Monday, February 3, 2014

Top Ten Reasons to find - NOCASOBE

Top Ten Reasons to find – NOCASOBE           
1. Lincolnville Beach – enjoy our free public beach on Penobscot Bay. When the tide is out you can experience an extensive walk along the shore-line. Or, soak up the sun on the sandy beach and watch the Islesboro Ferry and lobster boats at the harbor.

2. The Bald Rock Trail – the trail head is at Steven’s Corner (Rt. 173 at Youngtown Rd.) and Bald Rock on Derry Mtn. are both in Lincolnville, part of Camden Hills State Park – according to Destinations Magazine (American Express), ”One of the top ten most beautiful walks in the world!”

3. Outdoor Adventures – kayaking, standup paddle boarding (SUP), golf, hunting, fishing or lobstering, canoeing, rafting, sailing, biking, horse riding, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, and more! Lincolnville ranked in the “Top 20 American Towns” by Outdoors Magazine!

4. Arts & Artisans – in addition to the annual tour of artisan studios, stops at local galleries and studios engages you directly with fine artisans and amazing craftsmanship. Along Rt. 1 you’ll find Maine Artisan’s Coop, Beyond the Sea, and Saturday Cove each providing a wide-range of locally made items. Local artisans Jan Bearse Gallery, Rogers Gallery, Murphy Gallery, Windsor Chairmakers, Sleepy Hallow Rag Rugs, van der Ven Studios, Indian Baskets, Northport Gallery, and Swan Island Blankets are not to be missed!

5. Gourmet Foods, Beer, and Wine – whether you are looking to enjoy coastal seafood fare at great restaurants, excellent baked goods and gourmet deli, locally roasted coffee, hands-on cooking classes, wine tasting and pairings or seasonal ingredients, Andrew’s locally crafted beers, go no further! Sharpen your culinary skills at Salt Water Farm Cooking School, Bay Leaf Bistro’s Seafood Classes, and Cellardoor Winery’s gourmet dinners and winemaker’s events in the vineyard! Experience amazing “farm to table” options at our local farmers markets. Don’t miss the Bean Suppers!

6. Let the Spirits Move You – join retreats and workshops to engage your mind and body. Try massage/reflexology from local providers. Experience a zip-line at Point Lookout Resort or communicate with the hereafter (at Temple Heights Spiritual Camp – mediums, séances, table tipping). Commune with nature or worship at one of our local community churches.

7. See the Stars – bring your telescope or visit our local observatory to see the stars across our clear northern sky or view the “northern lights.” Come be “star-struck” when you encounter a famous resident with a mansion along mid-coast area.

8. Amazing Educational Experiences –NOCASOBE is the place to stay if you plan to attend: Maine Media Work-shops (Rockport), Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport), The Apprenticeshop (Rockland), Hot Glass at Playing With Fire (Rockland), and don’t forget those cooking classes (see #5).

9. Antiques, Shops, and Roadside Bargains As you drive Rt. 1, Rt. 173, and Rt. 52 you’ll discover specialty shops with curios, antiques as well as weekend garage and yard sales. Or visit for the Camden Antique Show or at the Union Fairgrounds.

10. History Galore Discover local Museums, Historic Lighthouses, Native American culture, and Settler’s cemeteries. Lincolnville Historical Society, The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland all have excellent collections.