Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, September 6, 2019

Reader Question: What is a "Must See" or "Must Do" Around Wiscasset in Autumn?

Photos by Salt Water New England
A Question for the Community:
I read your blog almost every day and comment every so often (I’m the guy from New Orleans, if you were wondering), and as it happens, I am about to head to stay with some friends in Wiscasset for a week.  I’ve only ever stayed around Portland before, particularly on Little Diamond Island in Casco Bay, so I wondered (other than Red’s), what is a must see/must do in the Wiscasset environs?  


Pemaquid Point

Wiscasset

Maine Maritime Museum

New Harbour

Wiscasset

Bowdoin


View of Camden Harbor from Mount Battie

19 comments:

  1. Oh dear. I was going to suggest the Music Box museum but they have apparently closed!

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  2. Just enjoy a bit of everything! A wonderful place to be, no matter what time of year!

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  3. If you consider a half hour drive as included in the "environs" of Wiscasset, you may like having an outdoor meal at Five Island Lobster Company. Bare bones picnic area but nice scenery.

    The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are about 20 minutes away. They're open until the end of October, but I'm not sure what is blooming now. Just south of the gardens is Boothbay Harbor.

    And, of course, LL Bean is only about 30 minutes southwest of Wiscasset. If you like lighthouses, Pemaquid Point lighthouse is just more than a half hour away.

    I'm in Atlanta (where it's still in the 90s), so I envy your escape to New England right now. Enjoy!!

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    1. I wonder home many of us from hotter climates read this site.
      Still warm in KY but we are starting to dip below the 90s. I too envy the planned escape

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    2. Five Islands Lobster is closed for the season ... and may not reopen next year. Death of the patriarch.

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  4. Well, you probably can't get in to tour Bath Iron Works, but you can get a look at them — bring binoculars — from the Rt. 1 bridge over the Kennebec.

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    1. Bath is a lovely town. There's a restaurant down by the river that we went to that was very nice. Not over the top, but great food and scenery. Can't recall the name of it, but perhaps you can ask around. Useless information, I know, when you don't know names.

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    2. Was it the Kennebec Tavern? It's not fancy, but the food is good. http://www.kennebectavern.com

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    3. Yes, that's it! Thank you for that. Just like you said, not fancy, but very good food and ambience, as I remember it. Just like my entire visit to Bath.

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  5. I don’t like to think of myself as a Fall guy, so maybe an Autumn person is better. There is no better activity for me than to walk in the woods on a coolish, slightly damp and cloudy day but when it comes to Fall pictures - the brighter more colorful the better. Maple or hickory or aspen...it’s the color that matters. Let me say however, that the second picture in this series is fantastic. It seems to be more a vehicle to transport me to a place than just a picture to look at. Thank you for including the pictures with the question for the community.

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    1. All of these pictures are perfect.

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  6. Wiscasset has many fabulous antique shops -- sure to have something to please!

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  7. This series was food for the soul.

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  8. If you happen to be there at the right time, the Common Ground Fair in Unity (maybe an hour from Wiscasset), this year from September 20-22. My favorite weekend of the year. Also, if you go to visit Pemaquid Point Light (and you should), stop by The Cupboard café near Pemaquid Beach for their famous pecan sticky buns.

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  9. Years ago on a lovely fall day when the foliage was at its peak, I took a boat tour of the entire Kennebec estuary (courtesy of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society) Today I was curious to learn whether such opportunities still exist and found on line a link to frequent boat tours offered by the Maine Maritime Museum (itself a gem!) Here's the link https://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/visit/lighthouse-nature-cruises/
    They sound fabulous...not far from Wiscasset.

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  10. Bowdoin has a very nice campus, and Brunswick is a decent place to walk around and get a bite.

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  11. There is a small independent bookstore on the main street just down from the Bowdoin campus in Brunswick that is delightful; and of course there is always the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain house as well next to the campus. Cheers.

    The Concord Diaspora

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