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Weekends in Wiscasset – June 6, 7, 8, 9

All activities listed here are either in Wiscasset itself or are in Midcoast Maine within and hour’s drive of Wiscasset Woods Lodge. For more details on each event go to our Events Calendar.

Thursday, June 6

10am Midcoast Craft Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Wiscasset
10am Members Art Show – Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
3pm Farmer’s Market – Wiscasset Recreational Pier – Opening Day
6pm Lecture: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Hanover: The Romance and Reality of a Maine Shipwreck – Maine Maritime Museum
7:30pm Haunted History Tour – Bath/Damariscotta/Hallowell (7pm)

Friday, June 7

10am Members Art Show – Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
10am Midcoast Craft Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Wiscasset
11am Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker – Wiscasset

Saturday, June 8

6am Montsweag Flea Market – Woolwich
7:45am PIYO on the Pier – Wiscasset Commercial Pier (near the Yacht Club)
10am Midcoast Craft Sidewalk Sale – Downtown Wiscasset
10am Members Art Show – Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset
10am Monkey C Monkey Do is Open – Wiscasset
10:30am WWF steam trains operating – Alna
11am Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker – Wiscasset
3:30pm Lighthouse Lovers Cruise – Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
4pm Historic Tidbit Tasting Tour – Hallowell

Sunday, June 9

6am Montsweag Flea Market – Woolwich
11am Tours of Nickels-Sortwell House and Castle Tucker – Wiscasset

These are just some of the many great activities available every weekend throughout Midcoast Maine. Keep checking our events calendar for more activities. And reserve your room at Wiscasset Woods Lodge today to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!

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Festivals and Celebrations

Damariscotta Oyster Celebration

The Damariscotta Oyster Celebration is Thursday, June 13th to Saturday June 15th.

The event celebrates an oyster culture dating back to 200 B.C., the communities of the Damariscotta River Region invite oyster lovers from around the world to Maine for the second annual Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, June 13 -15, 2019.

Maine’s Damariscotta River and estuaries produce a unique oyster crop that is recognized around world for diversity of flavor and quality. The Damariscotta Oyster Celebration was spearheaded by an alliance of Damariscotta oyster farmers to educate and inspire oyster culinary innovations in food, drink and culture.

The three-day celebration kicks off on Thursday, June 13, with chefs from North America competing in the International Oyster Chef of the Year competition at the Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort. 

On Friday, June 14 and Saturday June 15, experience the Tour de Source and Open Houses, across the Damariscotta region. This year we have expanded our behind the scenes look at the Damariscotta oyster community by two days. Meet the oyster farmers, and tour and taste your way around the bounty of the Damariscotta River. Experience local oyster farms, local food and beverage producers, the latest aquaculture innovations, and historic oyster middens.

On Saturday, June 15, the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration culminates with oyster shuckers from top restaurants in the United Sates and Canada going head-to-head in a timed competition for the Can-Am Shuck Star. The competition will be hosted in Damariscotta at the Damariscotta River Association’s Round Top Farm with the celebration including more oyster tasting, beverage pairings, and music.

Map of the event locations for the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration
Map of Damariscott Oyster Celebration Locations

For more information or to buy tickets visit the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration‘s website at https://www.damariscottaoyster.com/


Midcoast Maine Activities

We are a Bicycle Friendly Hotel

We allow bicycles to be stored in hotel rooms.

We love bicyclists and we know some of the challenges bicyclists face. As a child and a Peace Corps Volunteer, Saundra’s main form of transportation was bicycles. We try our best to meet guests’ needs including allowing bikes to be stored in hotel rooms and providing a bicycle repair stand and tool kit courtesy of Pedro’s.

Bicycle repair stand and tool station courtesy of Pedro's.
Bide Repair Stand and Tool Station Courtesy of Pedro’s

We keep our dining room open until 9 or 10 pm (depending on the season) and have a microwave, hot water dispenser, plates, silverware, glasses, coffee, tea and muffins available for guest use. In the morning we fuel you up with our famous hot breakfast starting at 7 am.

At Wiscasset Woods Lodge, we're famous for our hot breakfast buffet.
A typical hot bar offering, we change our menu daily

If you, your bicycle club, or touring company are interested in staying at our hotel reach out to us and let us know how we can help you make the most of your stay!

Happy guests ready to explore Midcoast Maine after staying at our hotel, Wiscasset Woods Lodge
Guests getting ready to enjoy Midcoast Maine after staying that night at Wiscasset Woods Lodge

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Weekends in Wiscasset May 31, June 1

Friday, May 31

Behind the Scenes Tour of the Schooner Bowdoin and Ernestina-Morrissey

1-3 pm, Participants will meet at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard.

Built in 1894 the Ernestina-Morrissey is a National Historic Landmark Vessel and the Official Vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Built in 1921, the schooner Bowdoin is the official vessel of the state of Maine and the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy. Both vessels are currently undergoing restoration work at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard. Presented by Maine Maritime Museum.

Saturday, June 1

Lighthouse Adventure Cruise to Burnt Island Light

9am – 12pm, Red Cloak Tours, Boothbay Harbor

This Boothbay Harbor cruise only happens once a year. View up to 4 or 5 lighthouses and then land on Burnt Island where you will have exclusive access to the island, open tower and open keeper’s house. Elaine Jones, DMR education director will be there to welcome the tour and Red Cloak Tours will have narrative about the island, families, lighthouse life, folklore & legends,the other lighthouses we might see, etc. during the whole 3 hour tour, which is on the Novelty of Balmy Days Cruises. Tickets for this one of a kind adventure are only $75 each, a portion of  your ticket price will go toward restoration of the light tower, which is looking forward to its 200th birthday in 2021. It is the only original light tower left in Maine. Advanced reservations required.

Auto TourOwls Head Transportation Museum

6:30am – 4pm, Owls Head Transportation Museum

Calling auto enthusiasts of all ages for an epic excursion through beautiful Midcoast Maine! Dust off that classic, antique or special interest car and kick off the season with the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Annual Spring Auto Tour, taking participants on a specially-curated, scenic route along the coast. After stopping to explore iconic locations throughout the day, the tour will break for a special lunch with our friends at the Fort Knox State Historic Site, Maine’s most visited historic site and home to one of the best-preserved military fortifications in New England.

Castle tucker & Nickels Sortwell House Tours

11am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, Wiscasset Historic District

Now open for the season. Historic New England oversees two historic homes in Wiscasset Castle Tucker and the Nickels-Sortwell House. Come take a tour and learn the history of the homes and the town.

1811 Old Stone Jail Opens for the Season

Noon – 4 pm , Saturday and Sundays

The Old Stone Jail is opening for the season. Docents give tours every weekend through the summer. Located on Federal Street in Wiscasset.

Members Art Show

10am – 4pm, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset

Opening of the Annual Members Exhibition provides member artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in an non-juried, all inclusive show in the award-winning gallery.

Regular Weekend Events

Lighthouse Lovers Tour

3:30 – 7:30 pm, Maine Maritime Museum

See up to ten of the Mid-Coast’s most iconic lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, Seguin Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light.

Montsweag Flea Market

6am am – 1:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, Montsweag Flea Market is Midcoast Maine’s largest flea market 

Steam Trains Running

10:30 am – 1:30 pm Saturdays, Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway


To see a full list of all the events in Midcoast Maine see our Events Calendar.

Enjoy all that Midcoast Maine has to offer, make your reservation to stay at Wiscasset Woods Lodge today!

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Midcoast Maine Walking Tours

If you love walking tours as much as I do you’ll want to check out all that Red Cloak Tours has to offer.

They started with Haunted History Tours but have branched out to do Maritime History Tours in Boothbay Harbor and Historic Tidbit Tasting Tours in Bath and Damariscotta and Hallowell.

The tours are designed to be family friendly, so no discussion of suicide and ladies of the night are referred to in oblique ways. The tours are not strenous and can be wheelchair or stroller accessible if needed.

Where ever your vacation takes you in Midcoast Maine there’s a walking tour there for you to discover.

Schedule of Redcloak Tours Walking Tours in Midcoast Maine.
Red Cloak Walking Tours in Midcoast Maine

For a full list of their tours and to register for one visit their website RedCloakTours.com.


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Great Stops between Wiscasset Woods Lodge and Acadia National Park

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse – On Route 130 south of Damariscotta

Pemaquid Point Light House, the most photographed lighthouse in Maine with dramatic rocks going to the ocean.
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse by VisitMaine.com

The most photographed lighthouse in Maine with beautiful, dramatic rocks going down to the ocean. One of the few lighthouses you can tour the inside of on a normal day. The lighthouse has nice picnic tables for a leisurely lunch or head up route 32 and stop by Shaw’s in New Harbor (indoors) or the lobster shacks at Round Pond (outside picnic tables) for your lobster meal.

Wooden bear table made at the Prison Store in Thomaston. Inmates learn woodworking skills to help them find work after release.
Bear Table at the Prison Store

Maine State Prison Showroom in Thomaston – right on Route 1

Lots of handmade wooden furniture, gifts and decorations at great prices. Right on Route 1 (main street Thomaston). Parking in the rear.

The latest exhibit at Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Fads and Failures. Near Rockland Maine
Owl’s Head Transportation Museum’s latest exhibit “Fads and Failures”

Owl’s Head Lighthouse and Owl’s Head Transportation Museum – outside of Rockland off Route 73

Beautiful walk through the woods to the lighthouse. This lighthouse is open occasionally for tours as is the lighthouse keeper’s museum. Nearby is the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum. “Home to a world-class operating collection, the Owls Head Transportation Museum features more than 150 antique automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles, engines and more.”

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse –  Just outside downtown Rockland, Route 1 to Waldo Ave

A breakwater was built to protect the harbor and a lighthouse was put at the end to keep ships from running into it. The walk is a mile each way over granite blocks, occasionally seals and other sea life can be seen from the walk. Rockland is also home to the Farnsworth Art Museum which displays paintings by Maine painter Adrew Wyeth as well as other artists.

The Rockland Breakwater Light is a fun walk along granite squares out to the lighthouse.
From the Take Me 2 Camden, Maine website

Camden Hills State Park – on Route 1

Camden’s version of Cadillac Peak. The top of Mount Battie offers panoramic views of Camden Harbor. Accessible by car or stretch your legs hiking up their trails.

Belfast

We love Belfast. It has a working yacht port and a waterfront walk goes right through the yacht yard and up across a foot bridge. There is also a rails-to-trails trail going inland along the water. The town itself isn’t too touristy and has some nice restaurants all walking distance from the water.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge with an observatory at the top of one of the spires. Great for viewing the Maine landscape from above.
Bridge with Observatory

Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory – on Route 1 at Bucksport

Not to be confused with the Kentucky Fort Knox, this historic site is a large stone fort mostly in tact. It’s fascinating to wader around and explore. The fort shares the same parking lot as the Penobscot Narrows Bridge with its spire resembling the Washington Monument. The spire has an elevator you can ride to the observatory at the top to see the surrounding countryside.


Breakfast at Wiscasset Woods, Pet Friendly

Famous for our Free, Hot Breakfast

Our customers continue to rave about our hot breakfast.

If you’re looking for the cookie cutter experience of a chain motel – keep on driving. Wiscasset Woods Lodge is one of a kind and from our perspective – hard to beat. There’s not a thing we would change. Affordable accomodations, effective heat and AC, free parking, free wifi, comfortable bed, in room refrigerator, clean units – this has them all but the bonus is what sets this apart…. congenial staff, charming rooms, a trail through the woods loaded with birds, trees, and wildflowers, and BREAKFAST!!!!!!!! The free homecooked breakfast that comes as part of the cost is worthy of a 5* restaurant. We’ll be back next time we’re passing through.

Trip Advisor, May 2019
Veggie omlette cups were one of our customers favorite breakfast at Wiscasset Woods Lodge
Veggie Omlette Cups

We change our menu every day so if you stay with us for several days or weeks there’s always something new to try.

We always try to have something new and something familiar on our free, hot breakfast buffet.
Fancy egg scramble and french toast

We really enjoyed our 4 night stay. Wasn’t sure what to expect – one description I read was the rooms are “rustic” which we have found can sometimes mean uncomfortable or not tidy. Our room (second floor) was attractive, comfortable, cozy and exceptionally clean. We, too, loved the delicious, something-new-every-day breakfasts. But, the friendly owners and staff are what is best! Thanks for all of your helpful suggestions and for treating us like family.

REVIEW ON FACEBOOK , May 2019

We try to have a variety of food so whether you like trying new food or prefer old favorites there’s always something delicous for breakfast.

Hot bar at Wiscasset Woods Lodge. Our  guests love our hotel's free, hot breakfast.
A Typical Hot Bar

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality in regards to my stay at Wiscassett Woods this weekend.  My room was so modern and clean and perfect and I love that you welcome dogs.  Breakfast was so good and thank you for making me the gluten free muffin and offering to make me GF pancakes and French toast too.  I look forward to coming back sometime.  

thank you note from a guest, may 2019
Veggie breakfast Sandwiches at Wiscasset Woods Lodge - Your homebase for Midcoast Maine adventures.
Veggie Breakfast Sandwiches

Because we cook everything from scratch we can generally accommodate most food allergies. Please let us know when you make the reservation so we have time to plan our menu.


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Weekends in Wiscasset – May 24 and 25th

Saturday, May 25

Damariscotta Mills Alewives Festival

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm Damariscotta Mills Fish Restoration Ladder, Nobleboro

Childrens activities, music games, see the alewives and restoration work. Good food, smoked alewives and 5K road race (8 AM)

35th Anniversary, Wiscasset Bay Gallery

From 3 – 5 pm to celebrate the gallery’s 35th year and the opening of “Spring Arrivals.” The reception is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. 67 Main Street, Wiscasset

Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, 7 Cross Rd, Alna

WWI on the Homefront Re-enactment  May 25 at 2:00 pm – May 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Re-enactors from 103rd Regiment Living History will be encamped at Alna Center Station all weekend sharing stories, information and history relating to the First World War in Europe and on the home front.

The Art of Woodburning May 26th 9:30 am – 3 pm

The Shelter Institute, Route 1 in Woolwich

Explore tools, wood types and techniques to open a world of creativity, utilitarian uses and unique gifts. Wood burning has much to offer and does not require you to be an artist.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Free Weekend for Mainers

Maine residents get free admission to the gardens this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (May 25, 26, 27).

Regular Events

Montsweag Flea Market

6:00 am – 2:00 pm Montsweag Flea Market is Midcoast Maine’s largest flea market. Open Saturday and Sunday.

Monkey C Monkey Do

Ropes challenge course and ziplines for the whole family. On Route 1 just south of Shaw’s supermarket. Open Saturday and Sundays.

Lighthouse Lovers Tour

Maine Maritime Museum, Bath 3:30pm – 7:30pm. See up to ten lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, Seguin Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light.

Monday – Memorial Day

Try your had at selling stuff at the Montsweage Flea Market. Memorial Day is Open Field Day FREE To One & All. Please limit yourself to 2 spaces. No Reservations.

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Weekends in Wiscasset – May 17, 18, 19, 20

Friday, May 17th

I’m starting this weekend off on Friday because of the tentative Friday morning mast raising on the Sloop Providence, a reproduction ship used in recreations. According to Discover Wiscasset “John Paul Jones’ first command was the Revolutionary War ship Providence, and its adventures were so epic they decided to make a replica of the ship for the 1976 Bicentennial. And THAT ship has seen lively adventures of its own, sailing with PIRATES in not one, but TWO Pirates of the Caribbean movies. It’s on our #workingwaterfront in #wiscassetmaine for repairs and upgrades just in time for #mainebicentennial and going to be on display in Washington DC this summer.”

Saturday, May 18th

Community Day and New Display Opening at Maine Maritime Museum

Join us for our annual kick-off to the summer season! Admission is FREE and cruise tickets are just $10. Don’t miss the return of the historic schooner Mary E and the raising of the flags over the Wyoming with a cannon salute at noon. We will also be celebrating the opening of our newest exhibit Shipwrecks and Salvage. (This display will include information on the Hesper and Luther Little which for years sat in Wiscasset’s harbor). Plus, check out our fun summer family program “Seabase Delta Aquanauts Academy” for an interactive lesson on deep sea diving, and learn how ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) are changing underwater archaeology at our ROV demonstration.

A Revolutionary Tea and the Story of the Real Betsy Ross

Come relax and enjoy delicious tea, delectable goodies and a talk about a favorite character from history, Betsy Ross, the woman who is reputed have sewn the first American flag for George Washington. Dr. Marla Miller, noted speaker, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the author of Betsy Ross and the Making of America, will tell the fascinating story of the real woman behind the beloved legend. 2 – 4 pm at the Nickels-Sortwell House Barn. Advance purchase is required.  $20 Historic New England members, $25 non-members.

Monkey C Monkey Do Opens for the Season

A multi-tiered challenge course and zip lines with different levels of difficulty including a kiddie course.

Lighthouse Lovers Cruise

3:30pm – 7:30pm at the Maine Maritime Museum. See up to 10 of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses: Doubling Point Light, Kennebec Range Lights, Squirrel Point Light, Perkins Island Light, Pond Island Light, Seguin Island Light, Cuckolds Light, Ram Island Light, Burnt Island Light, and Hendricks Head Light. This is the first of Lighthouse Lovers Cruise of the season, they’ll occur regularly every Saturday night until October 5th.

Full Moon Train Ride

6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway Museum, 97 Cross Rd, Alna. A moonlight train celebrating Narrow Gauge Railroading will leave Sheepscot Station. Our own WW&F Railway Superintendent, Jason Lamontagne, will present a fascinating show enumerating and explaining the merits of narrow gauge railroads versus their larger, standard gauge cousins. Refreshments and snacks will be available. The train will return to Sheepscot after sunset, lit only by oil lamp and moonlight. Get tickets here.

Regularly Occurring Saturday Events

Steam Train Rides at the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway 10am to 2pm

Montsweag Flea Market 6 am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday mornings

Monday, May 20th

Haunted History Tours

I decided to include Monday in the week because Red Cloak Tours has begun their Haunted History Tours in Wiscasset. They will occur every Monday from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. During the tours the rich history in this area lends itself to exploring “the other side” of Wiscasset. Enjoy a twilight “haunted history” walking tour.  There are also tours of the Ancient Burial Grounds which are by reservation only. 207-380-3806.


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Weekends in Wiscasset – May 11th and 12th, 2019

Saturday, May 11th

Montsweag Flea Market

Midcoast Maine’s largest flea market, just opened for the season. This will be their first Saturday flea market

Art of Woodburning Class – Shelter Institute

“Explore tools, wood types and techniques to open a world of creativity, utilitarian uses and unique gifts. Wood burning has much to offer and does not require you to be an artist. In this hands on workshop you will learn the varied marks each burn tip can make and how to use them in lettering and imagery. Learn how to transfer images to the wood, the pros and cons of wood types, safety, adding color and so much more. Tools and wood will be provided. If you own a wood burning tool and/ or wood burnings you have done in the past please feel free to bring them. Participants will have the opportunity to make multiple completed projects. “

WWF Railway Steam Trains Running

Steam trains depart our Museum grounds at Sheepscot at: 10:30 AM • 12 Noon • 1:30 PM for a 40- to 50-minute, 5-mile round trip. 10:55 AM • 12:25 PM • 1:55 PM Tour our Museum grounds and see restoration projects underway in our shops. Try your hand at operating a hand car in our yard. Visit our gift shop and learn more about the Maine two-footers!

Mother’s Day Tea at WWW Railway

Ride the Noon train to Alna Center for our Mother’s Day tea. An english-style tea will be served and special gifts and surprises are in store for Moms. Tickets are reservation-only and limited, so get yours now!

Sunday, May 12th (Mother’s Day)

Pop up Florist at Spruce and Little Maine Mercantile

“We are excited to announce we will be hosting a floral pop up shop on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12th at Spruce & Little Maine Mercantile! These incredible floral creations are brought to you by floral artist @eldebery & her lovingly crafted arrangements are sure to dazzle & warm the hearts of all you mama’s out there! “

Mother’s Day at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Treat mom to flowers – entire gardens of them.
Enjoy our early bulb display and other spring ephemerals with mom this Mother’s Day – all moms receive free admission to the Gardens on Sunday, May 12.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Robinhood Free Meeting House

“We welcome you to join us for our annual celebration of moms! Your brunch faves, some new dishes, and special mommy juices will be available.
We maxxed out this event last year so call or mssg us for reservations to secure your table. Don’t let mom down!” (207) 613-5682


For a full list of events check out our events calendar on our website