The SpaceThis no fuss condo has a fully equipped kitchen (sorry, no dishwasher), a dining area that seats four and a living area that opens up to a small patio with grill and a huge lawn in back. The master bedroom is in front and its windows look out onto the parking area of the building and the pool beyond. It has a queen bed, a large dresser with mirror and a big closet. The smaller bedroom has a single bed and an equally big closet and just enough space for a little reading nook. There’s a TV with basic cable (which includes PBS) and an, albeit slow, internet connection. Since the building used to be a motel it has sprinkler systems throughout.
Should you need it, there is laundromat right down the street. Guest AccessAfter you pick up your key at our Bed & Breakfast in Waldoboro - which is 10 minutes up the road – you’re on your own. The whole place is yours, including the patio in back. You’ll share access to the pool with the other people in the building and you can use the large lawn in back that stretches all the way down to the river, though it’s a little easier to get to the water from the Whaleback Shell Midden, a 2,500-year-old oyster shell midden located next door. Interaction with GuestsI live nearby and am always accessible by phone, however since we’re in a Bermuda triangle for cell phones for some reason, we only have a landline. Messages will be returned promptly, usually within a couple of hours, but I cannot promise instant access and I do not text. Relax, you’re in the country now ;) The NeighborhoodDamariscotta is a charming, small town on the Damariscotta River with a serene harbor and a bustling town center five minutes away from the condo. It has a beautifully restored theater featuring live performances as well as (mostly independent) movies, a fantastic bookstore with an adjunct cafe, plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs, a real fish monger and a butcher, plus the original Reny's, an old-fashioned five & dime store with soda fountain. On your short way to town there’s the Rising Tide (one of the finest organic food coops I’ve ever experienced), two supermarkets, a YMCA, a bunch of food trucks and a twice weekly farmer's market.
Damariscotta is widely known for its oysters and there are several restaurants that do especially good things with them, like the Damariscotta River Grill and King Eider’s Pub. But we can also whole-heartedly recommend Van Lloyd's Bistro, the Salt Bay Café with its myriad of vegetarian and vegan options, the Best Thai, S. Fernald's Country Store and Crissy's Breakfast & Coffee Bar. And if you’re in the mood for tunes and drinks by the water, there’s always Schooner Landing.
There is so much to do and see on the Midcoast you could spend the whole summer and not run out of options. You can rent kayaks, canoes or paddleboards right downtown or go on an old-fashioned river cruise, replete with herons, harbor seals and oyster farms. You can drive up the Pemaquid peninsula and visit the romantic lighthouse at its rocky tip, immerse yourself in history at Fort William Henry (which dates back to the 17th century), take a day trip to Monhegan Island, explore the Rachel Carson tide pool, hike the cliffs at La Verna preserve, go for a swim at the sweet little Pemaquid beach (yes, it’s sandy and no, it’s not that cold), and have the best fish sandwich ever at “the gut” in South Bristol.
Damariscotta is also less than 15 minutes away from Wiscasset with its antique stores and world-famous lobster rolls, 30 minutes from beautiful Boothbay Harbor and the tranquil Boothbay Botanical Garden, 40 minutes from Rockland with its museums, art galleries and fabulous restaurant scene and 45 minutes from Camden and its sail boat studded harbor – which must also be viewed from the top of Mount Battie in nearby Camden Hills State Park. Plus, there’s Portland and its premier culinary scene, Acadia National Park, Popham Beach and Reid State Park, a bunch of museums, dozens of lighthouses and hundreds of spectacular hikes. And if you think you’ve run out of options just give me a call. I’ve been hosting B&B guests for a decade and can always come up with more.