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Baxter Cottage guidebook

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Baxter Cottage guidebook

Food shopping
Local groceries and places to buy provisions
Eat local! Member-owned food cooperative, specializing in natural/organic and bulk foods. Good selection of vegetables, meats, and breads from local organic farmers and local bakers. Open to all.
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Rising Tide Co-Op
323 Main Street
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Eat local! Member-owned food cooperative, specializing in natural/organic and bulk foods. Good selection of vegetables, meats, and breads from local organic farmers and local bakers. Open to all.
Locally-owned supermarket, just across the street from the Rising Tide Food Coop
Main Street Grocery
Upper Main
Locally-owned supermarket, just across the street from the Rising Tide Food Coop
Sightseeing
A hidden gem in Damariscotta, just off Business Route 1 north of downtown. Park just off the road--it's well-marked--and take an hour for a walk through the old shell heaps along the Damariscotta River. Whaleback Shell Midden is a shell midden, or dump, consisting primarily of oyster shells located on the east side of the Damariscotta River in Maine, United States. It is preserved as a Maine state historic site and was included as part of the Damariscotta Oyster Shell Heaps listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. Other shell middens are located on the estuary in both Damariscotta and Newcastle.[1] The middens in this area were formed over about 1,000 years between 200 BC to AD 1000. (from Wikipedia)
Whaleback Shell Midden State Historic Site
535 Main St
A hidden gem in Damariscotta, just off Business Route 1 north of downtown. Park just off the road--it's well-marked--and take an hour for a walk through the old shell heaps along the Damariscotta River. Whaleback Shell Midden is a shell midden, or dump, consisting primarily of oyster shells located on the east side of the Damariscotta River in Maine, United States. It is preserved as a Maine state historic site and was included as part of the Damariscotta Oyster Shell Heaps listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. Other shell middens are located on the estuary in both Damariscotta and Newcastle.[1] The middens in this area were formed over about 1,000 years between 200 BC to AD 1000. (from Wikipedia)
If you're down by Boothbay Harbor, it's worth having a look at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. with acres of manicures grounds, a maze, and long walks along the ocean inlet. A welcome respite from the tourist bustle of Boothbay Harbor itself.
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
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If you're down by Boothbay Harbor, it's worth having a look at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. with acres of manicures grounds, a maze, and long walks along the ocean inlet. A welcome respite from the tourist bustle of Boothbay Harbor itself.
Shopping
A locally-owned bookstore with a great selection, including books by local authors and tables of bargain books. If you're a reader, this is not to be missed.
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Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop
162 Main St
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A locally-owned bookstore with a great selection, including books by local authors and tables of bargain books. If you're a reader, this is not to be missed.
Forget L.L Bean...this is where Mainers go for their outdoor and casual clothing. Reny's is a local chain with branches all over Maine. There are two Reny's stores, both on Main St in Damariscotta: one for clothing, the other for just about everything else. A Maine institution.
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Renys Department Store
116 Main Street
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Forget L.L Bean...this is where Mainers go for their outdoor and casual clothing. Reny's is a local chain with branches all over Maine. There are two Reny's stores, both on Main St in Damariscotta: one for clothing, the other for just about everything else. A Maine institution.
The original LL Bean's of Freeport, Maine. If you're traveling down to Portland, you may well want to stop. For many it's a pilgrimage, and the entire town of Freeport is largely taken up by outlet shopping. Locals tend to check the LL Bean Outlet Store (returns, overstocks, discontinued items) first, though....we've found more than a few bargains there. If you like to shop, LL Bean and Freeport are not to be missed.
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L.L.Bean
95 Main Street
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The original LL Bean's of Freeport, Maine. If you're traveling down to Portland, you may well want to stop. For many it's a pilgrimage, and the entire town of Freeport is largely taken up by outlet shopping. Locals tend to check the LL Bean Outlet Store (returns, overstocks, discontinued items) first, though....we've found more than a few bargains there. If you like to shop, LL Bean and Freeport are not to be missed.
Food scene
Summer means ice cream, and ice cream means Round Top. This is THE place to go for that special cone or dish. A local favorite for the past century, with so many flavors and combinations you'll have trouble deciding exactly what you want. On Business Rt. 1 just north of downtown.
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Round Top Ice Cream
526 Main St
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Summer means ice cream, and ice cream means Round Top. This is THE place to go for that special cone or dish. A local favorite for the past century, with so many flavors and combinations you'll have trouble deciding exactly what you want. On Business Rt. 1 just north of downtown.
There are many, many places to go for lobster rolls in Maine, but this is one of our favorites, tucked away on a quiet street just back of downtown Damariscotta. Clean and friendly, sit inside or out. Every visit to Maine requires eating at least one lobster roll, and we seem to keep coming back here.
The Lobster Haul
115 Elm St
There are many, many places to go for lobster rolls in Maine, but this is one of our favorites, tucked away on a quiet street just back of downtown Damariscotta. Clean and friendly, sit inside or out. Every visit to Maine requires eating at least one lobster roll, and we seem to keep coming back here.
A local farmhouse brewery, and the closest place to go for a beer: 7.5 miles from the cottage. They have other locations, but this is the original. A must for anyone who likes beer. Hours may be limited, so call first or check their website. 274 Jones Woods Rd Newcastle, ME 04553 1 (207) 315-5962 https://oxbowbeer.com/location/newcastle/
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Oxbow Brewing Company
274 Jones Woods Road
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A local farmhouse brewery, and the closest place to go for a beer: 7.5 miles from the cottage. They have other locations, but this is the original. A must for anyone who likes beer. Hours may be limited, so call first or check their website. 274 Jones Woods Rd Newcastle, ME 04553 1 (207) 315-5962 https://oxbowbeer.com/location/newcastle/
On Rt. 1 at the top of the hill in Waldoboro, a few miles north of Damariscotta, Moody's is the quintessential Maine Diner, in the same location since the 1930s. Solid no-nonsense Maine cooking, well-prepared, and leave room for pie for dessert. Definitely stop if you're driving by, this place is justly famous. A family favorite since forever.
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Moody's Diner
1885 Atlantic Highway
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On Rt. 1 at the top of the hill in Waldoboro, a few miles north of Damariscotta, Moody's is the quintessential Maine Diner, in the same location since the 1930s. Solid no-nonsense Maine cooking, well-prepared, and leave room for pie for dessert. Definitely stop if you're driving by, this place is justly famous. A family favorite since forever.
When you go for that shorefront boiled lobster dinner, you could do worse than Shaw's in New Harbor. Lobsters, clams, oysters, fish...or even a hamburger for the poor souls who don't care for seafood. Order and pick up at the counter, then eat inside or out on the deck (right on the working harbor) if it's warm enough. If you do eat outside -- and you should! -- keep an eye out for the many seagulls, who have been known to snatch the odd bit of bread when your back is turned... The Hardy Boat cruises to Monhegan Island--a great day trip--leave just below the restaurant.
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Shaw's Fish & Lobster Wharf Restaurant
129 Maine 32
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When you go for that shorefront boiled lobster dinner, you could do worse than Shaw's in New Harbor. Lobsters, clams, oysters, fish...or even a hamburger for the poor souls who don't care for seafood. Order and pick up at the counter, then eat inside or out on the deck (right on the working harbor) if it's warm enough. If you do eat outside -- and you should! -- keep an eye out for the many seagulls, who have been known to snatch the odd bit of bread when your back is turned... The Hardy Boat cruises to Monhegan Island--a great day trip--leave just below the restaurant.
City/town information
Damariscotta is the closest town, and it's where we go for groceries, sometimes for dinner or a drink, and other shopping. ..and the library. Walk up Maine St through the late 19th-early 2oth century downtown, check out the many shops and places to eat. Park in the large lot behind Main St, next to the water. We've listed a few places we like here in the guidebook, but don't let that limit you...make your own discoveries!
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Damariscotta
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Damariscotta is the closest town, and it's where we go for groceries, sometimes for dinner or a drink, and other shopping. ..and the library. Walk up Maine St through the late 19th-early 2oth century downtown, check out the many shops and places to eat. Park in the large lot behind Main St, next to the water. We've listed a few places we like here in the guidebook, but don't let that limit you...make your own discoveries!
A very pretty deep-water port beloved of pleasure craft, Boothbay Harbor is a few miles to the south of Damariscotta (take River Road from Damariscotta, much prettier than Route 1). Boothbay Harbor has long been a tourist town, at least in the summer, so there's lots to do here: waterside restaurants and coffee shops, boat excursions, art galleries, and yes, a number of souvenir shops. Take a break on the library lawn in the middle of town (good wifi there). If you want to make an evening of it, check out the Carousel Musical Theater on the road into town. Great fun, with "dinner and a show" all on one ticket. Also the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens are nearby if you want to get away from the crowds.
Boothbay Harbor
A very pretty deep-water port beloved of pleasure craft, Boothbay Harbor is a few miles to the south of Damariscotta (take River Road from Damariscotta, much prettier than Route 1). Boothbay Harbor has long been a tourist town, at least in the summer, so there's lots to do here: waterside restaurants and coffee shops, boat excursions, art galleries, and yes, a number of souvenir shops. Take a break on the library lawn in the middle of town (good wifi there). If you want to make an evening of it, check out the Carousel Musical Theater on the road into town. Great fun, with "dinner and a show" all on one ticket. Also the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens are nearby if you want to get away from the crowds.
"Maine's Prettiest Village," as it touts itself, is indeed pretty, with many 19th-century houses and buildings, a number of art galleries and shops, and the famous Red's Eats, home of the best--or at least one of the best--lobster rolls to be found. (Yes, the lobster rolls are very good, but have become something of a foodie cult item. For locals, the prospect of waiting in line for two hours to get one considerably diminishes the charm. But maybe you'll get lucky and happen to be there when the line is short. Late evening shortly before closing is a good time.) Perhaps you were caught in a summer traffic jam in Wiscasset on the way up here. Unlike many other towns along Route 1 in coastal Maine, there is no bypass to avoid the center of town, so on certain summer weekends when traffic is heavy, it slows to a crawl through the old center of town, and the traffic can be backed up for miles in both directions. Now, one could point out how the State of Maine has been trying to build a Route 1 bypass around Wiscasset for the past 50 or 60 years, and how these plans are always stymied by the good burghers of the town, who fear that no one would stop there if there were a way around, and local business would suffer. And anyway, it's only a problem in the summer, right? Yes, one could go on at great length...but what we'll do instead is to tell you about a shortcut to get around the worst of it, when traffic is heavy. Saves time, and a much prettier drive as well. See the detailed description elsewhere in this guidebook. Also, check https://www.maine.gov/mdot/maps/wiscasset/ for traffic conditions before heading down that way. Forewarned is forearmed. And if you do happen to pass through Wiscasset when the traffic isn't all backed up, do stop for a lobster roll at Red's Eats. Or if the line is too long, check out the seafood at Sprague's, just across the street and down by the water. The lobster rolls there are pretty good, and you won't have to wait forever.
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Wiscasset
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"Maine's Prettiest Village," as it touts itself, is indeed pretty, with many 19th-century houses and buildings, a number of art galleries and shops, and the famous Red's Eats, home of the best--or at least one of the best--lobster rolls to be found. (Yes, the lobster rolls are very good, but have become something of a foodie cult item. For locals, the prospect of waiting in line for two hours to get one considerably diminishes the charm. But maybe you'll get lucky and happen to be there when the line is short. Late evening shortly before closing is a good time.) Perhaps you were caught in a summer traffic jam in Wiscasset on the way up here. Unlike many other towns along Route 1 in coastal Maine, there is no bypass to avoid the center of town, so on certain summer weekends when traffic is heavy, it slows to a crawl through the old center of town, and the traffic can be backed up for miles in both directions. Now, one could point out how the State of Maine has been trying to build a Route 1 bypass around Wiscasset for the past 50 or 60 years, and how these plans are always stymied by the good burghers of the town, who fear that no one would stop there if there were a way around, and local business would suffer. And anyway, it's only a problem in the summer, right? Yes, one could go on at great length...but what we'll do instead is to tell you about a shortcut to get around the worst of it, when traffic is heavy. Saves time, and a much prettier drive as well. See the detailed description elsewhere in this guidebook. Also, check https://www.maine.gov/mdot/maps/wiscasset/ for traffic conditions before heading down that way. Forewarned is forearmed. And if you do happen to pass through Wiscasset when the traffic isn't all backed up, do stop for a lobster roll at Red's Eats. Or if the line is too long, check out the seafood at Sprague's, just across the street and down by the water. The lobster rolls there are pretty good, and you won't have to wait forever.
Bath is an old shipbuilding town on the west bank of the Kennebec River, and home to Bath Iron Works, which builds warships for the US Navy and is Maine's largest employer. The old downtown is charming and very walkable--the city has won the "Great American Main Street" award--with a number of specialty shops, restaurants, and cafes. If you're walking around the downtown, check out the fountain in the corner of the park by the library nearby. The "Spirit if the Sea" sculpture was commissioned from William Zorach, the well-known artist of the mid-20th century who summered nearby. The story goes that the statue was a matter of some controversy among the more strait-laced citizens of the city when it was first revealed in 1962... Also in Bath is the Maine Maritime Museum, on the river on the south side of town, past the Bath Iron Works shipyard. Bath was a leading builder of the wooden ships of the 19th and early 20th century, and many local fortunes were made -- and lost -- in the lucrative trade with East Asia. Fascinating for those with an interest in ships and the sea.
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Bath
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Bath is an old shipbuilding town on the west bank of the Kennebec River, and home to Bath Iron Works, which builds warships for the US Navy and is Maine's largest employer. The old downtown is charming and very walkable--the city has won the "Great American Main Street" award--with a number of specialty shops, restaurants, and cafes. If you're walking around the downtown, check out the fountain in the corner of the park by the library nearby. The "Spirit if the Sea" sculpture was commissioned from William Zorach, the well-known artist of the mid-20th century who summered nearby. The story goes that the statue was a matter of some controversy among the more strait-laced citizens of the city when it was first revealed in 1962... Also in Bath is the Maine Maritime Museum, on the river on the south side of town, past the Bath Iron Works shipyard. Bath was a leading builder of the wooden ships of the 19th and early 20th century, and many local fortunes were made -- and lost -- in the lucrative trade with East Asia. Fascinating for those with an interest in ships and the sea.
Brunswick is the home of Bowdoin College, with its art museum (free admission) and professional summer theater. The park along Maine St between the college and downtown is the location of a farmers' market (check for times) and some food trucks during the day. Nearby is the northern terminus in Maine for Amtrak passenger trains. The downtown area along Maine street contains many restaurants, coffee shops, and other small businesses worth a look as you stroll by. Past downtown is the old Cabot textile mill, a 19th century factory now used for antique stores, a restaurant, and other businesses and offices.
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Brunswick
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Brunswick is the home of Bowdoin College, with its art museum (free admission) and professional summer theater. The park along Maine St between the college and downtown is the location of a farmers' market (check for times) and some food trucks during the day. Nearby is the northern terminus in Maine for Amtrak passenger trains. The downtown area along Maine street contains many restaurants, coffee shops, and other small businesses worth a look as you stroll by. Past downtown is the old Cabot textile mill, a 19th century factory now used for antique stores, a restaurant, and other businesses and offices.
This former industrial town has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years: the old Main Street with its numerous shops and restaurants has been revitalized, the Farnsworth Art Museum is a leading attraction, along with several other museums and a lighthouse on the harbor, and there are different boat tours available. A good place to find a special meal...TripAdvisor lists some 64 restaurants, including the award-winning Primo. The Maine Lobster Festival happens during the first weekend of August, here you can eat your fill of our favorite crustacean. Worth a day trip: check out a museum or two, have a good meal (or two) and take a stroll around the downtown or the harbor.
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Rockland
441 Main Street
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This former industrial town has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years: the old Main Street with its numerous shops and restaurants has been revitalized, the Farnsworth Art Museum is a leading attraction, along with several other museums and a lighthouse on the harbor, and there are different boat tours available. A good place to find a special meal...TripAdvisor lists some 64 restaurants, including the award-winning Primo. The Maine Lobster Festival happens during the first weekend of August, here you can eat your fill of our favorite crustacean. Worth a day trip: check out a museum or two, have a good meal (or two) and take a stroll around the downtown or the harbor.
"Between the mountains and the sea," Camden is the home of the Maine windjammers, a fleet of 3-masted sailing schooners that take visitors for both day sails and overnight trips up and down the Maine coast. For those who prefer to stay on solid ground, the auto road up Mt. Battie is an easy way to take in the stunning views without too much effort. For the slightly more adventurous, the extensive network of hiking trails offers access to quieter corners of the state park and environs. Camden is the birthplace and childhood home of the early 20th-century American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (although she decamped to New York City's Greenwich Village as soon as she could), and it is here that the exteriors for the film "Peyton Place"(1957) were shot. Like Boothbay Harbor, Camden is very much a tourist town during the summer, but worth a visit for its harbor and the quiet streets behind (check out the amphitheater behind the library), and excursions around Mt. Battie State Park.
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Camden
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"Between the mountains and the sea," Camden is the home of the Maine windjammers, a fleet of 3-masted sailing schooners that take visitors for both day sails and overnight trips up and down the Maine coast. For those who prefer to stay on solid ground, the auto road up Mt. Battie is an easy way to take in the stunning views without too much effort. For the slightly more adventurous, the extensive network of hiking trails offers access to quieter corners of the state park and environs. Camden is the birthplace and childhood home of the early 20th-century American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (although she decamped to New York City's Greenwich Village as soon as she could), and it is here that the exteriors for the film "Peyton Place"(1957) were shot. Like Boothbay Harbor, Camden is very much a tourist town during the summer, but worth a visit for its harbor and the quiet streets behind (check out the amphitheater behind the library), and excursions around Mt. Battie State Park.
Medical
If needed, the closest hospital and emergency room is in Damariscotta, about 10 miles away. It's a well-regarded hospital, and members of our family have received excellent care there. There's a map posted on the refrigerator. Address: 35 Miles St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, United States Phone: +1 207 563 1234
LincolnHealth - Miles Campus
35 Miles Street
If needed, the closest hospital and emergency room is in Damariscotta, about 10 miles away. It's a well-regarded hospital, and members of our family have received excellent care there. There's a map posted on the refrigerator. Address: 35 Miles St, Damariscotta, ME 04543, United States Phone: +1 207 563 1234
Theater
Summer stock theater with professional quality productions of Broadway musicals and such. A great night out "on the town." (Not inexpensive, but way cheaper than Broadway!) Check out the website for current productions and to buy tickets online. https://msmt.org/
Maine State Music Theatre Pickard Theater
1 Bath Road
Summer stock theater with professional quality productions of Broadway musicals and such. A great night out "on the town." (Not inexpensive, but way cheaper than Broadway!) Check out the website for current productions and to buy tickets online. https://msmt.org/
A fun dinner theater in Boothbay Harbor. A great evening's entertainment if you're sightseeing down that way and would like the day to continue. Check the website for shows and tickets. https://www.carouselmusictheater.org/
Carousel Music Theater
196 Townsend Ave
A fun dinner theater in Boothbay Harbor. A great evening's entertainment if you're sightseeing down that way and would like the day to continue. Check the website for shows and tickets. https://www.carouselmusictheater.org/