Sleepy and small, Nobleboro, Maine, sees an influx of visitors during the summer. Still, even with the many New Englanders seeking quiet refuge in July and August, the town never feels overrun or overcrowded. Friendly locals outnumber tourists, and there are plenty of spots to solitarily pause and reflect on life. Traditional clapboard homes sit on tree-lined streets, and the town's slower pace is reflected in the lack of strip malls and chain stores. It's small-town New England at its finest, and our Maine vacation rentals continue that feeling of authenticity.
Founded in 1788, Nobleboro occupies 23 square miles in the heart of Lincoln County, not far from Boothbay Harbor and the rugged Atlantic Coast. Many of the town's homes were built in the late 18th and early 19th century, and a majority of residents are descendants of the original settlers. Like other towns in the region, Nobleboro was once a shipbuilding mecca. Today, it's quiet and quaint, and the perfect spot for a peaceful getaway.
Visitors should first head to the Nobleboro Historical Society, housed in a schoolhouse built in 1818. The museum boasts records of early settlers and their families and happily provides a map to points of interest in town, from the historic homes scattered throughout the area to the once-mighty factories.
Damariscotta Lake, Pemaquid Pond, and Duck Puddle Pond are popular fishing sites, and bird watchers head to the bald eagle habitat on the edge of town or the waterfowl habitat wetlands found around the area. There's plenty of green space through which one can meander, you might not see another person for miles.
Nobleboro is near many popular Maine vacation spots and even some under-the-radar towns. Hip Camden is 25 miles away and boasts a plethora of great restaurants and art galleries. Both Boothbay Harbor and neighboring East Boothbay are a short drive away, offering small-town appeal, great coastal beaches, and hiking trails galore. Beautiful Bar Harbor is worthy of a full day's visit, as it's nearly three hours away, but offers great hiking through Acadia National Park.
Quiet, calm, and with unique charm, Nobleboro delights - and our Nobleboro vacation rentals are sure to please anyone looking for peace and relaxation!
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