Things to do
If you are planning to extend your stay beyond Picklefest, or are bringing along a non-competing travel companion who would like to explore the area, there are endless activities in the Midcoast Maine area. Tripadvisor and Yelp are two wonderful references, and Brunswick and Bath have their own resources:
Visit the Brunswick Downtown Association at http://brunswickdowntown.org/
In Bath, take a look at https://visitbath.com/
Here are a few of our favorites:
Morse Mountain, owned by Bates College, is just a short drive up the coast from Brunswick and Bath. It provides an easy hike to lovely views of the coast and salt marshes. Parking and entry are free! http://www.bates.edu/harward/bates-morse-mountain-shortridge/
On nearby Orr's Island, Bowdoin College's Coastal Studies Center has walking trails with stunning views of Long Cove and Harpswell Sound. A kiosk at the parking lot provides trail guides with a self-guided tour through woods and fields of this lovely old farm property.
Directions: From Cook's Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt. 24 south for 10.7 miles. Take a right on Bayview Road and go about a mile until you see a kiosk on the right.
For easy access to amazing water-views, turn right out of Maine Pines Racket and Fitness Center going south on Rt. 123 for almost 11 miles to a sign on the right for Mitchell Field. This former Navy fuel depot is owned by the town of Harpswell for public walking, biking, skiing, swimming, picknicking, and just gawking at Mt. Washington 80 miles west on a clear day. A level sand beach edging Middle Bay is a good place to swim and explore tide-pools. Paved and gravel paths provide easy, scenic walking
On a rainy day, there’s nothing like sinking into a soft old couch, munching on popcorn with about a dozen choices for salty coatings, and watching a great movie; Brunswick has just the place to do this: Eveningstar Theater, in the Tontine Mall on Maine St. Now, Eveningstar is one of our court sponsors, but that was by invitation, and only because it is one of the best screeners of “indie” films around. And the couches in the first two rows are just icing on the proverbial cake. Prices are surprisingly low, for the film as well as concessions. Check out www.eveningstarcinema.com to see what’s playing while you’re here, and to get show times.
We’ll update this as Picklefest draws closer. Some events, like Brunswick’s Farmers’ market and flea market/antique mall have hours that may change in the fall, so check back once in a while and we’ll post schedules as we are able.