Where the Twin Villages of Newcastle and Damariscotta flank the shores of the salty Damariscotta River. Some say “damariscotta” means “gathering place of alewives” and they do gather here in such numbers that an Alewives Festival is held each Memorial Day Weekend.
It’s also home to the Damariscotta River Oyster ‐a delicacy that’s been popular with summer visitors for thousands of years –– as evidenced by ancient shell heaps found along the banks – and the Oyster is still celebrated with an Annual Oyster Festival in late September.
The River is well‐known for boating, fishing, and a thriving aqua‐culture industry that produces both oysters and the sweet local mussels popular in area restaurants.
Downtown Damariscotta is a vibrant mix of unique shops, community services, restaurants, the Lincoln Theatre, farmers’ markets, and artists’ galleries.
Damariscotta is also the gateway to the Pemaquid Region, the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse featured on the Maine State Quarter, the colonial restoration at Fort William Henry, and provides access to the Atlantic Coast and Monhegan Island.
It also serves as the gateway to the Damariscotta Lakes region, which includes several lakes, ponds and rivers as well as acres of public land protected by two conservancy groups: The Damariscotta River Association and the Pemaquid Watershed Association.
Damariscotta – at the heart of Maine’s Mid‐Coast region ‐ inviting you to come explore all this region has to offer!