To celebrate my husband and I's third wedding anniversary, I booked a little cabin for a weekend getaway. I was finally able to explore the towns of Owl's Head, Rockland, Camden, and Lincolnville in Mid-Coast Maine. I had been looking forward to our trip since I booked the cabin back in January.
Here are some of our highlights from our adventure and some things to do if you are ever in the area. Maybe I'll convince you to add these Mid-Coast towns to your vacation list! We had a great time and I already can't wait to go back again.
Owl's Head State Park
My husband and I first stopped at Owl's Head State Park and we both agreed that this was our favorite stop out of our whole vacation. The park is home to Owl's Head lighthouse, a small rocky beach, and some walking trails that allow you to peek out at the most beautiful panoramic views. Watching the sea crash upon the rocky coast and the sailboats drift by is a true Maine experience!
Rockland Harbor Breakwater Light
Next up, we stopped into Rockland to walk out on the mile-long breakwater that stretches out into the middle of the Harbor. Although the lighthouse at the end is nothing special, the walk has gorgeous views and gives you a little bit of a workout. Make sure to brings some good walking shoes and watch your step because of the uneven rocks. I probably wouldn't want to make this trek in flipflops!
One of Camden's must-do activities, take in the view of the Camden Harbor from Mount Battie's summit. You have the option to drive up, but we took on the challenge of hiking up from the Megunticook Road entrance.
The hike was short and took us only about 30-45 minutes, however, the trail is steep and requires you to crawl up on your hands at some points. If you don't mind the hike, the views are well worth it and the best way to see the mountain. I would love to come back and hike the mountain during peak foliage season.
Maiden's Cliff Trail
Another hike you cannot miss in Camden is Maiden's Cliff Trail. The trail walks you through forests to some exposed cliffs that give you wonderful vistas of mountains and Lake Megunticook. At the top, you can sit and enjoy the view while eating some wild blueberries.
Also, the white cross that you find at the top has a cool back story, I recommend looking it up (maybe after your hike!).
Fernald's Neck Preserve
We accidentally found this preserve when we were looking for somewhere to swim after our hike. If you are looking for a quick dip, you can head over to Barrett's Cove Public Beach.
If you would like an easier hike and a refreshing swim in the lake, Fernald's Neck Preserve is a pretty spot to check out. Disclaimer: the preserve's gate closes at 7:30 pm, be careful not to get locked in!
The trailhead starts out at a large meadow where you can take one of two trails. We took the trail that headed straight to the lake and jumped in to cool ourselves off after our hike.
We stayed in a cozy cabin at the Lincolnville Motel, a quick 10-minute drive away from Camden's downtown. The motel has an outdoor pool, a sauna (for a fee), a fire pit, and lawn chairs for guests to enjoy.
I loved the aesthetic of the motel's common room and cabin interior, which has a minimal clean design. My favorite part about our cabin was the small suitcase-style record player complete with some LP's for listening. Guests are also free to borrow any of the records or board games from the common area.
Have you been to any of these mid-coast towns? Drop me a comment and let me know what your favorite area or thing to do is!