A Perfect 3-Day Itinerary to Discover Midcoast Maine

We’ve prepared a 3-day itinerary to discover Midcoast Maine — the heart of coastal charm and rugged beauty. Our region, encompassing the picturesque town of Searsport, is a treasure trove of maritime history, scenic vistas, and culinary delights.

Why Stay with Us?

  • If you’re planning a short escape, Captain Nickels Inn provides a luxurious hub for quick day trips to explore.
  • Our inn offers an elegant and exceptional retreat with a 180° view of the rugged Maine coastline.
  • Choose a room or suite for an ultimate relaxing experience.
  • Wake to the enticing aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a delicious multi-course breakfast. It will prepare you for a day of adventure.

Here are our recommendations to help you craft 3 days in Maine for an unforgettable coastal itinerary.

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Day 1: Exploring Searsport and Surroundings

The first day of your Midcoast Maine itinerary by arriving in the charming town of Searsport, known for its rich maritime heritage. Begin with a visit to the Penobscot Marine Museum. This museum offers a fascinating look into Maine’s seafaring past with exhibits ranging from antique boats to maritime artifacts.

Afternoon: Lunch and Coastal Walk

After soaking up some history, head to Delvino’s Grill & Pasta House for a sensational lunch. Belfast is famous for its fresh seafood, but Delvino’s gives an Italian twist with savory pasta and hearty entrées.

*Our Recommendation: We LOVE their eggplant fries! If you try them, let us know what you think by leaving a selfie post on our Facebook page.

To work off lunch and stretch your legs, take a leisurely walk along Moose Point State Park. The park offers breathtaking views of Penobscot Bay and several easy trails perfect for a relaxing stroll. Keep an eye out for wildlife like deer and eagles.

Evening: Check in, Relax and Dine

Check into Captain Nickels Inn — a wonderful choice, offering historic charm and modern comforts. After settling in, enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant. Searsport’s dining scene features a variety of options, from cozy diners to upscale eateries.

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Day 2: Coastal Adventure from Belfast to Camden

Morning: Belfast Exploration

Wake up to a bright start of Day 2 on your 3-day itinerary to discover Midcoast Maine. Just a short drive from Searsport is the vibrant town of Belfast. Start your day with a walk along the Belfast Harbor Walk, a scenic pathway that offers stunning views of the harbor and historic shipyards. Don’t forget to visit the Belfast Farmers Market if it’s open — it’s a great spot to sample local produce and crafts.

Afternoon: Camden Hills and Harbor

Next, drive south to Camden Hills State Park. For a bit of adventure, hike up to the summit of Mount Battie. The trail is moderate, and the panoramic views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay from the top are spectacular and well worth the effort.

After your hike, head into the town of Camden for lunch. This charming town is known for its scenic harbor, where you can watch the boats go by as you enjoy classic lobster roll or clam chowder. at one of the waterfront restaurants.

Evening: Sunset Sail

End your day with a sunset sail on a traditional schooner from Camden Harbor. This experience offers a unique perspective of the coastline and is a relaxing way to conclude your day. Return to our inn for the night, ready for another day of exploration.

*Our Recommendation: We LOVE Captain Aaron, owner of Schooner Olad & Cutter Owl.  Check out our sailing packages.


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Day 3: Castine and Blue Hill Peninsula

Morning: Historic Castine

On your final day, venture a little further north to Castine, one of the oldest towns in Maine. Dive into the area’s colonial history with a visit to the Wilson Museum and Fort George State Historic Site. The quaint streets of Castine, lined with historic buildings, make for a pleasant morning of exploration.

Afternoon: Blue Hill Peninsula

From Castine, drive to the Blue Hill Peninsula. This region is known for its artsy vibe and stunning landscapes. Stop by the Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a map of local hiking trails. Blue Hill Mountain offers a relatively easy hike with rewarding views at the top.

Enjoy lunch at one of Blue Hill’s local cafes or bakeries. The area is renowned for its locally sourced food and quaint dining spots.

Evening: Coastal Drive and Farewell Dinner

As your trip winds down, enjoy a leisurely drive along the coast back towards Searsport. The scenic route provides numerous photo opportunities and a final chance to soak in the beauty of Midcoast Maine.

Finish your perfect Maine coast itinerary with a memorable dinner at one of Searsport’s best restaurants. Reflect on your adventures as you savor the flavors of this beautiful region.

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A Few Insights When Planning Your Trip

Where does Midcoast Maine start and end?

  • Midcoast Maine generally stretches from the town of Brunswick in the south to Searsport in the north. This region includes charming towns like Bath, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, Rockland, Camden, and Belfast. The Blue Hill Peninsula nestles to the north of the region.

Can you drive along the coast of Maine?

  • Yes, U.S. Route 1 is the main coastal route. It offers stunning views (great for photo ops and selfies) and access to charming seaside towns. It’s a scenic drive that showcases the best of Maine’s coastline.

How many days do you need to explore Midcoast Maine?

  • While this 3-day trip is perfect for a quick getaway, a week allows for a deeper exploration of Maine’s diverse regions — from the beaches of Southern Maine to the rugged landscapes of Acadia National Park.
  • Bonus! Our inn is conveniently located for several day trips along the Midcoast Maine coastline. You can also plan a relaxing stay and enjoy the various things to do near Searsport.

What is the best time to visit Maine?

  • Maine’s seasons are summer, fall, winter, and mud — as winter snow melts away, you’ll experience soggy soil as you explore.
  • For those who enjoy being part of a crowd, summers are a great choice.
  • For nice weather and smaller crowds, choose a visit in May/June or September/October for breathtaking foliage views.


Start Planning Your Midcoast Main Adventure

Our 3-day itinerary to discover Midcoast Maine is great for a quick escape. With its historic towns, scenic parks, and vibrant culture, it’s a perfect destination. Whether you’re exploring the rich history of Searsport, hiking the trails of Camden Hills, or enjoying the artsy charm of the Blue Hill Peninsula, this Maine 3-day itinerary promises an unforgettable experience.

So book your room, pack your bags, hit the road, and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of Midcoast Maine.

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