While in Linconville you can also make a stop at McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack. They have ocean side seating and a bar outfitted as a lobster boat.

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.

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 and the most photographed lighthouse in the entire state.

Road Trips from the Craignair Inn

Each of these places can be visited as a day trip from the Craignair.
Don’t worry we can reserve a table in the Causeway restaurant that will be ready when you return from your busy day of travels.

Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island that serves as a gateway to the mountains and cliffs of neighboring Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Mountain. Outdoor activities in Acadia include hiking along trails or carriage roads, biking along the carriage roads, bird watching, and mountain climbing, with Cadillac Mountain being the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard.

A small, rocky island accessible only by boat. Port Clyde is the closest port to catch the Laura B or the Elizabeth Ann ferry over to Monheagan. There are three trips daily in summer and once daily early spring & late fall. There are no cars allowed on the island. The artists’ colony on Monhegan is alive and well, as it has been for over a hundred years. About 12 miles of trails lead through wooded areas and over rocky ledges up to the highest ocean cliffs on the Maine coastline.

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay is must see attraction with acres of natural beauty to inspire the imaginations of all ages. It a truly a world-class public garden on 148 acres of rocky coastal forest. Its gardens, with a dramatic and compelling natural landscape—including nearly a mile of tidal saltwater frontage—make it ever-changing and thoroughly unique.