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Mid-coastal Maine - Freeport, Brunswick and Bath

© By Jean Fuleki
  Bar Harbour The best time of year to visit the mid-coastal region of Maine is between July and September. A flight to Portland, Maine brings one within 25 miles of the region. You will get the most enjoyment if you rent a car to help you explore the nooks and crannies. If you drive your own vehicle, it is a short, two-hour drive from Boston, Mass. through pleasant historic New England.

 • Freeport, Maine: is home of the famous L. L. Bean sporting goods store. This former catalogue store which once only featured camping equipment, has grown to a modern three-storey complex featuring books, gourmet cooking supplies and clothing, a favorite tourist destination. Nearby there are several outlet stores selling well-known brand clothing.
     While in Freeport, sign up for a boat tour to the island where Admiral Perry, co-discoverer of the North Pole, had his summer home. You may read the actual newspaper articles in his scrapbook of his trips. Or you may prefer to embark on a whale watch, a day trip. On the way to the site where the whales congregate, you see many islands covered with harbor seals and cormorants, drying their black bat-like wings in the breeze.

 • Brunswick, Maine: is Maine's second largest city, home of Bowdoin College and the Brunswick Naval Air Station. It boasts the widest main street in the state and is situated on the Androscoggin River, once a means of floating logs down stream to the paper mills. The summer theater at Bowdoin College offers many well known plays, and there are art and historical museums open to the public. Be sure to carry a detailed map of the region and follow the roads to the peninsulas which lead out to the Atlantic Ocean.
     Places like Bailey's Island and Boothbay Island are picturesque with tiny coves where lobster fishermen dry their traps and wharfs where tuna fishermen bring their catch during the tuna festival. Bailey's Island boasts the only known granite crib stone bridge in the world. This bridge with its openings, allows the tide to flow in and out without disturbing traffic. While the tide is out you may see blue herons or quahog diggers combing the flats for food. While there you will want to stop at a lobster house and sample the famous fresh Maine lobster; perhaps topping it off with wild blueberry pie and ice cream.

 • Bath Maine: Further along, up the coast, you arrive at the ship building town of Bath, Maine where the naval shipyard sits. Bath is at the mouth of the Kennebec River and is famous for its 19th century architecture. Interesting feature to look for are the widows' walks on the top of these homes where the wives of the sea captains looked longingly toward port to see if their husbands ships were home.
     While in Bath you will want to venture to the ocean toward Georgetown, Maine, which has an artist colony and quaint areas to shop and enjoy. Reid State Park, with is 2.5 miles of sandy beaches is a favorite spot to swim or enjoy a picnic. This wide-open spot of sandy beach is rare along the coast of Maine, which tends to be rugged rock. After a swim, you can sit on the shore and watch the waves smash against the rocks, sending boiling foam hissing high into the air. Walking the beach, you see tiny sandpipers scampering at the edge of the waves, searching for food. Bring along some corn and burgers or clams and have a barbeque. Corn cooked in seaweed with the husks on is as rare a treat as warming up by a bonfire on the beach as the sun sinks into the sea.

Camping  Coastal Maine  Fly Fishing  Freeport 

Jean Fuleki is a retired public school teacher who taught in the Ft. Erie family of schools for 30 years. Her main interest was teaching English and creative writing. She has published several poems and short stories and newspaper articles. After living in Ridgeway for 25 years, Jean is now in Niagara Falls.

Georgetown-Reid State Park  Inn at Bath  Marshall Point Lighthouse  Whale Watch 


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