Verdant hills, quiet tree-lined streets, and a beautiful riverside location make Newcastle, Maine, the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway...and our Newcastle vacation rentals offer an idyllic base to explore this lovely, small town.
Named for the Duke of Newcastle, an advisor to King George II, the town was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century. Within 50 years, there were more than 100 residents. The town soon became a shipbuilding mecca, with many of the most prominent boats in the first American navy built here. Sawmills and grist mills became the norm but today, the sleepy hamlet enjoys a peaceful reputation as a place to enjoy nature and solitude.
Where is Newcastle, Maine?
Newcastle lies in the heart of Lincoln County, between the Sheepscot and Damariscotta Rivers in Mid-Coast Maine. It abuts Edgecomb, Nobleboro and Wiscasset, and sits near Great Salt Bay.
Things to Do in Newcastle
This town is all about nature, and you'll revel in the abundant flora and fauna. Visitors flock to Dodge Point Public Reserved Land on the Damariscotta River. This protected green space encompasses 521 acres and boasts bald eagles, osprey, foxes, and pine forests. Four main trails offer a wealth of scenic vistas for all levels of hikers, and you can also swim or picnic here in the summer - or snowshoe and cross-country ski in the winter.
One of the most celebrated historic homes in all of Maine lies in Newcastle. The Frances Perkins Homestead celebrates the life and accomplishments of Frances Perkins, the first female Secretary of Labor for the United States. Stroll through 57 acres of meadows and woods as you learn about her enduring legacy.
Day Trips from Newcastle
Newcastle is conveniently situated near other Lincoln County towns, making day trips around the region an easy delight. Head to Nobleboro for its amazing fishing sites. Wiscasset is home to the Sortwell Memorial Forest and bucolic Morris Farm, both great spots for a walk or invigorating hike, and Edgecomb boasts historic Fort Edgecomb and scenic places to bike along the river.
Enjoy quiet reflection and room to breathe at one of our beautiful Newcastle vacation rentals.
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