Settled in the mid-18th century by German immigrants, Waldoboro is a picturesque town known for its saltwater farms, stately homes and relaxed lifestyle. Muscongus Bay, popular with sea kayakers and fishermen, can be admired from Waldoboro's Dutch Neck neighborhood.
Known as "the village," downtown Waldoboro is home to charming shops, a cozy bakery and historic homes in a variety of architectural styles. The landmark former Customs House, an exquisite Italianate gem with many fine details and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is available with an asking price of $345,000 and can be used for either commercial or residential purposes.
The Waldo Theatre
Designed with an art deco interior and a Greek revival-style facade, the Waldo Theatre served as Waldoboro's premier motion picture cinema from 1937 to 1957. After more than 30 years of disuse, the theater was renovated with new lighting and sound systems and a new stage. Today, the Waldo offers a variety of live musical and theatrical performances.
Since 1927, Moody's Diner on U.S. Route 1 has served down-home comfort food to more than a million satisfied customers. The diner's blueberry muffins earned a gold medal from the Culinary Hall of Fame, and Gourmet magazine has requested the recipe for its world-famous walnut pie.
Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary
This 11-acre preserve includes two acres of grassy field and nine acres of mossy woodlands, containing some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the Midcoast Maine area. A rustic cabin overlooking the preserve's 300-feet of shorefront on the Medomak River is available to the public for overnight stays by reservation from mid-May through September.
Waldoboro Historical Society
A rich treasure trove of history, the Waldoborough Historical Society Museum showcases collections of antique fire engines, shipbuilding tools, quilts dating back to the mid-1800s and other items. The museum is open daily from mid-June through Labor Day.
Morse's Kraut Haus
A taste of Waldoboro's German heritage can be found at Morse's, famous for its sauerkraut made from Maine-grown cabbage. Morse's is a wonderland of select European goodies such as German hams and spaetzle, Parma Prosciutto, Bavarian sausages, cheeses and many more delicacies. Treat yourself to a lunch of old-world favorites including cabbage rolls, sauerbrauten, schnitzel and borscht at its Kraut Haus Restaurant.
German Protestant Cemetery
Waldoboro's German Protestant Cemetery is home to one of the oldest churches in Maine, built in 1772 and noted for its steeple-less design. The cemetery, which is open year round, holds graves dating back to 1797.
The Village Bakery and Cafe
Located in downtown Waldoboro, The Village Bakery and Cafe serves hearty soups, freshly made doughnuts and bagels, hot beverages and more. Save room for the bakery's homemade version of the decadent Maine state dessert, the whoopie pie.
The Narrows Tavern
In the heart of the village, The Narrows Tavern showcases local musicians three days a week in a lively atmosphere best described by its motto: "By Canadians, for Everyone." Traditional tasty pub fare served until last call includes hearty burgers and hand-cut fries, an artful haddock sandwich and a beer-braised bratwurst plate.