Exploring Maine’s Interest Trails, continued
Are you into beer? Art? Birds? Whatever your interests, the odds are good that there’s an official Maine trail here for you!
Maine is rich in natural and cultural offerings: spectacular landscape, rich human history, world-class art, watchable wildlife, and plenty of good food and drink. So why not use some of these as jumping off points to explore this diverse state? We’ve put together an eclectic offering of various self-guided trails you can follow, with a particular focus on what you might do while based here in Midcoast Maine. Indulge your sense of adventure and see where these trails make take you!
Part Two: Food & Drink Trails
- Maine Beer Trail: Maine has certainly not been left behind by the craft beer movement! The Maine Brewers Guild has to update this trail map three times a year just to keep up with the comings and goings of the state’s dozens of microbreweries. Currently, 13 of the stops on this trail are in the Midcoast region, including a personal favorite: Monhegan Brewing, a tiny brewery located 10 miles offshore on beautiful Monhegan Island.
- Maine Wine Trail: Yep, Maine offers up some decent wine, as well, with a surprising number of wineries around the state. Four of them are located within 20 minutes of Camden, and all four feature tasting rooms in scenic settings. Savage Oakes Winery in Union also offers a summer concert series that has featured musicians like Lyle Lovett and the Indigo Girls.
- Maine Distillery Trail: The site shows you where to find Maine-made spirits. Here in the Midcoast that includes Sweetgrass Farm Distillery in Union (also on the wine trail!) and all-organic Split Rock Distilling, about 35 minutes south of Camden. Split Rock often hosts groovy food trucks on summer weekends, making it even more worth the trip.
Maine Coast Chocolate Trail: While not “official,” this trail was created for fun by food and travel writer Hilary Nangle, the Maine Travel Maven, whose recommendations are always worth following. (Our personal favorites shared in a recent blog post mirror some of hers.) You may also find several of these specialty chocolates at local gift and gourmet food shops.
Maine Ice Cream Trail: We Mainers love our ice cream, and no matter where you travel in the summer, you’re never too far from a good ice cream stand. This unofficial but comprehensive trail includes some of the state’s best—including local favorites Lulu’s and Dorman’s Dairy Dream (both mentioned in another one of our blog posts).
Visit our earlier blog post for some Arts & Culture and Outdoor Activity Trails!