The east side of the Damariscotta River once contained an enormous shell heap named Whaleback because of its shape. Much of this midden was removed in the late 1880s to supply a factory built here to process the oyster shells into chicken feed. As a result, only a small portion of Whaleback remains today. Managed in cooperation with the Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, the area around the midden is now a State Historic Site that includes a small hiking trail and beautiful views of the river. A series of interpretive panels helps inform visitors about the history of the area.
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shop is one of the oldest book stores in the state. The Damariscotta store also features the "Barn Door Baking Company Café" a great place to meet up with friends and discuss your favorite book.
It all started in 2015 when Brendan Parsons successfully retrofitted an Oscar Meyer’s hotdog cart and introduced the first oyster food cart to the State of Maine. Since the shucking began on the corner of Commercial and Pearl Street in Portland, BP’s Oysters has expanded to include two Portland-based food carts, a Newcastle restaurant, a Damariscotta farm, and an oyster distribution company.
Relax with a drink and sample the freshest oysters on the 49-passenger River Tripper, or learn from experts about how to pair the sumptuous oysters with wine. Featuring a full bar and the world-famous oysters of Midcoast Maine, Teciani offers oyster farms and seal watching tours, happy hour and sunset cruises daily, and is available for private parties and functions. Sailing from Damariscotta, between Portland and Bar Harbor.
Midcoast Kayak rentals, tours and programs with Maine Guides leaving from Muscongus harbor. They carry a great selection of kayaks and paddleboards. Drive north to Damariscotta for a dreamy day paddling on the water.
Rural farmhouse brewery nestled in the woods of Newcastle, Maine, an enchanting part of our state where rolling farmlands meet tidal waters. The best craft beers in the woods. What’s not there to like?
Come and visit us at King Eider’s Pub in the heart of the coastal village of Damariscotta. Our historic building has been home to many interesting businesses over its 100+ years. Today, its warmth draws the visitor into the first floor pub with its brick walls, handsome cherry floors and low beams hung with old iron hooks holding handmade mugs.