Historic Bath Maine invites the traveler to spend a few relaxing days strolling through the pleasant parks overlooking the Kennebec River or rummaging through the many antique stores on Front Street. Beach lovers will find two sandy state park beaches within a short drive. The nationally acclaimed Maritime Museum, The Chocolate Church or the Art Gallery of Bowdoin College furnish exciting diversions on a rainy afternoon while short drives to Portland, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor or Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) can satisfy every shopper’s appetite. And speaking of appetites, the restaurants in the area serve marvelous seafood on tables overlooking the great bays and charming coves.
|Things To Do
|Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center
Just a walk down Washington St. is our local performing arts center. Throughout the year the Chocolate Church puts on first class performances of our favorite plays, especially during the Winter months. Adjacent is the newly renovated gallery displaying local artists.
During the summer months, the nearby Maine State Music Theatre offers a series of five major musical productions complete with Broadway casts. This is Maine’s only professional music theater. Tickets can be ordered by calling (207) 725-8769. More…
The Museum offers guided tours on an hourly basis from April 15 through October which are most informative.
In addition, there are Museum guided boat tours during season leaving their dock several times a day. These tours are about one hour in length and include a harbor view of the Bath Iron Works.
About once each week (more frequently during the summer season) the Museum offers a day-long, comprehensive boat excursion with a guide on board. More…
Nestled along the sparkling Kennebec River in Maine is a small jewel of a city. An old seafaring town, Bath has sailed gracefully into the present day bringing a taste of her history with her. About a dozen antique stores plus a like number of boutiques can be found off the brick sidewalks with gas lamp posts.
Cruises up and down the Kennebec River can be reserved from the City’s docks. Guided fishing expeditions can be arranged along with kayak and sailboat rentals. Several excellent golf courses and municipal tennis courts are nearby. Within a few blocks is the YMCA with complete facilities for swimming, weight training and aerobics (and the Galen Moses House offers complimentary day memberships to our guests).
|Popham Beach & Reid State Park
There are a number of beautiful beaches within a twenty minute drive of Bath. Two of the most splendid beaches are:
Popham Beach State Park: This beach has six miles of sand facing the ocean. If you drive past the state parking lot to the end of Route 209 you come to Fort Popham, a never finished Civil War fort. The sunset views from either spot is a terrific experience. The beach is about twenty minutes from Bath.
Reid State Park: This beach has three miles of sandy shore and three miles of rocky shore. There are changing facilities and showers and also a snack bar.
Builder of our Navy’s Aegis Destroyers, BIW sits on the banks of the Kennebec River. Visitors can view the occasional launching of one of these spectacular ships. Naval ships can viewed from the Sagadahoc Bridge and by river cruises.
There are a number of opportunities to see inside the grounds of the Bath Iron Works (which builds the Aegis Class Destroyer for the Navy). There are trolley tours each day offered through the Maine Maritime Museum. Also there are a least two ship launchings each year which depend on a ship’s completion and the tidal charts. If you are interested in receiving advanced information on dates for these events, please email us.
Bath Iron Works Trolley Tours
These tours are given several times each day, Monday – Saturday. Advanced reservatiions are strongly suggested as space is limited and tours sell out quickly.
On your route to Reid State Park is Robinhood Marine Center, Maine’s prettiest marina. Full of history RMC is situated an picturesque cove surrounded by Maine’s marine wildlife.
THE OSPREY Restaurant, located art Robinhood Marina. Strictly a summer restaurant with a marvelous waterview and an active osprey nest in the cove. Menu is standard fare but, with a view like that, who has time to eat? About twenty minutes away. More…
Newly renovated and expanded 18 hole championship golf course charges greens fees for 18 holes or for 9 holes. Memberships available.Whiskeag Road, Bath, Maine – (207)442-8411
|1. National Trust for Historic Preservation Bath named to the 2005 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations
Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation calls Bath “.a jewel hidden in plain site. A small, historic and relatively unspoiled New England town, Bath had the good sense to hang on to what makes it so special. The result is a vibrant community that offers travelers an ideal retreat. Nestled along the sparkling Kennebec River, Bath is an old seafaring town, deemed one of the best small cities in America. A New England oil painting come to life, this compact, walkable community is known for its treasure trove of maritime history, historic buildings and rugged, scenic beaches.” There are at least two major tours of selected homes offered each year and a well written self-guided tour brochure available.3.There is an abundance of self-guided driving and walking tours with free or inexpensive guidebooks available. See your innkeepers for guides for the following areas:
4. Incidentally, Bath is a gateway city to the midcoast, within a short 40 minute drive of exciting tourist attractions such as Portland and Booth Bay Harbor. Portland is the closest airport and visitors enjoy the Art Museum, Victorian Mansion and shops along the waterfront. In Booth Bay, visitors enjoy whale watching and trips to the islands.
|Bath is blessed with several fine restaurants within a short walk of our home. All of our restaurants are casual and do not require a jacket or tie.We have listed below those restaurants of which we are personally familiar and some of those for which guests have made comments. On weekends in season we recommend reservations. We will be happy to call the restaurant for you.
Mae’s Cafe and Bakery (At the corner of Center and High Streets): A very creative menu with service in attractive surroundings. Originally a bakery, their baked goods and desserts are a must following any meal.
Byrne’s Irish Pub (corner of Water and Center Streets). Not exactly a restaurant nevertheless this pub offers excellent soup and sandwiches in an atmosphere that is very cozy and definitely local . Live music on weekend evenings is provided almost year round.
Kennebec Tavern (Overlooking the Kennebec River off Commercial Street and at the base of Summer Street). They have a marvelous water view and serves on its outdoor deck in good weather. The Smoked Tomato Soup is terrific. Otherwise, a standard menu with good fish and fowl. Weather permitting there is a large deck for dining next to the Kennebec River and boat docks.
Beale Street Barbecue & Grill (215 Water Street). If you like good barbecue (Memphis style) and ample portions, this is it. A variety of fish, fowl and meats are prepared on their giant smoker just outside their kitchen door.
J.R. Maxwell & Co. (122 Front Street). Bath’s oldest restaurant is somewhat a shrine for the locals. Weekday specials include 2 for 1 Wednesdays and Lobster Night Thursdays. Otherwise a standard menu with reasonable prices. Especially known for it’s beef selections.
Solo Bistro (Front Street next to Maxwell’s). Bath’s newest restaurant has a very upscale menu. The decor is definitely Scandinavian and the wine list is extensive. Live music in the wine bar on weekends almost year round.
Admiral Steakhouse. Located next to the Chocolate Church, this restaurant is relatively new to Bath. Its menu is upscale and, obviously, features a variety of steak choices. As their ad proclaims “a rare steakhouse well done.”
|Restaurants within a short driving distance:
|KING EIDERS PUB(2 Elm Street, Damariscotta). They win the “best crabcakes in Maine” contest every year. A well rounded menu, reasonable prices, fun atmosphere with a pub featuring live music.ROBINHOOD FREE MEETINGHOUSE(Georgetown Island). The area’s only four star restaurant, this is a gourmet’s heaven. The menu selection is huge, all courses are prepared “from scratch” and the quantities are large. A bit more pricey than other restaurants in the area but really a special treat. The restored Meetinghouse is fun to explore. The wine list is impressive. About twenty minutes away.THE OSPREY(Georgetown Island, Robinhood Road). Strictly a summer restaurant with a marvelous waterview and an active osprey nest in the cove. Menu is standard fare but, with a view like that, who has time to eat? About twenty minutes away.FIVE ISLANDS LOBSTER CO. AND GRILL(Georgetown Island, End of Route 127). Strictly a summer experience with amazing views of the ocean. You order your lobster in the lobster shack and it is brought to you as you sit at picnic tables on the dock next to the lobster boat and watch the lobstermen bring in their catch. Definitely a “Down East Experience.” About twenty minutes away. Open during the summer.COOKS LOBSTER HOUSE (Bailey Island). This is a restaurant with an ocean view that is so special at sunset. The menu features a variety of fish at reasonable prices. About twenty-five minutes away.
|Throughout the year area churches play host to various musical performances. Area schools also offer student performances open to the public. Student performances at Bowdoin College as well as their annual Performing Arts Series are open to the public. (FMI 725-3000) The Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center in Bath is open year round and provides a variety of live entertainment. (FMI 442-8455) The Theater Project in Brunswick is open year round and provides a variety of live theater. (FMI 729-8584). For more information check local newspapers, such as The Times Record, on line.There is so much to do in Bath, you’ll want to stay an extra day!
In the Bath area you will find activities for the entire family!
|Monthly Events in Bath, Maine
Bath Antiques Show
One Sunday of every month from November through April, 10am to 3pm. Bath Middle School (Exit U.S. Route 1 at Congress Ave.) Over 50 antique dealers!
For more info contact: P.T. Promotions Inc., Polly Thibodeau (207)443-8983
P.O. Box 333 – Bath, Maine 04530-9998
Third Friday Art Walk. Artists in Maine’s Cool Little City open their studios and galleries for Bath’s 3rd Friday ArtWalk & Drive May – October. Each month you will find new exhibits, receptions, live music and good company, all the makings of a great evening in town.
Walking Tour of Bath-
View the historic architecture of Bath area homes built between 1800 and 1910.
Seguin Lighthouse - Summer – Tour a working lighthouse on the beautiful Maine coast. Accessible through the Maine Maritime Museum.
The Bath Recreation Department, the Bath YMCA, Maine Maritime Museum and the Patten Free Library have full summer schedules of youth programs and family events.
The Bath Recreation Department is located at 4 Sheridan Road in Bath. 207-443-8360.
The Bath YMCA is at 24 Summer Street in Bath. 207-443-4112 or 207-443-3134. We furnish day passes for our guests who need to stretch their bodies as well as their legs.
The Patten Free Library is at 24 Summer Street in Bath. 207-443-4112 or 207-443-3134. It contains a great genealogy room for tracing your family’s tree.
Bath Heritage Days – (First weekend of July)
Heritage Days in Bath, Maine is a four day festival that occurs each year over the first weekend in July. The events are held throughout city’s downtown area and include the following fun and exciting activities for the entire family
Kennebec River Fest – (August)
New to the Midcoast Maine Region is the First Annual Kennebec River Fest. What will be known as the LARGEST Rock & Roll Disco Show in Maine. SIX Bands, 10 Pure Hours of Entertainment! Come spend the day on the rolling lawns of the Plant Home in Bath, right on the Kennebec River.
Maine Festival of the Arts. (First weekend in August)Thomas Point in Brunswick
will be abuzz with story tellers, comedians, music, exhibits, live entertainment, dancing, and foods galore.
Thomas Point Beach, Brunswick 207-772-9012.
Sagadahoc County Agricultural and Horticultural Exposition. (First week in August)
A true Maine tradition! An agricultural fair of the highest order,
with all the distractions, including harness racing, that anyone could ever want.
Topsham Fair Grounds, Topsham, Maine
Annual Bailey Island Tuna Tournament. (4th week in July)
Either join in or watch the big ones come in. Cash prizes, trophies
and a chance to win a pick-up truck.
For information call 207-833-5531.
Maine Highland Games. (Third Saturday in August)
Celebrate Scottish heritage with bagpiping, dancing, singers,
athletic contests, and authentic Scottish foods.
Thomas Point Beach, Brunswick 207-549-7451.
Annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival. (Last weekend in August)
The music, pickin’ and grinnin’ just keep rolling along with world class entertainers,
24 hour food service and plenty of folks who like the music just as you do.
For more information call 207-729-6009.