Small Adventures

The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors guide to cruising on the Maine coast. Choose from the articles below to travel with Ben Ellison and Gizmo.

Castine

Castine: A history-filled gem of a town with coves for anchoring, nearby Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park for exploring, and Maine Maritime Academy at the center.

Small Adventures: Damariscotta Lake

Damariscotta Lake offers plenty of great boating opportunities.

Small Adventures: Tenants Harbor

A comfortable day's cruise from Camden or Boothbay Harbor, Tenants Harbor is an appealing Saturday-night stopover for weekend sailors.

Phippsburg

Phippsburg: a scenic peninsula that boasts a magnificent beach, a hidden hurricane hole ringed by a nature preserve, and a resort where mooring rental includes access to golf, dining, and a spa.

Lunenburg

Explore the port town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Naples

The country’s last remaining hand-cranked lock connects Sebago Lake with Brandy Pond and Long Lake.

Round Pond

Round Pond, a small harbor on the Pemaquid peninsula, epitomizes community.

Damariscove: Beguiling Isle

Once a bustling year-round community, Damariscove Island today is largely uninhabited. It is owned by the Boothbay Regional Land Trust, which welcomes visitors.

Eagle Island

Eagle Island in Casco Bay has some nice hiking trails as well as the former summer home of Arctic explorer Robert Peary.

Small Adventures: Kittery Foreside

While many people think of Kittery as outlet heaven, Maine’s southernmost town has a more charming historic side, with lovely old homes and a bustling downtown, centered around Wallingford Square.

Southwest Harbor

Far from Bar Harbor’s summer bustle, Southwest Harbor is known as Mt. Desert Island’s quiet side.

Biddeford Pool

Writer Mimi Steadman visits Biddeford Pool, a community of shingle-style cottages in Saco Bay. Named Winter Harbor by the Europeans who settled there in the 1600s, it should have been called Summer Harbor, because summer is when the town buzzes with activity.

Damariscotta

Waiting to Be Discovered