Posts Tagged ‘Maine Coast’

Golf and sail the Maine Coast

April 20, 2010

Windjammer, Penobscot Bay © Hilary Nangle

You want to sail, partner wants to golf; not a problem: The Maine Windjammer Association has you both covered with three packages that add golf to any 3- to 6-day cruise this season. Cruises on one of the 12 member vessels start at $400 per person, which includes all meals, activities, and accommodations. To that, add one of these options:

• Samoset & Sail Package: A one-night stay at Samoset Resort, with a round on its 18 hole, PGA championship course complete with cart and club rentals, for $179-$234 per person.

• Lanyards, Links, and Luxury Package: A two-night stay at historic B&B in Rockland, including gourmet breakfasts, one round of 18-hole golf, cart and club rentals, for $250 per person.

• Travel-Light Sail & Golf Trail Package: Includes map and complimentary club rentals at participating courses around the State of Maine. Free!

Victory Chimes © Hilary Nangle

Never been on a windjammer? Let me tell you what to expect. It’s a few steps above camping on the water. Expect a cozy bunk and hearty meals. A few boats have roomier and more private facilities, but for the most part, you’re living in tight quarters with like-minded individuals. Bring good books, musical instruments if they’re portable, binoculars. You’ll sail by day, then anchor usually off an island or a small seaport, given a chance to explore it before returning for the night. It’ll be quiet, and if the weather cooperates, star-gazing provides the best free light-show for miles around.

Windjamming is not for those who need to be waited on hand and foot, who demand luxurious accommodations and fancy baths (most boats have shared heads and shower, but there’s usually a sink in your cabin), fussbudgets, or who can’t survive without being connected to the electronic world. Most—but not all—boats are historic vessels, built for freight and retrofitted for human cargo.

There are no set destinations; wind and tide set the daily course. You have to be willing to roll with the weather—sunshine, clouds, fog, rain, gales—whatever Ma Nature pitches, you deal with.

For the right people, though, it’s a vacation without compare.

New edition of Moon Coastal Maine

April 9, 2010

The new, hot-off-the-press edition of my Moon Handbooks Coastal Maine just arrived on my doorstep, and I have to brag: I’m quite pleased with it. I’m especially thrilled that my editor accommodated all my last-minute adds/changes/deletes, so that it’s quite current, a rare feat for guidebooks.

I’ve included plenty of new restaurants and accommodations, as well as new places to see and things to do. Of course, I’ve shared my finds, my favorite quirky places, my off-the-beaten-path discoveries. And yes, I’ve dished on dining, from take-out stands to clothed tables and detailed the best places to snooze, from tourist cabins to luxury digs. And so much more.

I maintain this blog to keep my readers up to date on opening, closures, and change, so you’re always in the loop.

Shortly, this blog will have a new look, too. In the meantime, thanks for reading, and if you or someone you know is contemplating a trip to the Maine coast, please purchase my book. And now, shamless promo over, back to our regularly scheduled blogging.

Where in Maine 2

March 4, 2010

This one's a bit more difficult, although if you've traveled the nooks and crannies of Maine's coastline, you might recognize it. Image ©Hilary Nangle

VOTE now, vote often for Rockland! Named a “2010 Distinctive Destination,” make it THE destination

February 3, 2010

Planning a Maine vacation? Want to have an authentic experience? Want lobster, a seaport, great museums and shops? Craving a real town, not a tourist set?

Have I got the place for you.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Rockland, Maine, to its 2010 List of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Rockland was selected for its authentic preservation of a rich history and its wide range of unique attractions, including a picturesque working waterfront that packs alluring cultural heritage with prized fresh seafood and world famous festivals.

For the first time in the program’s history, the public can vote online for its fan favorite throughout February. Any legal resident of the U.S., 18 years of age or older, can vote as often as they like for their favorite city or town on this year’s list. The winner of the popular vote will be announced on March 1, 2010. You’ll have to register, but it’s well worth the effort. Voters are automatically entered to win a complimentary two night stay at any Historic Hotel of America.

So why vote for Rockland? Well, besides it being home of Pies on Parade, the Lobster Festival, fun shops, and cool museums and galleries and, well, I could go on and on, but I’ll let the National Trust get a few words in:

“With great pride in its maritime past and present, Rockland blends tradition with an innovative spirit,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Visitors will discover an authentic snapshot of coastal living.”

Lobster is king in Rockland – from the harbor where visitors can watch a lobsterman dock to the world-famous Maine Lobster Festival, which occurs in August every year. Locals and visitors can shop and enjoy a bounty of local cuisines in a setting one block from the harbor on Rockland’s historic Main Street. Home to art galleries and a number of major events, the town hosts visitors with the North American Blues Festival in July, which includes two days of Grammy Award-winning music on the harbor, and the Maine Boats Homes & Harbors Show in August.

Highlights from the Trust:

Maine Lighthouse Museum educates the public on the history of American lighthouses and the role of the United States Coast Guard in maritime safety

• The historic Owl’s Head, Rockland Breakwater, and Marshall Point lighthouses still stand in the Rockland area and are open for tours.

• For 63 years the Maine Lobster Festival has celebrated Maine’s maritime tradition with over 1,000 community volunteers and 20,000 pounds of lobster

Rockland Harbor provides great opportunities for sailing and kayaking just off the coast of Maine.

The Strand Theatre offers film, live music, and stage performances and has been entertaining Rockland residents and visitors since 1923.

Farnsworth Art Museum houses a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists including the work of three generations of the Wyeth family as well as the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House (made famous by Andrew Wyeth’s iconic painting, Christina’s World), both listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

And they didn’t even mention the Puffin Center, the National Historic District, the easily walkable downtown, the great inns, the restaurants that are gaining national attention, and, well you know me, I could go on and on.

So, what are you waiting for? Vote now, vote often!

Sebasco celebrates 80 years with a steal of a package

May 7, 2009

Gotta like this one. Sebasco Harbor Resort, a family oriented (and pet-friendly) lodge and cottages smack dab on the ocean, is celebrating its birthday with a budget-friendly 80th Anniversary Weekend package, June 5-7.

Sebasco is located near the tip of the Phippsburg peninsula, south of Bath. Once quite retro, it’s slowly and consistently been upgraded and updated (renovated rooms, addition of an oceanfront spa), without losing its charm (candlepin bowling, saltwater pool). There’s a nine-hole golf course with one hole that puts meaning into the term water hazard. 

Here’s the scoop: For $199 per person, you receive two nights lodging in the main lodge, unlimited golf, daily breakfast, Saturday lunch BBQ/lobster bake, Saturday night grand buffet dinner with entertainment, and all kinds of activities.

Details, details:

Friday arrival

  • Welcome reception in the Main Lodge
  • Family Bon-fire sing along
  • Evening entertainment in the Ledges Pub


  • Champagne buffet breakfast in the Pilot House
  • Harborside BBQ Lunch and Lobster bake
  • Grand Buffet in the Cornelius Room with music and dancing
  • Evening entertainment in the Ledges Pub


  • Harborside Blueberry Pancake breakfast

Complimentary  Activities:

  • Hat Parties
  • Wooden Horse Races
  • Costume Golf
  • Relay races in the pool

Other Complimentary Activities:

  • Family golf tournament on Lake Course
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Treasure/scavenger hunts
  • Sebasco Jeopardy
  • All American BBQ
  • Lakeside Fireworks display
  • Wine Tasting

If you can’t make it this weekend, through June 18, Sebasco is offering $80 rooms in its main lodge.

Victory Chimes two views

September 7, 2008

One from the air, early on a bright sunny day; and one from the sea, taken later that afternoon, as the fog rolled in. In any case, September through early October is a grand time for a windjammer vacation.

Taken from a biplane.

Taken from a biplane.

Taken from aboard Morning in Maine, in Rockland Harbor

Taken from aboard Morning in Maine, in Rockland Harbor