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.

By: Sandra Ward

Morse's Kraut Haus

Morse's Kraut Haus

Food and Drink

BEST DINER

Moody's Diner 
U.S. Route 1, Waldoboro, ME 04572 
Phone: 207-832-7785 
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 
Phone: 207-832-2210 
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 
Phone: 207-832-2182 
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 
Phone: 866-832-5569/207-832-5569 
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 
Phone: 207-273-3695 
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.

Entertainment

BEST THEATER

The Waldo Theatre 
916 Main St., Waldoboro, ME 04572 
Phone: 207-832-6060 
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 
Phone: 207-790-0477 
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 
Phone: 207-832-4484 
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."

Outdoor

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 
Phone: 207-832-5171 
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 
Phone: 207-832-5570 
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.

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