Waldoboro, Maine Essentials
View the best places to eat, shop, take the kids and more in this resort town at the head of the Medomak River.
Food and Drink
U.S. Route 1, Waldoboro, ME 04572
No trip to Waldoboro, or Maine for that matter, is ever really complete without the obligatory stop at the iconic Route 1 eating establishment, Moody's Diner, located between Wiscasset and Warren. Run by descendants of founder P. B. Moody, the eatery offers down-home comfort food seven days a week, as it has for the past 81 years. The walnut pie is a must.
BEST LIVE MUSIC
The Narrows Tavern
15 Friendship St., Waldoboro, ME 04572
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." Bands include folk musicians The Rusty Hinges and the Ale House String Band. Impromptu jam sessions add to the fun. 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. Wide selection of brews and wines. Weekly cribbage and trivia tournaments, too.
BEST BAKERY & CAFE
The Village Bakery & Cafe
11 Friendship St., Waldoboro, ME 04572
The go-to downtown spot for hearty soups, including Hungarian mushroom and bountiful vegetable with orzo. Save room for the scrumptious baked goods such as blueberry amaretto buttercream cake and a homemade version of the decadent Maine state dessert, the whoopie pie. Start the day with freshly made doughnuts and bagels and a steaming cup of cappuccino, latte or chai.
BEST ETHNIC FOOD
Morse's Kraut Haus & Euro Deli
3856 Washington Road, North Waldoboro, ME 04572
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.
BEST FARM MARKET
Beth's Farm Market
1986 Western Road, Warren, ME 04864
Talk about a cornucopia! Less than 10 miles from Waldoboro is Midcoast Maine's most venerable farm stand, featuring an abundant variety of top-quality seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables from May through December, seven days a week. Fresh greenhouse flowers and baked goods are also available.
The Waldo Theatre
916 Main St., Waldoboro, ME 04572
Live musical and theatrical performances, including a children's theater program, providing year-round entertainment in a restored art deco space dating to 1937.
BEST THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS
Waldoborough Historical Society
1164 Main St. , Waldoboro, ME 04572
A rich treasure trove of history housed in three distinct buildings: the one-room Boggs Schoolhouse built in 1857 for kindergarten through high school; the Hauck building with a collection depicting the working life, with antique fire engines, farm implements, shipbuilding tools and a weaver's loom on display; a barn housing an impressive sampling of quilts and hooked rugs dating to the mid-1800s, among other items. Special programs, such as a tour of Waldoboro barns, offered. Open from mid-June through Labor Day.
Waldoboro Public Library
958 Main St., Waldoboro, ME 04572
A vibrant year-round resource offering a speaker series of Maine authors, kids' story-time hours, and holiday programs. Free borrowing of materials including books, audio books, DVDs and CDs, magazines and a local history collection. Highlights works by a different artist each month and a rotating quilt exhibit. Wireless Internet and computer terminals with high-speed Internet access. Its motto: "Explore. Connect. Grow."
BEST WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary
Dutch Neck, Waldoboro, ME (From Route 1 in Waldoboro, turn on Route 32 South, follow for 2.7 miles and turn east onto Dutch Neck Road)
Eleven acres of pristine fields and magical mossy woodlands home to some of the oldest white and red spruce trees in the Midcoast Maine area. Ideal for walks and picnics. 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.
BEST WINTER ACTIVITY
Sno-Crawlers of Waldoboro
P.O. Box 156, Waldoboro, ME 04572
Make the most of winter by exploring miles of trails by snowmobile, through rolling fields, woodlands and coastal areas.
BEST SUMMER ACTIVITY
Medomak Valley Land Trust
25 Friendship St., Waldoboro, ME 04572
The Medomak Valley Land Trust offers a series of guided kayaking trips along the Medomak River watershed. Also, the MVLT sponsors an annual Labor Day river festival featuring a 5K road race, local food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and loads of fun.