Only 60 miles north of Portland on the Pemaquid Peninsula, New Harbor is one of the last working harbors remaining along the mid-coast. The harbor and surrounding area are steeped in the rich history of fishing, lobstering and boat building. The peninsula is mostly residential with large tracks of undeveloped land. You won’t find tee shirt shops or the hub-bub of most tourist destinations. Things here are simple, peaceful, relaxed and move at a comfortable pace. This is what sets New Harbor apart and attracts most of our visitors.
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- There is a small entrance fee for the park which allows you access to the lighthouse and the museum. Feel free to climb on the rocks, have a picnic and visit The Pemaquid Art Gallery.
- The lighthouse is easily accessible by car. Built in 1835, the 38-foot stone lighthouse sits on an impressive out cropping of stripped granite that extends into the Ocean. We recommend visiting during a low tide to get the full effect! During the summer months you can pay a small fee to climb the tower and experience the amazing view from the top.
- The museum is located next to the lighthouse in the light keeper’s house. This is a wonderful museum for young and old and offers a look back at our fishing and maritime history on the Pemaquid Peninsula. Donations are accepted at the door.
- This is a beautiful white sand crescent beach perfect for beach combing, swimming or soaking in the sun. There is a small entrance fee. Amenities include a bathhouse, restrooms, snack bar, picnic tables, the town ball field and plenty of parking.
- Home to Fort William Henry and archaeological digs from the 17th and 18th centuries. The Fort is a wonderful stone structure to explore and imagine yourself as one to the early pilgrims to this area. There is a museum which houses the artifact found on this site and explains the long history that exists here.
- This spot was dedicated to Rachel Carson in 1970 because of her fondness for the small tide pools left behind at low tide. This is a must do with kids! Make sure you arrive on at low tide.
Preserving our open spaces is a priority for many people in this area. There are 100’s of acres of beautiful public and private lands set aside for our enjoyment. Please visit the sites below for maps and directions to many of the trails in the area.
If you enjoy wetting a line, we offer fresh and salt water opportunities. Fresh water fishing requires a license, salt water does not. You can purchase a fresh water fishing license at Bristol Town Hall for only a few dollars. Mackerel can be caught from almost any seaside dock during the summer months. Mackerel are small fish that will give a little fight and kids (adults too!) LOVE to haul them in. Fly fishing can be enjoyed on any of the smaller tributaries that run to the sea. Canoes are available for rent in Bristol Mills. The Damariscotta, Sheepscot and Kennebec Rivers provide for some terrific striper fishing.
This is an absolutely beautiful area and one of the best ways to see it is with a short drive down our peninsulas and along the coast. South Bristol is well worth a drive. The small village is quintessential Maine and the swing bridge offers beautiful views of the small working harbor. Large schooners were built here at Gamage Boat yard. Another drive to consider is from New Harbor north along Route 32 toward Waldoboro. These are just a few suggestions…there are so many beautiful places to see!
Places to eat
The Anchor Restaurant, Round Pond
Breathtaking harbor front seating. Grilled seafood, fantastic salads, steaks and a kids menu.
Bradley Inn Restaurant, Pemaquid Point
Fine dining at its best. This award winning restaurant serves up some of the best food around.
Contented Sole, New Harbor
Located at Colonial Pemaquid. Local, casual fare served on the dock or in the historic canning building that is now the restaurant. Location, location, location!
The Cupboard Café, New Harbor
The best down home cooking you’ll every get. Everything made from scratch from soups and salads to yummy desserts and their world famous cinnamon buns!
Damariscotta River Grill, Damariscotta
Located on Main Street in Damariscotta. Wonderful seafood, flat breads and pasta dishes. Nice pub atmosphere upstairs too!
King Eider’s Pub, Damariscotta
Pub downstairs and dining up. Steaks, seafood and their famous crab cakes.
Moody’s Diner, Waldoboro
Classic diner food for over 80 years. A must stop, see and eat destination.
Muscongus Bay Lobster, Round Pond
Lobster in the rough. Grab a picnic table and order up steamed lobsters, corn on the cob, clams and oysters on the ½ shell. They supply the paper towels too!
Pemaquid Fisherman’s Co-op, Pemaquid Harbor
The oldest fisherman’s co-op around. Lobster in the rough with a spectacular view of Colonial Pemaquid.
Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf Restaurant, New Harbor
Serving lunch and dinner on the harbor. That’s right, on the dock over the harbor. Lobster, of course, fried clams, chowders, steamers, onion rings, steaks, burgers and a raw bar. No wonder this place is packed all summer!
The Harbor Room, New Harbor
Did anyone say BBQ?! This is the place! Family style dining including seafood, steaks, burgers and prime rib specials.
The Newcastle Publick House, Newcastle
True pub fare, including the large servings! The atmosphere is warm and social and the food is great!
The Sea Gull Shop, Pemaquid Point
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served while you watch the surf at Pemaquid Point. The best blueberry pancakes and Eggs Pemaquid (Like Eggs Benedict but with crabmeat) you’ll ever have!
Red Plate Catering, Damariscotta
Stone Cove Catering, Bristol
The 1812 Farm, Bristol
Flowers at Louis Doe Home Center, Newcastle
Shelley’s Flowers and Gifts, Waldoboro
Art Studios, Artisans, Galleries & Jewelers
Barbara Applegate Gallery, Bristol
Cherry Gallery, Damariscotta
Fletcher Gallery, New Harbor
Jan Kilburn Studio, Damariscotta
North Country Wind Bells, Chamberlain
207-677-2224 / 877 930 5435
Peapod Jewelry, Ronna Lugosch, Edgecomb
Pemaquid Art Gallery, Pemaquid Point
Pemaquid Craft Co-op, New Harbor
River Arts, Damariscotta
River Gallery Fine Art, Damariscotta
Saltwater Artists Gallery, New Harbor
Scottish Lion & Friends, Bristol
Stable Gallery, Damariscotta
Stars Fine Jewelry, Damariscotta
Granite Hall Store, Round Pond
Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Store, Damariscotta
Sea Gull Shop, New Harbor
The Good Supply, Bristol
The Walpole Barn, Walpole
Activities & Recreation
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay
Maine Kayak, New Harbor
Maine Maritime Museum, Bath
Midcoast Kayak, Damariscotta
Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head
Wawenock Golf Club, Walpole
C.E. Reilly & Son, Inc, New Harbor
Island Grocery, South Bristol
Edward A. Benner, General Contractor, New Harbor
Damariscotta Bank & Trust, New Harbor
Fairwind Marine Supply, New Harbor
J. Edward Knight & Co., Insurance, New Harbor
L. Dewey Chase, Real Estate, New Harbor
Miles Health Care, Damariscotta