Also be sure to Check out the 101 Things to do in Maine List and the Harpswell Interactive Google Map
When it comes to dining – be assured there are many fine restaurants close by in Brunswick, Bath and Freeport as well as out here in the greater Harpswell area. Lobsters are plentiful!
Also be sure to set your alarms for Rick’s hearty breakfast – served every morning in the dining room.
Basin Point Road (end of the road)
Black Sheep Wine Shop
105 Mountain Rd.
Erica’s Seafood Take Out
Basin Point Road
Estes Lobster House
1906 Harpswell Neck Road
Harpswell, ME 04079
Morse’s Cribstone Grill
1945 Harpswell Islands Rd
Bailey Island, ME
Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe
149 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Cooks Lobster House
Bailey Island, ME
19 Commercial Street
Henry & Marty Restaurant & Catering
61 Maine Street
Harpswell Business Association
A great resource for all kinds of things to do and see during your visit in Harpswell.
Bowdoin College along with excellent summer theater productions, art galleries and museums – including the Maine Maritime Museum – are a short 15-20 minute drive from Harpswell Inn. For the shopper and browser, our area offers a plenitude of antique shops, outlet stores and, of course, L.L. Bean located in nearby Freeport. Swimming, fishing, boat rental and boat excursions, golf, biking, a public boat ramp and tennis courts are available. H2Outfitters offers paddling classes based in Harpswell, just a short drive from the inn.
Boating, Fishing, Tours Of Casco Bay and the Islands
Take a cruise to seal watch or whale watch. Charter a sail boat for a half day or a full day, bare boat or captained. A great day trip is to rent your own motor boat and take a picnic to Eagle Island, tour Admiral Peary’s house and walk to the park behind the house.
Casco Bay Lines leaves from Cook;s Lobster House at 12:00 noon everyday, going around the islands in the bay, including Admiral Peary’s eagle island. There’s always time to watch the seals on this tour as well.
The Inn is located on Middlebay, which is an ideal place for kayaking or canoeing. You may easily launch your kayak from the boat launch on Lookout Point Road. If you wish to rent a kayak or canoe, have a few lessons or take part in a guided tour These may be arranged through LL Bean, Seaspray Kayaking Rentals or H2Outfitters. More information may be found on our list of links.
Hiking and Biking
Potts Point, a quiet peninsula at the end of Route 123. Park along side the road as there is “foot traffic only” out to the point. Nice beach and spectacular view out to surrounding islands, including Eagle Island. Harpswell Guide to Outdoor Recreation
The Giant Staircase
Cross the cribstone bridge and go left onto Washington Avenue. Park where the road bends. You will see an old wooden sign, “Giant Steps.” Walk on the road towards water and go right on a well worn path to the “Stairs.” Plus 7 additional Trails maintained by The Harpswell Rec. Dept. – trail maps are available at the Inn.
Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation
Take Route 1 south to Route 216. A two mile hike takes one through a quiet forest ending at a beautiful secret beach.
Bradbury Mt. State Park
Take the Freeport-Durham exit off 295, turn right at the end of the ramp, Follow signs to the park. Sculpted by a glacier, Bradbury Mountain provides 590 acres of shared use trails for horseback riders and mountain bikers as well as hiking trails.
Reid State Park located 15 minutes from Bath. After crossing the Sagadahoc Bridge, take Route 127 to Park where on e will find 1.5 miles of sandy beach, picnic area, charcoal grills, snack bars and bathhouses.
Popham Beach State Park
Take Route 209 from Bath to Phippsburg and follow the signs to the park. The rolling Atlantic surf and sandy beach draws many swimmers, surfers and a shell collectors. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. The 529 acre park includes Fort Popham, established in 1607, which is also a great place to explore and appreciate the history of Popham.
Your Innkeepers will help plan any trips, provide more detailed directions, make reservations, if needed, or even pack a box lunch for any of your day trips.
The Maine Music Theater, located in Brunswick on the Campus of Bowdoin College, presents Broadway musicals all summer. This season’s productions are Swing, Cats, Miss Saigon, and Mame. One may also attend many other musical recitals presented at the old historic First Parish Church and on the the Bowdoin campus, There are many other theaters offering entertainment, The Chocolate Church, The Children’s Theater and the 42nd Street Theater to name a few.
Bowdoin College museums include The Peary MacMillan Museum and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Museums from the well known Musical Wonder House, in Wiscasset, to the Owls Head Transportation Museum to many wonderful old houses abound.
Or you may just look forward to exploring the beaches that surround the Inn, use our exercise room, play badminton or horseshoes, or just spending a few hours in the hammock reading a favorite book. In the evening many of our guests look forward to just sitting in one of the Adirondack chairs on the lawn , overlooking the ocean and watching one of Maine’s indescribably beautiful sunsets! It’s serene, it’s quiet and out here on the point, you’ll feel your tensions slipping away. One thing we promise, when you are here, you won’t want to leave.