Visit Bath, Maine – a Maritime Journey

Bath, Maine, aptly nicknamed the City of Ships, stands as a testament to its rich maritime history, with stately mansions, churches, and businesses adorning its neighborhoods, all remnants of the bustling sea trade era. The imposing cranes of The Bath Iron Works (BIW), Bath’s renowned shipyard, still dominate the downtown skyline, providing a visual link to the city’s maritime past. 

Ideally located just a short drive from anything mid-coast Maine has to offer, visitors can hike, visit a lighthouse, eat a lobster roll, stroll the farmer’s market, shop for Maine-made products, take in a vista, hop on a river cruise, or just relax on a beach all within a 20 to 30 minute drive.

Exploring Bath:

Our Main Street Community is a vibrant hub filled with shops, restaurants, and galleries. In addition, the town hosts some fabulous events including Heritage Days in July, an Old Fashioned Christmas in December, and Winterfest – a lively celebration featuring a lantern parade, ice sculptures, and enticing shopping opportunities in February.

Shopping downtown’s historic area is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Every Saturday in downtown is the Bath Farmers’ Market – the Winter Market is indoor in the Bath Freight Shed Saturdays November-April 15th, and the Outdoor Market is April 22-October along the river.  Other fun shops include Island Treasure Toys with puzzles, games, and crafts, while Bath’s Sweete Shoppe offers a tasty array of treats and gifts. Book enthusiasts should explore Mockingbird Bookshop  and Open Door Bookstore treasures. Maine Street Design Co provides a selection of local home décor products, and Now You’re Cooking is loved by home cooks and wine lovers like, as it boasts an impressive wine selection. Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine is another favorite, features a wonderful gift selection and local finds.

Culinary Delights:

When it comes to dining, the area offers an array of options, starting with a wonderful breakfast served fresh each morning here at the Inn. When heading out for a meal, The Kennebec TavernWinnegance Restaurant and Bakery,  J. R. Maxwell & Co.,  and The Cabin  promise satisfying culinary experiences. Burano’s Wood-Fired Pizzeria and OystHERS Raw Bar & Bubbly are also favorites of ours and guests. Learn about more Bath, Maine Restaurants in the post below.

More to See and Do:

Whether you want to spend time in the unspoiled simplicity of nature or visit artists at work in their studios, midcoast Maine has something for everyone. Here’s a list of some places we particularly enjoy, and we’d love to hear from you about new places you’ve discovered!