Visiting Harpswell,Maine
including Bailey Island, Orr's Island,Great Island,Harpswell Neck peninsula and Cundy's Harbor

 

The Black Sheep Wine and Beer Shop is located by the ocean in beautiful Harpswell, Maine.

Harpswell consists of a ten mile long peninsula and three large islands ( Orrs, Bailey and Sebascodegan or Great Island) which are all connected by a series of bridges and some 200 smaller islands dotting the ocean nearby.

 

Eagle Island, Admiral Robert Peary's home, which is a historic site, is just offshore, and can be visited in the summer.

 

To get your bearings,Harpswell is within Casco Bay on the coast in southern Maine. 

Photogenic and relaxing, it's natural beauty lures visitors from around the world.

 

 This is the authentic Maine, with lobstering and fishing the main source of livelihood still for many, so you'll find the freshest seafood as well as our own local culture and history as well. Classic New England architecture and many fine former sea captains homes and small summer cottages which now offer lodging to tourists .

Annual Hometown  events and festivals include : The Lobsterboat races,  The Harpswell Festival , Fourth of July Fireworks, Cundy's Harbor Days, The Bailey Island Fishing Tournament, and  mouthwatering  fundraising meals such as native blueberry pancake breakfasts, strawberry shortcake and  Maine lobster roll luncheons ,  homemade New England clam chowder , steamed  Maine lobster , corn on the cob and blueberry cake or bean hole baked bean suppers .

The Black Sheep Wine and Beer Store is located on the connector road between Route 123 and Route 24, called the Mountain Road, which is also the road where  you'll find the Harpswell Town Office.There are beautiful ocean views as well as a spectacular hiking trail,The Cliff Trail (located behind the Town Office) from Mountain Road.

On a clear day, you can see Mount Washington(in New Hampshire) from the high points on Mountain Road! The Black Sheep Wine and Beer Store is close to the Ewing Narrows Bridge. We are open year round.   

Places of interest  in Harpswell include the one and only Historic Landmark, Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge and picturesque Mackerel Cove , the natural geologic formation known as The Giant Staircase , the true to life Lobsterman Statue ( made for the 1939 World's Fair exhibition), the historical little Bailey Island Library Hall, the Beautiful Elijah Kellogg Church and Old Town Meeting House ( circa 1757) as well as the Harpswell Historical Society building on Harpswell Neck peninsula, the reversing falls on Basin Cove   and just offshore Arctic explorer Admiral  Peary's Eagle Island home ( a State Park),and the dramatic maritime landmark Halfway Rock Light. Shipbuilding and seafaring have deep roots here and has left it's mark in our architecture and identity.

 

Notable residents have included writer Harriet Beecher Stowe ( Uncle Tom's Cabin), poet Robert Peter Tristram Coffin, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, Arctic Explorer Robert Peary, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, comedian Bob Elliott ( one half of the  classic comedy duo of Bob and Ray),Milton Bradley ( board games creator) and actor Patrick Dempsey.

 

Harpswell has the most coastline of any Maine town, about 200 miles, and lures daytrippers from the surrounding towns as well as  vacationers from around the world.

  

Enjoy Sea Kayaking ,numerous hiking trails ,bicycling, birdwatching, sailboating, fishing, charter cruises,or just kick back and enjoy Harpswell's captivating unspoiled beauty! Photography is a sport around here!

 

 It's well known that the best tasting lobster is pulled fresh from the clean, cold Atlantic ocean, Maine lobsters of course, and you can eat them every day if you want! The price is reasonable so call and order them shipped direct from Harpswell. Fresh clams,mussels, shrimp, scallops, crabs, oysters, sea urchins and a variety of fish are also available throughout the season.

 

Take a day trip or weekend getaway; Harpswell is only about a 3 hour drive north from Boston

 

Portland is the closest Maine city with an international airport and Amtrak  passenger trains. The Amtrak( called The Down Easter) makes 2 daily trips to nearby Brunswick, so visiting Harpswell is easy. You will need a car to drive to Harpswell from Brunswick from the DownEaster.If you arrive by plane it is about a 40 minute drive north from Portland.
 

If you are coming from north of Harpswell, Bangor has an airport and is a little over 3  hours drive away.

Brunswick is the closest town to Harpswell with many shops and restaurants ; it is an historic college town( Bowdoin College). Bath , Freeport and Topsham are  very close as well. 

To reach Harpswell from the Maine highway, look for the Brunswick exit .The main routes which lead into Harpswell are Route 123 to Harpswell penninsula and Route 24 to the Islands.

A few fine things about  Harpswell:

 

 Eagle Island  - Admiral Robert Peary's Home, a State Park: website : http://www.pearyeagleisland.org/default.htm

 

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust: Hiking Trails,public places special events in Harpswell . http://www.mainehhlt.org/

 

 

 

 

 About  nearby Brunswick :
 

Brunswick is a charming college town, home to Bowdoin College and the summer Maine State Music Theatre  and the Bowdoin summer classical Music program.

As Maine's Civil War Hero,Governor of Maine and Bowdoin College President,the fascinating General Joshua Chamberlain's home and Museum and the Pejepscot Historical Museum in Brunswick attract many history enthusiasts.

There are plenty of unique shops and restaurants downtown, antiques as well as a farmers market or mall shopping at Cooks Corner.

Bowdoin College also is home to the Walker Art Museum and the Peary- McMillan Arctic Museum.

Brunswick is one of Maine's oldest towns; the first residents settled and traded next to the mighty Androscoggin falls and river. Fort Andros at the end of Maine street is a significant building as well as the Harriet Beecher Stowe house on Federal Street. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About nearby Bath:

 

Bath is an historic city with many fine former sea captain's homes and a quaint downtown.It's the home of the Maine Maritime Museum, Internationally renowned Bath Ironworks Shipbuilding and the Chocolate Churchfor performing arts. 

Don't miss the spectacular fountain sculpture in the library park by William Zorach!

If you are yearning for long stretches of sandy beaches, travel to Popham or Reid State Parks, about 30 minutes from downtown Bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 
 
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