There are plenty of popular tourist attractions in the Midcoast Maine region, making it easy to fill your days with fun activities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a foodie, art enthusiast, or nature lover — you’ll have no trouble finding fantastic things to do. However, there are some lesser-known attractions that we suggest checking out during your time here. Read on to discover some of our favorite hidden gems in Maine and venture off the beaten path for spectacular experiences.
Of course, you can always explore our free Vacation Guide to reveal more of our local recommendations. It’s a helpful resource to simplify your planning process and ensure you make the most of your next getaway to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
What Are Some of the Best Hidden Gems in Maine?
Farm 23 Bakery
If you have a sweet tooth, then there’s one hidden gem that you don’t want to miss. It’s Farm 23, a bakery in Boothbay Harbor that serves hand-crafted treats with clean ingredients, including non-GMO flour and organic cane sugar. Plus, they never use corn syrup. Stop by their cafe to indulge in fresh bread, pastries, muffins, and more. Or, grab a tasty lunch item to-go from their hot case. They also craft beautiful wedding cakes for those of you who plan on getting married in Boothbay Harbor. Farm 23 is definitely a welcome addition to the community!
Do you have a fondness for craft beers? If so, we recommend visiting Footbridge Brewery near our inn. You can get there via a short, five-minute walk and treat yourself to delicious beers that the brewers make with local ingredients. Consider getting a pint of the Ovens Mouth pale ale, Fisherman’s Thumb IPA, or Salty Dogs gose. The list goes on!
MacDonald Stained Glass
If you’d like to pick up a unique souvenir for a friend or spice up your home decor, then consider a trip over to MacDonald Stained Glass at 7 Wall Point Rd. in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Here, you can browse Richard MacDonald’s incredible creations, like sconces, mirrors, and window art. He’s truly talented at what he does, and you’re sure to agree once you see his collection.
Villard Studios is another artsy attraction on the east side of Boothbay Harbor. While you need to contact them ahead of time to schedule an appointment, it’s well worth it. You can meet the artists, Kim and Philippe Villard, and peruse their projects at this local studio. Plus, you get to try your hand at crafting heirloom prints using the historic woodblock printing technique!
Another one of Maine’s best-kept secrets awaits foodies on the western side of Boothbay Harbor. It’s Dunton’s Doghouse, a charming roadside food stand with an extensive menu of mouthwatering options. Of course, the hot dogs here are excellent, and so are the burgers, fries, and even seafood. Everything is fresh and delicious at this Boothbay Harbor restaurant!
After filling your stomach with tasty food at Dunton’s Doghouse, you can take a short walk over to Harbor Imports to fill bags of unique treasures. Harbor Imports, a fantastic little gift shop in Boothbay Harbor, has an impressive collection of items, such as teak bowls, pearls, sculptures, ship models, and more. Something will surely catch your eye here!
Ovens Mouth Preserve
Those of you who are looking for beautiful hidden gems in Maine should spend an afternoon exploring the Ovens Mouth Preserve. This scenic setting is part of the Boothbay Region Land Trust and provides visitors with a quiet place to enjoy nature. Ovens Mouth Preserve is home to over five miles of hiking trails, making it the preserve with the most extensive trail system in the Boothbay Region Land Trust. Venture along the Ovens Mouth East or Ovens Mouth West sections to witness wooded features as well as coves, marshes, and picnic spots.
One of the best things to do in Maine is to go fishing, and Captain Ben Kahler has you covered if you’d like to enjoy this popular activity. While there are several companies in the area, few of them provide such exceptional experiences for families and anglers. Be sure to book a trip with Mainetain Charters for your next adventure at sea!
Discover Them All During a Stay at Topside Inn
While it’s not necessarily a hidden gem, Topside Inn can certainly be considered a gem of Maine. Plus, when you stay at our inn in Boothbay Harbor, you get to enjoy top-notch lodging in a convenient location near all of these hidden gems.
Take your pick from a variety of coastal-themed accommodations with modern amenities to begin a journey toward an unforgettable getaway. Then, enhance the experience with our exclusive add-ons, specials, and packages. Whether you’re looking for relaxation, romance, or adventure, we have the perfect option for you. So, go ahead and book your stay today!