4TH OF JULY GETAWAY - WESTPORT ISLAND + EDGECOMB, ME

 
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Drive down Westport Island to hike the trails at Bonyun Preserve part of Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. Directions and trail maps are available at Maine Trail Finder.

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Walk or run the Easy, Moderate 1.7 mile loop and you will see a variety of natural areas that support diverse flora and fauna.  A tidal inlet on Mill Cove’s salt marsh supports wading birds such as snowy egret and great blue heron, as well as migrating shorebirds. Mixed old-growth woods of white pine, oak, and hemlock are habitat for woodpeckers and songbirds.

Sasanoa River Estuary is part of the Kennebec-Androscoggin watershed, which drains one-third of the state into the Gulf of Maine. The estuary is a nationally-recognized habitat for birds and fish. This section of the East Coast flyway is essential for the survival of migrating birds. Over 40 species of fish use these waters including striped bass, Morone saxatilis.

Historically, tidal mills used to be common to Westport Island performing many functions including sawing wood and grinding meal.  A new interpretive sign has been added to the Bonyun Preserve Mill Cove trail showing what the historic Lower Heal Mill, of which only the dam and pilings remain today, looked like when in operation in 1850.

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Pro Tip! Wear comfortable shoes and apply ample bug spray! Locals will tell you the Maine state bird is the mosquito and they are out in force June - mid July. Don’t let that deter you from experiencing this sacred space.

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Next, drive 30 mins to Glidden Point Oyster Farms in Edgecomb for tour of their oyster farm. It was established in 1987 by the work of a dedicated marine biologist who believed that the only way to grow an oyster was to grow a great one. It took many years of trial and error, but by obtaining some of the most ideal growing areas on the Damariscotta River it appears she discovered the simple formula: Place + Practice = a premium oyster.

They believe that doing something for the love of the product is what matters most. Today, GPOF continue this tireless pursuit of perfection to make a lasting impact: on you, their growers and the community that supports them.

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Choose your oysters and accoutrements. Sit outside on the picnic tables and shuck your own!

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Don’t be shy! Try the Glidden Point Jumbo Oysters.

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End your dreamy day by watching the sun setting on the Damariscotta River.

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Back to  Squire Tarbox  for gin negroni’s on the porch. Recipe uses Barr Hill gin, a spirit from Vermont with juniper and raw honey.

Back to Squire Tarbox for gin negroni’s on the porch. Recipe uses Barr Hill gin, a spirit from Vermont with juniper and raw honey.

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Room your stay. Crawl into our comfy beds and enjoy some r&r before returning to reality. Read a good book. You won’t regret it.

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Wake up to fresh brewed coffee, farm fresh eggs and a seasonal assortment of fruit and yogurt.

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Head past the barn to feed the chicken and goats. Cuddle our friendliest goat kid Bean!

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