Explore Midcoast Maine & Beyond
Belfast is located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay. The Midcoast Maine seaport’s rich history can still be admired in the antique architecture of several historic buildings. Downtown Belfast offers many unique shops, several galleries, bookstores, a green store, a brewery, and a number of great dining options. Belfast also has two great Farmer’s markets that feature local cheese, organic produce, gluten-free treats, grass-fed meat, and more. Markets take place on Fridays and Saturdays year round. In addition, Belfast has a Harborwalk and Rail Trail for the outdoor enthusiast. Belfast is 16 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Bangor is the third most populous city in Maine, located along the Penobscot River. Bangor has a vibrant downtown area, which includes a large library, a casino, multiple micro-breweries, various restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries. Bangor also has an international airport, a large mall area, a cinema, and a variety of events during summer months, including the Waterfront Concerts, which brings world-renowned acts to the Queen City. Bangor is 40 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Camden is a famous summer colony in the Midcoast region of Maine. Similar to Bar Harbor, Nantucket, and North Haven, Camden is well known for its summer community of wealthy Northeasterners, mostly from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. The Camden Yacht Club, which celebrated its centennial in 2016, continues to thrive during the summer months with their unique HAJ Boat racing fleet. Downtown Camden offers a public library, various shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. Camden is about 45 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Rockland is home to the Maine Lobster Festival, a celebration held annually in honor of the town’s primary export, lobster. Rockland is also home to the Farnsworth Art Museum, a world-famous art gallery containing paintings by Andrew Wyeth and other well-known New England artists. Rockland’s main street features numerous small shops and businesses, including coffee shops, book stores, art supply stores, restaurants, organic markets, computer repair, and toy stores. The city’s breakwater, built in the 19th century, offers a scenic walking path to the lighthouse. Rockland is about an hour away from Stockton Springs.
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island and a popular tourist destination in the Downeast region of Maine. Bar Harbor’s downtown area includes a public library, various art galleries, unique shops, great restaurants, and many events open to the public during summer months. Bar Harbor is approximately 90 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Southwest Harbor, also known as the quiet side of Mount Desert Island is located just west of the southern entrance to Somes Sound. It is the largest municipality on the southwestern side of the island, and has great shops, galleries, and eateries. Southwest Harbor is about 80 minutes away from Stockton Springs.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park occupies much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Initially created as the Sieur de Monts National Monument in 1916, the park was renamed Lafayette National Park in 1919 and was given its current name of Acadia in 1929. Over three million people visited the park in 2016 during its centennial. The park includes mountains, an ocean shoreline, woodlands, and lakes. In addition to Mount Desert Island, the park comprises much of the Isle au Haut, parts of Baker Island, and a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland. Acadia National Park is an hour away from Stockton Springs.