Thursday, October 28, 2021

Lincolnville Maine, the hidden gem next to Camden Maine

The charming town of Lincolnville abuts Camden Maine via road, mountains, and sea.  A trip to the area is not complete without a tour of this charming town. From the gorgeous year-round views and serene coastlines to the local wines and amazing outdoor opportunities, you cannot go wrong spending the day in lovely Lincolnville. 

Cellardoor Winery 

For a truly delightful experience, the Cellardoor Winery has a state-of-the-art winery for creating distinctly Maine-made wines. The five-and-a-half acre estate vineyard has developed hardy hybrids to withstand Maine's climate, and today you'll find traditionally fermented wines like Bulles Rosé, dessert wines like Late Harvest Frontenac Gris, and their first-ever Ice Wine produced in 2018. You can choose from pre-set tastings, individual glasses of wine, or buy a bottle to enjoy with a locally-sourced cheese plate. Cellardoor Winery is open on the weekends. Reservations are required and can be made online. 

Enjoy the Local Trails 

The Ski Shelter Trail at Camden Hills State Park is a wonderful choice for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. It is a moderate, five-mile trail that follows the base of Megunticook, where you can see everything from forest to bogs, and an abundance of wildlife. As a multi-use trail, it is well graveled and popular with hikers, horseback riders, ski mobiles, and bicycles. It is open all year and is a popular cross-country trail in the winter. You can also access several trails in the northern section of Camden Hills State Park, including local favorite Bald Rock with its gorgeous views.  You can check out the trail map and plan the perfect route. 

Megunticook Lake Access

Another favorite spot for hikers, Fernald's Neck Preserve, is a nature preserve along Megunticook Lake. The mature trees of the uninterrupted forest are a sight to see. The trail system is a great place for wildlife viewings, such as bald eagles and loons that live on the lake. There's a lot to see on the 3.6 miles of trails, so be sure to plan ahead so you can take your time taking it all in. Near balance rock, there is even a place you can get your feet wet or take a swim in the freshwater lake.

Lincolnville Beach

Lincolnville Beach is a beautiful place to take a quiet stroll, lay on the real sand beach (at low tide), or watch the boats come and go from the nearby Iselboro ferry terminal. You can enjoy kayaking, boating, swimming, and fishing. There's no shortage of fun and exploration along the coast, and the bay is protected from big waves by the islands. You can also take a short ride out to the nearby island of Isleboro.

Lincolnville General Store

This charming Lincolnville General Store is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch. They use their wood-fired oven daily to cook pizzas, breads, meats, veggies, and more, so you're sure to find something delicious to try. A wide variety of baked goods, fresh salads, a unique wine selection, and locally crafted beers are some of the other treats you can find here. Of course, they also offer a great selection of grocery items and gift items. You're sure to find something tasty and unique at this local store! 

After a day of wine tasting, hiking, or enjoying the coastline, come back and relax at the Captain Swift Inn. Lincolnville is a short 15-minute drive from our front door and is a nice addition to your Camden Maine vacation. Contact us today to book your lodging for your next MidCoast vacation. We promise you'll experience the warm welcome and excellent service you deserve!