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Midcoast Maine reaches from the shipbuilding town of Bath and nearby Brunswick north along a coast cut by deep bays and estuaries and dotted with islands, all the way to Penobscot Bay. That bay and its surrounding peninsulas are technically part of the midcoast as well, but the atmosphere is different, more remote from the tourism that sometimes clogs Route 1 – the region’s main artery – to the frustration point on a summer weekend. The most popular coastal areas, and those easiest to reach from southern cities, are in the midcoast – Boothbay Harbor, Pemaquid, Damariscotta and Wiscasset. The latter narrowly misses being self-consciously ...

Midcoast Maine reaches from the shipbuilding town of Bath and nearby Brunswick north along a coast cut by deep bays and estuaries and dotted with islands, all the way to Penobscot Bay. That bay and its surrounding peninsulas are technically part of the midcoast as well, but the atmosphere is different, more remote from the tourism that sometimes clogs Route 1 – the region’s main artery – to the frustration point on a summer weekend. The most popular coastal areas, and those easiest to reach from southern cities, are in the midcoast – Boothbay Harbor, Pemaquid, Damariscotta and Wiscasset. The latter narrowly misses being self-consciously pretty, but is well worth a stop to see its elegant old homes, many of which are included in its National Historic Register district. Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House are open for tours. One of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses is at scenic Pemaquid Point, and Fort William Henry is the centerpiece of Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, where reenactments and demonstrations bring history to life. The entire area is filled with nature preserves that protect the shore and coastal environments.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    Spring and fall are less crowded than mid-summer, and attractions are open for the season.