Wedding in Maine things to do roundup!

We have been posting things to do in the area for our Maine wedding guests and decided to do a roundup of them in one post!

You might have heard the old Maine expression, “You can’t get there from here.” Or, pronounced with a proper Down East accent, “You cahn’t get theyah from heeah.” Fortunately, the saying’s more humorous than it is accurate – you can get to plenty of places from French’s Point.

We’re situated at a handy midway point between Midcoast Maine’s most famous hotpots. To the south, Rockland beckons with fantastic waterfront events including the Maine Lobster Festival and the North Atlantic Blues Festival, as well as dozens of specialty stores and the nationally recognized Farnsworth Art Museum.

Just up the road, Rockland’s sister town of Camden earns its nickname as the “Jewel of the Maine Coast” with one-of-a-kind boutiques and sweeping views from atop Mount Battie in the surrounding hills. Together, the two locales draw thousands of visitors each year.

To the east of us is the Maine coast’s other renowned tourist destination: Bar Harbor. A seaside town of rocky cliffs and bustling shops, Bar Harbor inspires Maine’s postcard image, serving as a gateway to the wilds of Acadia National Park.

Make French’s Point your home base for exploring both Rockland-Camden and Bar Harbor, and don’t miss the less publicized gems in between. Stroll the historic red brick downtown of Belfast and take in an art exhibit, or view pristine historic homes on the elm-lined streets of Castine. Slightly inland, the village of Blue Hill, which takes its name from the blueberry-covered mountain rising above it, draws hikers, kayakers, sailors and other outdoor enthusiasts.
For a bird’s eye view of all these sights, take an invigorating one-minute elevator ride to the top of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory. From 420 feet up, you’ll come to appreciate the region in a whole new way.

See for yourself why so many refer to the Midcoast as “the real Maine.”

Read more.. Friday, May 4th, 2012

Things To Do: Hike Mount Battie

Located a short drive from French’s Point along scenic Route 1, Camden Hills State Park is where coastal boutique shopping meets top-notch outdoor recreation.

The park lies just a few minutes north of Camden’s charming downtown, overlooking Penobscot Bay. Its crown jewel is the panoramic view from atop Mt. Battie, a vista that includes the bay and its islands, as well as the peak of Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain on a clear day. The sights from the summit are said to have inspired Edna St. Vincent Millay, a famous native poet, to pen “Renascence,” a poem that opens, “All I could see from where I stood was three long mountains and a wood. I turned and looked another way and saw three islands in a bay.”

For a leisurely trip, take the auto road and drive to the summit. For a more heart-pumping ascent, hit the half-mile trail for a hike over granite rocks and through wild blueberry bushes. Keep an eye out for foxes, deer and songbirds. If you’re visiting in the fall, take in the added treat of watching the leaves shift from green to vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.

Camden Hills State Park boasts 30 miles of hiking trails in all, including treks to its highest peak, Megunticook Mountain, which rises 1,380 feet. Stay overnight at the campground for a summer night under the stars.

Read more.. Monday, August 15th, 2011

Meet Midcoast Maine: Home to French’s Point

With ocean waves lapping on the shore and the scent of wild beach roses blooming around us, it’s tempting to linger on the estate all summer. But the surrounding region has so much to offer that you can’t help but do a little exploring.

Maine’s Midcoast stretches from the shipbuilding hub of Bath northward through the tourist hotspots of Camden and Rockland and on to the artsy enclave of Belfast, the closest you’ll come to “urban” in our neck of the woods. Heading further north from French’s Point, you’ll find Down East Maine, home to Bar Harbor and the wilds of Acadia National Park, which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world to Maine’s shores every year.

Arcadia National Park

In our neighborhood, you’ll find lesser-known gems sometimes overlooked on the well-worn tourist path. The waters of Penobscot Bay, scored with islands, historic lighthouses and sleepy harbors, first drew British explorers back in 1605. Their presence later prompted the construction of Fort Knox, a granite sentry overlooking the Penobscot River that remains open to visitors from May to November. Also on the site is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, a 42-story lookout that’s the highest of its kind in the world. The views of our region from its tower are simply unparalleled.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory

In town, you’ll discover Belfast’s distinctly tranquil atmosphere, as Route 1, the road linking almost the entirety of Maine’s coast, bypasses the eclectic downtown. Belfast’s industrial roots, combined with echoes of its back-to-the-lander past, have shaped a community where you can gallery-hop after a lunch of local fare at Chase’s Daily and learn about the area’s maritime history on a free walking tour.

All this is just a taste of what our region has to offer, so we’ll be highlighting even more – including a wacky roadside attraction known for its giant animal sculptures – in the weeks ahead.

Read more.. Tuesday, June 14th, 2011