As autumn hastily comes and goes over the coming weeks, winter enthusiasts will begin to unpack their favorite scarves, snowsuits, and ski poles. For those who’re already looking ahead to winter’s snowy wonderland, we recommend that you contemplate a visit to peaceful Midcoast Maine. Every year, winter in Maine allures thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and tired city dwellers because our small, coastal towns offer a well-deserved, much-needed break from busy metropolitan areas. There aren’t many Midcoast Maine family resorts that remain open from November through March, but don’t fret because Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort and Water’s Edge has a large number of year-round accommodations. We can’t think of a better place to start and finish each day than inside one of our elegant, modern winter rentals.
What Makes Winter in Maine so Alluring?
While there are several over-crowded alpine skiing destinations across New England, nothing beats the tranquility of winter in Maine. Yes, there are dozens of hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing opportunities in this region, but these laid-back winter activities draw much less traffic than other East Coast destinations. We’ve collected four reasons to plan a Midcoast Maine winter vacation, all of which are inexpensive, family-friendly, and well worth the drive.
1. A Pristine, Snowy Wonderland
Most travelers visit Midcoast Maine during the summertime to explore the Atlantic Ocean via sailboat, kayak, or cruise ship. But winter in Maine is perhaps our favorite time of the year to trek through the region’s most serene forests, preserves, and state parks. Some of the top-rated winter hikes in Maine can be discovered along U.S. 1 from Portland to Camden. The preferred method of mid-winter exploration is either snowshoe or cross-country ski—we recommend the former. Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site, Dodge Point, and Ovens Mouth all provide sweeping Atlantic Ocean vistas as well as backwoods tranquility. Hidden Valley Nature Center, meanwhile, is a massive 1,000-acre winter wonderland for those who enjoy Nordic skiing amidst dense forestry.
2. Classic Midcoast Maine Eats
Yes, many of the region’s best shanties, lobster shacks, and high-end restaurants close for the winter, but there are hundreds of spectacular year-round options with minutes of Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort. In February, we listed our favorite year-round restaurants in the cities of Boothbay Harbor, Damariscotta, Brunswick, and Wiscasset, all of which offer some of the tastiest fresh-caught seafood in New England. Don’t skip the lobster roll at Sarah’s Cafe, Pemaquid oysters at Damariscotta River Grill, and steamed lobster at Boathouse Bistro Tapas Bar & Restaurant. All three of these local establishments provide travelers with a “true taste of Maine.” And, besides, it wouldn’t be winter in Maine without some belly-warming comfort food.
3. A Wintertime Beacon
One of the most underrated winter activities in Maine remains self-guided lighthouse expeditions. There are 65 historic lighthouses in the state, many of which are between Camden and Portland. Some are easier to get to than others, but the winter season is the best time to get some alone time at or near a tall lighthouse. Most visitors snap dozens of photos at each site to capture the perfect image. Three can’t-miss lighthouses near the best winter resorts in Maine are Pemaquid Point, Doubling Point, and Marshall Point (as featured in Forrest Gump).
Winter Rentals in Maine: Romance, Relaxation, and Rejuvenation
Yes, Sheepscot Harbour Village Resort is minutes away from the top-rated things to do in Maine with kids, but we’re also an ultra-popular romantic getaway for couples looking for an extended escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And we wouldn’t be one of the premier Midcoast Maine winter getaways without our romantic, elegant accommodations. We’re located along the serene banks of the Sheepscot River on Davis Island, just over the bridge from Wiscasset and a short drive from Boothbay Harbor. Most of our waterfront accommodations feature private balconies, modern finishes, Jacuzzi tubs, and visually-appealing decor. To book a well-deserved escape to Midcoast Maine, please give us a call today at (207) 579-1800 or check availability online.