Waldoboro, Maine Attractions and Highlights

Lighthouses, schooners and wineries are some of the unique Waldoboro destinations for residents and visitors.
By: Sandra Ward
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Photo by: Jackson Riley Parker

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Coastal U.S. Route 1 is the connection that links the historic towns and fishing villages that make up Midcoast Maine, meandering from Brunswick to Belfast, give or take the occasional detour down picturesque peninsulas with their craggy outcroppings and secluded coves.

The slower-paced, time-stands-still feel is accentuated by the many boats, boatyards and wharves that dot the countless coves and harbors, revealing the area's deep maritime heritage and long tradition of boatbuilding, shipping and fishing.

Around 37.5 million tourists visited Maine in 2010 and almost 20 million stayed overnight and spent more than $4 billion to experience "the way life should be." Here are some special attractions near Waldoboro that make this "Vacationland" memorable.

Lighthouses

These beautiful beacons situated on rocky promontories guided mariners for years and now serve as reminders of a bygone and more romantic seafaring life. There are about 60 sprinkled along the Maine coast. Among the most famous, attracting artists and photographers, is the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde. The Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland is home to the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and a notable collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia.

Offshore Islands

Quintessential island life is captured in a trip to Monhegan Island, a square-mile, rocky island 10 miles offshore, known as a muse for the many artists who have embraced this summer colony since the 1800s. The island is accessible by ferry from New Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Port Clyde. Other noteworthy islands that can be reached by ferry include Islesboro from Lincolnville, and North Haven and Vinalhaven from Rockland.

Windjammers

The largest fleet of traditional sailing schooners in North America is at your disposal in the ports of Rockland, Rockport and Camden. A total of 13 vessels, ranging in size from 46 to 132 feet, are available for coastal cruises lasting anywhere from three days to six days that sail some of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world, dropping anchor each night in a protected, peaceful harbor. Guests will be treated to island lobster bakes and ferried ashore for exploring and shopping and dining. One, the 68-foot schooner Stephen Taber, is the oldest documented sailing vessel in continuous service in the U.S. and is a national historic landmark.

Wineries

The interior of Midcoast Maine is a landscape of open fields and meadows amid numerous lakes and rivers and ponds. Here is where you'll find Maine's farming and agriculture traditions giving rise to a new interest in viniculture. In Union, Maine, in the shadow of the Camden Hills and Mt. Battie, discover Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery, known for its grape port, blueberry dessert wine and fruity whites. Union is also home to Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery, a maker of gin, apple brandy and rum as well as dessert wines. Not far is Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville and Oyster River Winegrowers in Warren.

Museums

Art lovers will know Midcoast Maine is Wyeth Country, and Rockland is home to the Farnsworth Art Museum and its Wyeth Center, which houses a collection of three generations of Wyeths: N. C., Andrew and Jamie. There is also a stunning collection of Maine-themed American art. Among other museums in the area: the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head and the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

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