Celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial in 2020 with one of our Off the Beaten Path Tours. Explore Midcoast Maine’s history & curiosities on the back roads & coastlines with your knowledgeable local guide from Red Cloak Tours.
The tours are designed as fully narrated historical tours, with factual history as well as legends and folklore of Maine. They make great introductory tours to encourage you to explore further on your own as you return to your favorite spots to spend time at some the museums, shops, farms, and galleries.
All tour start and end at Wiscasset Woods Lodge, so there’s no time or stress finding the tour office.
Half Day Tours
All half day tours are 3 hours long and can accommodate up to 5 people.
Tours using your car with you driving and our guide $165 + any site fees
A chauffeured car with our guide $482 + any site fees
Sea Captains, Sea Shore, and Scenic Drives
Your tour may include: Sea Captain’s homes and learning some early history; visiting Fort Edgecomb*; learn of the Marie Antoinette legend; and viewing two or three lighthouses from a distance. Along the way you’ll have scenic drives and opportunities to stop at various points of interest, such as a lobster pound, learning all about the folklore and history of the area. Upon your return through Wiscasset, hear of the wild working waterfront and take some more back roads through history. All tours are adjusted according to your preferences.
*Fort Edgecomb fee, $4 adults, $1 senior
Lighthouse Tour, Archaeological Digs, and Life in Early Maine
This tour’s highlight is Pemaquid Point Lighthouse* with all the back stories, history, legends and a chance to go up in the tower yourself. The views are spectacular at this stop. Your tour may also include an historic fort* and archaeological dig, a one room schoolhouse (to tour if open), a fish ladder and much more. A stop for a peek in some tidal pools, a visit to an early 18th century church (to tour if open), and much of the area’s industrial history including oyster fishing and the home of the first five-masted schooner will be on this tour. All tours are adjusted according to your preferences.
*Pemaquid Lighthouse Park fee, $3 adult; Fort William Henry fee, $4 adult, $1 senior
Maine’s First Governor, Forts, and Shipbuilding
This back road journey will take you to some little known and historic areas of Bath and down the Phippsburg peninsula to see two forts closely and two lighthouses from afar. Learn of Maine’s first governor and see some associated sites, such as his hunting lodge. Notable ships have been built in the Bath area, so you can hear a bit about those and see some replicas. A different type of scenic coastline is on this route – you can even take a stroll along a sandy beach if you want. Hear the legends of pirate treasure and Norse runes in the area on your return. All tours are adjusted according to your preferences.
Civil War/Underground Railroad, Islands, and Lobster Trivia
This tour may include scenic Orr’s and Bailey Islands, along with visits to Brunswick and Harpswell that will showcase this Off the Beaten Path trip. Learn about some Underground Railroad activity in the area as well as Civil War connections to Maine. Iconic Maine sights such as lobster boats and buoys, rocky coastline and “Lands End” will be seen. There will be opportunities to get out and beach comb or dip your toe in the Atlantic, even to climb the Giant’s Stairs if you wish. Other historical and scenic areas will be available to visit, if you wish. All tours are adjusted according to your preferences.
Colonial History, River Life, and a 1754 Trading Post
Heading away from the coast on this route will take you to some areas of early Maine history such as the King’s Highway, Benedict Arnold territory, a mid-18th century courthouse, the oldest colonial fort in the country and more. Winding through scenic farmland and by rivers will take you to Hallowell, a picturesque town on the Kennebec River. Full of original buildings and storefronts, it is a trove of history, including many beautiful homes. Take a break by the river and watch for jumping sturgeon as you learn about Maine’s ice and granite industries. All tours are adjusted according to your preferences.
Full Day Tours
Enjoy a full day exploring Midcoast Maine by combining two of our tours.
All full day tours are 6 hours long, can allow time for a meal, and accommodate up to 5 people.
Tours using your car with you driving and our guide $330 + any site fees
A chauffeured car with our guide $964 + any site fees
- Sea Captains, Sea Shore, and Scenic Drives AND Lighthouse Tour, Archaeological Digs, and Life in Early Maine
- Maine’s First Governor, Forts, and Shipbuilding AND Civil War/Underground Railroad, Islands, and Lobster Trivia
- Colonial History, River Life, and a 1754 Trading Post AND Sea Captains, Sea Shore, and Scenic Drives
- Maine’s First Governor, Forts, and Shipbuilding AND Colonial History, River Life, and a 1754 Trading Post
All these tours have options that can be discussed with your guide prior to your tour. We will allow for the possibility that you may wish to spend more time at one stop than another, and there may be other factors affecting the route, such as weather, road conditions, or special requests.
Any lunch/snack stops and park/museum entry fees are an extra charge, though most accept donations. If there is a fee, it is noted in the description. These prices are for up to 5 people; arrangements can be made for larger groups or longer tours. Guide gratuity is not included.
To book a tour or get more information, call us at (207) 882-7137 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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