Charming, quaint, and pleasing to the eye are all apt descriptions of South Bristol, Maine. This small town - which also includes the villages of Walpole and Christmas Cove - boasts tree-lined streets and rollings hills, making it the perfect spot for a relaxation vacation. Our South Bristol vacation rentals make that dream a reality!
First spotted by Europeans in the 15th century, the town of South Bristol wasn't permanently settled until the mid-17th century. The Wawenock tribe gave way to English settlers who named the town after its sister city in England. A brick-making, ship-building, and ice-harvesting mecca, South Bristol today maintains a reputation as a bucolic hamlet with a friendly populace. Fishing, lobstering, and tourism are its biggest draws, and a stay at one of our South Bristol vacation rentals will make you see why.
Where is South Bristol, Maine?
South Bristol lies in Midcoast Maine in Lincoln County. It abuts Edgecomb, Bristol, Boothbay Harbor, and part of the Atlantic Ocean.
Things to Do in South Bristol, Maine
South Bristol is a nature lover's dream, offering scenic woodland and coastal bluffs with views of the Atlantic. Witch Island is an 18-acre wildlife sanctuary off the east coast of town that features an unspoiled beach and places to hike and observe native birds.
There are two notable historic sites in South Bristol. The S Road School, built in 1860, is a one-room schoolhouse that features artifacts from the town's heyday.
The Thompson Ice House showcases the town's history as an ice-making stronghold. You can inspect how ice was harvested and stored before refrigeration. It's especially fun to visit during the annual ice harvest in February or the ice cream social in July.
Day Trips from South Bristol, ME
The Boothbay Region encompasses miles of pristine land in the beautiful state of Maine, and South Bristol is a great starting point to explore the whole region. Boothbay Harbor is only 30 miles away and offers a wealth of cultural and natural activities. Charming Edgecomb features historic Fort Edgecomb, and Wiscasset is home to beautiful Softwell Memorial Forest and Morris Farm.
Enjoy the pristine natural surroundings of this beautiful region at one of our South Bristol vacation rentals!
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