Explore Midcoast Maine from the Craignair Inn

Mid-coast Maine is the perfect getaway for any traveler. Whether you want to take in sweeping ocean views from the porch swing or Adirondack chairs on the lawn, relax on the beach at low tide, stroll over the causeway to Clark Island where you can go for swim in one of the island's rock quarries, hike at Camden State Park, and eat at local lobster shacks on the waterfront, we have something for everyone. The Farnsworth Art Museum is nationally renowned and showcases works from all over the world, and nearby are the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. For those making their way along the Maine Beer Trail, we are not far off the beaten path.

 
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Clark Island quarry is the perfect summer swimming hole for Inn guests

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Adirondack chairs looking towards long cove

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Sit back and enjoy the warmth of the fire and roast up a s’more

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The Clark Cove beach at the Craignair is dog friendly

Lighthouses

Love lighthouses? You’re in the right spot! With an array of famous lighthouses nearby, as well as the Maine Lighthouse Museum you couldn’t ask for a better place to stay!

Owl’s Head Lighthouse is located in Owls Head Light State Park. There is a large parking area near the lighthouse, and the grounds are open to the public. The Owls Head State Park itself consists of one main trail head that splits into two separate paths. One path heads down to the beach, while the other heads up to the Owls Head Light. Make your way down to the beach to see a pristine view of the lighthouse and the cliffs on which it stands.  

Breakwater Lighthouse is just under a mile long walk and is a beautiful and scenic walk on a sunny day. Visiting does require a nearly two-mile round trip walk. During bad weather, waves often crash over the granite breakwater which can make the walk a very wet one. Check out the live webcam.

Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum is where you can see photos from the filming of the movie “Forest Gump” and re-enact Tom Hanks concluding his long run on the lighthouse runway.

Tenants Harbor Light, also known as Southern Island Light, is a located at the mouth of Tenants Harbor on the St. George peninsula. It appears in paintings by Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie Wyeth, who have owned the lighthouse since 1978. Jamie’s studio is in the pyramid-shaped bell tower.


Camden Hills State Park

With 5700-acres to play in, the Camden Hills State Park offers a range of trails and rewards hikers with spectacular sweeping ocean views. The Mount Battie Trail offers a relatively short, but very rewarding hike  Going up the stone tower on Mount Battie's summit allows you to soak in the 360-degree panorama. There is also a parking lot near this lookout for weary travelers who want the view without the hike. Whether you are looking for hiking, biking, running, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing — adventure awaits you at Camden Hills!

Parking for the Mount Battie Trail can be found at the end of Megunticook Street in Camden, off of ME Route 52, just after the intersection of ME Route 52 and US Route 1.

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Monhegan Boat Line

The Original Mailboat Experience

Transporting you through the waters of beautiful Muscongus Bay to enchanting Monhegan Island. You’ll board in the charming village of Port Clyde, at the tip of the St. George peninsula. Once passengers and freight are loaded on board, the boat heads out of the harbor past Marshall Point lighthouse. It follows a protected route among pine-clad islands. Porpoises and small whales have been known to rise from the water. The course usually takes passengers by lobstermen hauling their traps and schooners gliding before the wind. On the return trip, you’ll pass close to Seal Rock, where families of seals play in the water and basking in the sun.

Puffin & Nature Cruise

This cruice takes visitors by Easter Egg Rock to view an Atlantic puffin nesting site and learn about the Audubon’s Project Puffin. The Puffin & Nature Cruise lasts 2.5 hours and depart daily at 11:30 a.m. out of Port Clyde between June 10, 2019 – August 20, 2019.

Lighthouse Cruises

Take on a new perspective by viewing iconic lighthouses from the water. This cruise includes Marshall Point, Whitehead, Two Bush Light, and Southern Island.

Sunset Puffin & Nature Cruise

There is nothing better than a sunset cruise to top off a summer day spent on the Maine coast. As the sun sets behind the mainland, the water takes on a golden hue and the land stands out in dark green contrast. Sailboats and lobster boats head for home, seals clamber onto the rocks, and ospreys settle into their nests. Just as the sun disappears, the sea and sky can turn an electric pink. The Sunset Puffin & Nature Cruises depart Wednesday through Saturday out of Port Clyde between July 3, 2019 – August 17, 2019.

 

 

The Maine Beer Trail

Explore Maine breweries with the Maine Beer Trail, an easy to follow brochure that can be used throughout the state to find nearby pubs and breweries, track your Maine brewery visits and be rewarded.

You can use the Plan Your Route tool to find the perfect midcoast Maine brewer along your way to the Craignair Inn.


Project Puffin Visitor Center

Visitors to the Project Puffin learn about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands and beaches. Project Puffin Visitor Center hosts a Wednesday Night Lecture Series in July and August where guest speakers share on a variety of topics while guests can enjoy wine, cheese & light refreshments. The Visitor Center also hosts Thursday afternoon Seaside Science Programs with entertaining activities and projects that teach kids about conservation.

Visitors can view real-time video and sounds of puffins from the remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles south of Rockland, through robotic camera. A 20-minute film screening of “Project Puffin” showcases people taking innovative action to bring puffins and other seabirds back to the Maine coast.