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WWF Spring Work Weekend Special Activities

We’ve had requests from WWF volunteers for a few events that the spouses, family and friends of Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway can enjoy while the volunteers themselves are working on the railway. We’re happy to offer a few activities.

We’re tried to develop a variety of outings so everyone can pick the ones that interest them. We’ve also incorporate some social time into each activity so people can get to know each other outside of the railway. April can be chilly, so we’ve tried to plan for that but dress warmly.

We’re offering these activities at a discounted rate for the WWF weekend. This is both to thank you for being loyal customers and because you’ll be our guinea pigs as we’ve not offered tour packages before. We’re hosting one activity every day with the final activity, a beer tour of Midcoast Maine, planned for Monday so that WWF volunteers can treat themselves after a weekend of hard work.

I’d like to take a second to thank John and Chris Kokas for being my sounding board as I developed these activities.


Friday, April 24th starting at 5 pm
Cooking Class – Homemade Ravioli

The bakery case at Creamed Baking Company


Join Chef Meghan, for a cooking class and dinner. Meghan is a classically trained baker and owner of Creamed Baking Company, read our profile of her Born to Bake. We’ll make locally sourced mushroom or sage ravioli in a brown butter sauce with a farm fresh spring salad highlighting midcoast flavors and ingredients. The mushrooms are from Island Mushroom Co. and the veggies are from SeaLyon Farm. You’ll learn how to make everything from scratch in the event center kitchen on the second floor of our lodge. Nonalcholic beverages are provided and guests are welcome to bring their own wine or beer if desired.

This class starts at 5 pm so you’ll have time to check in at the hotel and check out the railway before settling in for fun evening cooking together.

Participants: 8 – 12 people (2 spots reserved already)

Costs: $25/person – the price includes the instruction, meal, nonalcholic beverages and the recipe to take home.

Deadline: Reservations must be made and deposits paid by April 1st.

Details: Wear clothing that moves comfortably as participants will be rolling out dough and doing other food prep. We’ll have some aprons on hand for those who want them.


Saturday, April 25th – All Day
Midcoast Maine Wine Tour

We’ve teamed up with Mainery Wine Tours to offer a full day of tasting wine and enjoying Midcoast Maine. They’ll handle all the driving and details while you “sip back and relax”.

The owners of Mainery Wine Tours pose with their vehicle

Pick up at Wiscasset Woods Lodge 10 am

First Stop:
Fat Friar Meadery

Second Stop:  
Guided Tour of Pemaquid Lighthouse and Fisherman’s Museum.

Third Stop: 
Lunch at Harbor Room in New Harbor        
4 Entrée Choices (Seafood, Chicken, Beef, Vegetarian)
Glass of Wine or Choice of other Non-Alcoholic Beverage (spirits purchased by consumer separately)

Fourth Stop:  
Winery Tour and Private Tasting at Savage Oakes Winery in Union                  

Fifth Stop: 
Private Tasting and Grounds tour at Sweet Grass Winery in Union

Return to Wiscasset Woods Lodge

Participants: 9 – 12 people (1 spot reserved already)

Cost: Prorated based on the number of participants. $165/person if only 9 people reserve, if all twelve spaces are taken then $135/person. The cost includes lunch, wine tastings, vehicle and guide, snacks and water between stops.

Deadline: Reservations must be made and deposits paid by Friday, March 27th.

Details: While we’ll be visiting wineries, dressing up is not recommended. Participants will be getting in and out of vans, walking over gravel drives and climbing up a spiral staircase at the lighthouse (for those who want to).


Sunday, April 26th – late morning to early afternoon
Walking Tour of Wiscasset and Castle Tucker

This year is the 200th anniversary of the Maine’s statehood. To commemorate this we’re offering a walking historical tour of Wiscasset. Most people do not know that Wiscasset was once the busiest shipping port north of Boston in the US. It is said that at it’s peak a person could cross the Sheepscot river by walking from boat to boat. This all ended with the Embargo Act of 1807 leading up to the War of 1812.

This tour designed to finish in the early afternoon in case people have travel plans.

9:30 am – Meet up and carpool to downtown Wiscasset

10 am Walking tour of Wiscasset lead by the Red Cloak Lady. We’ll learn about the more than 200 year history of the town of Wiscasset. As we walk around Wiscasset, she’ll share her knowledge of the town including stories of the people who lived and died here. If the weather is bad she’ll present her talk in the comfort of our event space at Wiscasset Woods Lodge.

11:15 Warm Drinks and Pastries
We’ll rest in one of Wiscasset’s bakeries and enjoy a hot drink and a snack.

Castle Tucker in Wiscasset

11:45 Tour of Castle Tucker
During our private tour of the house (not actually a castle) a docent with Historic New England will share with us stories of the house and how it got it’s nickname. She’ll discuss how the family was affected by both local and national events and of their struggles to keep their great house afloat.

After the tour is over people are welcome to stroll through Wiscasset and shop or enjoy lunch. We’ll be on hand to shuttle people back to the hotel as needed

Participants: 6 – 15 people (1 spot reserved already)

Cost: $40/person – includes walking tour, house tour, and a hot beverage and snack.

Deadline: Reservations must be made and deposits paid by April 10th.

Details: Dress comfortably and warmly. April in Wiscasset can be quite chilly. Castle Tucker is being opened just for us and so it won’t be heated.


Monday April 27th – half day event
Midcoast Maine Beer Tour

Reward yourself after a weekend of work. This tour will be led by the Maine Brew Bus. I’ve been working with Greg, who is life member of WWF and frequent volunteer, to design a trip that is an enjoyable mixture of Midcoast Maine sites and Midcoast Maine Beer.

Logo for the Maine Brew Bus

Pickup at Wiscasset Woods Lodge at 10 am

First Stop
Tasting at Moderation Brewing Company Brunswick

After the tasting participants will have 45 minutes to explore historic downtown Brunswick or stroll around the campus of Bowdoin College (which was charted in 1794 while Maine was still part of Massachusetts). You can also peek in the windows of the house where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin (unfortunately the museum is not open on Mondays).

Second Stop
Flight Deck Brewing Company

Third Stop
Newly opened Trinken Brewing
If it’s bad weather we’ll enjoy our sack lunch provided by the cooks at Wiscasset Woods Lodge here. If it’s nice weather the sack lunch will be enjoyed at the next stop.

Picture of the beach at Reid State Park by NRCM
Photo by NRCM

Fourth Stop
Reid State Park – the park is situated on the ocean and has both a rocky shore line and two sets of sandy beaches.

Return to Wiscasset Woods Lodge

For anyone wishing to stay we’ll have the fireplace in the dining room blazing if it’s cold weather or a campfire with s’mores if it’s nice weather.

Participants: 10 people minimum, 24 people maximum

Cost: Prorated based on the number of participants. If only 10 people register the cost is $150/person, If 24 people register the cost is $115/person. So the more friends you bring along, the cheaper it is for you. The price includes beer tastings, tours, sack lunch and water, vehicle and guide, admission to Reid State Park.

Deadline: Reservations must be made and deposits paid by Friday, March 27th.

Details: Dress comfortably and warmly. You’ll have 45 minutes to wander around historic downtown Brunswick and about the same amount of time on the beach at Reid State Park. April can be chilly in Midcoast Maine.


The Details:

For all these tours participants do not have to be guests at the lodge but all tours begin and end at Wiscasset Woods Lodge.

All spaces are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot. In the case of prorated prices the deposit is equal to 50% of the highest potential price. Deposits will only be taken once the required minimum number of people register for the event and are non-refundable.

To reserve your space call (207) 882-7137 or email Stay@Wiscassetwoods.com

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