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The Towns of the
Penobscot Bay Region

The Penobscot Bay Region of Mid-Coast Maine is comprised of many small villages, towns and cities each with their own personalities. What they all share in common is the beautiful natural resources, unique shops and attractions and very friendly people. We hope you enjoy visiting many of them while staying in the area.

Learn more about our communities here:

Appleton

 

Located 15 miles inland, in the Georges River valley, Appleton has enjoyed a small-farm revival in recent years. Part of the Five Town School District, Appleton sends children to Appleton Village School and Camden Hills Regional High School.

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Camden

Camden is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, regularly appearing in national magazines’ “best places” lists. A town that makes it’s living from tourism is fast becoming a popular retirement destination. The Camden Conference, Camden Opera House and the Camden International Film Festival makes Camden culturally vibrant. Schools include Camden-Rockport Elementary School, Camden-Rockport Middle School, and Camden Hills Regional High School, plus the independent Watershed School and the Children’s House Montessori School.

Voted the prettiest harbor in Maine in 2009, Camden harbor's mix of working and pleasure craft includes a fleet of windjammer schooners, which began operating tourist cruises in 1936. Each September, a family-friendly Windjammer Festival keeps the area's maritime traditions alive through schooner open houses, lobster crate races, a chowder cook-off, marine crafts demonstrations, and free live entertainment.

This scenic coastline nestles into the Camden Hills, among them Mount Battie, part of Camden Hills State Park. From its 790-foot summit, reached by 26 miles of hiking trails and an auto road, the panorama stretches from Rockland and its islands to the Blue Hill peninsula. Camden resident and Pulizer Prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay immortalized this vista in her 1912 poem "Renascence": "All I could see from where I stood was three long mountains and a wood. I turned and looked the other way and saw three islands in a bay." On the shore side of U.S. Route 1, the park contains hiking trails and picnic areas.

Facing inland, Mount Battie's stone tower offers dramatic views to Lake Megunticook--popular for summer boating, fishing, and swimming--and Ragged Mountain, site of the Camden Snow Bowl. This four-season recreation area offers tennis, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, and February's annual national toboggan championships.

Shops in Camden's compact downtown offer clothing, jewelry, gifts, art supplies, toys, home furnishings, and more--all within walking distance of the harbor, dining, and lodging. Many authors, musicians, and artists call this area home, so there are several bookstores and galleries, as well as the HarborArts show in July and October.

Cushing

Situated on its own peninsula southwest of Thomaston, it is at the heart of Maine's "Wyeth Country." Cushing is primarily a rural residential community with few commercial enterprises. There isa Post Office, a few B & B’s, and seasonal cottage/vacation rentals. Part of Regional School Unit 13, Cushing has its own elementary school. Older children attend Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston and Oceanside High School in Rockland.


Friendship

Located at the tip of the Cushing peninsula, Friendship is a small fishing village with a general store. Children attend the local elementary school, then Medomak Middle School and Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.


Hope

The Town of Hope, Maine is the fastest growing town in Knox County, located north of Camden and Rockport and east of Union. Farm families specialize in dairy, poultry, apples, blueberries and Christmas trees. Hope Village and South Hope are the principal centers of business. Children attend Hope Elementary School for grades K–8 and Camden Hills Regional High School.


 

 

Isle au Haut

 

 

Isle au Haut is a small, year-round un-bridged island town in Knox County, Maine. About half of Isle au Haut is a remote outpost of Acadia National Park. The one-room schoolhouse serves children up to grade 8. Older students choose from several off-island high schools and boarding schools. A passenger boat provides service between the island and Stonington.


 


 

 

Isleboro

Though it’s best known for its wealthy summer colony, Islesboro is a vibrant year-round island community with a K–12 school that is so highly regarded it attracts students from the mainland. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art community center complete with a workout facility, cafe, and cultural arts programming; a health center; and an assisted-living home that allows elderly residents to remain on island. Located three miles off the coast of Lincolnville, Islesboro is served by a ferry that makes several trips a day.


Jefferson

Jefferson is a town in Lincoln County, incorporated on February 24, 1807, when Thomas Jefferson was President, from Ballstown Plantation. During the 19th Century, it set off land to Alna and Newcastle, and annexed land from Patricktown, later incorporated as Somerville. Abandoned granite quarries and clay banks where bricks were made suggest the early economic activities of the area.

Located on Great Bay of Damariscotta Lake, rural Jefferson is home to Damariscotta Lake State Park, a popular summer destination. Hidden Valley Nature Center, has an extensive network of trails and woods roads.

Jefferson Village School serves grades K–8. Secondary students attend the high school of their choice, with most attending Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.


 

Liberty

Liberty village in Waldo County located just off Route 3 is home to two micro-breweries, several restaurants, a museum and Liberty Tool Company. Walker Memorial School serves children in grades PK–5. Secondary students attend Mt. View High School in Thorndike.


Lincolnville

 

Lincolnville is noted for its diverse geography. One of the smallest local towns in population but the largest in area, Lincolnville spans two settlements, at Lincolnville Beach there are shops, restaurants and lodging plus the ferry to Islesboro. Lincolnville Centre has a library, a General Store, fine dining Bed & Breakfast, Sailing Club, Vineyard and Lincolnville Central School which provides K–8 education, after which children attend Camden Hills Regional High School. 

 

Matinicus Isle

A 23-mile ferry ride from Rockland, Matinicus is the East Coast’s most remote island community. There are no year-round stores, no restaurants, no paved roads, and one industry — lobstering. Matinicus Island School serves children through grade 8. Students attend high school on the mainland. The state ferry travels between Matinicus and Rockland once to several times a month, depending on the time of year. Penobscot Island Air, based at Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head, makes two round-trip trips daily except weekends.


Monhegan

 

Located about 10 miles out to sea, and in Lincoln County, Monhegan has an enduring mystique, thanks in large measure to the art of George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Jamie Wyeth. There is a year round population of lobstermen. Just 1.4 miles long and .7 mile wide, Monhegan has one small grocery, various lodgings, a yoga studio, a handful of gift shops, and a brewery. The one-room schoolhouse serves grades pre-K–8. High school students attend school on the mainland. Monhegan is served seasonally by ferries from Port Clyde, New Harbor, and Boothbay Harbor.

 

North Haven

One of Maine's 14 unbridged island communities, North Haven lies in Penobscot Bay approximately twelve miles from the midcoast City of Rockland. It is served by a Maine Department of Transportation ferry making three round trips a day from Rockland. Its year-round population swells in July and August with the return of families who own seasonal homes.. A handful of shops, galleries, and an inn compose the downtown. The North Haven Community School serves children from kindergarten through grade 12.


Northport

Northport is home to the summer coastal community of Bayside, and to Point Lookout Resort. The Edna Drinkwater Elementary School serves grades K–8. High school students can go to any approved high school.


 

Owls Head

Owls Head stands on its own peninsula with a lobster pound, harbor, vineyard and several churches. It also has two State Parks, Owls Head State Park with the lighthouse and Birch Point Beach State Park. Also located in Owls Head are the Knox Country Regional Airport and Owls Head Transportation Museum. Owls Head is part of Regional School Unit 13 and has a brand new Pre K – grade 5 Elementary School. Older children attend Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston and Oceanside High School in Rockland.


Rockland

 

Rockland is the Knox County seat and home to the County courts, UMA Rockland Center, the Career Center, Social Service offices and various non-profits. The main street is filled with shops, restaurants and museums. Rockland has the largest concentration of manufacturers in Maine, ranging from boat builders to process manufacturers, and precision manufacturing. Rockland is one of just 16 Coast Guard Cities, a designation that recognizes the community’s supportive relationship with the United States Coast Guard. Students attend South School, Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston and Oceanside High School.


 

Rockport

Located between Camden and Rockland, Rockport has parks, shops, a library, historic lime kilns, restaurants, the Rockport Opera House and a harbor. Part of the Five Town CSD, Rockport sends children to Camden-Rockport Elementary and Middle schools and Camden Hills Regional High School.


Searsmont

The town spreads over approximately 40 square miles, Searsmont continues its lumbering heritage with Robbins Lumber Mill as the major industry. There is a community building that houses the town offices, library, and historical society. Searsmont has two elementary schools, one for grades K–2, the other for grades 3–5. Students attend middle and high school in Belfast.


Somerville

Somerville is a small community with no services, it is home to farms and dirt roads plus the Sheepscot River. Somerville is part of Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit 12. Children attend elementary school n Windsor, Washington or Jefferson. Secondary students have their choice of a number of high schools.


South Thomaston

This peninsula community is comprised of three primary villages: the town center, known locally as the “Keag” (pronounced “Gig) Spruce Head; and Spruce Head Island, a lobstering port. Businesses include lodging facilities, a campground, seasonal cottage vacation rentals, stores, art galleries, small shops, and oceanfront seafood shacks. South Thomaston is part of Regional School Unit 13. Elementary students attend the new Ash Point Community School in Owls Head, Pre-K to Grade 5. Secondary students attend Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston and Oceanside High School in Rockland.


St. George

Primarily a fishing and lobstering community, St. George is made up of several distinct villages: Tenants Harbor, Port Clyde,Clark Island, Wiley’s Corner, and Martinsville. Lodging establishments, restaurants, art galleries, and small businesses are along the length of this coastal peninsula town, with Marshall Point Light at its tip. The Monhegan Boat Line departs from Port Clyde. St. George School is a public K–8 school. High school students can choose from five area schools for grades 9–12.



 

Thomaston

Thomaston, overlooks the head of the St. George River Estuary. Boat building and lobstering related industry can be found in this village in addition to shops and restaurants and the Maine State Prison Showroom.The biggest event of the year in Thomaston is its rousing Fourth of July celebration. Thomaston is part of RSU13 and children attend Thomaston Grammar School, Oceanside Middle School, and Oceanside High School in Rockland.


Union

Sitting at the center of Knox County’s agricultural region, Union Common, a classic New England green encircled by small businesses is the village’s heart. There are two vineyards and a Micro-Brewery plus one of Maine's oldest agricultural fairs. The town has its own elementary school. Older children attend Medomak Middle School and Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.


Vinalhaven

 

Located about 15 miles off the coast of Rockland, Vinalhaven is the largest of Maine’s 15 year-round island towns. Lobster fishing is the largest component of Vinalhaven’s economy, followed closely by tourism all supported by volunteer fire and emergency medical services. The village on Carvers Harbor, at the southern end of the island, has a market, gift and craft shops, and a couple of restaurants. Lodging includes a motel, B&Bs, and cottage rentals. The state ferry makes several trips daily between the island and Rockland. Children attend grades K–12 at the Vinalhaven School.

 

Waldoboro

Waldoboro, situated along the banks of the Medomak River in eastern Lincoln County, is adjacent to Warren and bisected by U.S. Route 1, approximately 18 miles west of Rockland. The town center, which is several blocks away from Route 1, hosts, a supermarket, cafes and a Theatre. Today, clamming is Waldoboro’s biggest employer. Agricultural, commercial, and industrial enterprises round out the economy. Waldoboro has three public schools: Miller Elementary School, Medomak Middle School, and Medomak Valley High School.


Warren

Stretched between Waldoboro and Thomaston, Warren is a farming and rural community with a number of small industries and commercial establishments—principally along Route 1 and Route 90. You'll find the village center a few blocks away from both of those highways. Warren is home to several recreational lakes and ponds, campgrounds, and seasonal cottage/vacation rentals. Warren has its own elementary school. Children attend middle school and high school in Waldoboro.


Washington

This rural inland town is comprised of several small villages: Washington village, West Washington, Razorville, and Stickney Corner. Two unique summer camps, Medomak Family Camp and Med-O-Lark, are located on the shores of Washington Pond. Social centers include a general store and a cafe, as well as a number of civic and fraternal organizations. Prescott Elementary School serves grades K–6. Children then attend Medomak Middle School and Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro.